Feeds

* Posts by plrndl

393 posts • joined 11 Feb 2010

Page:

New Snowden leak: How NSA shared 850-billion-plus metadata records

plrndl
Bronze badge

Re: Curious?

They don't trust anyone who doesn't speak English as a native language.

11
0

Linux turns 23 and Linus Torvalds celebrates as only he can

plrndl
Bronze badge
Linux

Re: 23 Years

"And still waiting for it to hit the mainstream."

Over 85% of smartphones sold in the last quarter are running Linux. You can't get much more mainstream than that.

I could go on about super-computers, set top-boxes etc etc, but I can't be bothered.

26
4

Take the shame: Microsofties ADMIT to playing Internet Explorer name-change game

plrndl
Bronze badge
Linux

Mosaic

2
0

£100m DMI omnifail: BBC managers' emails trawled by employment tribunal

plrndl
Bronze badge

Re: Politicians are to blame, not the BBC.

"but for things like production and studio areas you do not need to be London based."

"Manchester... Its a few hours on a train "

Not everyone who works in production and studio areas is a full time BBC employee. Most producers, engineers and actors are freelance professionals who work for a range of clients and are based in London, where the vast majority of facilites and work are also based.

How would you like the cost and aggravation of a 4-hour plus round journey commute, possibly carrying bulky and/or expensive equipment?

(Former freelance recording engineer.)

0
0
plrndl
Bronze badge

Re: At least it's not my money these buffoons are burning

"I like the idea of free to view telly with no advertising..."

The BBC carries a vast amount of advertising, mostly for BBC channels and products, but none of it is paid for, and its commercial activities are so badly run and overstaffed that the make very litle money.

Incidentally the last time I listened to BBC Radio London, the most commonly heard phrase was "sponsored by HMV".

1
0

Vulture 2 spaceplane autopilot brain surgery a total success

plrndl
Bronze badge

Nice shed.

1
0

Pop-up ad man: SORRY we made such a 'hated tool', netizens

plrndl
Bronze badge

Maybe he could atone by creating an ad blocker that works.

0
0

Intel disables hot new TSX tech in early Broadwells and Haswells

plrndl
Bronze badge

Re: “unpredictable system behavior”

It's those pesky users at it again.

0
0

Time to move away from Windows 7 ... whoa, whoa, who said anything about Windows 8?

plrndl
Bronze badge

Re: Gartner is, as usual, smoking crack.

Maybe you need to get a proper operating system.

3
7

Secretive Apple's super-secret university is full of BULL chic – leakers

plrndl
Bronze badge

No surprise that the first thing Apple staff learn is bull.

0
0

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4: 4G Android tablet is easy to swallow

plrndl
Bronze badge
Linux

Re: Storage costs aren't always commutable @ Kubla Cant

My Mint 17 box mounts my Android 4.4.4 phone as a media device, which has 2 sub-directories, "Internal storage" and "SD card". These can be accessed identically to the USB HD that was detected by earlier versions of Android.

0
0

Wait, an actual QR code use case? TGI Friday's builds techno-restaurant

plrndl
Bronze badge
Joke

"and leave by using your mobile phone."

So they're doing away with the trains too?

5
0

Nuts to your poncey hipster coffees, I want a TESLA ELECTRO-CAFE

plrndl
Bronze badge
Facepalm

The reason our High Streets are filled the same names pretty much everywhere, is that a small number of companies master the art of performing their function reasonably well, and prosper, while a large number cannot manage to put together the basics consistently, and perish.

9
0

GCHQ names the Hogwarts for Hackers

plrndl
Bronze badge

@Christoph

"So if you pass one of these courses and don't go to work for them or for someone they approve of, they will keep a permanent eye on you..."

...just like everyone else.

2
0

Just TWO climate committee MPs contradict IPCC: The two with SCIENCE degrees

plrndl
Bronze badge

Re: No Surprise

"I'm still waiting for the people with the supposed knowledge to come to some consensus as to what is really happening."

One of the major problems with "climate science" is that there's no such thing. The drivers of climate that we know about cover a great many different disciplines. There could be many other that we don't even know about, other “butterfly in Beijing” effects.

13
8

Adam Afriyie MP: Smart meters are NOT so smart

plrndl
Bronze badge

1. Anyone who is smart enough and concerned enough to make use of consumption and costing data is smart enough to use the data that is already available.

2. Anyone who thinks smart meters will lead to reduced energy costs or use is naïve to the point of stupidity.

3. The meters will be hacked within days of going live, putting them within the control of any bad-hat who wants to use them for their own ends.

1
1

iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms

plrndl
Bronze badge

Re: Ipad only a content consumption device

The number of people who consume content is many orders of magnitude greater than the number who create it. A modern PC is massively over-specced for the vast majority of users.

14
1

Home Office threw £347m in the bin on failed asylum processing IT project

plrndl
Bronze badge
Holmes

Re: WTF

“How the Hell, can you not manage to computerise a paper based system with that level of funding.”

Actually it's trivial. Paper based systems are never complete systems, particularly in bureaucratic “organisations”. These “systems” rely on the existence of a small proportion of operatives who are smart enough and willing enough to add functionality to the system. When you remove the smart element and make the system run at GHz clock speeds, you get a solid lock-up.

The only way to get a working computer system, is to create a perfect system, then computerise it, as any fule kno.

0
0

X marks the chop: Microsoft takes axe to Nokia's Android venture

plrndl
Bronze badge

Re: why does this remind me of IBM

Microsoft(ies) should note that IBM had to lose $7.5 billion, two years in a row, before it came to its senses and started to change into a sustainable business, and it came out on a much smaller scale.

0
0
plrndl
Bronze badge

Re: Buzzword bingo

Nadella probably writes in plain English, then runs it through Bing translate.

http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/1992-12-21/

4
0

Microsoft: You NEED bad passwords and should re-use them a lot

plrndl
Bronze badge

Re: Unique Passwords

@Neil Barnes

Be grateful you weren't born in Scunthorpe!

3
0

Microsoft's Lumia 930... a real HANDFUL

plrndl
Bronze badge
Linux

Re: What, no whiny "Pity it runs Windows" comments?

Perhaps because for that money, you have a huge range of Android phones from which to choose.

1
0

FBI: We found US MILITARY AIRCRAFT INTEL during raid on alleged Chinese hacker

plrndl
Bronze badge
FAIL

Re: I am amazed

If this data is supposed to be so secret, what is it doing on internet connected servers in the first place?

2
0

UK's emergency data slurp: IT giants panicked over 'legal uncertainty'

plrndl
Bronze badge

Re: The draft bill says they can require the ISPs keep EVERYTHING FOREVER

"A retention notice may—

...

(e) make different provision for different purposes"

Surely that makes ALL other laws redundant!

0
0
plrndl
Bronze badge

Re: Overseas firms

re Huawei

It should be obvious by now, that the "problem" with Huawei gear is that it DOESN'T have backdoors.

3
0

Report: UK.gov wants to legislate on comms data BEFORE next election

plrndl
Bronze badge

"Communications data is now used in more than 90 per cent of serious and organised crime investigations..."

because playing with a computer is much easier than getting off your arse and doing proper police work.

5
2

USA to insist on pre-flight mobe power probe

plrndl
Bronze badge

Re: I wonder how they got this information?

I'd rather have my freedom back, and run the risk of getting blown to smithereens. We're all going to die sometime, but I want to enjoy the time I have here.

21
1

BOFH: You can take our lives, but you'll never take OUR MACROS

plrndl
Bronze badge
Mushroom

Re: Bane of my life

If MS produced a version of Excel that fixed all the bugs that have previously been reclassified as features, that would be the end.

0
0

'World’s dumbest' suspect collared in Facebook sting

plrndl
Bronze badge

Re: Elephant in the room

Maybe it was running XP.

2
0

Microsoft is still touting Android smartphones – meet the new Nokia X2

plrndl
Bronze badge
Linux

Re: Target Market ?

I'm sure the good folks at Cyanogenmod will have a version of kit kat running on this soon.

2
0

DISPLAY DESTRUCTION D'OH! Teardown cracks Surface Pro 3 screen

plrndl
Bronze badge
Linux

Re: Sad

The Surface 3 is not sold in the EU.

0
1

Microsoft ups OneDrive storage, slashes prices to match Google Drive

plrndl
Bronze badge

Deja Vu

This is a mistake the phone companies made when they offered unlimited data contracts, at a time when "no-one" was using data on their phones.

It won't be long before someone invents a use for all this "free" storage, and MS will have to start charging customers for this, after they've become committed to the data use.

2
1

Android to drop Dalvik VM for high-performance ART in next version

plrndl
Bronze badge

"I'd love to run KitKat on my Galaxy S3"

Why not try Cyanogenmod 11? I'm running an unofficial build of it on my rather more modest Huawei Y300 and after 2 weeks it's proved to be stable and reliable.

1
1

9 Dark Social Truths That Will Totally Blow Your Bowels!

plrndl
Bronze badge
Pint

I'll have some of what he's on, please.

(Whatever it is I'm sure it'll fit in a pint glass.)

0
0

Microsoft: NSA security fallout 'getting worse' ... 'not blowing over'

plrndl
Bronze badge

Re: "Who knew the NSA might have some real benefit to the masses?"

Scott Adams has of course been here: http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/2013-09-06/

2
0

The cute things they say

plrndl
Bronze badge

I once had a boss who spent hours creating spreadsheets of prices, discounts etc.

He did all the calculations on a calculator.

1
0

TIME TRAVELLERS needed to secure Windows 7

plrndl
Bronze badge
Linux

Re: Combo Upate

"Can't all their engineering brains sort this mess out?"

Obviously not.

3
0

When will Microsoft next run out of US IPv4 addresses for Azure?

plrndl
Bronze badge
Go

Maybe they should ask Stephen Fry to make some for them.

0
0

So, what exactly defines a 'boffin'? Speak your brains...

plrndl
Bronze badge

Re: @Domeyhead

"The car is hard to quantify..."

Rover, any vintage.

1
0
plrndl
Bronze badge

Re: definition: applied scientist?

Agreed.

The idea that boffinry goes with certain job titles is well wide of the mark, and it is noticable that this has been ignored by most commentards.

I also reject the suggestion that incomprehensibility is a requirement for boffinry, although it is often an accompaniment. Richard Feynman was a boffin of the highest order, and noted for his ability to explain the most abstruse concepts to mere mortals. He even induced arts students to voluntarily attend theoretical physics lectures, an awesone achievment.

Surely the essential characteristic of a boffin is the ability to put vast amounts of learning to a practical use that benefits the rest of us.

4
0

UK govt preps World War 2 energy rationing to keep the lights on

This post has been deleted by a moderator

plrndl
Bronze badge

Meanwhile we have c200 tons of plutonium which will be a hugely expensive storage nightmare until we "burn" it to produce nuclear energy.

7
0

Ukrainian teen created in lab passes Turing Test – famous nutty prof

plrndl
Bronze badge

Re: Intelligence on the internet?

It's a long time since I was 13, but I seem to recall that mumbling a lot and refusing to complete sentances and answer questions were par for the course.

It should be easy for a computer to replicate that.

3
0

UK govt 'tearing up road laws' for Google's self-driving cars: THE TRUTH

plrndl
Bronze badge

Re: Driverless car

"If it goes ahead, justifying train drivers will get hard."

You are making an assumption that passengers are rational beings.

Do you have any evidence to support this?

3
2

FIGHT! Intel disputes ARM's claims of Android superiority

plrndl
Bronze badge

There are three kinds of lies: my benchmarks, your benchmarks and his benchmarks.

2
0

Linux users at risk as ANOTHER critical GnuTLS bug found

plrndl
Bronze badge
Linux

Re: How severe is this bug?

"If I buy a car..."

And if someone gives you a free car, and explicitly states that it is not guaranteed, and that you are responsible for determining its fitness for purpose...?

1
1

Microsoft's 'CEO of no' on Xbox: NO SALE

plrndl
Bronze badge
Linux

Re: Good luck

The problem with maintaining the Windows business is that it is based on selling an OS that is so bad that people will willingly pay for a new version that claims to improve on the old. I have personally purchased numerous DOS/Win upgrades for this reason, before moving to Linux.

Compared to its predecessors, XP SP3 was good enough that people had less interest in upgrading. W8 with its not-Windows interface really killed the goose that laid the golden eggs.

Microsoft now has to get out of the OS businerss to survive.

3
2

Skype to become 'Star Trek' style real-time translator, says Redmond

plrndl
Bronze badge

Re: My hovercraft is full of eels (Bing on Facebook)

I have a Hungarian friend on Facebook who sometimes posts in her native language, which Bing then offers to translate for me. The "translations" vary from completely incomprehensible English to almost pure Hungarian (only the word "fuck" was in English). I've never seen one which was in any way worthwhile, except as a joke.

4
0

It's Google's NO-WHEEL car. OMG... there aren't any BRAKES

plrndl
Bronze badge

Re: Bar Transport

"Or for old people"

Or for young people who are too stupid and irresponsible to drive safely

5
2

Microsoft Cortana EULA contains the Greatest Disclaimer of ALL TIME

plrndl
Bronze badge
Linux

Ha ha ha. Ha ha ha. Ha ha ha. Ha ha ha.

Can't wait for the follow up stories.

2
2

Page: