* Posts by Ben Norris

161 posts • joined 23 Jul 2007

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Win Server 2003 custom support: That's NOT going to be fun

Ben Norris

Re: Maybe you could just...

They didn't stop selling it 12 years ago, in fact it is still purchasable now!

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HORRIFIED Amazon retailers fear GOING BUST after 1p pricing cockup

Ben Norris

Re: price mistakes

The problem with amazon's system is that they despatch the goods for the seller with no way to sanity check or intervene.

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BT Infinity ‘working to fix problem’ after three days of outages

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You can't just change your DNS settings, because BT hijack all DNS. If you set your DNS to 8.8.8.8 you still get BT's server and not google. :(

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One-click, net-modelled UK copyright hub comes a step closer

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The gender imbalance in IT is real, ongoing and ridiculous

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As AC put it so well, the reason for lack of women in IT is NOT because it is misogynistic or unwelcoming but because they opt out of learning the skills.

Worst still the SJWs repeatedly telling everyone the myth that it is a toxic, sexist environment are only making the situation worse by putting off more girls from choosing it as a career path!

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@Jagged well then you are a fool because currently IT has a shortage of skilled workers and demand is very high. It is one of the few professions that completely bucked the recession. Since ICT was introduced and killed the previous bubble of interest there are far fewer people coming into the industry and chasing jobs. Demand to automate and increase productivity is higher than ever, that requires IT people to implement.

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

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why on earth would you want a 4k laptop? People are already complaining that the icons are too small, its just not appropriate. When you can't see the pixels its a waste of money/effort like HD phones

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Webcam hacker pervs in MASS HOME INVASION

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Shame that this is widely being misreported as hackers snooping rather than users leaving them unprotected. The message that there is something easy that they need to do about it has been lost from the headline.

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Multi-petabyte open sorcery: Spell-binding storage

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Re: Cost of SSD seems overestimated

Well for a start a £300 SSD does not have a super capacitor so would likely corrupt your RAID at the first power outage. Then there is all the supporting hardware, you can't just buy a petabyte of disks and bung them in willy nilly and expect any kind of performance or reliability. And how are you planning to back all this up?

As they say, the devil is in the detail.

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ATTACK OF THE DRONES: ‘Nefarious’ private use rising, says top Blighty copper

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Re: Prison Contraband

In the UK we invented a wonderous new technology known as netting.

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Brit cops nab six in Silk Road 2.0 drugs sting

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Well now that you've admitted it here they can just get your details from El Reg and your ISP

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Amazon hopes FIRE STICK will light up its video service

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When Amazon took over the service from Lovefilm it went rapidly downhill. They have filled it with TV boxset, mostly old and their homemade very US centric series trying to stumble on another game of thrones.

They clearly don't love film anymore because very few new films are added on a regular basis and all the brand new stuff requires payment above the subscription.

It is not surprising that people don't want a service that they have ruined.

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YARR! Pirates walk the plank: DMCA magnets sink in Google results

Ben Norris

One rule for them and another for everyone else. When google themselves expect to be treated as an indexer not content provider, why are they not applying the same to others?

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Martha Lane Fox: YEUCH! The Internet is MADE by MEN?!?

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Re: Online Voting

4) where people find it difficult to get out of their home to a voting office (or postbox) through disability?

Trying to pretend that online voting wouldn't be far easier and subsequently encourage more people to do it is just moronic. There is no doubt that it would be beneficial, doing it in a secure way is the only part that is quite tricky.

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A drone of one's own: Reg buyers' guide for UAV fanciers

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Re: 400 feet rule

@stu 4 If my drone is within 400ft of me, then you can't possibly crash into my drone without being within 500ft of me (a person). Therefore you must be breaking flight regulations.

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Re: Ignore the licence requirements

There is a reason that pedestrians arn't allowed to walk on the motorway. Highlighting the lack of safety in paragliding is not really a good argument for unreasonable regulation on drones. As you point out the pheasant is not regulated at all!

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Re: Ignore the licence requirements

So you are basically saying you have insufficient visibility and poor control of your paraglider so as not to be able to see or avoid obstacles in the sky. Why is it that you are allowed to fly them again? Lets regulate the unsafe vehicle in this scenario of yours, not the highly accurately positioned and stable one!

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You mean Lithium Polymer not Lithium Ion. Thats the one used in laptops.

Poor quality article in general. :(

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DVLA website GOES TITSUP on day paper car tax discs retire

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Re: I concur

Aside from people should budget not live from paycheck to paycheck, how many people are paying for 6 months or a year tax out of one months salary? The incentive to pay early is that you save yourself a massive headache waiting in a queue with all the latards or avoid the fine if for any reason you are prevented from paying on that last day.

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Hey Brit taxpayers. You just spent £4m on Central London ‘innovation playground’

Ben Norris

Re: Firstly

I think your chances of meeting a real innovator in a place like this are slim to none. BS spewing wannabes, plenty.

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eBay promises to refund seller fees after latest MASSIVE OUTAGE

Ben Norris

Refusing to go outside ebay is nothing to do with greed. Not only would they drastically reduce their protection against fraud, but if ebay catches them they will get banned and loose this stream of customers.

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Simian selfie stupidity: Macaque snap sparks Wikipedia copyright row

Ben Norris

Re: Good article.

no because said objects are inanimate and the action initiated by a human even if that was the programmer. The monkey has free will.

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Brits STUNG for up to £625 when they try to cancel broadband

Ben Norris

how is this a story?

Customers surprised to find that they are expected to pay what they agreed to pay!

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Climate: 'An excuse for tax hikes', scientists 'don't know what they're talking about'

Ben Norris

Science is based on fact, general opinion is not. This survey doesn't say anything about global warming, if anything it shows why democracy is pretty rubbish at dealing with reality or getting anything done.

I very much doubt whether carbon taxes are any use at combatting this but if anything they are a desperate attempt to hold back our increasing demands for power as we are about to go into a period of brownouts and astronomical electricity prices thanks to political heel dragging in commisioning new power plants.

Do you know what the safest, cheapest, most environmentally friendly source of power is? Nuclear. More scientific fact overruled by general populace idiocy and paranoia.

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Code Spaces goes titsup FOREVER after attacker NUKES its Amazon-hosted data

Ben Norris

Re: [and you think you're paranoid . . . these folks had belt, ....

Ah but copying around USB sticks is how everyone keeps getting their personal data stolen. Backups need to be offsite but they also need to be kept secure both there and in transit.

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Internet of Things fridges? Pfft. So how does my milk carton know when it's empty?

Ben Norris

The scale is built into the shelf and measures all items, you know which were taken because of the rfids. (Not dissimilar to self checkout) Most people have shopping lists already and stick to pretty predictable patterns.

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Actually what is required is not difficult at all. RFID (already in a lot of packaging) says what, some simple scales say how much. Who is going to pay for this? With economies of scale it actually wouldn't be very expensive at all.

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REVEALED: GCHQ's BEYOND TOP SECRET Middle Eastern INTERNET SPY BASE

Ben Norris

Re: Britain's got secrets

So this inflationary system is where they got the idea for the new a level grades. ;)

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WANTED: New head of crashingly expensive, error-prone and frankly cursed one-dole-to-rule-them-all system

Ben Norris

Re: *Theoretically* the idea seems reasonable.

Obviously rules change, any system generic enough should be able to take benefit rule changes in it's stride. We should not need a new IT system every time someone alters a policy!

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Dropbox nukes bloke's file share in DMCA brouhaha – then admits it made a 'HASH OF IT'

Ben Norris

Re: I utterly fail to see the problem

What you have failed to account for is that he may well have had permission to share it, eg. within an organisation to do some work. This naive hashing method by dropbox is all or nothing, it completely disregards context.

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SCRAP the TELLY TAX? Ancient BBC Time Lords mull Beeb's future

Ben Norris

Re: Just a News Operation

it would in fact mean more of those because those are the BBCs highest earning DVD and overseas brands!

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The UNTOLD SUCCESS of Microsoft: Yes, it's Windows 7

Ben Norris

Re: What the hell did they expect?

People learn where stuff is by repetition. The main problem with the start screen isn't that it is touch oriented but that it is dynamic

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'No, I CAN'T write code myself,' admits woman in charge of teaching our kids to code

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Re: Few CIOs or VP ITs can code

The point you are missing is that it is exactly the lack of basic coding skill or mere general idea of what it entails in everyday people is the thing that needs to change.

Would you have a writing department in a company led by those who were illiterate? Would you have a company where only a select few could write at all and all work was bottlenecked via them? That is the current situation.

While there will always be the specialist programmers with full understanding , we need to head towards a point where anyone can do basic scripting to automate their own repetitive tasks and a general understanding of what code is/what is possible. (Of course this also requires software to be scriptable and scripting to be as easy as possible - something we have rather thrown out the window in the touch generation)

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Reg reader crafts 3-axis GoPro 'Stubilizer' for skull-mounted cameras

Ben Norris

My first thought was that this is just the front off of a TBS discovery, he hasn't invented anything. But on reading on that impression seems to be more of the bad choice by the Reg of exagerating in the headline. Actually it was a pretty interesting article on how to refine a design.

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UK.gov recruiting 400 crack CompSci experts to go into teaching

Ben Norris

The point is that this isn't an area of expertise, basic computing is a skill that they all need to know like writing.

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Clink! Terrorist jailed for refusing to tell police his encryption password

Ben Norris

Re: Not "complying" is the crime, not the results of complying.

What is wrong with this law is that if you happen to have an encrypted file which you genuinely can't remember or never knew the password of, you can be sent to jail. This is completely against the presumption of innocence.

The reason why you should see something wrong with this is that YOU have a number of files where that is the case on your computer right now.

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File-NUKING Cryptolocker PC malware MENACES 'TENS of MILLIONS' in UK

Ben Norris

Re: And why aren't they going after this group??

Will that gate now be officially renamed the plebgate?

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Ben Norris

Re: Nasty.

The uptake of android and ios arn't going to mitigate anything. Windows is not the subject of these attacks because it is less secure but because it is more popular. As alternatives become widely used we will and are already seeing more and more attacks against them too. The common factor is the User, not the OS.

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UK plant bakes its millionth Raspberry Pi

Ben Norris

We throw away tons of laptops that have screen, keyboard, powersupply, etc. built in. A far more useful exercise than the Pi might be to put a sandbox on them to bring them to a common standard, coupled with a cheap USB IO device. Much more practicle than a classroom of kids huddling round a TV.

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Dixons preps home 3D printer for plastic-piping punters

Ben Norris

Re: Does it come with a positive pressure ventilation system?

"levels on par with burning scented candles." yeah big worry!

Also this PLA works out at more like £150/kg rather than the £20-30/kg the stuff normally costs on reels

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Autogyro legend Ken Wallis hangs up wings at 97

Ben Norris

Re: Innovation is still alive

Not dead at all. This is what hackspaces are all about. Kids just need the support to learn rather than be plonked in front of a console/tv.

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UK mulls ban on tiny mobiles to block prison smugglers

Ben Norris

Re: As far as I'm aware..

Drugs don't have to give off a signal to work though. A few mobile signal detectors around the prison and you can triangulate exactly where phones are being used and go confiscate them. Or would that be far too easy?

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Buy a household 3D printer, it'll pay for itself in MONTHS!

Ben Norris

A lot of luddites with no imagination here

The finish is not great, does not stop you from prototyping a design with an excellent finish in ceramic, metal or wood from an online service. Also doesn't stop you from making structural replacements for a variety of things where finish doesn't really matter. Whatever happened to the make do and mend attitude?

Manufacturing had moved on to a point where crafting sophisticated parts was out of our hands. 3D printing (and associated software) brings that back to us. Most knowlegeable people are not under the disillusion that this will replace bulk manufacturing, it is a complementary technology. And in it's infancy with lots of room for improvement.

All the commentards here and the OP taking potshots because they don't get it really are the biggest dissapointment.

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Microsoft's murder most foul: TechNet is dead

Ben Norris

Re: Peoples simply have a mistaken definition of testing

Yes testing the suitibility of their products, not general testing of your product or environment!

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Ben Norris

Re: Grr...

You are talking nonsense. The cheapest level of MSDN is nowhere near 5 grand and if your business is getting so much benefit from access to this software then why shouldn't you be prepared to pay for it as a business cost? Also with virtualisation, spinning up test environments is a matter of copying a few images these days. It shouldn't take more than hours to set up even a complicated environment with scripts.

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Peoples simply have a mistaken definition of testing

Technet was always just for evaluation of products. The only testing it ever included was to see if the MS product was suitable.

What most of you are calling testing, trialing environments, performance, etc. is actually development and as such should always have been covered by MSDN.

If you are a sales partner then the action pack is for being familiar with the products! And the time limited images fill the evaluation gap.

Microsoft arn't taking away a service, they are clarifying a situation that people have been abusing. No you arn't entitled to all their products for next to nothing! What other company offers that?

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FLABBER-JASTED: It's 'jif', NOT '.gif', says man who should know

Ben Norris

Re: erm..

the hard g crew are still the minority. They just make so much fuss that it seems the other way. Most people know how to say it correctly

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Trollface

Re: erm..

In the past the register did an inconclusive story to stir up an argument like the trolls they are :) This time the author of the standard is definitively telling you the right way to say it.

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Ben Norris
FAIL

Re: “They are wrong. It is a soft ‘G,’ pronounced ‘jif.’ End of story.”

Your logic is incorrect. You don't say JFEG instead of JPEG do you?

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Say JPEG

Say Photographics

Did you say Jay-Peg or did you say Jay-Feg? The argument that it should be pronounced like graphics is invalid.

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