* Posts by John Miles

134 posts • joined 31 Jan 2007

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Forum chat is like Clarkson punching you repeatedly in the face

John Miles

Re: CompuServe computer magazine Forum

I don't think I visited that one - so unlikely to have got into any heated debates there

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Re: the Beeb are happy enough to continue showing the repeats on BBC3.

and the BBC World Wide are happy enough to show repeats continually on Dave - They even had something saying because of a fracas Dave was the only place to see TopGear on Sunday

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John Miles

CompuServe computer magazine Forum

Was it Computer Shopper by any chance?

Discussions in forums strip out all the non-language communication (e.g. is the person being aggressive, laid back) and this information is substituted by the mind based based on clues in the writing - trouble is people are not that good at reading what is actually written and would rather read what they think is written and very quickly everything becomes very polarised.

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John Miles

Re: This apt xkcd should be taught in schools

I recall what I think was a news article about an inquest in a IEE mag (but may have been a story elsewhere) where a wife had described how her husband wouldn't leave the forums because people were giving "bad advise" and he felt the need to correct them, I can't recall cause of death but she blamed his "addiction" to forums for him neglecting his health.

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Does your broadband feel faster? Akamai says it went up 20 per cent*

John Miles

Faster

No - it actually dropped by something like 25% recently - I am hoping just BT moving things ready for Fibre, but it could just be ISP connecting/disconnecting upsetting the system

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‘Digital by default’ agricultural payments halted: Farmers start smirking

John Miles

Re: Fail fast, fail often, deliver shit.

Makes a change from normal Government IT delivery approach

Fail, Be very late, deliver shit.

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My self-driving cars may lead to human driver ban, says Tesla's Musk

John Miles

Re: Top Gear won't like it!

They have already had one round their track - youtube Link

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Improved Apple Watches won't get more expensive? Hmmm

John Miles

RE: Meaning that income per inhabitant of a household has been rising

Or more members of the household are working for longer - so possible wages have fallen which has been offset by higher percentage of households having multiple breadwinners spending more time at work (e.g. several part time jobs)

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Give biometrics the FINGER: Horror tales from the ENCRYPT

John Miles

Re: no other option than to work on an offline PC

Just stick with the paper and pencil - with my handwriting it is liable to be secure even from me

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RIP Leonard Nimoy: He lived long and prospered

John Miles

re: Majel Barrett

She was also the computer's voice in the series Wiki

and Lwaxana Troi (Deanna Troi's mother) in the TNG/DS9

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I, ROBOT ~ YOU, MORON. How else will automated news work?

John Miles

Don't worry not long after we'll be getting something like Douglas Adams' Electronic Monk ( http://theelectricmonk.com/ElectricMonk.html ) to read the news for us, so it'll be robots commenting you've wasted their time.

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Samsung: Our TVs? SPYING on you? HA HA! Whee! Just a JOKE of course

John Miles

Re: and physically disable the mic and camera

I find just not allowing it access to the internet is enough to stop it calling home - if I find it has a built in GSM card, I can see them getting very big bills ;)

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TOTAL DARKNESS lasted 550 MILLION years until the first STARS LIT UP

John Miles

Re: It's all wrong anyway

Alternatively the big bang happened in a strong strong magical field -

When light encounters a strong magical field it loses all sense of urgency. It slows right down. And on the Discworld the magic was embarrassingly strong, which meant that the soft yellow light of dawn flowed over the sleeping landscape like the caress of a gentle lover or, as some would have it, like golden syrup.

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Sony post-mortem: Obama lobbies for new legal powers to thwart hackers

John Miles

The Answer is simple

Make the directors of companies and organisations where if they are hacked it can impact people's lives or seriously impact nations security criminally responsible for failure to adequately protect that data/system.

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Erik Meijer: AGILE must be destroyed, once and for all

John Miles

re: “we talk too much about code, we don’t write enough code.”

Stopping some developers writing lots of code is a good thing

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Stale pizza, backup BlackBerrys, payroll panic: Sony Pictures mega-hack

John Miles

Re: whoever it is who is currently their head of IT

I bet that won't be board or CIO level where the blame really lies

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Plusnet could face DATA BREACH probe over SPAM HELL gripes

John Miles

No spam for me at my designated plusnet address

I haven't see any to mine - it might be data breach was not directly from system but an old copy of their database.

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The STEALTH Plug-in Hybrid: Audi A3 e-tron Sportback

John Miles

Re: What happens to the grid ...

with the fire at Didcot Power Station and continued erosion spare capacity margins it is likely the lights would go out in Winter unless lots more money is spent on new power stations/sources

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Ten excellent FREE PC apps to brighten your Windows

John Miles

Agent Ransack

One I find invaluable is Agent Ransack for searching local PC - http://www.mythicsoft.com/agentransack

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Two driverless cars stuffed with passengers are ABOUT TO CRASH - who should take the hit?

John Miles

Re: What, along every single track road?

To start with only those where the speed vehicles need to drop navigating a bend would cause major inconvenience/tailback - which there shouldn't be that many if humans can currently drive them safely.

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John Miles

Re: collision detection systems can't currently see around corners

It is easy - car slows down to a speed where it knows it can stop within half the distance it can see, unlike human drivers the computer won't get impatient and start taking risks if that is 5mph.

It could easily be allowed to see around the bend, it just needs things like sensors and cameras placed strategically along the the road transmitting data about conditions further along and other cars similarly passing data along.

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John Miles

re: en route for an “inevitable” head-on collision on a mountain road

I can't help thinking by the time becomes “inevitable” it will be far too late for a computer controlling a vehicle to make significant difference to the outcome.

It is almost as if they are expecting a computer to be super efficient at judging the environment only when things start going wrong but not far enough in advance to stop things going wrong in the first place - maybe because that doesn't allow them to get involved.

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So you want to introduce a BYOD plan. Where do you start?

John Miles
Joke

Must get eyes tested

Read as "So you want to introduce a BOFH"

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Mastercard and Visa to ERADICATE password authentication

John Miles

Re: Am I missing something?

This last week when I payed by a Barclays' Visa card it just come up and disappeared (but I am not sure I ever set anything up on that card), but when I used a HSBC Mastercard it came up and asked me for 3 letters of the password.

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John Miles

Re: Its not like my DOB is very secret.

Mine is if your website is called something like Facebook (I had to create facebook account but fortunately for an organization page not myself) or I don't think you need to know it at which point I take days, months, years and/or decades off my age

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Knives out for new EU rules forcing govts to reveal hacker attacks

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Facepalm

re: setting up a competent authority

This is something they expect governments achieve, despite all the evidence to the contrary ???

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BT claims almost-gigabit connections over COPPER WIRE

John Miles

Re: WHY WHY WHY WHY !!!!!!

Living in a large new estate with low broadband speeds and no fibre/cable despite the town having both. I am pretty certain the discussions go between BT & house builders - what is cheapest option we can do for legal requirements as house builders don't want to pay and BT want to angle for getting government paying for the fibre stuff.

Hopefully, after lots of pressure from residents, council and MP the estate I live on should get Fibre options late this year

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IT jargon is absolutely REAMED with sexual double-entendres

John Miles

re: Blind spot is another metaphor, by the way: there is nothing functionally awry with my retinas.

There is a blind spot in the human eye - optic nerve passes through the optic disc

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Bright lights, affordable motor: Ford puts LED headlights onto Mondeo

John Miles

Re: There is simply no way I'd go to the garage to replace some stupid brake light bulbs

I got the garage to change a sidelight bulb once, I couldn't workout how to do so without loosing skin off knuckles or dismantling half the front end so when it was in I asked them to do it - I figured the cost the least pain for me

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Microsoft's Euro cloud darkens: US FEDS can dig into foreign servers

John Miles

Re: I'm not sure why directors are so gullible when faced

Because then they can tell the world that they have saved x by going with outsourced, the cost is transferred from one set of overheads to another. This makes their company profile look better to the people who invest because it fits better their expected company model on overheads etc. so the share price rises.

But in reality no one sees the decrease in efficiency in other parts of the company who now can't get IT problems sorted out so put in old style time consuming workarounds, and no one is left to tell the Director they are being ripped off because thought it only costs peanuts per hour - those peanuts add up when it takes weeks when someone who knew the system would fix in minutes

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SOULLESS machine-intelligence ROBOT cars to hit Blighty in 2015

John Miles

re: since it won't be the driverless car making the mistake

It might just though, see Toyota's Killer software -

http://www.edn.com/design/automotive/4423428/Toyota-s-killer-firmware--Bad-design-and-its-consequences

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Bose says today is F*** With Dre Day: Beats sued in patent battle

John Miles
Joke

Re: I have a dream

I understand 4′33″ ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/4%E2%80%B233%E2%80%B3 ) sounds OK on Bose etc.

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DON’T add me to your social network, I have NO IDEA who you are

John Miles

I wonder if today will be

Invite Alistair Dabbs into your social network day and whether we'll see a Register Doodle to celebrate it.

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Google: Why should we pay tax when we make 'intangibles'?

John Miles

Re: Next Response from OZ Govt

No need to block them - just ban (and fine) any company operating in Oz using Google (or other non-locally paying tax entity) for advertising in Oz.

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CONFIRMED: Sophos shifting threat response work to India

John Miles

re: countries might start passing laws about what can be outsourced?

I am sure first on list will be CEOs and Lawyers.

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PCIe hard drives? You read that right, says WD

John Miles
Joke

Re: One unit of measurement PLEASE!

Just wondering what standard reg speed unit would be? 1 full size Paris Hilton picture per minute?

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Look, pal, it’s YOUR password so it’s YOUR fault that it's gone AWOL

John Miles

re: A. I've never had a pet so wtf am I supposed to say?"

how about "PetsIHaveHadNone" (or similar)- usually gives you chance to enter something more secure than Rover/Spot etc.

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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS: Great changes, but sssh don't mention the...

John Miles

Re: but it feels too parasitic to be regarded as a distribution in it's own right.

Maybe, but how do you let Canonical know what you feel is going wrong with their distributions. By picking up one of the forked distributions you like, if enough people follow same then that distribution stands chance at gaining enough resources to become a true distribution.

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True optical zoom coming to HTC smartphone cameras

John Miles
Joke

Phone sizes

If phone sizes keep increasing - then this might be easier than anticipated

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Is tech the preserve of the young able-bodied? Let's talk over a fine dinner and claret

John Miles

RE: Nobody makes things that bad by accident, surely?

I think a lot of these people must have had a really good course on UI design & usability - you can't miss that badly without know what you are trying to avoid

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Samsung claims it still plans to ship Tizen phones in Q2

John Miles

Re: Samsung

Kies - is so good l have dedicated a machine just for it's exclusive use (VMWare one) - Or was it I didn't wantto reinstall windows again?

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Microsoft buys all electricity from Texas wind farm

John Miles
Joke

Does this explain Azure outages

days when no wind = no electric thus no Azure Cloud

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Custom ringback tones: Coming to your next contract mobe?

John Miles

Re: you could end up having Greensleeves played at you even before you've been connected

But at least if I am not connected - I am not paying

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Blighty's great digital radio switchover targets missed AGAIN

John Miles

Re: No Traffic Announcements on DAB - useless in cars

There may not be the provision on DAB - but my car regularly switches from 6 Music to local traffic (though I am getting fed up of one of the local commercial radio switching for advert, then switching again for traffic)

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What Surface RT flop? Nokia said to be readying WinRT slab for September

John Miles

re: Whatever is brewing in Nokia's Espoo headquarters

Must be strong stuff, though I suspect reserved for the board

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Your encrypted files are 'exponentially easier' to crack, warn MIT boffins

John Miles

Re: Compression

Compression has been part of the attacks on HTTPS - http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/08/02/breach_crypto_attack/

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Gadgets are NOT the perfect gift for REAL men

John Miles
Coffee/keyboard

Re: Bang on...

Currently in the "Highly Rated" comments on article page, this is comment (about lowering expectations) is just below the one about Dutch Oven as if a reply. Just seems so fitting

http://imgur.com/pwznhDH

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Microsoft's cloud leaves manual transmission behind

John Miles

Re: but McDonalds servers billions of burgers. Would you like fries with your cattle server?

and even McDonalds were trying to reduce the number of people asking would you like fries using call centres:

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/04/11/technology/11fast.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

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Cambridge boffins fear 'Pandora's Unboxing' and RISE of the MACHINES

John Miles

Re: The solution is ...

They tried cutting the power in the original series but the computer had Other ideas on the subject and reconnected itself http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ultimate_Computer

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Pocket Wi-Fi hotspots paralyse Chinese metro lines

John Miles
Joke

Re: officialdom should respond by being flexible and sensible.

why do I feel that might be easier in China than UK?

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