* Posts by Dan White

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Man prosecuted for posting a picture of his hobby on Facebook

Dan White

Re: Police Scotland = Morons with time on their hands

"At birth a heel prick of blood is blotted onto filter paper, tested for a genetic disease, labelled and stored for posterity."

Ante-Natal Blood spot cards degrade extremely rapidly, which is why they need to be in a lab and tested within a maximum of 2-3 weeks. If they want to keep them for posterity, good luck to them, it'll be useless.

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Batteries that don't burn at the drop of a Galaxy Note 7? We're listening

Dan White

Re: Lithium batteries are last century's technology

I would be more than happy to have a phone that was half as thick again if it meant I could genuinely get more than a days use out of it without charger panic.

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Horsemen of the disk-drive apocalypse will ride upon 256TB SSDs

Dan White

Hammer, petrol, match...

Secure erase job done. :-)

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Tech can do a lot, Prime Minister, but it can't save the NHS

Dan White
Flame

Re: The long-term cost no one talks about..

The main problem is that the public sector can't afford the lawyers and accountants that the private sector can. The big problem with PFI is as follows:

1) Builder goes to the city and secures financing on a hospital construction project. Quite a risky proposition, as builds overrun and costs increase, so builders have to borrow £100 million at say 10% interest.

2) Builder goes to Govt and says, "We'll build you a hospital for £150 million plus 15% interest on top". Government lawyers and accountants say yes.

3) Hospital gets built. Builders now go to the city and say, "Can we borrow £100 million please? We have this shiny new hospital as collateral, so there's no risk". Builders get refinanced at 2% interest, but continue to collect payments at the original rate. Profit at expense of taxpayer, result.

What *should* have happened is:

a) PFI contracts to contain a break clause. Repayment of outstanding capital plus, say 2 years interest, and job done.

b) Variation of financing clause. Repayments should have tracked the cost of financing to the provider. If they refinance and halve their costs, the interest repayments are halved automatically.

c) Bad faith penalty. Appoint arbitration in the event of a dispute (say for example, a large proportion of your school walls start collapsing due to not building to agreed specs.). If provider is deemed to have taken the p*ss, barred from any large scale contracts for 10 years.

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Do we need Windows patch legislation?

Dan White
FAIL

Car Analogy Fail

"An analogy may be vehicles that develop a dangerous defect. Would we excuse the manufacturer and allow unsafe vehicles on the road?"

AFAIK, the longest vehicle warranty offered is currently 7 years. This is a 16 year old piece of software that has received thousands of updates during its lifetime. It should have been scrapped years ago for a newer model with the fixes baked in, and that is exactly what has happened, at least three times since XP in fact.

I'm charitable enough to assume that MS didn't *deliberately* ship with vulnerabilities, and has actually spent a huge amount of resources fixing and updating them where found. To crowbar this back to the car analogy, new vulnerabilities are discovered all the time in software. By definition, they weren't known at the time of shipping. Would you expect a car manufacturer to recall your 16 year old engine because it doesn't meet new emissions standards? Eventually you have to bite the bullet and buy a modern car.

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Nest cameras can be easily blacked out by Bluetooth burglars

Dan White

Re: In other news

After forcing me to read through that marathon post, the least you could do is provide specs and model numbers!

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

Dan White

Re: This should be covered by a different clause in the contract

That would make professional boxing a pretty boring career then wouldn't it?

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Cheer up, pal: UK mobe networks are now 8% less crap, tests show

Dan White

Customer satisfaction measurements?

What isn't measured here is the terrible customer service experience that the "leading" networks provide.

I was with Orange throughout the 90's and most of the 00's, as they had a great reputation for good customer service. Then in the space of a couple of years they seemed to stop giving a crap, and that was when I jumped ship.

Been with O2 for nearly ten years now, and in that time I've had three handsets replaced free of charge, loyalty discounts to my account and unsolicited data upgrades applied. I'm surprised that their network performance is so (relatively) poor, but I'll take that hit as long as I can depend on them not to mess me around when I have a problem.

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College fires IT admin, loses access to Google email, successfully sues IT admin for $250,000

Dan White

Re: I've been in that situation.

An admin friend of mine once described the process for getting rid of nice techies in his old firm:

1. Take Unsuspecting Victim out for expensive farewell lunch and drinks.

2. Admin disables UV's remote access.

3. Announce during lunch that this is UVs farewell lunch.

4. Admin disables UV's Mobile phone account.

5. Admin trawls UV's logs to check for other accounts created by UV, nukes them.

6. Admin bins UVs user account, revokes Access card and ID.

7. Box up UV's possessions, place in lobby with security.

8. Place generous severance cheque in box.

9. UV returns, collects box, never seen again.

For techies that you *didn't* like, remove the words "expensive" from step 1, and, "generous" from step 8.

For techies that f**ked up, remove steps 1, 3 and 8 entirely, and carry out procedure after they leave work and what was then their last day...

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Vegans furious as Bank of England admits ‘trace’ of animal fat in £5 notes

Dan White

Re: Tell you what then,

Q: How can you tell when someone is a vegan?

A: Don't worry, they'll tell you...

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London cops strap on new body cams

Dan White

Selective reliability?

I look forward to the reports of large batches of body cameras simultaneously failing for "Operational reasons" at any large public protest, just like the mysterious failure of all static CCTV cameras...

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Good God, we've found a Google thing we like – the Pixel iPhone killer

Dan White

Removable battery? Meh... Replaceable batteries FTW!

Don't really care if the battery is removable or not. What I would like to see is a battery that is easily *replaceable* when it reaches the end of life, without having to crack the case open with specialist tools and/or send it back to a manufacturer.

Your battery could lose around 25% of capacity within 9 months or so of charge-discharge cycles, and I tend to find after about 18 months that it's annoying me enough to look at doing something about it. I'd like the option to get a new, genuine battery fitted that wouldn't cost half the price of a new phone to sort out.

Of course, the irony of owning a Samsung phone and wanting a genuine battery is not lost on me at this point...

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'Faceless' Liberty Global has 'sucked the very soul' out of Virgin Media

Dan White
FAIL

What the F**k...

... does this even mean?

"One of the key reasons for outsourcing to Ericsson is to enable headroom to allow us to focus less on managing the volume of issues in Operations and worry more about reducing the volume coming in by focusing on root cause and preventing more outages from happening."

Sounds to me like, "We can't manage a piss up in a brewery, so we're going to outsource that part, giving us time to work out why our infrastructure is screwed."

Perhaps if they stopped using management-speak and told people what was actually happening, they wouldn't be so demoralised.

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Toaster cooks network and burns 'expert' user's credibility to a crisp

Dan White
Facepalm

So she was OK with having WiFi enabled on her laptop though...? FFS.

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P2P badboys The Pirate Bay kicked out of Greenland: Took under 48 hours

Dan White
Happy

Re: why is it illegal?

Ant and Dec encourage me to commit violence against my TV. Should that make them illegal?

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Teen project sparks WORLD-WIDE PEE-POWERED HYPEGASM!

Dan White

I think you're misunderstanding the point of the invention.

Nobody is claiming that they are getting out more energy that they are putting in. They are using solar power to generate electricity to split urine and generate hydrogen, which can then be stored and transported as a usable fuel. You might not want to crack regular water to do this as it's quite a scarce resource in some places, so why not use the waste water in urine instead?

If the kit was designed just to store electricity, then charging batteries would seem a much more obvious and efficient use of the solar panels. In this case though, you can in theory use the hydrogen to drive a vehicle or in other areas where batteries are less practical.

In any case, we'll know if it was a viable technology or not if an oil company has them all shot by the end of the month...

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Amazon lends e-books free to Prime subscribers

Dan White
Unhappy

Re: Meh, EPUB based readers get this for free of course

Yup, my local library (along with all the others in the Bristol/Somerset/South Gloucestershire region) will lend eBooks in pretty much any format EXCEPT kindle.

As usual, it's a sodding licensing restrictions issue :-(

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New broadband minister snubs 'ugly' fibre cabinet gripes

Dan White

Dude. Less Coffee. Seriously.

And perhaps some anger management classes.

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Dan White
Happy

One appeared outside my house...

... about six months ago, courtesy of Virgin Media.

It's a squat beige box of ugliness, which I can forgive, but would have preferred green. It's also a good twelve inches clear of the wall, putting it right next to the pavement, which seemed a little poorly planned, and makes reversing into my drive a *little* trickier.

However, all of this pales into insignificance when compared to the consistent 60Mbps I'm now getting, being 20 feet from the cabinet :-)

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Feds unlock suspect's encrypted drive, avoid Constitution meltdown

Dan White
FAIL

Re: Given enough time and resources

For "enough time", substitute, "a significant proportion of the age of the universe", assuming the protocol is implemented correctly and the password wasn't something like, "letmein1".

However, "Attempted denial of justice" sounds very much like thought crime. It is the job of the state to prove guilt beyond reasonable doubt. The defendant is not obligated to help them in any way, and is in fact protected from doing so in many cases.

You, sir, sound like a bit of a tool...

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WD dries out flood-trashed fab, pumps out first disks

Dan White
Alert

Could be that because they were clean rooms, some of them with the more sensitive kit remained water tight.

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TiVo subscriptions go up – for the first time in 4 years

Dan White

I'd be happy for them to throw one at me. When I first looked into they wanted £150 for the box alone! Is that not the case any more?

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Hey Commentards! [This title is optional]

Dan White
Thumb Up

You omiited the one that forces me into a pedantic rage that burns with the heat of a thousand suns: Why can't you f**ktards learn the difference between "lose" and "loose"?

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iPhone 5 less than a month away

Dan White
Meh

More battery life please

The iPhone 4 does pretty much everything I want it to right now, with one exception - if you happen to actually *use* the thing, the battery life sucks something awful.

I'd happily see the new version be half as thick again, if it meant I didn't have to keep a spare charging cable in my car, at my desk, at work etc...

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iOS upgrade cocks up iPad USB connections

Dan White
FAIL

Re: Funny

Wow... that's a whole new level of stupid.

Apple doesn't *have* to specify that you can hook any USB device to it. It's already part of the USB specifications. Hint - That's why there's a "U" in USB.

If you offer a connection port with USB, you adhere to the standards laid down for that connection, otherwise it's not USB. It's now ASB, where "A" *might* stand for "Apple", but at this point it's more likely to be "A**hole" for buying one and expecting it to work properly.

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Sci-fi and fantasy authors wade into Amazon spat

Dan White
FAIL

Re: Online distribution costs are not Zero

Given that most of the costs you're listing are applicable to print versions, and the publishers already have a web presence, the *actual* cost of selling an ebook is still in the order of pence per copy. Subtract the cost of printing and distribution and an ebook version should be free when you purchase a paper version.

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Murdoch threatens to yank News Corp. from Google News

Dan White
Jobs Horns

Please God, do it...

Nothing would make me happier than to see this odious turd and his hate filled propaganda machine disappear from search engine results

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Street View snooptrike stalks Siena

Dan White
WTF?

@Grease Monkey

As someone who is also a motorist, motorcyclist, cyclist and pedestrian, and who pays an extortionate amount of road tax, I'd like to point out that yes, motorists DO indeed literally own the roads. In fact road tax revenue and fuel duty covers the amount we spend on roads dozens of times over. If cyclists feel like chipping in towards the cost of maintainance, signage and lighting, and perhaps I'd be more sympathetic.

"I would say dangerous, illegal and arrogant behaviour from car drivers outnumbers other road users about 1,000 to 1"

Are you for real? Is your house in the middle of a stock car track? Perhaps you could consider that it's because car drivers actually outnumber other road users 1000 to 1. I commute into Bristol every day, and it's a rare day indeed where I don't see some cyclist on a suicide mission, running lights, swapping lanes and hopping onto the pavement at will. Granted there are also ditsy car drivers who do silly things, but it's the cyclists that *deliberately* ignore the law whenever they see fit.

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Amazon Kindle doomed to repeat Big Brother moment

Dan White
FAIL

Simple solution?

Perhaps I'm oversimplifying here, but wouldn't a far more PR friendly move have been for Amazon to:

1) Stop selling copies of both books on the Kindle store.

2) Compensate the rights holder in full for every copy that was sold, even if it means paying over the standard rate.

3) Sue the shit out of the distributor that put it there in the first place, thus retrieving all the money spent at 2).

4) Tell the world how great you are and how you stood up for your customers.

Right now the amount of business that they have lost must be way in excess of the cost of compensating the rights holder for a few thousand books.

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Beeb borrows copyrighted Flickr image

Dan White

Hmmm, naughty but ultimately fair...

Whilst this was a bit of a silly thing to do, I think the Beeb's explanation is entirely plausible.

Engineers aren't going to have been trained on the finer points of copyright, but they may well have been shouted at to, "get something up on a screen in 3 minutes or you're fired."

At least the Beeb has coughed to the error, and £75 is more than most people would get for a single use of an image these day.

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Nokia N97 touchscreen webphone demo'd

Dan White
Thumb Down

Ummm....

Could have been an interesting video, but I found myself irritated by the number of times the presenter stopped to say, "Ahhh", "Ummm" etc...

Phone looks nice though :-)

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I've only shagged two blokes, insists Paris Hilton

Dan White
Paris Hilton

@raving angry loony

Perhaps if we can find a reasonably good looking *male* heir to a fortune of billions who:

1) Films themselves shagging and gets it realeased all over the Internet.

2) Gets their Blackberry hacked on a semi-regular basis, revealing celeb phone numbers (Note the IT angle...)

3) Appears to be a thick as pigshit, yet...

4) Earns a fortune just for turning up at parties and acting as thick as pigshit...

... then I'm sure there would be equal coverage in The Reg. The closest I could imagine would be if David Beckham suddenly turned into a porn actor. After all, he already has the perfume brand and the fuck ups with text messaging... ;-)

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Online crime maps go live

Dan White

@Tom Smith

If you zoom in on the Google map of Bristol, eventually you'll see it broken down by area.

You may be particularly stunned to see that the highest rates are in St. Pauls, Southville, Eastgate and Filton.... or perhaps you won't :-)

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Beeb names new Doctor Who

Dan White
Unhappy

Lily Allen?

FFS, NO!

Every time that gobby pisshead screeches her way through another agonising performance, I want to shoot my TV...

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Amazon peddles Prince for pence

Dan White

I thought about buying this...

... then I remembered it was shit, so didn't bother.

Cheers for the tip off anyway.

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Anti-radiation phone chip withdrawn from sale

Dan White
Alert

Must be true...

... it has the word "Quantum" in it.

On the other hand, any fule know that to really get results, you *always* need a tachyon pulse. That shit worked for Captain Picard about 30 times...

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Tiny iPhone en route?

Dan White
Thumb Down

Ugh...

... no thanks. Even smaller screen and *less* functionality!

Now if they announce a 32Gb iPhone, I may be tempted by the Dark Side...

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Nintendo whacked with $5m Wii strap lawsuit

Dan White
Flame

Translation...

1) My idiot child broke something / I tripped and fell into the TV.

2) I don't have contents insurance / They wouldn't pay up.

3) I want money to prove it wasn't my fault / Waaah! Pay me, pay me, I'm not a retard who can't read instructions...

$5m would buy a seriously impressive TV. WTF was it made of, diamonds?!

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Microsoft preps IE 8 for the web-challenged

Dan White
Thumb Down

Errrrr.....

'The browser's planned list will be targeted at users that Microsoft considers not "web savvy".'

Errm, surely the "not web savvy" won't know *how* to install IE8.

The "web savvy" amongst us *won't* install IE8...

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Apple prepping $99 Wal-Mart iPhone?

Dan White

@Tom Kerrigan

I do wish people would stop bleating on about the "true" cost of the phone = Phone Cost + (monthly rental * contract length).

It may not have occurred to you, but you pay a monthly fee *regardless* of the phone you buy, and guess what? You get bundled minutes, text messages and data access in with the iphone contract too (or at least you do in the UK). They're going to make the money back one way or another, and I'd prefer to have a subsidised phone and spread the payments over 18 months

Would you feel better if the phone cost $1,500 but you paid for all your minutes and data access at the market rate?

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Beeb to cut the f**king swearing

Dan White
Happy

Sensible...

Not that I give a toss about Ross / Brand-Gate, but to be honest it was starting to seem like, "Ooh look at me. I said a naughty word. Aren't I edgy and cool".

Maybe I'm getting too old, but Stephen Fry strikes me as an excellent of example of someone who can entertain without having to return to the playground.

Now I'm off for a mug of cocoa and a nice lie down... :-)

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BBC Trust brands Manuelgate a 'deplorable intrusion'

Dan White
Stop

So, to recap...

1) Goth Vampire Slut (GVS) wannabe shags bragging fop.

2) Fop brags to grandpa with forty-something teenager in studio.

3) GVS retains Max Clifford, public are suddenly outraged.

4) More people complain than actually heard the show.

5) Fop leaves to do more work with Channel 4.

6) Forty-something teenager gets three month holiday.

7) Max Clifford gets large percentage of fees.

8) Everyone is bored shitless.

Now can we STFU and move on? Pretty please?

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Shure SE102 sound-isolating earphones

Dan White
Happy

Ahhh... Smug Mode...

Picked up a set of SE110's at Play.com last week when they were on offer for £17.99. now they're back to £49.99.

Chuffed I am :-)

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Jezza Clarkson cops flak for 'truckers murder strumpets' gag

Dan White
Paris Hilton

Get a grip FFS!

Even the most sheltered Mary Whitehouse admirer should know the type of humour you're going to experience on Top Gear by now. TG has been demonstrating "Viz" style material for ages, and I thought it was hysterical. If you don't like it, don't watch it.

I await the Daily Mail's response, and the Sun's, "We're backing our Truckers" sticker campaign with the usual degree of disdain.

Paris, because she's demonstrated the ability to take a heavy load before...

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Blockbuster: DVD to Blu-ray shift slower than VHS to DVD

Dan White
Paris Hilton

Sheeaaagh! Riiiight!

The Blu-Ray Disc Association have their heads wedged firmly up their orifices... The only Blu-Ray players people are buying at the moment are the ones that come bundled with a free PS3 ;-)

There's no way "the masses" are going to be blowing a chunk of wedge on a Blu-Ray player for Christmas, when experience tells us to hold out for cheaper prices and *much* cheaper discs. Plus there's the small matter of wanting to stay in your house and afford to eat...

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Data centers embrace The Great Outdoors

Dan White
Flame

Re: Combined Heat and Data

Sorry Dave, I think you'll find that several Universities with a Cray-2 in the basement were using this concept to heat the entire campus about 20 years back...

Flames, 'cause, servers are, like, hot...

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Lehmans techies start job hunt

Dan White

Is that all?

Only T-Shirts and emergency kits for sale? Given that the techies were all given the boot at the same time, what are the odds that someone "forgot" to rescind their access cards and pass codes? I wonder how many rack mounted servers you can fit in a large rucksack... :-)

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Sony PRS-505 Reader e-book

Dan White
Thumb Up

@Elmer Phud

WTF is a "dog-ear"?! Do you mean bookmarks? Because it does those.

Also it's just fine for left handed people. That's why the page turning buttons are on both sides of the device!

FWIW I think it's an excellent bit of kit, and two other people who have seen mine have gone on to buy one the next day.

Agree with the Waterstones prices though, what a piss take! Unless eBooks end up less than half the price of a paper version, they won't be seeing any of my cash.

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Legal digital music is commercial suicide

Dan White
Unhappy

@Ryan, Highnote

Sorry, you lost me the moment you used the word "monetized"...

It's a small company and you've already become infected with Management Speak.

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Ivan O'Toole? That's nothing, snorts Hugh Jass

Dan White
Paris Hilton

@Nobody called that on the electoral roll...

Means nothing, you wouldn't find me on a searchable electoral register either. If I was called Hugh Jass or Ivor Biggun I'm pretty sure I'd opt out too.

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