Feeds

* Posts by tfewster

129 posts • joined 18 May 2007

Page:

Sticky Tahr-fy pudding: Ubuntu 14.04 slickest Linux desktop ever

tfewster

re: command line (@ A J Stiles)

What, use the command line, like in Windows? Where most support conversations go "Click Start, type <command> and press enter?" e.g. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/windows/i-cant-start-the-microsoft-security-essentials-service

Shame Windows doesn't have command-line editing to allow you to fix typos. Or leave a window open to check what you might have done wrong, let alone show you the error message. Simply repeat the entire process, correctly this time.

20
1

Google kills copycat TfL congestion charge payment ads

tfewster

I appreciate Google can't police the web and struggle to avoid automated suggested phrase completions without upsetting, e.g. Max Mosley.

But ads are their core business, and they must be aware of the scam sites without needing to be told. A conspiracy to defraud charge and seizing their assets as proceeds of crime should help them focus on their responsibilities.

2
3

Whitehall and Microsoft negotiate NHS Windows XP hacker survival plan

tfewster
FAIL

You're looking at it wrong...

If the XP machines don't have internet access, that reduces the risk. They may be sitting ducks, but ducks behind a (fire)wall are hard to hit. I would have thought the Cabinet Office could have issued a policy enforcement order backed by the ICO - Any XP machines not covered by some risk mitigation strategy will be regarded as a violation of the DPA and evidence of gross mismanagement.

The last section of the articles raises other questions:

What's the "Windows XP browser"? IE6? How about paying Microsoft a million bucks to release a standalone version of IE6, with all its own libraries so it can coexist with later versions of IE on later versions of Windows? (Yeah, I know it won't work, but the question should have been asked).

Does "Choose & Book" still only support Internet Explorer? What versions? Does it work in Compatibility Mode? Does it support mobiles? All key features for a patient accessible system.

I understand that upgrading hundreds of apps takes time, but any organisation only just now starting to think about it deserves a severe kicking.

2
0

Fujitsu launches lappie for oldies

tfewster

Agreed, CPU doesn't make much difference to usability on most of the laptops I've used for "normal" work; Lots of memory and an SSD option would make these laptops safer from an impatient senior poking them with a walking stick to prod them into a response ;-)

My latest Lenovo has taken a backward step, with just one LED, indicating power - No mains or battery indicators, no HDD light to show you it's busy, no WIFI/Bluetooth indicators - I nearly whacked it myself while it was going through its incredibly slow setup process (with no opportunity to start Task Manager to see what it was actually doing). I'd hate to have to do remote support on that one.

0
0

THUNDERING GAS destroys disks during data centre incident

tfewster

Re: Nice demonstration

Which begs the question - does the noise from the A/C and servers cause a problem too?

1
0

Davos Diary: POVERTY disruption in ACTION. Cash-poor? Just mine a #BongCoin!

tfewster

The trouble with ¡Bong!..

..is I'm not sure how much is parody. I suspect it's closer to the truth than I really want to know.

6
0

Blighty's tech sector hasn't had it so good for TEN YEARS - report

tfewster
WTF?

Re: Meh....

Or, to look at it another way...The UK is recovering from a FIVE YEAR recession and companies are starting to buy tech again. i.e. the economy allows tech companies to prosper, rather than tech companies driving growth.

0
0

Oracle spoils your day with NEARLY 150 patches

tfewster

Oracle spoils your day with a GROSS of patches

FTFY. 144 = 1 gross, or "over 140". Not "nearly 150". Plus "gross" as in "yuck" or "gross negligence" seem quite appropriate as well.

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/gross

2
0

ATM hacker Barnaby Jack's death blamed on accidental drug overdose

tfewster
FAIL

A bit slow, El Reg

As reported by the BBC on 3rd Jan: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-25598791

Oh, and you might be interested in another BBC story about a company that lost a bunch of credit card CVV numbers (that they shouldn't have been storing anyway) - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-25591548

2
1

Scientists discover supervolcano trigger that could herald humanity's doom

tfewster
Mushroom

So perhaps if we can fracture (frack) enough of a layer of the Earth's crust, we could enable the Yellowstone super volcano to let go its pressure before it blows. Fracking could go down in geological history as the best thing humans ever did.

FTFY. By judicious drilling, you might be able to create a volcano 10km from a city, rather than risk it blowing at a random outlet in the area. I don't know if the technology exists (yet) to create a vent-hole to that depth, but you might be able to get some payback from geothermal energy. Gotta be better than waiting & hoping...

Ground zero at the fracture site ------>

7
0

The Bong's NEXT-mas Message for 2012

tfewster

Re: Same us from this please!

Um - you _do_ realise the Bong articles are satire, right? Though they're not far from the BS that actually gets spouted by "thought leaders".

+1 for the fire axe/body bag/woodchipper strategy tho'

4
0

We're making TOO MUCH CASH, say CryptoLocker scum in ransom price cut

tfewster

Re: The thing that gets me...

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2013/09/23/data_backup_column/

Gene Cash

Re: Speaking as a humble home user

"There are two types of people:

Those that make backups.

And those that have yet to lose irreplaceable data."

"You don't convince family members to take periodic backups. Repeated, tragic data loss convinces family members to take periodic backups. Same as everyone else."

0
0

Microsoft touts SCROOGLE merch: Hopes YOU'LL PAY to dump on rival

tfewster
Coffee/keyboard

Re: Negative marketing is really attractive to Apple fanbois

IBM marketing "restrained"?! The same IBM who practically _invented_ FUD (Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt) as a tactic for attacking their competitors and frightening customers into buying IBM?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fear,_uncertainty_and_doubt

Oh yeah, and remember Microsofts stance on the "communist" Open Source movement? Classic FUD

You, sir, owe me a new keyboard.

5
0

Cryptolocker infects cop PC: Massachusetts plod fork out Bitcoin ransom

tfewster
FAIL

Re: A novel approach to crimefighting...

Equally embarrassing for the police to admit they had no other way of recovering the data. Hopefully the "investigation" will cover backups and user training/discipline.

And the best possible publicity for the CryptoLocker villains - being able to cite the police as a reference site. "See, you can trust us to restore your data - as soon as you pay the Idiot Tax"

8
0

Fiendish CryptoLocker ransomware: Whatever you do, don't PAY

tfewster
Thumb Up

Re: NSA PR Opportunity

Obligatory

http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/2013-09-06/

3
1

Apple iOS 7 makes some users literally SICK. As in puking, not upset

tfewster
Thumb Up

Re: oooh, how did I do that?

Yep, I never upgraded from IOS5 because I wanted to stick with "native" Google Maps rather than have to download the standalone Google maps app.

My concern is that IOS doesn't have patches, just upgrades, so if you need a security fix you get a bunch of features updates too.

2
0

Study finds open-source home 3D printer could save $2,000 a year

tfewster

+ 100 rightful cynicism for Iain Thomson

(how come we can't rate articles any more?)

Even better, it seems that I can manufacture $2000 worth of saleable goods for just $18 from my home printer! And undercut all those inefficient big manufacturers who waste their money on R&D!

Where's the Scrooge McDuck $$$ icon?

1
0

HALF of air passengers leave phones on ... yet STILL no DEATH PLUNGE

tfewster
Flame

Thanks matt747 - good feedback

My gripe was that, just 2 years ago, I was told my phone had to stay off for the duration of the flight - Flight mode wasn't good enough, no phone games, no music player etc. Which stuffed my plans for enduring four hours in cattle-class and, as I was already stressed & stroppy*, I considered getting off the 767 on the basis it must be unsafe if it couldn't cope with ANY electronic devices in the vicinity.

* Yeah, I'm a bad flyer. I have no problem with heavier-than-air flight, it's airport and airline staff that wind me up. And I'm not a people-person. And I expect lots of downvotes for this rant.

1
1
tfewster

Re: Not just radio signal safety

Not a problem mate - Years ago, I had my camera bag (with my ticket & passport in it) nicked shortly before boarding a ferry from Spain to the UK. I explained the situation to the ferry company and Spanish authorities, and they let me on. UK passport control was similarly understanding, with some basic verification). With modern passenger lists, I'd be confident of stepping up and saying - "I'm <tfewster>, and you know I boarded the plane that just crash-landed - so there's no problem, is there?"

But yeah, phone & wallet (in that order these days) are an inseparable part of me

0
0

You MERCILESS FIEND... you put that audio file on AUTOPLAY

tfewster
Facepalm

Re: Err...

Not weird, but unusually thoughtful!

The first thing I do at any new workstation is to disable Windows sounds; Unfortunately some people seem to like audio confirmation that they've just clicked something , sent an IM etc., so everyone else in the office is made aware of it too...

2
0

DARPA uncloaks unTerminator for $2 million robotics challenge

tfewster

Tethering has its own limitations

Drag on an (armoured) cable round a few corners & doorways will stop it. How about the option to plug into a power socket when it reaches its destination?

Though wireless comms would be a problem in a shielded/metallic/thick walled environment, unless it can drop repeaters as it goes along

1
0

Apple files patent for 'Waze-plus'

tfewster
Facepalm

Not binary

Slightly pissed ATM, but I can still think if at least 3 rating "dimensions":

a) Fast

b) Pretty

c) a or b, but currently (temporarily) blocked

Which one is important to you at this moment in time?

But more seriously, what's new in this patent "to share and allow for building on this idea"?

icon for the USPTO ->

0
0

The IT Crowd returns to Channel 4 for a final episode

tfewster
Headmaster

damp squi[d|b]

Sorry, it's deliberate reference to a joke from the show:

http://theitcrowd.wikia.com/wiki/Divorce_trial_of_Douglas_and_Victoria_Reynholm

4
0

Apple to end support for original iPhone: report

tfewster
Facepalm

IOS 4, released in 2010, didn't run on the original iPhone; As there were no more bug fixes to IOS 3, I'd call that "out of support" after 3 years.

Even worse, I bought an iPhone 3G in April 2009 just before the 3GS came out; When IOS 4.3 was released in March 2011, it didn't support the 3G. (I always wondered if I could have returned the 3G as "not fit for purpose" under the SOGA, especially as it was on a 24 month contract with O2 ;-)

5
6

Yelling at mobes while driving just as bad as texting

tfewster
Go

If only...

.. someone could create an app for these mobes that transmitted the speech directly to a receiving mobe that then output it in an audio format, so the meatware on the far end could interpret it and query any misspellings, rather than a speech-to-text encoder that means the driver has to look at the screen. You could call it a far-speaker or "tele-phonic" app.

Yes, I'm aware that even hands-free (tele-phonic) communication is distracting to the driver, but at least they can keep their eyes on the road.

2
0

Capgemini staffers evacuated by cops after London helicopter crash

tfewster
Coat

Re: Phew!

Could have been worse - e.g. "Capgemini staffers pulled out by the fuzz"

2
0

Brits are so outraged by Amazon, they voted it TOP for shopping

tfewster

[ab]using Amazon

This year I checked peoples Amazon wishlists and bought elsewhere, using the handy "Bought this somewhere else" feature of wishlists to try to make my point known.

It's been painful - many items on Amazon can't be found elsewhere, or are at much higher prices. Delivery times have been poor, and tracking orders a pain.

In conclusion, I'd be happy to pay 10-20% more for goods from Amazon for the convenience and quality of service.

2
3

Judge drops TV ad-block block: So how will anyone pay for TV now?

tfewster

The cost

£4.6bn in annual TV advertising revenue / 25 million households = £184 per household p.a.

1
0

El Reg seeks hoardiest reader for crap-stashtic honour

tfewster
Angel

hidden stashes

Yeah, it would take me days to assemble a pile of stuff to take a photo, and SWM(S)BO would take the opportunity to make me justify every item once it's in view. On the other hand, she promised to sort out her book/clothes/shoes while she was on half-term holiday but didn't, so I have the moral high ground at the moment.

0
0
tfewster
Linux

Re: oh so familiar

Is that you, Sue?

I'm pleased to say I've just dug out a 10 year old, 2 generations superseded, Unix software set of CDs - because I need it to save the day at work. I'll buy you a fourth wardrobe with the bonus I get ;-)

0
0

Guardian's Robin Hood plan: Steal from everyone to give to us

tfewster
Thumb Up

Re: Here's an idea

http://www.cracked.com/photoplasty_233_one-step-solutions-to-fixing-economy_p20/#1

0
0

Ten... all-in-one inkjet photo printers

tfewster
Facepalm

Re: When is £300>£499?

And Reg Hardware is less than helpful:

Cost per page: Brother printers "as low as Kodak"; Kodak ESP "no lower than Brother"; Kodak Hero "Lowest" @4.1p

Print Quality: Brother - "ragged?"; Kodak ESP "better than Brother"; Kodak Hero "the same on all papers"

Fortunately you can get the info on the Kodak ESP 3.2 from from http://www.reghardware.com/2012/07/07/review_ten_budget_inkjet_all_in_one_printers/

As always, a summary table would be helpful (And would make recursion obvious)

0
0

Ten budget inkjet printers

tfewster

How hard could it be to summarise this in a table?

For a comparison, copy/paste the following into a text file, save as a .csv & open in a spreadsheet:

Budget All-in-ones,Price,Rating,Print Quality,B PPM,C PPM,B p/p,C p/p,ADF,Fax,Cassette,Card Reader,Carts,Connect,Dimensions,Display

Brother DCP-J125,£65-90,70%,Fair,3.2,,1.6,7.6,N,N,100,Y,,USB,,Colour LCD

Brother MFC-J430W,£90-108,65%,Poor,7.7,4.8,2.6,7.6,20,Y,100,Y?,,USB WiFi,,Colour LCD

Canon PIXMA MG2150,£49,65%,Good,6.9,1.7,3.2,7.8,,,,,Tri-Colour,USB,,LED

Epson SX235W,£50,60%,Poor,3.9,1.1,1.5,10,,,,,,"USB, WiFi",,-

Epson Stylus Office BX305FW Plus,£90,60%,Fair,3.8,1.3,2.6,9.5,Y,Y,,Y,,,,Mono LCD

HP Deskjet 3050A,£40,80%,OK,6.4,2.2,4.8,11.8,,,,,,USB WiFi,small?,Mono LCD

HP Photosmart 5510,£70,90%,Good,9.2,4.6,2.2,6.6,,,,Y,Separate,? WiFi,,Touchscreen

Kodak ESP 1.2,£69,80%,Good,8.1,3.5,1.6,4.4,,,,Y,Tri-Colour,,,Colour LCD

Kodak ESP 3.2,£79,75%,Good,8.6,3.7,1.6,4.4,,,,,,,,Colour LCD

Lexmark Interpret S405,£50-133,70%,OK,6.8,4.1,3.9,11.5,Y,Y,,Y,,? WiFi,large?,LCD

This is based just on the article (apart from the unmentioned WiFi on the Lexmark, but given away by the "WiFi" logo!). If anyone's interested, I'll do some research & fill in the blanks.

2
1

'Inexperienced' RBS tech operative's blunder led to banking meltdown

tfewster

Re: Re: I wonder

Year 1: We outsourced our service to save money! Bonuses all round!

Year 2: We insourced our service to improve service! Bonuses all round!

Repeat.

Funny how my spellchecker recognises "outsourced" but not "insourced"

0
0
tfewster
Facepalm

Re: Work Blunders

> he got his root access taken away...

But he'd just gained valuable experience! That gut feeling that makes you pause before hitting return because something isn't quite right..

OTOH, someone who makes the same mistake twice deserves no mercy

0
0
tfewster

Re: Good work, El Reg

+1; but with one correction

"Proof that the average journo writes bollocks as doing [select * from useful_careers] was too hard for them"

0
0

No one watches TV, Nielsen, and you know it

tfewster
Thumb Up

Re: Licence fee

I worked it out as approx £200 per household per year, to completely replace all TV advertising revenue with subscriptions. But I'd settle for 3 minutes of "comfort breaks" every 15 minutes. They can show what they like then, so long as they give me a decent transition/warning notice that the programme is about to restart.

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/2/2012/05/19/dish_networks_at_odds_with_broadcasters_over_ad_skipping/ (2nd page of comments)

0
0

Apple's iPhone 5 connector said to be a control freak

tfewster
FAIL

MagSafe patent

I just love the (wikipedia) article on MagSafe:

MagSafe works exactly the same as the magnetic power connectors ... from the early 2000s have... Apple exclusively owns US Patent No. 7311526 ("Magnetic connector for electronic device", issued in 2007)

Fail, for the USPTO

1
0

EU lurches behind copyright free-for-all landgrab

tfewster
Facepalm

Re: Income

Except no-one knows it's your work, because EvilCorp have stripped out the EXIF data & don't attribute you.

4
0

HP-Oracle Itanium smackdown starts

tfewster
Trollface

Re: Come on, HP

Even if your assumptions were true - What do HP have to gain from letting Oracle get away with this?

I'd be interested to see Oracles P&L statement for oracle on Itanium - i.e. "what will it cost us to bin our most important enterprise software partner?"

Disclaimer: I'm an HP-UX lover, but don't necessarily love the ugly step-sisters - Itanium & HP Corp.

3
3

People-powered Olympic shopping mall: A sign of utter tech illiteracy

tfewster

Re: Just what I needed...

"There is no problem that cannot be solved by a suitable application of high explosives" - US Army Demolitions School

5
0

NetApp's Cloud Czar predicts the death of VMAX

tfewster
Facepalm

Well done NetApp

You're announcing a paradigm that EMC seem to...have had for a while!

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/07/14/emc_vmaxe/

http://www.emc.com/collateral/hardware/white-papers/h8125-storage-tiering-sql-server-vmax-wp.pdf

I'm not a storage guru, so feel free to enlighten me on how Goldilocks is "new" compared to "fully-automated storage tiering (FAST VP)"?

1
1

Ten... Star Wars videogame classics

tfewster

Re: Never understood...

Never hit that bug - I must have destroyed the so-called Invincible half a dozen times in the same storyline.

The STD Badi Dea was a bit tougher - Relentless waves of TFs, TDs & TBs. If you destroyed 5 out the 6 of each squad, the last would suicide so a new wave could spawn.

And one STD would hyperspace out once you knocked its shield generators down. Tried it with a Y-Wing, but never had time to disable it with Ions

Still, 16 out of 18 (I think) ain't bad.

But Tie Fighter bored me. Too much defending stupid allies, useless wingmen, not enough shooting everything that moves.

0
0

Pipex 'silence' condemned punters' emails to spam blackhole

tfewster

Re: Obvious Solution

Agreed, move ISPs - And with no penalties if the old ISP has broken the contract by failing to supply a reasonable service. Making them pay costs would be even better - e.g. changing your email address*

* Yes, I know you can have a persistent address, run your own mail server etc. But 99% of the world shouldn't need to.

0
0
tfewster

@ h4rm0ny Re: Very sad

I'm assuming you have a Pipex Business contract - you didn't make it clear, which is probably the reason for the downvotes. Home user support bad; Business customer support good;

0
1

Dish Networks locks horns with broadcasters over ad skipping

tfewster

@Neil Barnes Re: The (low) price of ad-free TV

Actually, the £2.4Bn _is_ for TV; The other £1.2Bn covers the other media. So you get 4 ad-free channels + content for about £100 p.a. The point of my post was that for an extra £200 p.a. (we) could replace advertising revenue with subscription revenue and have dozens of ad-free channels showing quality original content from around the world. Which _does_ make the BBC look expensive.

As to the cost of advertising being included in the product - Unfortunately ad-free TV wouldn't eliminate advertising agencies, but it might make them pay more to create an interesting ad* ** and pay more for the limited TV slots that wanted to use the ad-revenue model - Keeping up the revenue and enabling creation of more quality content.

*If I recall correctly, it used to cost about £1m to create an ad and £0.25m per showing in peak time; So skimping on the creation was a false saving.

** How about the ASA being the judge of "good" ads? If viewers complain that an ad is boring, they could prevent it being shown again :-)

Absolutely agreed on the purpose of advertising; It's fine if you don't have access to a search engine when you think "I want a widget that does X and Y"; It's OK if you live in a cave and never thought of X and Y as being useful. But as the best advertising is word of mouth (enhanced by t'internet), the old Awareness/Interest/Desire/Action model is only effective on a limited % of the viewers

0
0
tfewster

The (low) price of ad-free TV

Television advertising revenue in the UK = £4.36bn in 2011 / 25 million homes in the UK

So to replace that advertising revenue, you would need another £174* on the licence fee, to be distributed across all the channels. That's just £14.50 a month on top of your "service provider" fees - BBC licence + Sky subs

*Call it £200, as the ad + trailer time MUST be replaced with actual programs!

It would be more expensive in the US:

US advertising revenues in 2011 = $171.7 billion / 160 million homes = $1000 p.a.

More reading:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Television_licensing_in_the_United_Kingdom#Licence_fee_expenditure

BBC: £145.50 for colour * 25 million homes in the UK = £3.6 billion in 2010 => 2.4bn on TV (66% of BBC revenue on ad-free TV). A bit expensive for just 2 ad-free channels?!

0
0

Facebook's Eduardo Saverin: I'm not a tax-dodger

tfewster
Trollface

@Arctic Fox RE:"Do you want to live in a capitalist or communist regime?"

Yep, hence the troll icon. Maybe a "Joke Alert" would have been better?

Oh, by the way - Did you warn them about 9/11 etc.? http://xkcd.com/875/

0
0
tfewster

Re: AC Re: @Philip - govt regulation

Yep, and the standard defence from British banks was "The government didn't stop us from doing something stupid, so it's the governments fault". Not "the government _made_ us do something we regarded as stupid"!

1
0

Does Britain really need a space port?

tfewster

Re: Build high

I see the Joke Alert icon, but just in case - I'll save you the walk

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_elevator

0
0

Page: