* Posts by Oor Nonny-Muss

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This local council paid HOW MUCH for an SD card?!

Oor Nonny-Muss

When I were a lad...

... working in the stores of a company that was then part of the Ministry of Defence....

The head of stores was told to order 144 boxes of Bic biros (medium, black). He duly ordered 144 *cartons* of Bic biros (medium, black) not knowing that a carton of Bic biros contained 144 boxes...

A couple of weeks later - 4 articulated trucks showed up, direct from Bic in France with his biros...

144 cartons of 144 boxes of 100 biros. All black medium. A lot of biros.

They were still using them 10 years later.

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Maplin Electronics demands cash with menaces

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Unhappy

Sad excuse for the company it once was...

... when I was a budding hobbyist electronics enthusiast in the late 1970s when it was run from MD Doug Simmons' kitchen table... I had my 4 digit customer number and was proud of it - sadly the shops have become like Tandy at the end of days and the prices have gone the same way (there was a time when they'd be the first place I'd look for $emergency_widget - now they're amongst the last - even when I'm ready to pay a premium to get it now)

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When Capita job ads go BAD

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Coat

Did they mean Herefordshite? :D

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Google Research opens machine intelligence base in Zurich

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Boffin

Why is there a picture of Lake Geneva...

when Zürich is at the northern end of Zürichsee (aka Lake Zürich)?

A bit like saying the river running through Cardiff is the Thames.

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Virgin Media goes TITSUP* in South London due to painful piles

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Devil

Re: loved the sample tweets

Ooooh! Someone is going to contact OFCOM. What is it that OFCOM *actually* *do*? I've not seen anything useful attributed to them - I know what the law says they're supposed to do (but scant evidence of it happening)...

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Marauding monkey blacks out Kenya

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Re: Huh?

The sudden loss of a large supply means the rest of the grid gets a "shock wave" which means that other lines can become overloaded and protection kicks in. Cascading failure...

Common when there's little supply overcapacity compared to demand... and why the UK imports electricity from France on such a regular basis.

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UK Home Sec makes concessions to please Snoopers' Charter opposition

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Big Brother

Just what is an internet connection record?

Nobody seems to have defined it yet... they like to tell you it's like an itemised phone bill, but it is so much more than that.

I just did a bit of light Wiresharking on my DSL line and there's an awful lot going on there, even if they "just" harvest DNS lookups and HTTP requests they're going to be snowed under and there's a lot of stuff on there as various devices, OS and apps phone home looking for updates etc...

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Got a Fitbit? Thought you were achieving your goals? Better read this

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Quote from the report PDF (page 4, section D.2) linked to:

The mean age, body weight, and height of the subject pool was 23.23 ± 3.46 years, 168.43 ± 9.76 kg, and 70.05 ± 14.33 cm, respectively

So the average participant is 168kg (that's 26½ stone!) and is 70cm tall (that's about 2'4") and thus has a BMI of 343...

I fear more for their longevity than the accuracy of their FitBit

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Hacked in a public space? Thanks, HTTPS

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Boffin

So, avoiding public wifi and using your own 3G/4G connection is the order of the day - i.e. a connection that you know as much as possible about - preferably with a VPN back to a known endpoint (like back to your house)

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Hacker finds flaw in teleconference tool used by US Army, NASA and CERN

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Once you know how the URL is constructed you can use Google (or another search engine) to search for the part of the URL that is unchanging between hosts - so if they were all at /etc/VidYo/VidYo.html - then you search for that and Google obediently tells you all of them that it can find... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_hacking

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Queen's Speech: Ministers, release the spaceplanes!*

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Boffin

Re: Who's Brenda?

In 1971 the UK satirical magazine Private Eye ran a pseudo-item that Queen Elizabeth II "is known as Brenda to her immediate staff" resulting in the name Brenda being used in the media as an irreverent nickname for the Queen

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BT to splash £550m integrating EE. Firm shrugs: Cheap!

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Facepalm

These premises passed by fibre - does that include me where I am 250m from the cabinet (straight line along a straight road, with houses on it and ducting under it) yet my line is 1375m long (as measured by BTOpenreach's reflectometer) to the exchange... 1300m to the cabinet.... It would be almost excusable if the circuitous route it took to the cabinet was the direct circuitous route - but it takes a circuitous diversion even from that.

The joy of "Superfast" "fibre" broadband at 22-24M (yes, that's the line speed range) - with 75m of fibre in 1.375km of actual line length - chances of actual fibre before hell freezes over, near enough nil as to make no difference... chances of G.Fast making a blind bit of difference, similar. Wish I'd had a tenner on Leicester...

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FRITZ!Box home broadband routers' security FRITZed

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Used it once - not for actual support...

... rather to add to their FAQ. Had a reply in 15 minutes - followed by a phone call at an agreed time and my answer is in the FAQ.

I can't fault the devices or the support.

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Dropbox tells Mailbox and Carousel users to get their affairs in order

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Boffin

I only installed Carousel & Mailbox to get the free extra gigs in my Dropbox :)

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TalkTalk attack: UK digi minister recommends security badges for websites

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Boffin

The answer isn't to levy fines...

The answer is to jail the board members responsible and sue them personally for the entire costs associated with their trial and incarceration.

This may have a short term net positive effect on the Exchequer whilst minds are concentrated.

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Caption this: WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

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EXCLUSIVE: ITV camera catches the moment before Simon Cowell's trousers were sent forward in time.

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Dry those eyes, ad blockers are unlikely to kill the internet

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WTF?

Advertising based on your habits is pointless though - my washing machine died, I browsed a lot for a new one. All my adverts *after* I'd bought one were for washing machines. Don't know about you folks, but I only need the one...

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Transport for London’s new crash map immediately crashes

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>>According to the mayor and TfL, the number of people killed or seriously injured fell to its lowest level since records began during 2014

So - was 2014 a blip (high) or is 2015 (to date) a blip (low)?

Where's the base datum?

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BT boss: If Ofcom backs us, we promise to speed up UK broadband

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So... my line (I live 350m from the exchange by road) which is 1750m long (shortened by a whole 85m by the upgrade to "fibre") runs entirely in ductwork that has been there since the house was built (the trenchlines right back to the exchange are still entirely visible in the roadway from the entry to the development)

Do I get any option to get FTTP? Of course not. Amazingly I got 42Mbit sync speed (with very low error count) at the point it was installed. That's down to 33Mbit sync speed now. Won't be long before I'm down to the speed I had on ADSL2...

Surely the Openreach arm should be entirely hived off from BT (at FMV) into an independent trust for the common good for proper equal access.

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WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

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Intel has had plenty of knockers in its time - but these ones are well smart.

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BT commences trials of copper-to-the-home G.fast broadband tech

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Here I am promised "60-70" getting 20-30...

because BT route the copper 1500m from a cabinet that is 350m away (yes, there is a road and duct that goes the short way)

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Love-rat fanboi left bobbing for Apples in tiny Japanese bath

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Coat

Can I be the first to say "What a Siri™ boy" :)

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Aged 18-24? Don't care about voting? Got a phone? Oh dear...

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Re: Apathy and abstention

>>The current system doesn't have a reliable way or even attempt to capture the difference between 'can't be arsed' and 'none of the above'.

It does:

Turn up, spoil your paper --> I'm bothered but you're all a shower of bastards and not worth my vote.

Don't turn up --> can't be arsed

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Re: Why bother?

>>I've always wanted a none of the above, but realise it will have a majority way beyond everyone else.

You have that option and always have had. Spoil your paper. They show the spoiled papers to the candidates and agents...

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BT inks deal with Williams F1 for go-faster cloudy goodness

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Re: They'll regret it...

Especially when the actual wiring is outsourced to Kelly Communications...

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

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Re: Ye Gods.

You have always been able to spoil your paper... Drawing a huge cock & balls is my usual spoiling tactic.

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Speaking in Tech: 'Why are you talking on your iPad Mini?'

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Re: RSS?

http://nekkidtech.libsyn.com/rss probably

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Holiday HELL: Pourquoi, monsieur, why is there no merdique Wi-Fi here?

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Coat

Why not quit the freeloading?

Buy a local SIM and some airtime/data - it's not rocket science.

Mine's the one with a stack of SIMs from many nations in it.

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No signal in Seascale? Countryside Alliance wants to hook you up

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Joke

I've certainly heard nothing but glowing reports of the place and it's near neighbours.

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Blighty street has hottest Wi-Fi hotspot hottie in Europe: We reveal where

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Boffin

What about any semblance of security...

Presumably these APs are all running open with no encryption - being run by unknown operators (who may well be nefarious and packet sniffing everything that passes through) - I'll be waiting for Watchdog telling us all how nasty and horrible it all is when Mrs Aylett from Basildon has her bank account emptied after she walked down Oxford Street minding her own business and used the free wifi to check her bank balance.

I'll be sticking to my own data connection that I control and know (as far as possible) where the packets are going.

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Amazon launches own currency

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FAIL

Re: Marketing gimmick

There are no points in PSN - it's a currency-based system... which you can load by redeeming a PSN card or by credit/debit card - so you want to spend 99p it either takes it off your balance (as added by pre-paid PSN card) or charges your credit/debit card...

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M&S shoppers make quarter of a million NFC payments a WEEK

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FAIL

NFC in a handset allows the user to check their bank balance on demand

Like logging in to your internet banking on your phone (either via browser or app)?

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Barnes & Noble bungs Raspberry Pi-priced Nook on shelves

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Well - in theory since it's Android-based, it should be possible to get the Kindle app on there somehow...

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Lenovo's mobile push stalls in China

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FAIL

>> Analyst firm Gartner even predicted 2013 would see Lenovo would knock Samsung off its perch as China's top mobile vendor.

Gosh! Did Gartner maybe get that completely wrong?

Who would have thought it. Gartner analysis is always right and we should all pay rapt attention to their edicts.

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Microsoft: Worried about web privacy? Tell us everything...

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WTF?

>> In a blog post, Ryan Gavin, Windows general manager, wrote: “Very few of us believe that sharing some personal data online is a bad thing. It’s part of our everyday routines to fill out profiles, login to sites, and oftentimes provide personal information like our credit card or phone numbers in order to take advantage of all the web has to offer. In fact, the more personal and relevant the web gets, the better it can get.

In a comment on the Register, I wrote: "There are a lot of idiots out there who willingly fork over virtually everything you could ever want to know about them (but never needed to or wanted to know about them), typically more than enough to be able to hijack (and empty) their bank account etc. In fact the more places you provide that information, the better it is because it corroborates the first source. If a site asks for your date of birth and it has no valid reason, give it one but not yours... if it asks for your mother's maiden name - pick a friend of yours and use their mother's maiden name..."

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'Leccy-stealing, grid-crippling hackers could TAKE DOWN EV-juicing systems

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Boffin

I did wonder what was stopping me pulling up at the free EV juice point (in say a supermarket car park) with a van load of car batteries (connected via suitable circuitry and a compatible plug of course) to charge to supply my off-grid lifestyle... seems the answer is "nothing". Yay.

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Magic mystery malware menaces many UK machines - new claim

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Re: As Eadon is busy elsewhere...

As a representative of the British Sieve Manufacturers' Association, I insist that you substantiate your slur or sieves or withdraw.

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Achtung! German Amazon workers out on strike

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Re: Presumably

Indeed - the last 3 items I've ordered from Amazon Germany have shipped from Dunfermline... which suits me, because it's just over the Forth :)

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Yahoo! drops! size! limit! on! email! attachments! with aid from Dropbox

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Re: The twenty something meg limit from Google / Yahoo etc is a PITA!

>> Using a DROPBOX like service isn't necessarily a good thing if its your work or its personal and you don't want it fully exposed to the wild...

In which case... why are you sending it via "open" email in the first place?

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So, Twitter. 200m twits. How will you make your first billion? Oh, ads.

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>>Gone are the days where putting an ad on a website made you enough to keep the site running

Have they? Mine is running a small surplus. One choice advertiser (not a network) who serves the demographic of the site. Advertiser is happy with the business that comes his way, I'm happy with what he pays me.

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Blighty's revolutionary Cold War teashop computer - and Nigella Lawson

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Coat

Blue Streak Unsuccessful?

It was actually the single most successful project of its type that the MoD had ever run - no misfires, no failures. Right up to the part where it was pulled due to American political pressure.

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Young model ruthlessly fingers upskirt iPad petshop pervert

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Boffin

Re: nit picking?

And bad news for Wonga.com - they'll have to dip out on 4114% of their usual 4214% APR

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Android 'splits' into the Good and the lovechild of Bad and Ugly

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For 99% of people...

... they don't give a rat's ass what version it's running only that it does what they want (be that navigate them from A to B, make calls, light browsing on the move,...) at the price they want in a device that is the size they want.

Case in point, my dearest other half - doesn't want a big phone and it needs to be able to send/receive SMS and run one of the many chat apps... Why would she want a top end phablet running the latest greatest?

I'm sure when it dies there'll be a panicked cast around for something she does like (although I have a spare phone identical to hers to allow at least some reduction in panic)

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'Million-strong' zombie army devours Raspberry Pi's crunchy base

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RM - Research Machines... a long term supplier to the educational sector (at least the school part)

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Wi-Fi hotspots, phone masts: Prepare to be assimilated by O2's Borg

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Re: QoS?

How about not using the Openzone? :)

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Oor Nonny-Muss
Boffin

Eh?

>>and traffic can then be tunnelled through the network operator to apply usage policies (such as blocking porn or counting data packets)

So I get to pay for the data payload on the DSL line *and* on the phone contract?

How about "bugger off"?

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Happy birthday, LP: Can you believe it's only 65?

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Re: OK, I didn't know

>>I'm not aware that 78s were sold in boxes though it's entirely possible.

They did - my late uncle (b. 1926) was a classical music fanatic and regularly bought a symphony as a boxed set - 12-15 discs... I still have many of them complete with the original receipts.

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Yahoo! 'OPTIMISES'! website! for! fondleslabs! AND Facebook!

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Yahoo!

I remember them... what happened to them? Not been there for a long time...

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Ousted Apple Store chief Browett is back selling shiny tat for ladies

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WTF?

Do they need....

.... extended warranties on accessorising tat?

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Android? Like Marvin the robot? Samsung eclipses Google OS - Gartner

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Re: How many can tell the difference between...

>>a Gartner report and a pile of steaming donkey ordure?

Is it the steam?

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