* Posts by Steve K

662 posts • joined 4 Apr 2008


China's really cotton'd on to this whole Moon exploration thing: First seed sprouts in lunar lander biosphere

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Re: Biosphere did you say ?

Unfortunately we have the answer now.... "Not long without heating...."

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"My God it's full of flies"

(Now X-Flies as they are deep-frozen)

Germany has a problem with the entire point of Amazon's daft Dash buttons – and bans them

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Re: if five people notice that the toner is out on the printer...

So turn the Dash button (almost) into mini tablet?

Seems better to use your existing tablet/smartphone and/or that Amazon App

If I could turn back time, I'd tell you to keep that old Radarange at home

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Re: Military Ship Radars

Did you go back in time too?

Peak Apple: This time it's SERIOUS, Tim

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Re: Too late

Because they are potentially able to pay higher dividends from increased profits and/or the share price improves in response to that increased profit and future streams thereof.

That is what investors are after.

Mainframe brains-slurper sues IBM for 'age discrim', calls Ginny and biz 'morally bankrupt'

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Re: Sauce for the goose

..who could do the job of an American CxO for a fraction of the cost

Why would the ones who are smart and have the experience agree to do it for a fraction of the cost......? They will already be well-aware of their (international) market value.

You can blame laziness as much as greed for Apple's New Year shock

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Re: Didn't know that - which one?


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Re: It really is as simple as

Thanks DaLo!

No idea why I got downvoted.....

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Re: It really is as simple as

a significant UK government service

Didn't know that - which one?

Dark matter's such a pushover: Baby stars can shove weird stuff around dwarf galaxies

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Re: Mexican Wall of Shame


Do you believe that your spelling is above average...;-)

Pewdiepie fanboi printer, Chromecast haxxx0r retreats, says they're 'afraid of being caught'

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Makes sense, his actions were shellfish

Nobody in China wants Apple's eye-wateringly priced iPhones, sighs CEO Tim Cook

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Re: Choice

You don't have to switch if you don't want to - as long as you don't "need" the new features (such as they are).

I recently bought a second-hand (64GB) 6S from Mazuma Mobile, which although in "Very Good" spec looks almost new to me - with a 12-month guarantee.

When/if my 6S (with new £25 battery) conks out, I'll look at replacing it with a second-hand (or Refurb/Renew) phone from them (or a similar provider) or pick one up from the hight street shops that seem to have loads of decent corporate offloads for reasonable money.

With the current high-profile campaigns against single-use plastics etc., I am surprised that this route is not gaining a higher profile or chosen by more (of those who care about it...) due to the energy-dense production processes involved in these devices (whether Apple/Android or not).

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Battery replacements - UK at least

I got my 6S and my wife's SE (both 3 years old phones) batteries swapped out last week under the £25 deal.

Every slot was taken right up to the end of the deal period, and talking to the staff in the Apple Store (Kingston, UK), the replacement scheme had been extremely popular.

If that is representative then people are not perceiving that the new phones add significant value and their older iPhones still work fine, so £25 to restore performance and battery life is a no-brainer (as is the post-deal £79 replacement price to be honest) compared to the cost of the XR now that the SE is gone.

However, the cheaper battery scheme has at least kept people in the Apple services (iCloud, iTunes etc.) universe so will have been a worthwhile investment for APple in that respect (notwithstanding the inertial effects if you have several iDevices in your household).

Dutch boyband hopes to reverse Brexit through the power of music

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Re: Better than the Christmas number 1 in the UK

Yes, more pastry-faced youths there

Slap for Slack chat app after US, Canada chaps zapped in Iranian IP address map whack

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Whack a mole?

What is to stop them creating a new account?

If other IPs on their account are linked to their “Iranian” one (and so would flag their account) then due to dynamic IPs Slack would be in for a whole load of spurious account closures from people who have never visited Iran - so Slack can’t be doing anything that sophisticated to prevent this.

Unless they are also targeting anyone with an Iranian-sounding name.....

IBM: Co-Op Insurance talking direct to coding subcontractor helped collapse of £55m IT revamp project

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Re: "Blame the customer" is not new

European hosted system migrating to the United States

Wow - Wouldn't that have legal/data custody implications too that the end-client would be very unhappy about?

Happy Christmas! Bloodhound SSC refuelled by Yorkshire business chap

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Re: Fuel pumped by a Jaguar V8 engine

Best leaf blower. Ever!

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Re: Fuel pumped by a Jaguar V8 engine

..and fittingly the G2 Business Jet engine is self-depreciating (as it's on for only $5000) and irony (and possibly aluminiumy/titaniumy too?)

Fed up with Oracle's Sith, AWS wades into Big Red's lawsuit over Pentagon JEDI contract

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Do you still love her?

Do you still love her?

Forget your deepest, darkest secrets, smart speakers will soon listen for sniffles and farts too

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Re: My security system already listens to everything.

I suppose that is a more practical type of B-Ark....

Think of the confusion/mayhem if you had a dog called Alexa AND an Alexa device...

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Re: I gotta hand it to them

I imagine that there will be some "counter-AI" decoy apps that you leave playing next to the smart speaker to mess with their models or waste processing time.

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Re: I want votes and applauses

Good idea for an Alexa skill - a fart app 10 years on from the mobile phone ones?

Like Clippy:

"You're having a fart - shall I open a window?"

"You put ill-deserved confidence into that fart - should I order some new underwear, or maybe a jet washer and some new carpet?"

Poor people should get slower internet speeds, American ISPs tell FCC

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Re: What does "broadband" get you these days?

Drink quicker then?

For fax sake: NHS to be banned from buying archaic copy-flingers

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Re: Fax Auditer

They’ll get baud quicker if you do that...

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Carrier pigeon/Chinese whispers...?

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Re: Ban a system that works and is malware free*...

Yes I remember that too - during/after the postal strike suddenly everyone had a fax machine or knew what one was!

Privacy, security fears about ID cards? UK.gov's digital bod has one simple solution: 'Get over it'

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Re: Here we go again...

You missed "DevOps" and "Agile"

Oz opposition folds, agrees to give Australians coal in their stockings this Christmas

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Re: Gets popcorn

...receives Royal Ascent.

Yes - that's definitely one-upmanship (or womanship?) described here

Customers baffled as Citrix forces password changes for document-slinging Sharefile outfit

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Re: What about other Cisco services?

My mistake - I meant Citrix.....

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Re: Quick, more boiling oil!

If you are of a certain age then the problem for a lot of people will be from all those harvesting emails in the late 90’s/early 00’s where huge email chains were used to find your Star Trek/Porn Star/etc. names.

This means that there are probably a lot of hash tables out there with a decent subset of personal data, and probably databases with links between personal info supplied above and surnames/emails.

Whilst emails could well have changed for many people and so this may be less of a problem these days, it would explain why some ID theft campaigns were so successful in the past, and why memorable personal data could be considered compromised or less secure.

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What about other Cisco services?

If it’s such a good idea for Sharefile then surely Cisco will roll this out to any other of their services too?

FYI: NASA has sent a snatch-and-grab spacecraft to an asteroid to seize some rock and send it back to Earth

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If it’s on a collision course that is dicing with death?

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Re: Giant wombats in space?

Maybe related to "Not the Nine O'clock News" phrase "My wombat is constipated"?

This could relate to a large - possibly orbital - wombat who was facing the correct direction when they ceased to be constipated.

More background here also...

OneDrive Skype integration goes live aaand... OneDrive falls over in Europe

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Re: Powerpointing the other half into submission

PowerPoint?! If I don't send her a Visio file then there is hell to pay....

NASA's Mars probe InSight really has Mars in sight: It beams back first pic after touchdown

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Re: Wind

Atmospheric pressure is pretty low on Mars so not really an issue - although they will still get a layer of sand from sand storms that are strong enough to blow sand around.

Luckily (sometimes) the dust devils also blow it off (the sand, not the rover for those of you in doubt fnar,fnar...)

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Re: "How do they know?"

No - you'd Revel in that...

Shocker: UK smart meter rollout is crap, late and £500m over budget

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Re: just one bulb reduced my fridges light use from 15w to 3.3w

Easy - drill a hole in the door.

(C) Viz letterbocks 1988 or thereabouts

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Re: Not so smart!

aren't all that turn-on-and-offable.

Was that a reference to the “creature comforts” animated ads by Aardman?

Well done Sir/Madam!

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Re: How are these supposed to save energy

Also you are unlikely to run a washing machine/tumble dryer overnight (to take advantage of cheaper tariffs) since fire safety advice is generally not to do so.

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Re: How are these supposed to save energy

..buy a more energy efficient model.

Where this falls down is the payback period for replacing a device vs. the energy saved may exceed the new device's lifespan AND the scrapping/wastage of a functioning device whose resource/manufacturing costs are already incurred anyway.

In this latter case if it's sold to someone else then they will encounter similar efficiency issues UNLESS they have scrapped an even less-efficient device and the net energy saving will not be helped...

Reverse Ferret! Forget what we told you – the iPad isn't really for work

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Re: Changed the ink .....

9/10, but I think you omitted the "Now get the f@ck off my lawn!" to get a perfect 10...

Peers to HMRC: Digital tax reforms 3 days after Brexit? Hold your horses, how 'bout 3 years...

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Re: From Window Tax to Windows Tax

No need for an OS rant - this could be web-based (like for XBRL submisisons for small businesses to Companies House etc.).

Technical foul: Amazon suffers data snafu days before Black Friday, emails world+dog

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Re: Nothing to worry about

In order to record goodness (or lack thereof) then he must already have a list (from previous mailings) and be retaining that information.

When selling security awareness training by email, probably a good shout not to hit 'reply all'

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Re: Holland was clearly making a point..

Could you mitigate this with an application-level security setting/GPO (on by default?) to BCC for corporate email clients so that you have to actively move addresses to the TO/CC field if that's really your intention.

It would not make it fool-proof (particularly if the addresses are in a Distribution List like "Conference Follow-up Contacts") but would catch a lot of these gaffes before they are made.


Washington Post offers invalid cookie consent under EU rules – ICO

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They aren't the only US site doing this - e.g. the Verge only has an Accept button, not a reject.

(Not that I read The Verge, erm... a friend told me)

Cheeky cheesemaker fails to copyright how things taste

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Re: As we say up here in Yorkshire when things don't go our way

..then you can go and Havarti (and biscuits) to get over it

Premiere Pro bug ate my videos! Bloke sues Adobe after greedy 'clean cache' wipes files

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Re: "An external drive [...] with the bottleneck that brings."

accidently throw it out the window

As long as you unplug the Thunderbolt drives before accidentally throwing it...

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Re: so he is suing on behalf of anyone else who has experienced this bug

While Adobe should pay,

I think that the difficulty will be in proving that Adobe deleted any of his files here (e.g. as opposed to him deleting that important shoot's archive accidentally or because he was sure he didn't need it /definitely had it backed up).

A journalling filesystem or a log from Premiere Pro (unlikely as its only cleaning cache here anyway) might help but the Adobe T&Cs probably limit any damages to the software/subscription price also if you read far enough.

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Re: Biz math

QNAP are a good choice in my experience for Home Office stuff.

Can RSYNC to other NAS (e.g. other QNAP), has backup to cloud (AWS/Azure/many others), and has storage snapshots (that can also be synced to another QNAP NAS). Can do iSCSI too.

From 1-bay to 16-bay+ and with SSD optons too (but sounds overboard for your outlined requirement).

I'd suggest looking at the HS251+ first (2-bay) and if that is too small/slow (SATA2) then look at a 4-bay model next.

If you are going to go RAID5/6 then that won't be enough, but as you have >1 backup in place then RAID1 may be enough for you anyway.


European Union divided over tax on digital tech giants as some member states refuse free money

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Re: How about fixing the existing tax code to cover this??

....pegged to real balance sheet items

Intangible Assets (predominantly Goodwill - as in Brand presence etc.) are already real items (notwithstanding their intangibility!) capitalised on the Balance Sheet and subject to agreed valuation (and review) criteria under various Accounting Standards (e.g. IFRS) rather than invention out of thin air.

Goodwill can be subject to impairment also which may require a write-down in its value in-year.

It CAN therefore be used as a metric for the case you mention as it is measurably quantified.

Note that I am NOT saying that this kind of profit transfer/tax shopping leading to minimal profits is defensible, merely it is within the law and other regulations (e.g. IFRS)


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