333 posts • joined 13 Apr 2011
It's in the name
Surely someone called Stephen Arthuro Solis-Reyes must be up to no good.
Dammit, much of his name sounds foreign!
That was about 10-20 years ago...
Surely this is far more important than the Canadian Revenue Agency!
[Think of the children...]
"USB reversible cables could become standard sooner than you think"
So it's just a matter of changing all the USB sockets first then?
COBOL and Reverse Polish notation (not really!)
The joy of writing
DIVIDE 8 INTO cake GIVING slices.
No mention of microcode?
Unless I missed it, there was no reference to microcode which was specific to each individual model of the S/360 and S/370 ranges, at least, and provided the 'common interface' for IBM Assembler op-codes. It is the rough equivalent of PC firmware. It was documented in thick A3 black folders held in two-layer trolleys (most of which held circuit diagrams, and other engineering amusements), and was interesting to read (if not understand). There you could see that the IBM Assembler op-codes each translated into tens or hundreds of microcode machine instructions. Even 0700, NO-OP, got expanded into surprisingly many machine instructions.
Re: The Naming of Parts
On the contrary; the /360 referred to 360° of coverage! The IBM reps had a lot of trouble trying to explain /370 when that series got introduced...
it's probably better to install Java, because so many online services demand it
I must have led a charmed life, since I've been uninstalling Java everywhere I've come across it, and only LibreOffice / Open Office seems to require it, and I've had no user complaints. Delighted praise is another matter...
Surely there's no need for 3D printing - produce the whole thing from Lego™ bricks. Shouldn't take long.
Re: Lost or stolen (or dead)
Shush! You'll give those undercover cops ideas!
Re: Truly astonishing amount of information stored
I would imagine that one ping per hour per aircraft is not going to require NSA-quantities of storage?
"what kind of moron leaves the wifi enabled on a superhub anyway?"
All Virgin Media Business customer morons, because Modem Mode is not available on the business firmware on the Super Hub 1.
And no Super Hub 2 yet for business customers, who just get a refurbished Super Hub 1.
Terms & Conditions
The Terms & Conditions are a snappy just-less-than-4000 words.
I need to install additional Will-To-Live just to read them.
Re: ITunes too
So you did click on the correct link, then!
It shouldn't take more than a couple of days...
"What does Richards suggest CIOs should do to address the shortage in a more coordinated manner? First, profile your IT people by age, skills and the applications and systems they are responsible for. Next, capture and record their knowledge so it can be passed on to new people..."
So years and decades of mainframe experience can be captured and recorded, in a sort of rapid "job handover" process? Mr Richards, you have found the secret of the universe.
Re: Everyone can't gain market share every year
Possibly many/most commentingpersons are too young to remember the Equity Funding financial scandal in the US, where they had to 'sell' (that is, invent) more and more life assurance policies each year to keep the rate of growth up, and the share price high. When the whole thing collapsed, someone calculated that if the 'fraudulent' growth had continued, then in only a few years' time every single person in the US would have had one of their policies!
Re: How do you read a QR code in a car?
Curiously both spellings of stationary/stationery could be correct here!
'Initial investigations' suggest 'data from 2008 or earlier'
Phew! That's all right, then!
"Virgin Media finally fixed the flaky service just hours after the Reg contacted the ISP. "
Only time will show whether the fault has been finally fixed, as El Reg undoubtedly knows.
Out-of-band Flash update?
Flash updates seem to come about twice a week, about as frequently as Adobe Reader updates.
How easy it is to hate Adobe...
... that the article made no comment about the deeply-patronising term Silver Surfers, so my spleen remains unvented.
Re: Virgin "Super" hub
Modem mode on the Virgin Media Super Hub 1 is all jolly fine if you're an ordinary consumer, but the business firmware is crippled and cannot be put into modem mode. So we have a TP Link wireless access point which gives a better signal through five brick walls than the Super Hub through two.
Re: Virtual purchase
I bow in admiration of your wallet, then, if not necessarily your lifestyle choices!
"The damn thing costs the best part of six hundred quid and we've had to save up our pennies."
Are you seriously suggesting that you actually bought this thing, and that it wasn't the usual journalistic freebie?
Offline for roughly 10 minutes, only?
I think some major banks will soon be contacting Nominet to see how they do things...
Re: "...Adobe make all the best software for creating PDFs"
I do like the incisive, logical and carefully-argued responses that some commenting-people come up with!
SkyDrive -> OneDrive -> 1Drive -> iDrive -> lawsuit...
Re: Not reboots as such
Oh! Well, that's all right then...
Re: Allô ?
It must surely be compulsory in this context to quote the (alleged, but entirely fake) statement of George W Bush: "The problem with the French is that they don't have a word for entrepreneur..."
Have you spotted any Bing howlers?
Aren't we supposed to post a collective Thank You to all the El Reg hacks who work ceaselessly, day and night, to provide limpid and often-(readable & typo-free) articles for our viewing pleasure and for us to squabble over? Well done, chaps and ms-chaps (if available)!
I like an analogy as much as the next man, but...
... what the hell did the author mean by: I took to holding the 605g Yoga 10 by the bar as an ebook reader like a Catholic takes to guilt.?
Maybe some words left out? Or "Warning - contains some elements of confusement"?
(For the Title, compare with "I am not a racist, but...")
One per company dealt with
Of those I have 135 (at present), forwarded to my standard email address. Takes 15 seconds to set up a new one. If I get spam on any of the forwarder addresses, I can simply close it down.
I make it about 75 days to go
Until this article becomes appropriate.
You may well ask! And where did helmed come from?
I suppose an El Reg hack has made a New Year's Resolution to be journalistically edgy...
Re: Some aspects of the case are all too familiar...
"District Judge Howard Riddle warned Sorley, whose previous convictions included being drunk and disorderly on 21 occasions, that it was "almost inevitable" she would receive a jail sentence.
The judge told Nimmo, described in court as of "previous good character", that "all options" to sentencing remained open."
Good enough explanation?
Why don't they think of the children?
Oh? This is a story about microbes?
[back to the Daily Mail]
Has anyone checked whether there was a power outage in Gloucester?
Or wherever their data centre is housed? All we saw in the local paper was a story about an outage in Podsmead, a minor suburb - and they're hardly likely to site them there!
(On the other hand, we are talking about FastHosts...)
I thought the time when something was made new and relevant and hip (showing my age, there?!) by sticking an "E" in front of it had long gone.
But maybe (Ms) Penny Power is not a considerably-cheaper version of Poundland, but an associate of Paddy Power?
Re: TI SR-51-II
Surely the real test is 1 / 7 * 7 = 1.00000... and not 0.999...997, or similar?
Re: such coins!
I'm sure someone, viz. me, can ascribe the wild perturbations of the so-called "stablecoin" to the actions of a bronco bucking, or a horse bolting after the door was left open.
Re: Where is the list of these banned sites
PC Pro magazine, in mid 2012, did an article on the effectiveness or otherwise of various web filtering packages on various classes of potentially contentious material, and by far the longest list (provided as a downloadable file on their website) was that of porn sites. Unexpected, that...
Isn't there a saying, "hire a teenager, while they still know it all"?
Isn't the headhunter just extending the age a little?
Re: "Mega" just don't mean what it used to.
Certainly "mega" does mean what it used to mean, but the headline writer should have said "kilo" for £175,000.
Re: Nest Protect
That source of all wisdom, Wikipedia, says that carbon dioxide "is slightly less dense than air", or, in other word, lighter.
Re: But what sort of hammer?
Surely that present is a Hammer Horror?
Marketing told us: 'Justin Bieber is a fad. He’s not going to last.' – Company formerly known as RIM
Re: Reminds me of Mary Antoinette
It wasn't "let them eat cakes" but "let them eat cake".
And it wasn't "let them eat cake" but "Qu'ils mangent de la brioche".
Wikipedia is your (not always 100% reliable) friend...
> Because all of the projects that ever go wrong/late/over-budget are govt ones, right chaps?
Undoubtedly not, but one failed Government IT project is likely to cost about 10+ times of that of an ordinary company's failed IT project, and will affect a proportionately large number of people.
It's the economy of scale...
Re: @Steve Todd
Regardless of the argument about whether banking IT systems are complicated or not (I would prefer to call them "multiply-interfaced"), is it not the case that we have quite a number of banks other than RBS/Nat West/Ulster Bank whose systems seem to be much more reliable? Cue the people badly affected by the current débacle moving across...
Over the past dozen years, at least, RBS management has done a very thorough job of "wrong-sizing" by getting rid of the people who knew how their IT systems worked.. This policy works fine - until such point that something nasty goes wrong. At present nobody even seems to know exactly what has gone wrong, and the response was presumably simply to "turn everything off and on again"...
Since the initialism GPS is already well-known to almost everyone as Global Positioning System, one might hope that the Government Procurement Service might abbreviate themselves as GovProSer?
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- Opportunity selfie: Martian winds have given the spunky ol' rover a spring cleaning
- OK, we get the message, Microsoft: Windows Defender splats 1000s of WinXP, Server 2k3 PCs