* Posts by teacake

160 posts • joined 2 Mar 2007


Snoop! stooge! Yahoo! handed! all! your! email! to! Uncle! Sam! – and! any! passing! hacker!


Re: What about BT?

Well done. Are you complaining to BT, the Information Commissioner, or both?


What about BT?

Since BT farmed out responsibility for their e-mail service to Yahoo some years ago, could this mean UK BT Internet customers also had their mail slurped?

Snafu! BT funnels all customers' sent email into one poor sod's inbox



Thanks for that advice, Seajay. I'll put it on my to-do list. ;-)



I've had a BT POP3 box since forever. I know I should set up my own elsewhere but I've got the best part of 20 years' interactions via that address. This latest problem comes on top of the fact that BT seem to go through phases of just silently dropping about 25% of incoming mail. And they have the cheek this month to tell me they are more than tripling the monthly fee for this POP3 box.

I think it may be long past time for a change...

This whopping 16-bit computer processor is being built by hand, transistor by transistor


"And these days, one ought to be able to find discrete transistors cheaply in old junk people are throwing away."

He's already mentioned that reliability is likely to be an issue, and that's without using old components of uncertain provenance and condition.

Raising a stink in court: Innocent poo banditry warehousers win $2.2m


I read that as...

...Atlas Logistics Group Rectal Services.

NHS patient data storm: Govt lords SLAP DOWN privacy protections


Re: It might be illuminating ...

"...but we won't let them know the length of your dick, honest.."

Well, not for 50% of you, at any rate.

Texas man charged in multimillion-dollar Bitcoin Ponzi scheme


Re: yep

"I will immediately be opening up an American branch to enable investment in the Altairian Dollar, Flanian Pobble Bead, and Triganic Pu...."

You're going to need a big warehouse to store the ningis, then.

MYSTERY of 19th-century DEAD WALRUS found in London graveyard


Love this

"We did some research ... but we drew a blank. There was a reference to Prince Albert riding on the back of a giant tortoise, but unfortunately it wasn’t relevant."

Love that statement, I'm going to use it from now on when referring to the results of any research in any field.

Pink Floyd blasts Pandora for 'tricking' artists with petition


Re: Wish they were here ..

@Nicho "Yeah they could've picked a better example. Talk to the growers and you'll hear consistent stories about how supermarkets are forever putting downward pressure on prices."

But at least the price arrived at is as a result of the grower and the grocer negotiating a price at which they are prepared to exchange the goods. The supermarkets aren't going off trying to get the law changed to force the price down, which is what is happening here.

First eyes EVER SEEN (by definition) appeared 700 million years ago


@Network 67 Re: This Study Is Biased

"Given how much more visible a creature in sunshine is likely to be than a creature in the shadow, it would make sense that those creatures who were less effective at distinguishing between the two WOULD GET EATEN AND NOT REPRODUCE."

"That presupposes that a predatory creature had already evolved sight for hunting. However it would be an evolutionary pressure on the predated species. "

It would be entirely possible to evolve sight in order to avoid a predator which hunts you by other means, for example scent.

There would of course be any number of uses for primitive sight/light/heat sensitivity prior to its refinement to a level where it would be useful in predation. To help a creature orient itself, to navigate, to avoid getting damaged in direct sunlight, to find a suitable location to reproduce, for example.

Yahoo! will! ignore! 'Do! Not! Track!' from! IE10!



I can sort of see both sides of the argument here.

On the one hand, organisations and sites which track the user's browser behaviour are utter scum. On the other hand, organisations and sites which track the user's browser behaviour are utter scum.

Jaws restored Blu-ray disc set review


@AC 07:08

"Is there anyone who will rush out and buy it, just to see the rubber shark at the end of the film?"

Dunno. If your appreciation of a film is based solely on the quality of the effects, I've got this copy of Transformers over here you can have.

Titans of tech: Why I'll never trust 'em


Re: Apple doesnt effect the landscape?

I think there's a certain amount of talking at cross-purposes here, Trevor. What you're describing is in effect the influence that Apple devices SHOULD currently have on business computing. What the others are describing is the effect they actually have, which is to skew the provision and support of IT in a manner out of all proportion to their actual use or importance.

I suspect there's any number of of people here who know only too well how unimportant their day-to-day work of providing and supporting systems is regarded as being the moment one of their senior management goes (paraphrasing) "Yes, yes, disaster recovery and security are all very well, but what about my shiny new iPhone?"

Lawyers: We'll pillory porn pirates who don't pay up


Re: Arkell v Pressdram 1971

"You want to start a lawyering fight with a law firm? I think they might have a slight advantage there. Even if your arguments are infinitely better, they can still make the case drag on for a decade and cost you several times your lifetime earnings."

But that's the whole point, isn't it? The last thing they want is to end up actually having to argue one of these cases in court. Their whole business model is predicated on the threat of legal action, if they have to follow through and end up losing a case or (worse) end up with a ruling against certain of their practices, it could blow them out of the water.


Arkell v Pressdram 1971

It would be very tempting to respond to one of these letters by saying, "Thank you for your letter. May I direct you to the response given in the case of Arkell v Pressdram 1971? I am sure your clients will be able to explain the first word of that response to you if you are having difficulty with it."

Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver Universal Remote Control review


Re: This is why Doctor Who exists...

"I'm not sad enough to remember what the story was called."

The Visitation, as I'm sure about 20 oher people who are sad enough will have pointed out by the time this comment is posted.

Star Trek's Scotty boldly goes where he always wanted to


Re: An there was me thinking that...

"He was just an actor, playing a role. I'm sure it's just what he wanted as well.

Even in death he can't help but be a parody."

So, 50 down-votes so far. Allow me to be number 51.

Phone-hack saga: Murdoch 'not fit' to run News Corp, blast MPs


Re: And if that wasn't bad enough...

"Fox cancelled Firefly."

It still hurts. It still hurts.

Happy 30th Birthday, Sinclair ZX Spectrum


Re: You know,

"For anyone interested, if you get irritated with Mary coming along and punching you if you swear, you can find her in the curiously Spanish-named El Vinos, and kill her. It doesn't help anything, of course, since she comes back a minute or two later, but it still gives a certain thrill to those as nerdy as I."

> Fuck Mary.

> Mary is not amused. (Punch)

Ah, Valhalla, happy days.

ALL Visa cards blab punters' names - not just Barclaycards


Re: This technology is absolute bollocks

When Barclays tried to foist one of these cards on me last year, replacing my debit card with a contactless one, it was quite difficult to reject. Nobody seemed to understand my concern, and the half dozen people I had to go through all said "Well, you don't have to use it if you don't want to..."

In the end the only alternative they could offer was the Debit card they give to customers they don't quite trust, which has to have every transaction verified by the bank before it will authorise. I suppose there's a sort of symmetry there - I don't trust them, so they don't trust me. Thanks a lot, Barclays.

Apple slams hard-up Proview for conning the courts


Oh, Apple, you kidders

"...we would never knowingly abuse someone else’s trademarks."

Apart from when selling music, of course...


American search team fails to find women's G-spot


Misread that...

"You are obviously a gynaecologist abusing your position of trust"

At first glance, I read that as "position of thrust."

Philips Cinema 21:9 Gold 50in ultra widescreen TV


Re: Ambient + Letter Box...

"The Ambient light feature is appealing; but when the picture does not match the screen's aspect ratio, the usual blank bands would disassociate the effect."

I'd have expected that problem too, but from experience it really isn't a problem. There's a bezel round the edge as well, which doesn't cause a problem either. It would seem that the Ambilight effect is not dependent on being so close to the image as all that.


Well, anyway

I've got one of the first edition LCD 56" 21:9 Philips TVs, which I got cheap when they released the current model. All I can say is, before you spark off about how pointless Ambilight is, or useless 21:9 is, or how the upscaling will ruin the picture, just try viewing one.

I thought all the same things, and then I gave one a viewing, and they are simply amazing. The upscaling is really, really, good. I simply can't tell from the image quality whether it's native resolution or upscaled. The Ambilight is brilliant. After a while you stop noticing it and it just helps draw you in to the screen. Turn it off, and the picture suddenly seems too large, imposing and eye-straining. If you don't like these features, that's fine, but they're hardly pointless and they do work well.

Yes, you do get black bars either side on 4:3 content. Yes, low quality SD content doesn't look great, but do you really expect it to on a 56" TV? On decent DVD or BluRay content, these TVs are epic.

Beeb rescues old Who episodes


Two down, 100ish to go

@Paul L. Daniels

"Good News... the episodes are coming back to us anyhow..."

One has to assume, since you're not providing this link on April 1st yourself, that you didn't notice the publishing date on that article.

@Zack Mollusc

It was the start of the colour era. They assumed nobody would be interested in them there old-fashioned black and white programmes any more.

Ken Russell dies aged 84


Lovely guy

I had the honour of meeting him last year. An absolute gent, totally dotty but really charming and interesting. I'll miss him.

Overland struggles to keep its head above water


Aren't they dead yet?

The writing's on the wall if all they've got to fall back on is patent trolling.

Unlike Mondo's experience above, my own experience of Overland's products is that they were the worst-built, most unreliable, worst-supported tape loaders I've ever had the misfortune to encounter. When your tape library won't detect tape changes, and Overland's own technical support tell you that's normal and that you should reboot server and library every time you change tapes, you know something's up. (That was a fault, by the way, and after we finally convinced Overland it was a fault, they gave us a replacement unit which would happily identify changed tapes, and then simply mark them all as unreadable.)

Panasonic DMR-PWT500 3D BD Freeview HD DVR



If it's anything like the DMR-BW780 BluRay recorder we've got here, it'll have decent recording quality let down by the most half-baked, frustrating, inconsistent and poorly thought through interface. 20 key presses to finalise a disc when you've just finished burning it? Failure to recognise a disc you've just formatted unless you remove it, and cycle the power? When editing the title of a recording, pressing Delete inserts a space, and pressing Pause deletes? That's Panasonic, that is.

Innovatio targets Wi-Fi users with patent suits


@AC 08:41

"But "Irrumatio" would be even more appropriate, it seems."

I do wish I hadn't Googled that term at work.


Shades of Bromcom?

This reminds me of Bromcom who, because they had a patented product using hand-held devices for electronic pupil registration, started threatening any school that was doing any form of wireless registration, even if they were just using an Excel spreadsheet on a laptop.


Star Wars: The Complete Saga Blu-ray disc set


@AC 15/9/11 09:24GMT

"I still have a VHS copy of episode IV recorded from the telly. It has half an episode of 'blockbusters' at the start and adverts for that carpet you could throw ketchup on and just scrape it off with a butter knife."

Would that be Flotex 21?

Daleks given a well-earned break


@We want Zarbies

"Yay! +1 for someone else who remembers those. Mind you, you're giving your age away a bit, but I suppose only to those who are old enough to remember the Zarbis!"

If you really were old enough to remember, you'd remember that the plural of Zarbi is Zarbi.


BT cheerfully admits snooping on customer LANs


@Don't they, by George?

I think the specific point would be that they don't have public IP addresses and have no presence on the internet, so could only be addressed via asking the BT router to do it.

AutoTrader crashes off the road in DDoS congestion


How can they tell?

How could they tell it was running slow? The Autotrader site is one of the slowest, buggiest and most unreliable sites I've ever visited. Really really nasty, and that's before I get on to the advert pop-unders and bloody survey questionnaires every time you visit.

Ten... 40-42in net connected HD TVs


@AC 14:43

"Good to see a TV that allows you to turn off the picture and just have the audio.

(Actually it's a useful feature for a lot of TV, especially documentaries which love to shove pointless images in that do nothing to enhance the audio - Horizon, I'm looking at you)."

Or not looking at Horizon, if you take your own advice...

George Lucas 'very happy' with 3D Phantom Menace


@Zog The Undeniable

"The prospect of Jar Jar Binks bulging out of the screen actually makes me glad I'm going blind in one eye."

Comment of the Week, right there.

Fukushima one week on: Situation 'stable', says IAEA


@Paul Smith

"To a physicist, 10x Normal radiation level is slightly heightened (for a given Normal on a given scale) but instead of dealing with the physics or the facts, you prefer to use "scaremongering". In what way do you think you are any better then the Red Top brigade who also bend the truth to sell copy."

That's not at all what he was saying. Go back and read the article again.


Fukushima situation as of Wednesday


@Ralph 5

"The "science" that assured us this was a safe design was wrong. "

You appear to be labouring under the misapprehension that it was "science" that decided how resilient to make the plant, when it was actually the bean counters. The scientists designed it to survive the level of quake and tsunami they were told to - five times weaker than the one they actually faced in the event. That the plant has survived at all means you could criticise them for over-engineering, but that might seem a little churlish if you do it at the same time as screaming at them for the problems the plant is now facing.

Doctor Who co-star Nicholas Courtney dies at 81


Five rounds rapid

Splendid chap, all of him.

John Barry dies at 77


@Raise the Titanic

Love the score for Raise the Titanic, was listening to it only the other day. I loved the score for Black Hole too.

Unarmed Royal Navy T45 destroyer breaks down mid-Atlantic


@Admiral Of The Pink (Slip)

"Scenario: Argies have built an airbase in the south and have destroyed the airbase on the Falklands.


This is primarily an IT tech site, with the occasional divergence in to military hardware at a non-technical level. That being the case, could you possibly translate your little scenario into English? Can't follow your banter, old chap.

Top Ten Arcade Classics



Galaxian, Gorf, Terra Cresta. Spy Hunter. Scramble.

US may disable all in-car mobile phones



When reading the quotes from LaHood, I can't help imagining him as the evil businessman from Pale Rider.

If he doesn't get his way, will he call in the Pinkertons?

Fanbois howl as OS X update bricks PGPed Macs



"So the entire article is huburis. "

"May be the reporter doesn't know what bricked means! "

Maybe you don't know what "hubris" means.

Tesla Motors: Our cars don't burst into flame, but our emails do


There I was...

...just wondering whatever happened to FoTW, and what do I see? Hello old friend.

Not a patch of flames of old though. Not nearly enough spittle.

Twitter airport bomb joker loses second job


@AC 2010-09-17 13:27

"I imagine any educated employer would have sacked the loud-twittered idiot for americanised vulgarity of expression and displaying lack of judgement and self-control. Would he have expressed himself in the same way directly to airport staff? Particularly if the member of staff was over two metres tall and weighed 100 Kg?

Of course one may lament the lack of proportion in official response. But, as for freedom: we are all absolutely free to say or do whatever we want. Conversely, we must also be prepared to take the consequences, foreseen or not."

Anybody else imagining that little outpouring to have been spoken in the style of Noel Coward?

Is it a phone? Is it a Taser? No, it's a cattle prod!



"You have GOT to be kidding me ... Does nobody reading this forum actually understand basic electronic theory? Look up "multivibrator", and get yourself a tiny chunk of an education ... if your country's firewall doesn't "protect" you from such information, that is."

Hur hur hur. You said "vibrator."

UK supermarket starts contactless payments


Fsck Barclays

As well as sharing the fraud concerns of other commenters, what about tracking? Why were we all worried about the RFID tag on our passports but now we're not bothered when it's on our credit cards we carry every day? Do we really think these aren't going to be used to record our movements? After all, shopping centres are already tracking you through your mobile.

Barclays sent me one of these cards when my debit card came up for renewal. I couldn't reject it via internet banking so I phoned them up. The gentleman on the phone told me he was required to explain to me the benefits of the contactless system, and then having done so (and me still wanting rid of it) told me he couldn't cancel it. So I went into my local branch. The cashier told me she was required to explain to me the benefits of the contactless system, and then having done so told me she couldn't cancel it, and I'd have to see the manager. The manager told me he was required to explain to me the benefits of the contactless system... in each case they said "You don't have to use it." Surely it's a cornerstone of good IT security to not leave a feature in place that you don't use, when you've no idea or control over what it's doing. Barclays told me that if I didn't want the contactless system they had to cancel both my old (still valid) debit card and the new contactless one, leaving me without a card for a week while a new non-contactless debit card arrived. The new one apparently does not work everywhere my previous debit card did, and is generally given to customers who cannot be trusted. Surprise surprise as soon as I got the new second-class-citizen-who-can't-be-trusted debit card, the interest rate on my Barclaycard credit card shot up. So, then, fuck Barclays. After 20 years I'm off.

Beeb sacks teaboy, hires Press Association


@AC 09:39

"They've changed it again!"

Somebody over at the Beeb clearly reads the Reg and is playing a game of "How many articles can I generate?"


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