* Posts by dervheid

1186 posts • joined 12 Dec 2007


New Zealand cops cuff alleged jackasses who shared mosque murder video, messages online


nor should that 'freedom of expression' have any sort of expectation of any right to have it universally published

Dear humans, We thought it was time we looked through YOUR source code. We found a mystery ancestor. Signed, the computers


Re: A clue?

"Leaving is in our DNA!"

That would be 'Migrating' as that's what all of those people were doing.

Outlook Mobile heads to the White House, passes infosec clearance for federal sector



Surely it's only Hamberders they serve in the White House...

UK 'meltdown' bank TSB's owner: Our IT migration was a 'success'


Crock of shit

The new web interface *may look OK on a PC, but it's a complete POS on a mobile device.

In Portrait orientation it's basically using a narrow central column, with around 40% (in my estimation) of the screen width unused white space. If you want to see transaction details in full, you're forced to use landscape orientation, as the rows don't resize fully (if only it weren't for all that wasted space either side...). Frankly, it's not much better in landscape, as there's still those wide, unused borders either side, leaving you with a whole load of scrolling.

Your coders need there arses soundly kicking TSB.

* not logged in on a PC yet.

Amazon and eBay agree to expose potential VAT evaders for UK tax man


What's that old saying?

"Set a thief to catch a thief"

or something like that.

Fermi famously asked: 'Where is everybody?' Probably dead, says renewed Drake equation



If they've any sense at all. We naively assume that 'advanced' civilisations will automatically be benevolent.

Does humanity come across as visibly benevolent?

If there are any 'predatory' advanced civilisations out there, we've been cheerfully broadcasting our existence and location for over a century, the clock is already ticking...

On yer bike! Boffins teach AI drone to fly itself using cams on bicycles, self-driving car

Black Helicopters


Just cut to the chase and call it SkyNet...

Plans to force ISPs to filter content branded 'disproportionate'


Isn't anyone going to use the word?


Call it what it is.

Anti-TV Licensing petition gets May date for Parliament debate


Re: Public good

No. The BBC does NOT operate for the 'Public Good'.

It is not, nor has it ever been 'Impartial'.

It is heavily biased towards the establishment status quo.

It is, in effect, the televisual arm of The Ministry Of Truth.

I was authorized to trash my employer's network, sysadmin tells court


Resignation Point

I have to agree with some other posts on here: when he left the building, leaving behind his keys, badge etc with a letter of resignation, he effectively surrendered his authorisations for their systems at that point.

Nuclear power station sensors are literally shouting their readings at each other


Monitoring, not Control

Anything providing critically important information to (or critically important signals from) the control & protection systems on a nuclear reactor tend to be duplex, and hard-wired using shielded & armoured cables. Most instrumentation still tends to be straightforward analogue devices.

Trump inauguration DDoS protest is 'illegal', warn securobods


Parody not required

A Trump whitehouse.gov WILL be a no-brainer...


You have to wonder...

why so many seem to be getting their knickers in a twist over whitehouse.gov being subjected to a DDOS attack.

It's not like they control anything of National Security importance from it, do they?

IBM filed another 8,000 patents in 2016


What are they working on,

A Von Neumann Patent Generator?

Smart meter benefits even crappier than originally thought


They can stick them

where the sun don't shine.

Had two letters from our supplier, offering a 'free' smart meter, and requesting we make an appointment to have one fitted.

Both have been promptly recycled.

As will any further 'requests'

UK warships to have less firepower than 19th century equivalents as missiles withdrawn


"It’s the same argument that applies to the Trident nuclear deterrent."

Oh, Do Fuck Off.

'Pavement power' - The bad idea that never seems to die


Combine the two

Think of all the traffic on the M25, squeezing down on 117 miles of roads almost constantly.

You should be able to recharge an entire fleet of electric busses for central London.

Or not.

HMRC to create new compliance team focused on 'gig economy' workers


Do remind us...

just how much the Duke of Westminster avoided in inheritance recently?

And how much tax corporations are avoiding?

Time HMRC sorted out the big fish first.

Surveillance by consent: Commissioner launches CCTV strategy for England and Wales


Not for us Jocks (or the Norn Irish)

England & Wales only...

Basic income after automation? That’s not how capitalism works


Three words

What Utter Tripe

Apple seeks patent for paper bag - you read that right, a paper bag


If ever proof were needed

that the world is going to hell on a hand-cart, this has to be it.

(It'll probably be an Apple iHand-Cart, patented down to the grain pattern in the wood)

IT consultant gets 4 years' porridge for tax fraud




Microsoft cancels Remain speech after death of Labour MP


Shitstorm V2

There was one helluva stink in Scotland when various companies were castigated (rightly so IMHO) for pretty much telling their employees how to vote two years ago. This is not only in the same field, but standing ankle-deep in the same cowpat.

In obesity fight, UK’s heavy-handed soda tax beats US' watered-down warning


Re: I'm sorry

It's what you light yer fags with...

Isn't it?

Microsoft sells 1,500 patents to Chinese mega-phone biz Xiaomi


How many???

"it shipped 15,048 million units"

By that account we should all have two each.

Where's mine?

Android Pay debuts in UK


Another step down the road...

First they debased the coinage.

Then they invented paper 'money'.

They did away with (almost completely now, does anyone still get one?) the pay packet in favour of electronic bank transfer.

They're slowly eroding 'cash'.

Remind me again, what's the interest rate at, and for how long now?

When you only have access to your credits electronically, how easy is it to be made instantly destitute?

'Knucklehead' Kansas bloke shoots self in foot


Ignorance is no excuse

If it were, prisons in the US would be empty...

Germans stick traffic lights in pavements for addicts who can't take their eyes off phones



Nothing like a little game of "Block the Zombie"

Spot the 'dead-to-the-world' target approaching on a busy pavement.

Stop dead in front of them.

Amazon to bad cable slingers: USB-C yourself out


Re: Bah!

The 'TGTBT' principle.

Applicable everywhere.

Apple fires legal salvo at FBI for using All Writs law in iPhone brouhaha


Police, Judiciary & Law Enforcement

Therein lies your problem: once you allow the Police ,FBI etc. to take on the role of Law Enforcement, which belongs with the judiciary, rather than the law of deterrence, detection and apprehension of criminals, then the 'Judge Dredd' syndrome will take over, as can be seen.

The system whereby senior law officials are elected is deeply flawed and open to politicisation and corruption, with areas of criminality becoming 'pet projects' for DA's/Judges in the run-up to election time.

I am also continually amazed by the apparent reluctance of large sections of the US populace resistant to change in the 'Holy of Holies', the Constitution, given the regular reference to the various Amendments...

Before you ask, no, I don't have an answer to your problems, apart from suggest that you rein your police forces back in, de-militarise them, and remind them who's who in the 'Protect & Serve' relationship.

BT, Sky, EE, TalkTalk and Virgin to appeal website blocking ruling


Re: LOL!

a leaky steam-powered vibrator!

Oooh. Feel the BURN!

Google to snatch control of Android updates from mobe makers – analyst


Re: Another analyst living in cloud-cuckoo land

Google will simply draw a line on the calendar, and mandate hardware compliance of all handsets beyond that. No reason that they can't stratify those hardware requirements to create budget, mid-range & premium baseline specs.

The big bunfight will be getting your components on the 'approved' list.

Silent Nork satellite tumbling in orbit


What goes up

must come down.

They may not have nuclear capability, but a sufficiently large, solid object (presuming re-entry survival) is going to dispense quite a chunk of kinetic energy...

Drunk? Need a slash? Avoid walls in Hackney


Sod walls

Get it on my car paintwork. Glass too, if wipers don't erode it.

'Powerful blast' at Glasgow City Council data centre prompts IT meltdown


Must have been...

The SNP.

Get blamed for everything else

Google proffers plugs in Android MMS pwnfest


Re: Be more impressed...

Yup, Nexus forums awash with this one, looks like just about every car manufacturer affected.

Had some direct exchange with google, proffering the usual 'solutions', including Factory Reset (which doesn't reset the device to KitKat, so not a lot of use...) concluding in a distinct washing their hands of it.

Really pissed at having spent a shitload of cash on their 'flagship' device to have them piss all over one of the major functions (for me anyway).

certainly not inclined to spend my hard-earned with them next time round, but unless someone comes up with a better alternative that isn't apple or microsoft...


Be more impressed...

When they fix the clusterfuck they made of Bluetooth with the last update...

Google, didn't you get the memo? Stop trying to make Google+ happen


There's your problem, right there

"We’ve spent a lot of time listening to what people using Google+ had to say."

Maybe try asking people who're NOT using it why not, and what would change their mind

EE accused of silencing customer gripes on social media pages


Re: still deleting posts over at EE's online community

for "sand" read "your arse" I think...


"Improve it's customer sevice record"?

Not the main problem.

The main problem for anyone outside of a major city center and/or not on '4GEE' is that their signal and data speeds are, at best piss-poor, and nominally uter shite.

I have posted numerous 'complaints' on this on twitter, to be met with similar responses as those shown (can you DM us, PLEASE!!!) to just being flat out ignored.

Orange/EE give me the impression that if you're not a '4GEE' customer they couldn't really give a rat's arse what your reception is like.

Recording lawsuit targets Ford, GM in-car CD recorders


Presumably they dont have a CDR drive...

and the only output is via the in-car audio system.

Seem to be pretty much covered in the copy protection stakes.

And lets face it, 'everyone' borrows (or at least used to) CD's from their friends.

Further death-throes of the conventional music industry model

And another cashfest for the lawyers.

World Solar Challenge contender claims new speed record


How far?


Please define what a 'kms' is, as it does not appear to be a standard SI unit of measurement.

YES: Scotland declares independence ... from the dot co dot uk empire


Re: "If Scotland get independance, I'll be the first one to move there."

Always one ill-informed idiot:

The Scottish nobles were coerced into the Act of Union, not just by the disater of the Darien Project, but by the 'Alien Act' which, had they not acceeded, would have resulted in their property in England being forfeit.

Propagated by the results of greed on both sides of the 'union'.

Either way, all that shit was over 300 years ago. Some of us have gotten over that, and are looking to the future, not the sordid past (some seem unable to see past 1690). With the obvious exception of the recent, and ongoing, draining of ALL the UK's wealth into the coffers of the Tories and their cohorts. An iScotland will be the kick in the knackers the political system in the entire UK needs, but so many seem to be so afraid of initiating

Tesla, Nissan, BMW mull all-for-plug, plug-for-all electrocar charger plan


Good luck with that one


BOFH: On the contrary, we LOVE rebranding here at the IT dept



Made I larf.

Thought you might have make it all the way back to the PFYs 'outburst'

"Synergy of Hardware and Information Technology, Business Admin Group"

Women found just TWO out of every HUNDRED US tech startups




It's time that this sort of pointless statistic (they're ALL pointless IMO) was given the attention it truly deserves: NONE.

Facebook wants to LISTEN IN on the songs and vids playing in YOUR living room


Two words Zuk;




Organic food: Pricey, not particularly healthy, won't save you from cancer


In other news...

Bacon still tastier than Tofu

Organic or otherwise...



Knowing which way 'up' the plug is

doesn't help when there's no (apparent) definition or standardisation for which way 'up' the socket should be.

If you have multiple devices, from different manufacturers (or even the same one), you can guarantee that you'll have some one way, some the other.

And as for plugs being marked, same problem; some one side, some the other, some not at all.

BlackBerry sucker-punches TV star Ryan Seacrest in patent brawl


Querty keyboard patent?

I call April Fool on that one.

Besides, my missus had a Ericsson phone many years ago that had a plug-in querty keyboard.

Not to mention all those other crackberry clones out there


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