Feeds

* Posts by John Brown (no body)

1970 posts • joined 21 May 2010

Wireless Power standards are like Highlanders: There can be only ONE

John Brown (no body)
Silver badge

Re: Qi burger

"Once people can charge their phone at easy to find places, and places they regularly visit, they'll no longer fixate on bigger batteries."

Yes, there does seem to be an assumption that most of us "on the move" spend a lot of time in coffee shops, fast food cafes (They are NOT resturants) and hotels.

In general, these places like to create a relaxed and unhurried atmosphere while at the same time trying to get the fastest throughput possible at the seats so as to increase customer turnover and profits. Encouraging people to hang around longer while they get a decent chage on their phone seems counter-intutive to their business model.

Just how much useful charge will one of these pads give your phone in the 15 mins or so you are in a coffee shop?

0
0

Rosetta science team thinks Philae might come to life in the spring

John Brown (no body)
Silver badge

Re: Renvevous with Philae

...and the Ramans do everything in threes.

2
0

Bloke fighting Facebook in court says ad network claims its users lack 'legal capacity' to sue it

John Brown (no body)
Silver badge

Re: Aren't Facebook just arguing...

"something of value exchanged by both sides"

Ah, but didn't someone recently put a price on personal data, something in the region of £140 or so? That has value. On the other side of the contract is where the users get to use FB....ah. Yes, value on both sides. Now I see your point.

0
0

Snowden doc leak lists submarine'd cables tapped by spooks

John Brown (no body)
Silver badge

I think that report just goes to show that hoovering up mahoosive amounts of data is counter-productive. Most sensible people would suggest that more targetted data slurping would be the best solution but we all know what will happen. More money thrown at the problem in an attempt to analyse the ever growing mountain of data.

1
0

Suffering satellites! Goonhilly's ARTHUR REBORN for SPAAAACE

John Brown (no body)
Silver badge

Re: Portcurno Telegraph Museum

"quite disappointed that this place was no longer open for a visit."

Diito here. Was down there just after the end of season and was very dissappointed. Drove around a bit and could see a bit from the road, but that was all.

We'll go back when it'sopen though. I can wait a year or two :-)

1
0

Reuse the Force, Luke: SpaceX's Elon Musk reveals X-WING designs

John Brown (no body)
Silver badge

Re: But...

molecular sized nanomachines can build it atom by atom. I leave the construction of the self replicating nanomachines and the atomic structure of scrith as an exercise for the reader.

0
0
John Brown (no body)
Silver badge
Happy

"Two words:

Ringworld"

Ok. What's the other one?

3
0
John Brown (no body)
Silver badge

Re: Sir!

"This contraption is in the video clearly frightening the cattle"

Yes, they do seem to be running away in fear during the launch. On the other hand, they all seem to running for a closer look at the landing. Maybe they are realy interested in the outcome of these tests. They do have a vested interest after all. It's long time since a cow jumped over the moon.

4
0

Antarctic ice THICKER than first feared – penguin-bot boffins

John Brown (no body)
Silver badge

Re: Your theory is crap

"So a bottle only contains around 0.3 litres of water."

Bear in mind that sea water is salty and not conducive to manufacture of a good whisky. So first we need to distill the water to remove the salt which lots of left over salt laying around. Since much of the world is till in financial trouble, it might be time to return to using salt as a currency.

Oh, look. Making whisky to reduce sea levels creates a "salary" too. Free whisky!! Profit!!

6
0

No more lies, T-Mobile US: Download speed caps magically vanished on speed test websites

John Brown (no body)
Silver badge

Re: Their DNS is crap too

"Also, isn't this true with several landline ISPs that they treat speedtest sites specially? I know Comcast does it."

It could be useful if the ISPs (fixed and mobile) were up front and list speedtest sites, some of which they optimise routing etc and/or lift any speed caps, others which are "just another website". This would allow the customers to check actual and ideal conditions, speed capped and uncapped.

That might be too much honesty for the sales and marketing people to bear.

0
0
John Brown (no body)
Silver badge

In a way,I can see their point. I don't know the US market, but the fact that T-Mob don't cut you off or charge per MB after reaching your contracted data limit is probably a good thing. The user should be aware of their contracted data limits and doing a speed test while past their limit and capped would almost certainly result in may customers whinging that they've been capped rather than accepting they still have a service despite reaching their contracted limit.

I doubt it's fraud. More likely Sales and Marketing trying to skirt the edge of reality and as usual, ending up on the wrong side.

1
3

Regin: The super-spyware the security industry has been silent about

John Brown (no body)
Silver badge

Re: Hang on...

@ Allan George Dyer

Fair enough, I didn't read it properly

1
0
John Brown (no body)
Silver badge
WTF?

Hang on...

WTF is an AV outfit doing NOT dealing with or reporting on a sophisticated piece of malware "because their client" asked them not to? Are the people who PAY for their AV products not clients? It's not as if they are obligated to list the names and addresses of their infected "clients".

7
2

Google's Chrome to pull plug on plugins next September

John Brown (no body)
Silver badge

Spot on, well done that man. I'd not considered that Chromium != Chrome.

Well now that you mention it, I think I have vague memories of reading that somewhere. I just don't use Chrome/Chromium very often.

0
0
John Brown (no body)
Silver badge

"Support for Adobe Flash is already built into the browser and doesn't need a separate plugin."

Is it? Doesn't appear to be working on Linux or FreeBSD. Flash works just fine in Firefox but Chrome tells me I need to install the Flash plug-in.

0
1

Sony Pictures in IT lock-down after alleged hacker hosing

John Brown (no body)
Silver badge
Big Brother

Re: Predictable and not going away

"I do wonder though why Sony appear to get hit so often,"

Maube a lot of people remember how many peopler were hacked by Sonys rootkit.

1
1

Woman who stung Tinder with sex-pest sueball stings again – with rival Bumble app

John Brown (no body)
Silver badge

Re: Dating App =Creepy

@Chris G

You forgot the joke icon. Jokes REQUIRE a joke icon here. There are too many Sheldons and not enough Leonards reading El Reg.

11
0

iPhone sales set to PLUMMET: Bleak times ahead for Apple

John Brown (no body)
Silver badge

Re: Since they only sold

Yes, but the prediction is "reaching a height of a total of 71.5 units for the fourth quarter."

That apears to be a significant drop in sales ;-)

6
1

ESA's spaceplane cleared for lift-off in February 2015

John Brown (no body)
Silver badge

With it's enhanced direction control...

..it might make a better future ISS lifeboat. There may not be time to wait for an ideal lauch time to aim for a suitable spot with the pretty much uncontrolable Soyuz capsules.

2
0

We have a winner! Fresh Linux Mint 17.1 – hands down the best

John Brown (no body)
Silver badge

Re: Security

No, that's Linux Shamrock. It does use a green leaf logo though so that might have caused you some confusion.

0
0
John Brown (no body)
Silver badge
Coat

Re: Security

No, that's Linux Shamrock. It does a green leaf logo though so that might have caused you some confusion.

0
0

Too 4K-ing expensive? Five full HD laptops for work and play

John Brown (no body)
Silver badge

Re: Full HD?

"Most are shiny too."

Whatever happened to the H&S regulations on screen reflections? Maybe those shiney screens ought to be supplied with mesh screen covers or polarised glass cover add-ons like CRTS screens back in the 90's

0
0

Bond villains lament as Wicked Lasers withdraw death ray

John Brown (no body)
Silver badge

Re: I like toys but...

"a license to throw half a ton of car around the roads"

To balance that, a car is far more useful to most people than a high(ish) powered laser pointer.

Have to agree about the xenon headlights though. Is there a maximum brightness level for vehicle headlights? If so, do these lights exceed it or is the total light output just focussed more tightly? Should the max light level be based on incident light falling on a defined area at a defined distance rather than max wattage or candellas?

2
0

Androids in celluloid – which machine deserves the ULTIMATE MOVIE ROBOT title?

John Brown (no body)
Silver badge
Thumb Up

Re: How about Andromeda?

Yes, UI designers could learn a lot from Romy :-)

2
0
John Brown (no body)
Silver badge

No Cherry 2000?

Come on, there must be a few Howard Wolowitz types here.

1
0

'Snoopers' Charter IS DEAD', Lib Dems claim as party waves through IP address-matching

John Brown (no body)
Silver badge

Re: any recommendations for VPN router?

Just because it's legal to buy one now doesn't mean it won't be illegal to use or even just own one in the future.

Just look at the annual gun and knife "amnesties" held by the police every year. People handing over what may well have been legally purchased and owned weapons but which are now illegal even to possess.

I'd not put it past goverment to at least try to ban or licence VPN use in the future.

2
1
John Brown (no body)
Silver badge
Windows

IP Freely...

...available to match to people?

Does this mean your inate ability to remain hidden is now all out in the open?

1
0

Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Bryndzové halušky

John Brown (no body)
Silver badge

Re: gnocchi??

"You are frying your gnocchi!?"

No, I said "don't over boil it". Unless you mis-read try as fry.

Although deep frying it with extra black pepper does sound like an interetsting twist. Thanks Tom7 :-)

1
0
John Brown (no body)
Silver badge

gnocchi??

Sounds very similar to Italian gnocchi, although I usualy make that with cooked and mashed potato rather than raw, grated potato.

Aldi do it ready made in vacuum sealed packs (and probably full of chemicals/preservatives) if any less kitchen familier types want to try it. Just don't over boil it.

0
0

UK's non-emergency police and NHS Vodafone systems go titsup NATIONWIDE

John Brown (no body)
Silver badge
Happy

On a brighter note...

...all these reports from commentards about various phone services going tits up today might explain why we've not had a single spam phonecall today.

3
0

Yahoo! blames! MONSTER! email! OUTAGE! on! CUT! CABLE! bungle!

John Brown (no body)
Silver badge

Re: So...

"our country's main telecoms provider can't even host email"

Virginmedia outsource their email to Google. I wonder if it's a legal issue they are pre-empting by making email a clearly seperate and free offering so that they are not liable in any way for it's use, content, or reliablity.

IIRC there have been cases where a failed or broken "free" item or service have later been challenged in court such they were deemed to be an integral part of the primary goods or service and therefore included in any contractual agreement.

0
0

'It is comforting to know where your data centres are.' UK.GOV does NOT

John Brown (no body)
Silver badge

“largest deployment of end-to-end decryption ever”.

“largest deployment of end-to-end decryption ever”.

Is it just me mis-reading or should that be "encryption", not "decryption"?

1
0

Judge OKs $450m deal to end ebook price-hike row. But Apple just won't let it die

John Brown (no body)
Silver badge

"It's not all smooth sailing to payday, however. Apple is still appealing the case and could reverse earlier rulings if its appeal comes through. That's unlikely, court watchers feel, but nothing is impossible in the wacky world of the American legal system."

Is the implication of the above that Apple may not actually pay out if they win their appeal against earlier rulings?

That would be a bit odd since by its very nature, an out-of-court settlement is effectively an agreement to make an ex gratia or "good will" payment to aggrieved partys without admitting to any guilt or wrongdoing. Since they don't admit to any wrongdoing, then the outcome of appeals relating to earlier cases ought to have no bearing on this settlement.

6
0

Mozilla remembers 2013. Y'know, back when it still gobbled at the Google money-trough

John Brown (no body)
Silver badge
WTF?

"the unenviable position of reporting a mere 1 per cent year-on-year growth"

So? It's a non-profit foundation. Revenue groweth is irrelevant so long as income matches or exeeds expenditure. It's not as if there are share holders expecting dividends or VCs to keep happy.

If Mozilla discovered a way to halve costs while still meeting all their objectives, who would be up in arms if revenue went into "negative groweth" of 50%?

5
0

Google Contributor: Ad-block killer – or proof NO ONE will pay for news?

John Brown (no body)
Silver badge

Re: huh?

"What's an ad?"

These days, it appears they are full sound and video auto-running presentations that completely obscure the article you want to read and are unstoppable. At least that was my experience on El Reg the other day using a fresh install of firefox for which I'd forgotton to add the "sanity" plugins.

For sites like El Reg where ad revenue is important I'd happily not block the ads if they were not so intrusive as to either obscure the article or distract my attention with flashing animations. I found this site unusable wthiout ad/flash blocking. God only knows what it must do to screen readers for blind users.

11
0

All aboard the Poo Bus! Ding ding, route Number Two departing

John Brown (no body)
Silver badge
Mushroom

Poo pooing can be fatal to moral

General Melchett: Well, I hope so, Blackadder. You know, if there's one thing I've learnt from being in the Army, it's never ignore a pooh-pooh. I knew a Major, who got pooh-poohed, made the mistake of ignoring the pooh-pooh. He pooh-poohed it! Fatal error! 'Cos it turned out all along that the soldier who pooh-poohed him had been pooh-poohing a lot of other officers who pooh-poohed their pooh-poohs. In the end, we had to disband the regiment. Morale totally destroyed... by pooh-pooh!

1
0

Be real, Apple: In-app goodie grab games AREN'T FREE – EU

John Brown (no body)
Silver badge

Re: It should of course be:

"Ahem."

(Note to self: Alway, always, ALWAYS use the joke icon when making a sarky joke)

0
0
John Brown (no body)
Silver badge

Re: It should of course be:

"Of course all of this pales compared against the recent decimation of the word "again", to be replaced by the hateful "re-" at every opportunity!"

Are you saying "re-" is used in the place of "again" every tenth time? Or is it re-decimated multiple times to increase the affect? You could of fooled me.

3
3

Privacy bods offer GOV SPY VICTIMS a FREE SPYWARE SNIFFER

John Brown (no body)
Silver badge
Joke

Re: Just use a Live CD

"For heaven's sakes, the CD can't be altered, so there's a guarantee of no spyware between boots."

Ah, but the latest bootable CD needs to be kept up to date with the latest version and all the latest anonymising and stealth techniques so we have to keep burning a new version each time. I know, lets use a CD-RW or better, DVD-RAM.

0
0

Webcam hacker pervs in MASS HOME INVASION

John Brown (no body)
Silver badge

Re: Why remove it ?

"Was on BBC breakfast,"

Just saw it on the local BBC news too. Hackers did it. The Police are looking into to the matter. LOL

At least the reporter did eventually get to the point that it's the fault of ignorant users retaining the default password rather than the l33t skills of h4Xors.

(Please note, I said ignorant, not stupid. Ignorence can be cured with education, while stupid is, well, stupid. It's a shame the BBC didn't take the opportunity to educate properly by emphasising the default password thing more. It is part of the BBC Charter after all, let alone their plans to educate the masses in "coding", comming soon(tm)

5
0

All ABOARD! Furious Facebook bus drivers join Teamsters union

John Brown (no body)
Silver badge

Re: inequality and entitlement...

"Seems to me the best solution is to knock them down to part time.

...or FB and other local companies take advantage of all these people sitting around unpaid for six hours and employ then on a part time basis. I'm sure that at the very least there's a number of possiblities even for unskilled work sich as grasscutters, janitors, litter pickers, canteen staff over busy lunch periods, not to mention other jobs which could be done by those drivers with more skills which could be job shares or part-tme. Just because they're currently bus drivers doesn't mean they are not qualified for other jobs but it's just not econmical to travel so far to work in the FB part of town and there's nothing local.

1
0
John Brown (no body)
Silver badge
Joke

Re: Teamsters

"I'm sure Facebook employees can work remotely easier than most."

Maybe FB should be investing in drone technolgy so the bus drivers can work remotely too.

1
0

Giant bank IT cockup of 2012 'could have brought down ENTIRE financial system'

John Brown (no body)
Silver badge
Gimp

Re: The cause of the IT incident...

"an almost unilateral decision I made"

No wonder you posted AC!!

4
0
John Brown (no body)
Silver badge

Upvoted because that struck me as odd too, likewise not defending the bankers, but curious why 4 downvotes with no explanation from any of them as to what's wrong with your post or sentiment.

2
0

London police chief: City bankers, prepare for a terrorist cyber attack. Again

John Brown (no body)
Silver badge

Quaking in my boots...

...because something might happen, sometime in the future.

As others have said, the terrorists have won when our own governnmets and officials are creating the terror for them.

It reminds me a bit of the USA "winning" the cold war by outspending the USSR, sometimes with judicious "leaks" of very expensive research and tech claimed to be being worked on so as to divert funds.

Terrorist are now at the point where they only have to "leak" plans, possibly with a patsy or two being implicated, and "we" spend millions investigating and increasing our securuity theatre.

2
0

Hello, Mr Chips(et): Capita grabs bigger slice of UK IT education market

John Brown (no body)
Silver badge

"Or why the government doesn't just bulk purchase the kit at a volume discount price."

That's what the framework things are all about. Multi-million pound purchase deals at bulk rates which suppliers bid for. The idea being that successful and vetted bidders will still be around to deliver, will have the ability to supply and support as per contract and will bid at bulk rate discount prices. On the downside, there is no obligation on the purchasers side of the contract to actually buy anything at all and as well know from many stories on El Reg, some of the "usual suspects" bid for then fail to deliver anyway.

0
0

HORROR! Imagine if anyone could find out EVERYTHING you EVER tweeted

John Brown (no body)
Silver badge

Re: Sinister

I see the GCHQ/NSA downvoter is on the ball today. Must be performance review time.

0
0
John Brown (no body)
Silver badge

Sinister

Imagine if it turned out that the phone company recorded every phone call and decided to put them online and searchable.

Ditto the post office doing the same for every letter ever sent.

Yes, technology has changed and yes, these are different companies with differnt obligations and rules and the data is "public" to a greater extent, but I think most users have a slighty greater expectation of privacy than is being afforded them. Morals, ethics and laws are a long way behind the abilities of the tech and the expectations of the users.

0
1

Boffins train robots to pull apart LCD screens – without breaking them

John Brown (no body)
Silver badge

Re: Eh?

"Show it cutting once and move on"

The point was to show the robot making shallow cuts so as to remove just the relevant parts without cutting right through whatever is below it. ie, demonstrating that it is "learning" by making a cut then checking to see if the cut was deep enough.

The disappointing part was not seeing it demonstrating the learned behaviour by showing that it can recognise another identical model and then chopping it up fast without error.

2
0

Patch NOW! Microsoft slings emergency bug fix at Windows admins

John Brown (no body)
Silver badge

On a positive note....

...the number of recently discovered vulns dating back in some case many, many years, does show that people are now actively checking old code where previously they have been assuming it was all "good" because "surely it's already been checked, we've used it for years". This is a good thing for everyone.

4
0