* Posts by Mr ChriZ

482 posts • joined 11 May 2007

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AI can now tell if you're a criminal or not

Mr ChriZ

Does it detect witches? We all know how criminal they are.

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What went wrong at Tesco Bank?

Mr ChriZ

Re: Santander must also not be hashing passwords

NS&I asked me to give a new password over the phone the other day. (I politely declined)

This is in spite of the fact that their own website states they would never ask for one.

I currently have a complaint open on the matter - not that they seem to care.

I will be soon removing what little money I do have with them!

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I've arrived on Mars. Argggh, my back!

Mr ChriZ

Can't be worse than sitting in the average office chair can it?

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German regulators won't let Tesla use the name 'Autopilot'

Mr ChriZ
Black Helicopters

Am I the only cynical one that thinks this has nothing to do with safety and everything to do with preventing Tesla eating too much of BMW/Mercedes/Porsche's pie?

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WD gives My Passport spinning rust drives a lick of paint

Mr ChriZ

Really wonder who buys a portable hard drive based on how it looks....

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Facebook Yarn's for your JavaScript package

Mr ChriZ

Re: and.

This is why in 2013 I managed to go from being a desktop dev to create a reasonable size working full stack industrial orders website in 6 months using ASP.NET MVC, JQuery, and KnockoutJS. At the time I made a lot of comments about how much i hated javascript - however on reflection I'm pleased with what I created.

In 2016 however I've so far spent about 4 months reading shed loads of bad documentation trying to get some of this new stuff to work together in prototypes and all I've really got to show for it so far is a very large headache - trying to remember what half of these badly named libraries and tools even do.

If it continues this way I'm taking up something else!

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Nokia crawls towards comeback with new phones announcement

Mr ChriZ

Has it got snake?

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No surprise: Microsoft seeks Windows Update boss with 'ability to reduce chaos, stress'

Mr ChriZ

Re: anyone else on Win10 - KB3194496 anyone

Unfortunately for everyone that's responded to that post they've posted on 'Microsoft never answers'.

I'm sure an MVP will be along shortly however to completely not read the original post and provide some completely useless no shit sherlock style information.

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Oi, Apple fanbois. Your beloved Jesus Phones are pisspoor for disabled users

Mr ChriZ

Re: *shakes head*

If there isn't a legal requirement then I can't see why there shouldn't be one. It's a mass market product.

There are legal requirements for website accessibility. By developing this form of accessibility into the IPhone no one else is being disadvantaged. The cost of doing so is not prohibitive - so there's no reason why this section of disabled people should be refused use of the device.

Let's also face it - all smartphones are shops in their own right.

A 2 seater sports car is slightly different in that it is probable that with current technology you would end up with a completely different product in order to be able to produce it and cover all possible disabilities. It's not currently feasible (although that may change).

Regardless of whether someone has bought one already or not it's not an unreasonable request for the device to be made accessible. Beyond legal requirements - it's surely the morally correct thing for such a company with the resources like Apple to do - they could have it out by next month and the costs would not even show up on their bank balance!

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Mr ChriZ

Re: *shakes head*

eh? So there's no rich disabled people out there?

No disabled people earning a good salary?

Clearly the IPhone could be easily upgraded to provide the facility required and increase accessability.

Imagine if you had the same argument for entrances to shops. Marks and Spencers don't need a ramp because disabled people should be shopping in Primark?

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Zuckerberg to spend $3bn+ to rid world of all disease by 2100 (Starting with Facebook, right?)

Mr ChriZ

Re: Try paying some fucking taxes...

Does make you wonder though... after it's been through our tax systems and the MP's have taken their expenses out of it, and the quangos have done there studies with it, and so on...(or US equivalents) which offers the most efficient way of making sure money does not get to where it should do...

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1TB SanDisk flash cam card

Mr ChriZ

Given that SDXC only goes up to 2TB does that mean we're going to soon have a spec for SDXXC....

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Brexit? We have heard of this, says Dixons Carphone CEO

Mr ChriZ

Re: UK shoppers + Dixons

I've had Coop deliver on a Saturday after ordering Friday afternoon....

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Nokia's 4.9G races Ericsson's almost-5G, yet the finishing line is a mirage

Mr ChriZ
Pint

Still happily plodding along in 2G land here :D

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Some Windows 10 Anniversary Update: SSD freeze

Mr ChriZ

Re: Wow.

They say time is a great healer... but even so.

Just no!

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Smartphones aren't tiny PCs, but that's how we use them in the West

Mr ChriZ

Re: Barcode Scanner on Play or FDroid

We use Barcode Scanner in an industrial application and it's fantastic. Scanning thousands of QR Codes a day with Motorola Moto-G's - Barcode Scanner scans instantly at any angle. Getting a good auto focus is key and oddly the cheaper devices seemed better at close up focus than some of the more expensive devices.

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Three non-obvious reasons to Vote Leave on the 23rd

Mr ChriZ

Re: We need to start again

Is not living in a leaning tower with dodgy foundations and continuing to build on top of it hoping everything will be ok also a short sighted strategy?

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Brexit threatens Cornish pasty's racial purity

Mr ChriZ

Re: Brexit

"No, it's not the fact that people are too stupid that bothers me, it's the fact that one of the most important decisions this country has faced in recent times won't be made by experts but will be an x-factor style vote by the masses."

Should we ditch all elections and let people who are informed make the decisions?

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Mr ChriZ

Re: Brexit

the thing I find more worrying than all those millions of people making that decision is some specific individuals deciding on our behalf that we are not smart enough to make such decisions.

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US computer-science classes churn out cut-n-paste slackers – and yes, that's a bad thing

Mr ChriZ
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Re: IBM vs. Microsoft way of thinking...

I'd like to see some of this unicorn code that's so simple it has no obvious deficiencies in real life.

Everyone I've worked with seems to be a fellow code monkey :D

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You deleted the customer. What now? Human error - deal with it

Mr ChriZ

Re: Ah... human error..

Git or another source control system could have helped you here.

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HD and SSD Prices not declining - why ?

Mr ChriZ

They still do. I have an email from 2013 from EBuyer for a Kingston 120GB SSD for £95.

A quick check on Amazon today shows I can buy a Kingston 120GB SSD for £30.92.

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Shakes on a plane: How dangerous is turbulence?

Mr ChriZ

Re: Explainer?

Why should all people with an interest in IT (many of whom won't be even IT engineers/technicians) be knowledgeable in Aircraft engineering?

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Google Chrome deletes Backspace

Mr ChriZ

If you're not aware of it already try Alt and left key for back and Alt and right key for forwards.

I used to use backspace but now use them predominantly.

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New solar cell breaks efficiency records, turns 34% of light into 'leccy

Mr ChriZ

Re: Watts per Dollar is the only efficiency that actually matters

Watts per square meter also matters in our UK shoe box size houses that most of us live in..

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The Windows 10 future: Imagine a boot stamping on an upgrade treadmill forever

Mr ChriZ
Gimp

Re: whose boot

and Android development was designed by someone who has some kinky pain fetish.

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Inside Electric Mountain: Britain's biggest rechargeable battery

Mr ChriZ

Very worthwhile tour that one. Some very impressive engineering!

Photos never give the scale justice!

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A UK-wide fibre broadband investment plan? Don't ask awkward questions

Mr ChriZ

It's got to be easier to get 5G out to every rural location than to get a fibre cable there - but like fibre it would require some mandate to do it.

The caps issue needs to be tackled in any case - if 4g/5g is ever going to be any use to anyone for more than reading the news. I don't believe that in 10 years time we'll still be limited to 20GB.... on an 'unlimited subscription'. There was an ArsTechnica article the other day stating Netflix now allows highest quality streaming to mobile - the consumers going to want that.

Also sooner or later the mobile networks are going to want to take a slice of the home broadband pie surely? (Of course they're still currently slave to whoevers fibre networks beneath them at present) Does it need significant more investment - sure but so does laying fibre everywhere.

I'm not sure I buy the radiowave limit either. Various reports are unsurprisingly showing mobile data is sky rocketing - many people use mobile data as their primary internet connection already. Various articles have indicated that 5G will allow everything from your toaster to your socks to be hooked up. It's not hard to imagine more data being mobile in the near future than non mobile based.

So either 5g is up to the task or it isn't. If it isn't we need something that is...

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Mr ChriZ

One thing I'm curious to know... with 5G supposedly a few years around the corner potentially offering gbps and Fibre somewhere over the hill...from a national strategy would it not be more cost effective to focus on getting quality reasonably priced 5G home broadband available to everyone rather than trying to get fibre cables into everyone's homes? Especially since 5G is almost guaranteed to happen in any case.

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Facebook bungs 10-year-old kid $10k to not 'eliminate' Justin Bieber

Mr ChriZ

10k...

We could have all clubbed together from change behind the back of the sofa and easily have come up with more than that to eliminate Bieber.

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Clucking hell! Farcical free-range egg standard pecked apart by app

Mr ChriZ

Data

Curious to know where the data comes from.... and how it differentiates assuming eggs from a single egg supplier can come from multiple farms?

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Redflow's home batteries to start shipping in June

Mr ChriZ

Re: Cost benefit of batteries?

I guess this is one of those areas of tech that is away off making sense for most people at present but given time will become more price competitive to eventually meet grid parity in some places. I guess at the moment it makes more sense for areas where the grid is unreliable or access is not guaranteed such as on a boat.

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One in five PCs will be a tablet with detachable keyboard by 2020

Mr ChriZ

Re: Yeah, Right.

These 'fragile things' are considerably more robust than any laptop I've ever had.

Solid state, and incredibly light. If I had to take chances as to which one would survive a drop down the stairs my latitude or my Linx 10 I know which I would pick and it wouldn't be the latitude! Of course when it's gone it's gone but lets face it most businesses that don't have an IT department probably already bin their laptops when they break now a days.... and in theory everything is now backed up to the cloud right...(?!)

Many businesses I know already kit their staff out with tablets of various sorts and something like a cheapo HP laptop. I can't see why they'd want to keep doing that and not distribute one device - especially when cheap laptops really are shockingly bad and many of these hybrid tablets are so good.

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NASA celebrates 50-year anniversary of first spaceship docking in orbit

Mr ChriZ

Re: Lunar Orbit Rendezvous docking

https://space.stackexchange.com/questions/14172/how-did-the-apollo-11s-eagle-ascent-stage-find-the-csm-after-leaving-the-moon

I asked this a few weeks back... I found the answers interesting.

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UK plans robo-car tests on motorways in 2017

Mr ChriZ

Re: Sclerotic motorways

"And I hope they've all been trained/programmed for the gazillion miles of roadworks on the M1 too."

It will be interesting to see if an AI will eventually snap out of frustration.

Enough of the purple pipe already!

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Boeing's X-Wing 737 makes first flight

Mr ChriZ

Will they start back fitting these winglets to current aircraft?

I think they did that with the current tips didn't they?

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Most of the world still dependent on cash

Mr ChriZ

Re: nowt wrong with cash

"so that puts competitive pressure on the banks to keep a positive savings rate."

Not sure that is logically correct... it puts pressure on banks to provide a better savings rate than other banks...that rate could still however be negative.

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Not good enough, VW: California nixes toxic mix fix in strict interdict

Mr ChriZ

Re: CARB

If it makes anyone feel any better the largest shareholder of BP by quite some margin is U.S. investment firm JPMorgan Chase.

http://www.allgov.com/news/top-stories/who-owns-bp-biggest-shareholder-is-jpmorgan-chase?news=840968

BP is about as British as a McDonalds.

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JD Wetherspoon: A 'hacker' nicks 650,000 pub-goers' data

Mr ChriZ

Re: so they're only storing the last four digits of a CC number

It's kind of standard.

http://security.stackexchange.com/questions/19860/minimum-requrements-for-storing-last-4-digits-of-credit-card-number

The last four digits are what most payment gateways return to you. As such there shouldn't be sources that contain the other digits to build the whole string.

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Doctor Who: The Hybrid finally reveals itself in the epic Heaven Sent

Mr ChriZ

Re: Myst - Well Done

haha reminded me of a mixture of spire from Myst IV and the mechanical age from the original :)

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Apple's design 'drives up support costs, makes gadgets harder to use'

Mr ChriZ

Re: Perhaps I am the only one

yeah but we also have the triangle circle and square on Android.... who ever thought that was a good idea should be placed in a shark infested tank with three buttons of which one will hoist them to safety.

■ ○ or ◢

They will get one press.

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Google snaps Dutch woman completely taking the piss

Mr ChriZ

Re: Poor restoration

I had no idea they had blimps in 1643.

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Volvo to 'accept full liability' for crashes with its driverless cars

Mr ChriZ

Re: Not theat simple

I foresee a need of many 'log file analysts'!

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Google Chromecast 2015: Puck-on-a-string fun ... why not, for £30?

Mr ChriZ

Re: Let the data flow

Been using the Amazon Fire stick (impulse buy) for about 3 weeks now completely wirelessly.

It's been flawless. Even the remote is great. It doesn't use infra red so works no matter where I am in the room. We've been using it for Amazon music, BBC Iplayer, and Netflix.

So far so good!

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GCHQ's SMURF ARMY can hack smartphones, says Snowden. Again.

Mr ChriZ

Re: "...he says can turn a phone on or off"

I wonder if what he means is that a flag is set in advance when the phone is turned on that the NSA is interested in it.

At that point when the user turns it off - it either doesn't fully turn off or turns back on again after a fixed period of time.

I'd like to see more evidence of this though.

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Search engine can find the VPN that NUCLEAR PLANT boss DIDN'T KNOW was there - report

Mr ChriZ

Don't worry. It's all fine just ask Lewis Page.

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Share-crazy millennials spaff passwords ALL OVER the workplace

Mr ChriZ

This is probably something to do with the older IT managers setting up password schemes that need changing once a day, with no reuse policy over a 6 month period, and the password needs to be at least 20 letters long and contain a mixture of uppper and lower case characters, symbols, numbers, and 3 key combinations. When questioned these IT managers state it's company policy to improve security, and that some Microsoft dude mentioned it was a good idea 20 years ago.

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