1138 posts • joined 14 Jun 2007
Re: What a bunch...
"Ohmigod, I just noticed I got a badge! Thanks, Reg."
And don't be put off by the boring twunts that downvoted you!
"As for power lunches, day one at new firm block book your lunchtime for the year."
Call me old-fashioned, but to me a lunch break is a break! In fact, I thought they were a legal requirement, but I'm stupid, and may be wrong.
Don't get me wrong - if there is a problem, or we are busy etc. I'll work through my lunch break, but to use it as a slot where meetings can be arranged... Sod off!
Mind you, I think 'lunch meetings' were invented by business-types as a way of claiming an expensive meal on expenses...
Re: Why should anyone on the phone 'queue jump'?
"I doubt that I will ever succeed in explaining this to Mrs G.
A phone call, wired or wireless, should not take priority over the person you are physically talking to. It is ok to let it ring --- or, even, press that red button."
Also, the number of people that moan that the phone always seems to ring just as they sit down for their tea....
I appreciate that some people may have elderly relatives, or kids on the loose, but, meh, I'll just leave it ring if it isn't convenient for me. I guess I'm just an obnoxious old git.
Re: What bugs me...
"Miss Jamie Jones,"
Paaaah. Only on weekends, dear!
"I can see your pumpkin. Fnarr, fnarr! But you don't get to see it, as El Reg won't allow you to put yourself on ignore. Just like the bastards won't let you downvote your own posts.."
Ahhhhh. Thanks. I didn't notice the pumpkin was functional - I thought it was just a bit of seasonal jolly!
So... They are testing 'ignore' for us plebs.. (I understand that you gold and silver people have had this option for some time)
Still, as the evil auditor notes, the pumpkins have disapeared again!! Someone be tinkering!
What bugs me...
What bugs me is when I'm helping someone with something and they answer their phone, leaving me twiddling my thumbs.
I now explain beforehand that I will walk away if they do so - and I do. They soon got the message. Why should anyone on the phone 'queue jump'? - Especially when I'm the one doing the favour.
As for answering phones etc. In meetings, I think it's plain rude - if I'm expecting a genuinely important call, I'll apologise and explain beforehand, otherwise, all gadgets are off (or left at my desk)
And despite what some Americans may think regarding my name, I'm male!
(P.S. I only posted to see the evil-pumpkin icon next to my name!)
[ EDIT: (because I can) Where is my evil-pumpkin icon?!! ]
Re: Noooo to SPF!!
Whilst I agree that some of it is FUD, and most issues can be worked around, there is one important thing that got me to stop using SPF, and it has nothing to do with my receiving email - I still use SPF filtering on my servers, along with greylisting etc.
Firstly, it doesn't matter how perfectly you configure your own setup.
I stopped publishing my own SPF records for one important and unavoidable reason:
If the recipient of an email uses aforwarding address, they may no longer get the email you send.
I had number of correspondents who this happened to.
They either had their own domains, or had forwarding for various other reasons.
Their email provider at their final destination was honouring SPF.
My mail to them was being dropped because their forwarding server was obviously not an SPF match for my servers (which used SPF-strict - otherwise what's the point?)
For some friends (who had no control of their email servers) the only option was to get their 'real' address.
This is not always possible, and especially affected me as I tend to reply off-list to a lot of problems posted to mailing lists - in these situations I don't know if an email address is being forwarded or not, and even if it is, I have no way to find out the 'real' address.
So, was my email dropped? Or did the recipient ignore it?
Should I be informed of non-delivery - in my opinion, yes, but many places just assume spam and blackhole the email so as not to create non-delivery spam.
To me, THIS the biggest contributer to making email unreliable - it is not the spam itself, but the systems that silently drop mail they don't deliver.
If any of my systems block an email for any reason, the sender (if legimate) gets to know about it. As this is generally done with a 5xx rejection code, the non-delivery notification itself diesn't generate a new enail.
Incidently, mailing lists that are really 'mail exploders' (i.e. the sender envelope is not set to the list address but left unaltered) break similarly.
If you are sure this hasn't affected any of your outgoing emails. (and your own logs will tell you bugger-all) - or you don't care - then you are lucky.
Personally, I'd like to avoid the crapshoot.
No to SPF
Don't use SPF - it can cause all sorts of problems:
" Then you need to buy a phone."
Damnit! I knew I must have been doing something wrong!
I've NEVER had a single spam text or phone call...
"The US and the UK already lost their leads in research leadership and their leads in quantity of output are only maintained by the massive amount of marketing dollars thrown at the industry. It's actually quite sad."
Woooo! A non-Brit critisising something to do with Britain! The horror! :-) [ just a joke in reference to a oost I made a few days ago]
Seriously though, you are unfortunately totally right - we. don't develop much here in the UK anymore - and on the rare occasions we do, the people involved generally seem to emigrate to America to continue that development.
I can't commenfdirectly about America, but I'm sure it's far worse in the UK - after all, you have MIT, Silicon Valley, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, apple etc.
Last I heard, even Tim berners-Lee made the USA his home
We are expected to inherit the American fear...
I'd say that the IRA bombings in the height of their campain were far more frequent and damaging (especially in London) than anything seen today, but the UK population were unspooked. (pun intended)
It's only since Americans experienced 9/11 on their own doorstep that the worlds governments is exploiting Americas "fear export" for their own collective good
Re: No war
And from an IT angle, we all of course remember all the comments about the Y2K problem being overhyped...
"All that time and money spent dealing with it, yet nothing major went wrong!"
Re: Comment from the Cockwomble in question
Willard, I appreciate your detailed post.
It would be so much easier to hide behind the newspaper and maybe censor comments you don't like.
I have gained more respect for you, throwing yourself to the wolves like this.
You also make some very good points, but as others have pointed out, the insults and stereotypes seemed like trolling - however, your point is noted -- would this Register article even be here otherwise?
Re: Well in that case...
You beat me to it!
I was going to say 'foreign languages' but the point is the same.
(And before the bozo says that it Is useful to at least have some grounding in languages, I'd say the same about a technology most people use every friggin' day! )
Re: Was this written by a 14 year old?
Re: Write an app to detect and report vulnerable apps
There's one already, annd it's FREE - not only can you get it to scan all installed apps, it can also scan apps as you install them.
It can even be set to link in with the 'play store' app, and warn you about an app when you simply visit it's store page.
Whilst its name gives clue to it's original purpose, it now covers most (all?) of the main ad providers, and also reports generic suspicious activities (e.g. 'Warning: The ball-bounce game you have just installed has permissons to raid your bank account and take the soul of your first born' etc.)
I don't know if it particularly targets this 'unnamed ad sdk' but it probably does - a note to the developer could confirm this.
I have no affiliation, just a satisfied user etc.
More details, and link to the play store here:
Re: Can't Google remove the apps from phones
They can still add/remove stuff - system stuff too,
A few months ago, gmail was removed from my /system partition - I had to install the latest version as an app.
I thought I was going mad, but they helpfully left behind a little log file showing the activity.
Good luck in the future Bill.
I've enjoyed your articles a lot - even though I keep reading your name as "Blu Ray" !
And thanks for the final 'last post' - it was most entertaining - it takes a good and wise man to admit they are human by admitting their mistakes.
Re: How can a judge overrule a constitution
"Calling yourself a hacker is the equivalent of saying you are a bank robber , and don't get pedantic on the meaning of the word, in common use hacker = criminal."
Errr, no. And ignorance of usage means sod all - even if accepting your premise of current common use of the phrase.
It's not like he posted "I'm a drug dealer" or even "I illegally break into computer systems have no authorisation to access" and even if he did, whilst it could justly prompt a bit of an investigation, it does't warrant the excessive assumption being made. Hell, it wasn't a bloody signed & witnessed confession!
"Doctor": The government has to right to control your prices
"Manager": The government has the right to control your salary
"Muslim": The government has the right to control your end-of-life
"Reporter": The government has the right to control your sources
"Non-Aligned Politician": The government has the right to control your funding
"Citizen": The government has the right to control your healthcare
Unfortunately, over the last couple of years I've had to make extensive use of both the social services and the health system.
Yet, even here in commie-Britain, I haven't had any prices to pay, and have had complete control over when/how/what has happened.
I have a few personal American friends who have had little to no control of things when they've gotten ill. One had to self medicate for his skin cancer, another lost all his savings (and nearly his house).
I've been quite free to live my life and recouperate without any hassle or worry or financial burdens.
Mind you, as I get my current medication delivered to me for free, I guess I don't have as much freedom as those who have to scour the internet for it.
And it's not a UK thing - It's pretty much the same in the overwhelming majority of first-world countries.
It's because I generally like Americans, and have quite a few American friends (not just online aquaintances) that the whole selfish uninformed position you and your ilk hold, pisses me off so much.
I am under no illusion I live in the best place in the world, and will readily agree with criticisms (even made by Americans) of many of the shitty things or government/police do, but when I hear some overly patriotic Americans spout the 'land of the free' / 'best country in the world' etc. it really pisses me off. These type of ignorant people are what allows the current system to exist.
Your 'swear allegance to the flag' and 'beware evil socialist pinko commies' brainwashing from since you were in high-school does you no favours.
I have no major beef with some right wing things - whilst I tend to veer to the left, I'm quite moderate, and I guess some of my opinions may be considered over here as right wing (whilst to you I'm presumably a bloody bleeding heart socialist commie etc.)
Read the Republican partys manifesto of 50 or so years ago, and it is far more 'socialist' than the Democrats of today!
These days, Republicans are soley out to protect the rich and big businesses.. Hell, they don't even make it a secret anymore.
And whilst I'm here, why are so many Americans (refreshingly, NOT the vast majority that post here) so insecure that they get pissed off if a non-American criticises something that happens in America - and think that by speaking up we are saying it's all good here? - You know, it's not automatically a competition.
When we were critiscising the USA over prism, we weren't implying that our government is great. Indeed, many have posted their criticism of the stuff GCHQ has done - Indeed, despite their posturing, I'm sure the UK government would have gone as far as prism etc. If they had the resources - and of course, they are deeply involved with prism etc. anyway - I've not seen anyone post here saying otherwise.
Yet, when another Prism story was posted, 'asdf' got all offended by all the Brits criticising it and not so much the UKs shite, even though - guess what - it was a story about the NSA not GCHQ. How dare we Brits be critical of something we don't like that happens in other countries!
Ok, I know I've gone off on a rant, and to be fair to 'Destroy All Monsters' most of this isn't directed at him/her. But I still stand by what I've written, and I know many Americans who would agree with me, without feeling personally insulted or threatened.
Still, if it wasn't for your screwed up system, we wouldn't have had 'Breaking Bad' - A show that could never be set in any other civilised country in the world.
"*sigh* That is the reason the judge allowed the seizure without notice.
Without him being notified they get disks, encrypted or not, that contain data, with him being notified they get disks full of random noise."
Hey anon! (very appropriate...)
I think the police had better raid your house and take all your stuff. I mean, you may have done something illegal, and we wouldn't want you to destroy the evidence, would we?
Re: So nobody told this judge that the word 'hacker' has several different meanings?
The most insular, narrow minded, stupid, 'god fearing' folk tend to be right wing in my experience
Exactly. Not only is the term ambiguous at best, for a long time in my last job, I was taked with 'hacking' our servers, and client servers, and yes, I enjoyed it!!
Lock me up! Throw away the keys!
Maybe he'd have fared better if he'd said he enjoys 'penetration testing' (ooo err missus!) instead.
Re: I'll tell you what the problem is, Mr/Ms Coward
" Isn't the UK more puritan than the U.S. or elsewhere? (Especially historically, what with the outdated Victorian morals it tries so desparately to cling on too.)
"No sex please, we're British.""
You got it!
We also all wear bowler hats, talk with a plum in our mouths, and have really bad teeth.
I'd write more, but I'm late for afternoon tea with the queen.
Toodle pip, old chap!
Re: Good ol' USA values
I wouldn't go as far as you, but you do have to wonder about general American core values when an exposed tit on tv gets more outrage than any of the numerous multiple shootings.
I once had a picture removed from Facebook that was a humourous sculpture montage, but included a view of a (sculpted) penis. Nothing big or exagerated or perverted or pornographic, but apparently even nudety in art is forbidden!
Whilst I appreciate that such an arbitory decisions are down to individual staff members interpretation, it's still bloody annoying.
Mind you, this from the country where guns are rampant, yet it's against the law to cross the road unless thee little 'Walk' sign is lit up.
Incidently, it's 1GHz not 1.2, and whilst it can *play* 1080 without breaking a sweat (hardware video decoder) it is (obviously) downsized to the 800x480 screen resolution, and there is no hdmi out.
No problem! I actually posted abot it here:
Send me an email (address a couple of posts down from the one above) if you get one - it will be useful to know a fellow techie with one!
My 33 quid tablet has both OTG and a microsd slot....
My company has 30,000 + employees in the U.S. alone and we are still stuck with IE 8...."
Well, if it's your company, do something about it!
I know what you mean - most annoying for me are web sites that insist on presenting their mobile version to me on my more than capable tablet.
You end up with some huge fonted simplistic site more reminiscent of the WAP era...
Browser sniffing.... Sigh... It's like the 90's all over again...
Hmmm, MS aren't having much luck lately, are they?
Re: What environment?
I always thought the clangers was set on the moon!
Anyway, I'd have preferred a new series of "Mongrels"!
Re: IA Writer - a word processor designed for writers!
"deliberately or intentionally"
Huh? Is that meant to be emphasis through repetition, or something?
Re: In related news,
The other tired old falicy is that you have control over data you send once it's sent.
Whether it's streaming audio, or streaming video, or even frigging 10-seconds-to-view photos, once the data has left your hands you are no longer in control, and ultimately no DRM facade or custom app can change this.
Re: In another area of life
Re: In another area of life
I hope you aren't serious!
Obviously a faxed signature could easily be copied/pasted!
"Next month? "
When I powered on my Android tablet yesterday, I got a notification that the youtube app was downloading videos I'd tagged 'Watch later'.
I was able to disable this in the apps settings.
Are you saying I'm getting this before others? I've never been an early adopter of anything!
"Google: Now your mom will try to sell you toilet paper"
When I saw the headline, I was a bit annoyed - I assumed that they were going to introduce friends pics into totally unrelated ads.
It seems this isn't the case -- If an ad is for something that a friend has already posted an opinion on publically, then that info may be included in the ad.
So, no, my mum will not be trying to sell me toilet paper, unless it's toilet paper she publically endorses!
I do enjoy reading El Reg, but you often have to take article headlines and taglines with a pinch of salt...
Did you even read the article? He didn't buy the houses to keep away from the "little people " - he bought them because someone was planning on building big on the sites, and marketing the properties as "be Mark Zuckerbergs neighbour"
It also goes on to say that the residents of these houses will continue to live there.
The problem with inaccurate posts from obviously biased people, is that such posts dilute and detract from any possible legitimate critisism.
" Iwould suspect fact Israel is in Asiamight have something to do with not being in the European trade group. You kind of have to draw a line somewhere in groups like that and being from a different continent is a convenient boundary to use."
Hee hee. Finally someone says it!
Yep, despite their desires, their managing to be part of Eurovision doesn't mean they can claim to be European!!
Re: Inline comments
Darryl, you are correct!
It turns out that what I thought was "graceful fallback " for old browsers is the way it's done anyway.
One of the rarely mentioned things I like about the reg site, is that it's fast, and the code iis well written.
From big PCs to old age phones and overstressed cheapy tablets, the reg site always works well.
I just tried the 'inline voting' on this old phone i'm currently using, and am pleased to report that the 'graceful fallback' for challenged devices works well.
The only thing that still doesn't work with thidd phone is that I am unable to select a post icon!
Here come the downvotes.....
I haven't used Facebook in a few years, but the information on my account is accurate.
Most of it is generally set to public - if there is anything I would consider private, I'd never post it to a public internet site anyway.
As for the "personal" information , it's nothing that 100's of people in my village don't know already.
Facebook articles appear to bring out commentators with an overflated sense of importance, and obviously no experience of living in a community.
Re: Would I miss it?
" What I read is "I took little care and jumped into Fake Book feet first. Now I've been stung and I have now given some consideration to my actions Irealise that I was stupid in the first place"
You clearly can't read then. The original author quite clearly said thry were photos that *friends* had posted.
What *I * read in your reply, is that this concept is alien to you - presumably. because you don't have any friends.
Re: Banks | Politicians | Lawyers | Microsoft ... etc yawn
" Edit - Thanks To Jamie Jones for pointing out A & B mix up"
No problem! - I would have included the smiley face icon, but can't add icons from my phone!
Somewhat related, I was waiting for the last bus last night, and someone had fallen asleep on one of the chairs associated with this particular bus bay.
When the bus came, not one of the 20-odd other people attempted to wake her - many walking right past her in the queue to get on. So I went back and did so, for which she was grateful.
Is this what the country is coming too? Girl on her own, last bus, 8 mile journey....
Re: Banks | Politicians | Lawyers | Microsoft ... etc yawn
Anon, either you got your A and B mixed up, or you're also the sort of person I don't want as a neighbour!
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