* Posts by Michael B.

153 posts • joined 6 Nov 2007

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IT error at Great Western Railway charging £10k for 63-mile journey ticket

Michael B.

Re: Taunton to Bridgwater - Somerset Solar Walk

Not all that bad as in there is a lovely footpath, and many roads, leading out of the place.

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Michael B.

Taunton to Bridgwater - Somerset Solar Walk

Taunton isn't all that bad as between Taunton to Bridgwater alongside the canal there is a scale model of the Solar System that really enforces how empty the outer solar system is. Also, you can use phrases like "have we missed Uranus" and "Uranus is coming up".

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Somerset_Space_Walk

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30,000 London gun owners hit by Met Police 'data breach'

Michael B.

I wonder how many of these are actually re-enactment weapons as I believe they require shotgun licenses. ( At least that was what one of them told me when he broke character at a bank holiday event.)

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Alabama man gets electrocuted after sleeping with iPhone

Michael B.

Re: so much wrong here...

When you're use to properly designed BS 1363 plugs everything else just seems a bit Jury Rigged.

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Android beats Windows as most popular OS for interwebz – by 0.02%

Michael B.

Re: Look at the 5 year Windows slide in to obsolescence

Not really. As in all statistics be careful as to what the data actually shows.

1. This is analytics from a company that is on 2.1% of all websites, but we don't how representative those sites are. They claim to report as they see if which gives a report that is only useful in telling you how many people visited their sites. Extrapolation beyond this subset is risky.

2. Adblockers are fairly common on Windows, and very rare on mobile platforms so their tracking codes will not get loaded and not be counted. ( I won't exist for one in their analytics.)

3. This shows percentages and not raw numbers. You can't tell the underlying trends. Did Windows rise, fall or stay the same?

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Ford to build own data centre to store connected car data

Michael B.

pfft If they want a real test come to Bristol. The shear number of random traffic lights with random timings will give that system a real work out.

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As ad boycott picks up pace, Google knows it doesn't have to worry

Michael B.

Re: Counterintuitive

Actually it's not even for a terrorist group it's the Britain First YouTube channel as indicated by the Britain First logo and text at the bottom of the screen grab. So maybe Google have noticed a correlation between Britain First members and them flooding the Guardian comments pages with crap.

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BBC hooks up with ITV, launches long awaited US subscription VoD

Michael B.

From a quick peak at the site via Remote Desktop to one of our US servers I can see a mixture of the latest Soaps ( no Corrie) and a selection of back catalogue material. In the comedy section the most up to date seems to be Gavin and Stacey ( probably to cash in on the success of Cordon) but the majority seems to be 80s and early 90s. (Boon, Keeping up Appearances, Fawlty Towers, Are you being served, Ab Fab etc..)

Basically just a grab bag of back catalogue material but nothing particularly up to date.

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Favored Swift hits the charts: Now in top 10 programming languages

Michael B.

Re: methodology?

or if your language of choice has built in help (eg R) then you won't be hitting search engines as often reducing its popularity.

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Anti-TV Licensing petition gets May date for Parliament debate

Michael B.

Re: Good going cobber

No, Rupert Murdoch has people to do that for him.

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Samsung phones, Apple's iPhones are 'overpriced', says top Huawei exec

Michael B.

Re: In half a year Android can lose half its speed?

It sounds like the old Windows cruft idea that the installation of more and more apps that install more and more background processes that cause a gradual slowdown.

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Nokia’s big comeback: Watches, bathroom scales, a 3310 PR gimmick, Snake, erm...

Michael B.

Re: Hello Nokia

They are just a name on a piece of paper in a Motorola ( not the bit that was sold to Lenovo) filing cabinet now.

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Fears Windows code-signing changes will screw up QA process

Michael B.

Azure Key Vault

Why try and crack one key when you can have them all at once. Err, no thanks Microsoft but my secrets will remain firmly out of your cloud service.

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MEEELLIONs of Brits stick with current broadband provider rather than risk no Netflix

Michael B.

Quality of Service is probably more important to me

Yes I could switch to somebody cheaper but then I probably wouldn't get the same quality of service or speed that I enjoy at the moment. it's not like Gas or 'lecy where you get the same product so switching to a cheaper provider makes sense. You certainly get what you pay for!

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God save the Queen... from Donald Trump. So say 1 million Britons

Michael B.

It wasn't hard to get the most popular petitions as well. https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions?state=all The previous ban Trump petition got 500,000 so he's now over twice as "popular".

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CHEERS! Office 2013 now on Wine 2.0

Michael B.

Re: Ooooh...

Fire up a VM and you can run them in the OS they were designed for. Windows 10 has Hyper-V built in.

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Backup Exec console goes AWOL

Michael B.

Re: "Function not supported"...

We (briefly) used a component once from a long established player that was a .Net wrapper around a COM component which was a C++ wrapper around a C core. This house of cards was susceptible to any old minor change in DLLs that were not necessarily related.

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Fitbit picks up Pebble, throws Pebble as far as it can into the sea

Michael B.

Re: ferkin Fitbit

That sounds exactly the the trouble I've had with them on behalf of my wife and her fitbit. We just gave up on the syncing altogether and its now just a watch cum step counter. She just guesses how her sleep is now the old fashioned way... by how she feels in the morning.

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UK.gov was warned of smart meter debacle by Cabinet Office in 2012

Michael B.

Biggest mistake I ever made

I got one installed as I thought that it might show whether or not I was generating or consuming electricity as we have solar panels on the roof. Nope, it still showed generation as the same as consumption so if the meter shows 500W I don't know if that is used or generated. Oh and when we switched suppliers it reverted back to being a normal dumb meter.

Don't do it even if the shiny shiny tech draws you in.

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Three certainties in life: Death, taxes and the speed of light – wait no, maybe not that last one

Michael B.

Which particles go faster than light?

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London's Francis Crick Institute will house 1,250 cancer-fighting boffins

Michael B.

Re: Eh? #Fail

If it were Photoshop'ed then the man in that photo has been added as well. The back of his head has the same white halo so my bet is that it is a compression artifact due to over-compression, especially when you look at his back.

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If The Register made reality music TV, this is what it would look like

Michael B.

Radio Shed - the twist

The twist being once they have assembled their radio they find out that all they can get on their DAB receiver is bubbling mud.

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EU referendum frenzy bazookas online voter registration. It's another #GovtDigiShambles

Michael B.

I wouldn't necessarily take the list of people who didn't vote as a cast iron sign of their support or otherwise because there is an agreement called pairing. This is where if an MP on one side is absent then an opposition MP will step aside and not vote to balance things out. http://www.parliament.uk/site-information/glossary/pairing/

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Don't panic, says Blue Coat, we're not using CA cert to snoop on you

Michael B.

Internal Testing my arse

If you were doing internal testing you can just setup your own CA, install the CA cert on test machines and then issue signed certs with impunity. There is no need for a full blown intermediate CA. This is using a nuclear weapon to crack a nut.

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One ad-free day: Three UK to block adverts across network in June

Michael B.

I'm not convinced this is a good idea at a network level since there are a number of sites that refuse to show content unless you enable ads, Channel 4's site for one. So blocking at the network level, unless there is a user defined whitelist that is easy to manipulate at the browser level, is probably going to cause more headaches in the long term.

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UK's GDS to hire 300 folk. Silver lining: They'll be evicted from Holborn

Michael B.

Hell no, that would put them under an hour from where I work. I'd be able to smell the bullshit from my office whenever the wind is blowing.

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At last: Ordnance Survey's map wizardry goes live

Michael B.

Re: Useful but ...

They seem to do a degree of caching. I just viewed my town, killed the app and then put the phone into airplane mode. The app moaned about not having a data connection but the maps I'd just viewed were available.

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Sneaky Google KOs 'right to be forgotten' from search results

Michael B.

I think it's personal

When I search for the same string I get a "full" set of results in Google ( about 501 results). I think Google just don't like you.

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BT: We're killing the dabs brand. Oh and can customers re-register to buy on our site?

Michael B.

Hell No

Sorry even though they have been running the show for the last decade at least they have been gracious not to shove their toxic BT brand in my face.

I've actually had good experiences shopping with Dabs but as a brand I've had nothing but pain with BT so I shan't be be shopping at the BT Shop. Bye bye and thanks for all the fish.

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Something useful from Cupertino?! Apple sees the light – finally

Michael B.

f.lux on PCs does the same

I've been happily using f.lux for a few years now. The transition from day to night modes is so subtle that you only realise that it's occurred when you disable it and your retinas are suddenly burnt out. I really don't know how I managed before with it.

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Microsoft wants to lock everyone into its store via universal Windows apps, says game kingpin

Michael B.

Deja Vu

Didn't Gabe Newell come out with the same doom laden prediction when Windows 8 came out? How did that prediction go then? Did steam, Origin and Gog die under the relentless onslaught of the Windows 8 and Windows 10 App Stores?

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Q: How many guns to arm nine coachloads of terrorists?

Michael B.

Re: Isn't it more worrying ...

The BBC just quoted the Detective in charge who made that comparison with coach loads of terrorists.

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This Android Trojan steals banking creds and wipes your phone

Michael B.

and this is why I haven't gone anywhere near my bank's mobile banking app and stuck to the seperate security key. To be honest I don't need an app to tell me I don't have enough money anyway!

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'Adobe Creative Cloud update ate my backup!'

Michael B.

I'm assuming that they must create a hidden folder as part of the installation process and in the cleanup process they grab the directory listing, filter it for the relevant temp folder and then pass it as a list through to a generic cleanup routine that thankfully is just popping off the first folder in the list.

My assumption is that the filter routine is broken so we should be thankful that the CC installer doesn't delete the entire hard drive. Perhaps Adobe's QA team might have spotted that one.

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Flash flushed as Google orders almost all ads to adopt HTML5

Michael B.

Re: one more nail please

The iPlayer has an HTML5 version http://www.bbc.co.uk/html5 it's not perfect but it is a vision of a flash free world.

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Microsoft beats Apple's tablet sales, apologises for Surface 4 flaws

Michael B.

Re: Mission impossible...

They haven't got Apple's retail numbers because this is ONLINE sales only which they calculated by using a panel which has their online activity tracked, including their ecommerce activity. They claim their panel covers the top 100 online mass retailers.

Basically YouGov for shopping.

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'Personalised BBC' can algorithmically pander to your prejudices

Michael B.

Re: This is stupid.

People do this anyway it's called using the TV guide and changing the channel. At least in this brave new world I will have wall to wall Only Connect with even the mention of the existence of Strictly Come Dancing being a taboo.

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Part of the world's IT brought down by Azure Active Directory issue

Michael B.

Re: In-house solution

Azure goes down a lot less than in-house Directory services I've seen in the past with much much shorter times to recovery. The downside is that you don't get the sense that anybody is working on the problem though constantly calling the IT team for a status update tends to get things fixed much slower.

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Mega Microsoft dev tools update includes Clang codegen for Windows

Michael B.

Re: VS2015 as Win 10 bait

Well since Windows 7 doesn't come with the necessary runtime subsystems what do you expect to do on Windows 7 bar build the project? You can't run it or test it. (I'm actually surprised that you can run any Universal app on Windows 8/8.1 since they changed the runtime from 8/8.1 to 10.)

If you really wanted to stay on Windows 7 then you just need the Pro Edition and grab a disposable Windows 10 VM.

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128GB DDR4 DIMMs have landed so double your RAM cram plan

Michael B.

Re: Errr?

You can pick them up at Dabs. They seem to be doing 64GB at the unconsumer price of around 375. The 16 and 32s are there buried amongst the kits, though yet again at very unconsumer prices.

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Microsoft's CRM chief defects to Salesforce

Michael B.

Not really. From the article he looks like a serial Vice President hopping from business to business staying just long enough for it not to be too suspicious when he leaves.

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Rap for wrap chaps in crap email trap: Chipotle HR used domain it had no control over

Michael B.

Monthly Bail Bonds

An online bail bond company set up at almost the same address as our personal domain but with an s. ( We were here first!) About once a month we get people emailing copies of every single piece of personal information to our info@ address when applying for their custom bonds. If we were malicious we really could steal their identity with no problems at all.

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E.ON fined £7m for smart meter fail

Michael B.

I've got a smart meter installed

It's absolute rubbish. It gives you barely any more information that my old 10 quid clamp meter from B&Q did. They still don't understand generation so all values are positive and the only way you can tell if you are generating versus somebody in the house has left a heater on is to switch the kettle on ( a known power drain) and see what values the meter comes up with.

Oh you can get the gas and electricity readings on one box, whoopsie do!

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Cops' IT too complex for quick and dirty revamp – Police ICT boss

Michael B.

Blimey - Easyjet sponsoring Bedfordshire Police?

New sponsored caution?

"You do not have to say anything, but it may harm your defence if you do not book a great low cost flight from Easyjet to a destination of your choice with prices starting from just 10 pounds book online at Easyjet.com..."

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Apple’s TV platform just became a little more secure (well, the apps at least)

Michael B.

Security for them, not us

How naive of me to think that this was security for the user's benefit. The company's MO is in content protection and anti-tampering which is just security for Apple and the content it sells..

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BT posts flat results following EE merger green light

Michael B.

Apparently there is a BT Mobile which is an MVNO running on top of EE.

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TalkTalk attackers stole 'incomplete' customer bank data, ISP confirms

Michael B.

I a couple of years ago I was in the queue for the bank and I overheard a distraught customer revealing how she had be scammed into giving the rest of her bank account details. A scammer called her up and for security reasons they gave her the (standard) prefix of her card number and got her to reveal the rest to confirm her identity,

With this data a scammer could easily modify it by giving the first and last digits and getting the customer to reveal the middle digits. As the first 4 digits are card and bank specific they can easily cycle through the card numbers pretending to be the relevant bank that the card is attached to.

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Windows 10 out, users happy, PCs upgraded, my work here is done – says Microsoft OS chief

Michael B.

Re: Snapping more family pics

Er, no they haven't. The Windows Phone 10 camera is the same as the Lumia Camera.

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BBC shuts off iPlayer to UK VPNs, cutting access to overseas fans

Michael B.

Re: licensing

Nope, I just happen to have to deal with Copyright crap on a regular basis and are acutely aware of the fees and paperwork involved when getting into the business licensing of copyrighted material for multiple territories.

Frankly I really don't care about this at all, I just thought I'd give a more rational explanation to one of the factors behind this decision rather than OMG I'M LOOSING MY DOKTA WHO! THE BBC IS TAH SUK!!!!!!

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Michael B.

Re: licensing

You couldn't have any programs with any form of art, anything with music in it and certainly no photography. ( Heck even the Daleks have to be licensed from Terry Nation's estate) QI has a big problem as the photos behind them are stock photos and they didn't have worldwide or DVDs rights for the stock photos. ( http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/tv/news/a577767/why-isnt-qi-shown-in-america-alan-davies-tells-all.html#~prBC4hdcluB0T2 )

Without paying for licensing fees for photography then this is what you get: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/07/01/bbc_snap_update/

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