* Posts by Caff

254 posts • joined 22 Feb 2008


China's going to make a mobile OS and everyone will love it, predict ball-gazing analysts



Amazon's phone problem is the same as with amazon prime movies, their app store is full of crud. Its impossible to find anything decent in it. Amazon's store is becoming the same, unless you already know what you are looking for you have to trawl through tons of clones and other crap.

Fallover Friday: NatWest, RBS and Ulster Bank go TITSUP*


Re: Its really not that difficult.

Almost certainly will not have access to "having a good poke around in the system" in a bank to figure out what is going on in a system. Especially if no-one there already understands how it works.

You would first have to build a business case to allocate you time to documenting how it works then get access to the test system - hard as the test system will already be in use for production releases and patching. Likely you will have to apply to share the resources of the test system with devs who will not be happy if your poking around breaks it and delays releases.

UK getting ready to go it alone on Galileo


Re: UK has the resources


Are you mad! No, we need proper homegrown British pork none of those imported pork barrels will suffice.

What are the odds of Mogg, Farage or Jonhson having connections to aerospace consultancy firms?

Quit that job and earn $185k... cleaning up San Francisco's notoriously crappy sidewalks


Smart Cities

Obvious solution for this is for SF to embrace a Digital Smart Cities initiative.

Start with Smart Sidewalks using IoT networks that detect fouling and call upon the nearest Poop Drone Swarm to land collect clean and sanitize the area.

Abracadabra! Tales of unexpected sysadmagic and dabbling in dark arts


Re: For those in the UK...


2FA? We've heard of it: White hats weirded out by lack of account security in enterprise


Re: Extortionate costs

Great that you could do it for zero spend, but in a large audited financial services organisation you can either spend the money on an external company who already have certifications and audit completed or take the time and resources to do it yourself. There is never such a thing as zero spend when you take into account ongoing support costs and compliance.


Extortionate costs

I can understand the reluctance to roll out 2FA having seen the cost of fobs and soft token licences ( 300 a pop for a fobs adds up quick before adding in any of the other infrastructure and licence costs ).

Pretty good scope for a startup to disrupt it though they would have the uphill battle of getting their brand recognised

Score one for the bats and badgers! Apple bins €850m Irish bit barn bid


Re: Our lunatic planning process

Have you seen an ariel photograph of the site? Not much woodland on it, large patches of leeched land from a former confier forestry. The main objector was a guy from wicklow who was trying to get Apple to build the data centre on his land there instead.

The Java release train is moving faster, but will developers be derailed?


Re: Ugh, another Java bashing thread

There is a difference of experience between someone who uses JAVA to write and maintain programs and someone who uses JAVA in the sense that their business purchased a third party JAVA application.

There is a definite trend of application vendors providing very poor support in keeping their applications up to date with JAVA updates.

Life's a beach – then you're the comms nexus of the British Empire and Marconi-baiting hax0rs


Mr Cable

Also worth reading about the man who laid the cables


OK Google: A stranger with stash of pirated films is spamming my Google Team Drive


Copyright / Data protection

Would this open any of the business to potential prosecution? If they are using a service that essentially seems to expose them to illegal data without any way to remove shouldn't they be able to break out of the contract with goggle or claim any fines they receive back from them? They wouldn't have done it intentionally but the inability of google to resolve the issue in a timely fashion shows a level of incompetence and that as a business product it is unfit for purpose.

Wheels are literally falling off the MoD thanks to lack of cash


Re: As a Defender owner...

Over tightening the bolts by not setting torque correctly causing them to sheer off when driving

UK's NHS to pilot 'Airbnb'-style care service in homeowners' spare rooms


red tape

They'll complain about the difficulty of complying with background checks and fire certs etc...

Then there will be some kind of fraud or abuse scandal

Then a public inquiry about how this was approved

Beardy Branson chucks cash at His Muskiness' Hyperloop idea


Re: Journey time...

I think they plan to run them like ski gondalas, so each "train" would be able to divert off the main track to a loading/unloading mini loop.

Dyson to build electric car that doesn't suck


cyclonic filter

So he couldn't fit his cyclonic filter to the power plant itself?

The ultimate full English breakfast – have your SAY


Full Irish

none of this grilling nonsense

Fried soda bread x 2 slices

Fried eggs x 2

Fried smoked rashers x2

Fried sausages x 2

Fried tomato

Fried black / white pudding

Baked beans - haven't found a way to fry those yet...

Pot of Barrys or Lyons

Hyperloop One teases idea of 50-minute London-Edinburgh ride


Irish Sea

Wonder would a better route be Dublin - London ? Could also deliver freight if it took in fishguard and rosslare

Banking association calls for end of 'screen-scraping'


partially agree with the banks

Forcing the banks to support screen scraping could prevent them from fully securing their banking applications. However if screen scraping is banned they should be forced to provide a common open API that would allow 3rd parties to access banking information with a clients permission.

Boss swore by 'For Dummies' book about an OS his org didn't run



Could be easier at time for people to look for help with problems before they make them worse themselves.

Forget quantum and AI security hype, just write bug-free code, dammit



Coming of age time for design by contract?

Alleged HPE fraud man Peter Sage once ran dodgy pharma biz


due diligence

Have HPE ever done due diligence right? Autonomy......

Should el reg just look through their recent acquisitions for future stories

HMS Queen Elizabeth is delayed, Ministry of Defence confesses



By the time its in service the F35's will have being replaced by pilotless drones

Google mistakes the entire NHS for massive cyber-attacking botnet


three ireland

Similar thing happened last year before christmass with google blocking three ireland traffic

Blue sky basic income thinking is b****cks



Why assume people receiving a basic income would be idle? Its not like the dole, you would get it whether you work or not. Therefore is would allow people to take risks and try out jobs they may have shied away from before due to fear of failure or lack of a safety net.

What should the Red Arrows' new aircraft be?


who needs pilots

Red Arrows should be rushed kicking and screaming into the digital era. No longer will they be expected to fly free in the air, instead they will co-ordinate elaborate aerobatic feats from the comfort of their drone command center in Waddington.

Is this the worst Blockchain idea you've ever heard?



Bitcoin for CV's and job applicants.

Use blockchain to record your previous work and education details, then through the magic of the blockchain previous employeers and education providers can verify your details and prospective employers can have greater confidence in the accuracy of your CV.

No, Russia is not tapping into Syria's undersea internet cables


landing site

If they have a base next to the landing site it would be far easier to simply install their equipment there than mess around in the water.

OK Google, Alexa, why can't I choose my own safe, er, wake word?


Campaign ads

It is only a matter of time before US election ads will try using the phrase

OK Google like <insert candidate> on facebook

British unis mull offshore EU campuses in post-Brexit vote panic


french law

Its probably the french employment laws that put them off



They may think twice about Ireland unless they plan on building a vast number of student apartments to go along with their campus ( though considering the rent they could collect on them this might be the appeal )

Facebook, Twitter and Google are to blame for terrorism, say MPs


back in the good old days

So before the internet the world was a lovely place with no extremists or terrorism or people being radicalised?

oh wait...


Brexit Britain: HP Sauce vs BBC.co.uk – choices that defined voters



YR sauce beats HP hands down for taste, those brexiters have it all wrong.

Calling all Droids: BlackBerry’s giving away the Hub


people hub

Still looking for something as good as the original WP7 people hub, the one thing MS got right and promptly ditched...

I have never used a BB but it doesn't sound like their hub achieves the same goal of a unified messaging hub where you can aggregate messages from each contact and reply to them through your choice of IM/email in one place.

World religions stake out positions on Pokemon Go


Animal rights

Whatever about religious objections I am surprised none of the major animal rights groups have come out against it for encouraging children to "capture" and "trap" innocent wildlife.

oh wait.... http://www.peta.org/blog/peta-pokemon-safe-zone-following-pokemon-go-release/

Smartphones aren't tiny PCs, but that's how we use them in the West



If your banking app creates a unique QR code for each transaction that is time limited than it would be more secure.

Old, complex code could cause another UK banking TITSUP – study



Bit misleading to mention the RBS outage expect possibly to highlight scale.

The outage would have happened regardless of the age or complexity of the code. It was an operational issue caused by poor lines of reporting and badly designed escalation proceedures in the outsourcing contract.

Reskilling to become a devops dude could net you $105k+


Re: You Try It

Ops are usually paid well as they work shift. I can't imagine most devs would want to work rotating graveyard shifts monitoring batch jobs for finance companies.

Tesco mobile Ireland fail


Tesco mobile Ireland fail

Tesco mobile randomly disabling phones with no notice unless people send in scans of passports.

They claim if they notice unusual behavior on a PAYG account they will disable the phone. It is having the expected results... elderly woman missing hospital appointments and others missing phone calls about job interviews.


E-cigarettes help save lives, says Royal College of Physicians


not completely harmless

I do not think ecigs or vaping shuld be banned but the additives should be regulated. Just because food aditives used for flavoring are safe when ingested doesn't mean they are safe when inhaled.

An extreme example would be the caramel or butter flavour Diacetyl, this was known to be harmful since the famous popcorn lung case yet still ended up in vaping juice. Self regulation doesn't work, an independent body to test additives may be required or more such cases will emerge.

Is Dublin becoming as unaffordable as San Francisco?


Re: Erm, isn't there a housing glut in Ireland?

There really wasn't a glut anywhere within the commuter belt. The ghost estates were confined for most part a 2 hour drive from Dublin. Any unfinised housing within Dublin was quickly finished and sold over the last 5 years.


building costs

A key part of the issue in dublin is the developers claim that they cannot sell affordable housing at a profit. The main costs they point at being government taxes and levies and the cost of land.

The land issue could be handled by opening up cheaper land to commuters through improved public transport. Or increasing the turnover of land through vacant site levies.

Many people also point to offering a temporary VAT increase to "kickstart" development or reduce development levies, though a criticism would be that woudl simply funnel money to the developers and not result in any affordable housing.

Any developer led initiative though would take some time to ramp up. A government led program of soical housing would be much quicker. Though many people would be opposed to this as they have an interested in the currrent housing shortage and its role in driving up property prices. There is also the role of NIMBYISM that causes huge delays in the planning process.

A good site for reading up on these issues is http://www.dublininquirer.com/2016/03/23/in-dublins-housing-crisis-bureaucracy/

IBM says no, non, nein to Brexit


Re: Being in the EU...

Just as easy to shuffle the money to IOM and Channel Islands and Gibralter

Met police commissioner: Fraud victims should not be refunded by banks


prove it

Can you imagine the cost of the process for banks and customers to prove you had used an up to date system to manage the payments? Probably cheaper to pay the compensation.

Dodgy software will bork America's F-35 fighters until at least 2019



Wonder are they sabotaging their own program to encourage the use of drones?

French publishers join Swedish 'Block Party' to pester ad refuseniks



I have yet to see an easy to use subscription alternative to ads. I am aware there are a few services that operate on a pay per article model but none that would offer an all you can eat bundle for various sites/papers. I guess it would be too much like co-operating with your competitor to them.

Raspberry Pi 3 to sport Wi-Fi, Bluetooth LE – first photos emerge



when it goes 64bit in v4 or 5 itll be quite competitive with most sff pc's

Pubs good for the soul: Official


control group

Did their study compare pubs to sports clubs/community groups/hobby groups/ etc.... generally any other sort of social interactions?

I like pubs, but I like good science too.

Serving up IT on a silver platter, also known as ITSM


Re: resourcing

I'd like to know why I am required to file spreadsheets for changes too but one does not questions the lords and masters of "change management" where everything must pass through and get rejected 3 times before ending up with the implementation team.



I work in a large multinational and use Remedy ITSM, however they have not put any resources into the product and use it basically straight out of the box. It is quite painful as you end up working around the system and attaching endless emails and spreadsheet forms to each ticket/request/change

Larger orgainisations can be very conservative to change and commiting to spending on products such as these.

El Reg mulls entering Robot Wars arena



Wonder would it be possible to improve on the control and reaction time of a bot by using some of of autopilot system?


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