* Posts by Paul

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Violin Memory axes staff just before Christmas, gives CFO $150k bonus

Paul

I feel sorry for Cory Sindelar, imagine having to scrape by with just $150,000 in the bank? I'm sure his family will have to cut back this christmas or something, maybe fly business instead of first.

/sarcasm

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Investigatory Powers Act signed into UK law by Queen

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Mushroom

Re: Here's the full list...

I've never used a Draytek vigor, apart from the simplest DSL bridges, which didn't leave me angry at their crapness.

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UK Parliament waves through 'porn-blocking' Digital Economy Bill

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Theresa May seems to think that all UK citizens are potential terrorists and paedophiles.

My theory is that people tend to think other people are like themselves, that they mostly share the same ethics, morals and attitudes.

What does that say about May?

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http://www.opera.com/blogs/desktop/2016/09/free-vpn-in-opera-browser-40/

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Why I just bought a MacBook Air instead of the new Pro

Paul

Re: Solder not Socket...

May your deity give you comfort if your 2016 Macbook Pro develops a fault and you have no warranty, as you'll be throwing it away.

https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/MacBook+Pro+13-Inch+Touch+Bar+Teardown/73480

"Repairability 1 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair)"

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Post-outage King's College London orders staff to never make their own backups

Paul

this reminds me of how Toy Story2 was nearly deleted

http://thenextweb.com/media/2012/05/21/how-pixars-toy-story-2-was-deleted-twice-once-by-technology-and-again-for-its-own-good/

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Zuckerberg says just one per cent of news on Facebook is fake

Paul

12 percent oc statistics on the internet are entirely made up

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Apple drops dongle prices to make USB-C upgrade affordable

Paul

I recall one reviewer saying the new Macbook Pro is really a Macbook Air-plus model. If they'd called it that, people would be delighted.

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We're going to have to start making changes or the adults will do it for us

Paul

Join me, in the Campaign For Actual Real Tabs - CFART!

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I think tabs, hard tabs, should be used as god indented, or intended, and stick with 8 columns. That's the default, it works, and as long as you don't f**k with your editor settings, everybody sees the same.

If you want anything else, use spaces. And again, everybody sees the same thing. A good editor can use any number of spaces for indentation, so if you're going to d**k around with the editor's configuration, use spaces and make the editor do all the work.

The worst messes I've ever seen in source code are when muitple people have used hard tabs and defined them as different shifts, but all done it differently.

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Boffins turn phone into tracker by abusing pairing with – that's right – IoT kit

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good guys Belkin, instead of suing the people finding these faults and thus suppress the knowledge, they fix it.

if I was in the market to buy IoT stuff, I'd be putting Belkin at or near the top of my list.

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Cynical Apple gouges UK with 20 per cent price hike

Paul

Re: Win-win

Look up Veblen Good

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veblen_good

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Digital minister Matt Hancock promises 'full fibre' eating plan for Blighty

Paul

Re: C'mon Aussie

It's just capitalism at its worst.

BT have no real competition, and inherited a truly national copper based network, they can make decent money without upgrading the infrastructure. Why should they do more than they do, it's just good business?

Of course, it sucks to be stuck with a monopoly supplier.

Some Eastern European countries have amazing national fibre infrastructures, but their phone systems were so bad they really had to start from scratch and thus leapfrogged nations like ours.

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Reports: Twitter chainsaw massacre redux on the cards

Paul

I've always thought Twitter is mostly pointless. It's generally been a write-only medium, with a few exceptions of some people that others find interesting.

There's nothing on Twitter that doesn't exist on dozens of other online services.

The fact they've never been able to make it a commercial success, and nobody wants to buy them, hasn't surprised me in any way.

That said, Twitter has some pretty clever tech to handle the volume of tweets

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Como–D'oh! Infosec duo exploits OCR flaw to nab a website's HTTPS cert

Paul

Here be K/Comodo dragons!

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Openreach split could damage broadband investment, says BT's chief exec

Paul

If I were an ISP, I'd rather have a small share in the huge btopenreach and easy fair access to their network than try and build my own.

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May blocked plans to bring in more Indian IT workers – Vince Cable

Paul

Re: We soon won't need them

We will have jobs. once all the european mainlanders go home, there will be plenty of unskilled farm jobs available, restaurant staff, cleaners and other manual labouring jobs.

It will become economical to grow food in the UK again because of the week pound hence more farm jobs.

Fuel will go up, as it's priced in dollars.

The good thing is we'll all get fitter and healthier from working outside, or because we'll be walking or cycling more. And being poorer, we'll be eating less, which is good for us

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Paul

I don't see why importing the work of remote labourers shouldn't incur the same import duty as physical goods. We pay VAT/tax on insurance and eBooks and digital music.

Just as we have switched from importing physical goods for music and video to digital, and other services which incur VAT, so companies who outsource workers to other countries and then operate their business remotely should incur import duty on that imported work.

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LG’s V20 may be the phone of the year. So why the fsck can’t you buy it?

Paul

Re: "a 32-bit DAC, part of a burgeoning partnership with Bang & Olufsen"

you don't need better than 16 bit DACs for playback, provided you have a variable gain headphone/speaker amp on the output so as to maintain the noise floor.

anybody who claims to hear the difference between a 24 bit DAC vs a 16 bit DAC, when fed through the same analogue amp and speakers is either a liar or an alien.

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Re: LG

El Reg partially fixed it.. correcting aybe to Maybe, but still left the trailing M.

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Brit ISP TalkTalk scraps line rental charges

Paul

Re: Independents such as Entanet aren't much good either anymore, bottlenecks everywhere.

I'm with Zen. That doesn't happen to me.

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Ofcom: Legal separation will force Openreach to eat more fibre

Paul

I think ISPs should only be able to charge you the actually achieved line speed, not the "up to" speed. They can recover the costs from BT OpenReach for the quality of the line.

So if you have an "up to 80M" service and the line can only do 20, you pay only 25% of the normal rate, and the ISP gets a refund from BT on their costs of renting the line.

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Paul

Re: For whom does OFCOM work?

I think the analogy of buying a Ferrari and complaining about the roads is a poor one, because the two aren't the same.

Perhaps a better one would be that of of buying a rail season ticket with a guaranteed seat on the non-stop express every morning, only to find the service is oversold so you don't get a seat or get bumped onto a later slower train would be better.

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BT Openreach boss wants you to know that deep down, they care

Paul

How about BT stop jacking up line rental and using the money to sell their broadband cheaply and pay for sports deals, and thus make their competitors less competitive and bolster their own services?

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‘Penultimate’ BlackBerry seen on 'do not publish' page as fire sale begins

Paul

Re: Innovation is needed, not more phablets !

yes, 5" is way too small for a pocket computer that can occasionally be a phone.

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Snapdragon 820 is old hat

the Snapdragon 820 is old hat now, the 821 is what the cool kids run these days.

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Apple seeks patent for paper bag - you read that right, a paper bag

Paul

Re: the "bags for life" that last about 12 months at best.

"My understanding of 'bag for life' was that when the bag fails, that's it, you're ground up for lasagna."

Hopefully people are more tasty than horses?

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Three outsources staff to Capita

Paul

I wonder if Capita learned anything from the last time they "helped" run a mobile phone company...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/mediatechnologyandtelecoms/telecoms/10087909/Capita-plans-to-close-O2-call-centres-and-cut-thousands-of-jobs.html

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/06/25/capita_voluntary_redundancy_call_centres_o2/

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/09/29/capita_o2_staff_asked_to_stick_around/

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Florida Man's prized jeep cremated by exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Paul

Re: Always carry a fire extinguisher under the passenger seat

Whilst I agree that having a fire extinguisher is a good thing, I am fairly sure most extinguishers won't help against a Lithium fire.

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Internet of Sins: Million more devices sharing known private keys for HTTPS, SSH admin

Paul

El REg wrote "researchers recommend that service providers use a VLAN connection"

shouldn't that be VPN connection?

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Japan's Brexit warning casts shadow over Softbank ARM promises

Paul

Re: Not really comparable

Arm are a design company with lots of licensees.

If softbank try and relocate all the engineering functions, most people will simply quit and join another company or start their own.

I can imagine that people there are already planning their exit strategy, to create a new startup.. I'm sure they already know about the open risc project which has some big names gathering behind it

http://openrisc.io

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QANTAS' air safety spiel warns not to try finding lost phones

Paul

The problem with lithium fires is that regular fire extinguishers won't save you.

Airlines need to start carrying the special fire extinguishers required, both in the cabin and the hold.

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Adobe reverses decision to kill NPAPI Flash plugin for Linux

Paul

Even with chrome, which sandboxes the pepper flash plugin, i still run a flash blocker extension. Then flash only runs when I let it. This solves most problems.

I don't install Adobe flash and so flash doesn't run in Firefox, but I don't care.

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Latest Intel, AMD chips will only run Windows 10 ... and Linux, BSD, OS X

Paul

Re: Opportunity to get rid of 32bit silicon?

it's called Itanium?

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Still got a floppy drive? Here's a solution for when 1.44MB isn't enough

Paul

apparently there are versions for retro computer enthusiasts which can make the sound effect of a floppy drive in action, even including the gronk gronk sound that an Amiga used to make.

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TalkTalk's appeal against paltry ICO data breach fine thrown out

Paul

I can imagine that there was a bug in TalkTalk's bug tracker along the lines of "under specific circumstances a customer might see another's data" which was marked down in priority over adding a specific new feature like "add another advert on the page for TalkTalk's products".

I can also imagine that the developers probably shouted out this needed to be investigated and fixed, and requested more hardware and QA/testing staff to work on it, and they were told that giving Dido and other directors a bigger bonus and a new car was more important.

And I can imagine that when the bug went public, the developers would have been berated for not fixing it.

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Want a Windows 10 update? Don't go to Microsoft ... please

Paul

hopefully microsoft use a strong and secure hash to validate each chunk that's P2P'd, so that people can't generate their own update chunks and mangle them to product a using a hash collision!

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Chinese CA hands guy base certificates for GitHub, Florida uni

Paul

Am I the only person who goes through the list of CAs in my browsers and removes most of them?

Though I admit, I don't do that nearly as often as I should.

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Magnet-wobble wireless charging system dishes out a respectable 10 kW

Paul

Just don't use this near the aurora watch project, otherwise they'll cause a global panic!

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German minister seeks facial recognition at airports, train stations

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Government minister seeks to use technology to solve social problem without understanding the effectiveness of it and how easy it is to defeat it.

Nothing new here then.

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ISS astronauts begin spacewalk to install new docking adapter

Paul

Re: Don't drop that wrench

You can't deep link directly to an image on that wp site

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Banking system SWIFT was anything but on security, ex-boss claims

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Security is a lower priority than the director's bonuses, fancy offices or new car.

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Physicists believe they may have found fifth force of nature

Paul

I've often thought stupidity is a fundamental force of nature.

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Thailand waters down alien-tracking plan

Paul

It's no good changing the SIM once they know your IMEI, which they will be able to track.

It's difficult to change the IMEI, but not impossible, depending on your exact phone model.

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Users of secure chat app Telegram popped after possible nation-state attack

Paul

Your html for a link to a Reuters article is broken

Your html for a link to a Reuters article is broken

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Non-US encryption is 'theoretical,' claims CIA chief in backdoor debate

Paul

Re: What's all this then?

p.s. Thales are a French company, partly owned by the French government.

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Guess who gets hit hard by IR35 tax clampdown? Yep, IT contractors

Paul

Re: For contractors, it's a big world

http://fortune.com/2016/02/08/renounce-us-citizenship/

"Bye-bye, USA: Record Number Give Up Citizenship for Third Year in a Row"

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Apple Watch craze over before it started: Wrist-puter drags market screaming off a cliff

Paul

lenovo make a smartwatch?

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UK gov says new Home Sec will have powers to ban end-to-end encryption

Paul

Re: I wait with interest...

then all we do is use a different encryption wrapper so that the plain text part of the handshake looks different.

if the government think and try to block unauthorised types of encryption, then the only people who will be affected will be the dumb and lazy and technically ignorant people, who are likely to be the least interesting.

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4-day Fasthosts outage: Customers' sites go TITSUP

Paul

Re: Depends on their size!

if £60 is a lot, then they're probably not running a business, but a hobby that pays for itself.

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