* Posts by K

1410 posts • joined 5 Apr 2007


Blockchain is bullsh!t, prove me wrong meets 'chain gang fans at tech confab

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"Big corporates ... rubbish @ understanding what the tech can and can't do"

I'd like to suggest an alternative - Businesses don't give a sh*t what the tech can and can't do..

People who work in tech, are tired and oblivious of the constant bullsh!t being churned out hype cycle.

Cops looking for mum marauding uni campus asking students if they fancy dating her son

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"she couldn't afford the tissue consumption"

That why socks were invented..

Ouch, Apple! Plenty of iPhones stuck in tech channel. How many? That's a 'wild card'

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Re: What a surprise...

You misunderstood - My definition of manufacturers is Samsung, Apple, Cisco and other companies that traditionally dominate western markets are being challenged, and rather than competing, they're going behind closed doors and crying (also threatening) politicians.

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Re: What a surprise...

Its easy, Apple and Samsung no longer see you as a customer, instead you are now a cash-cow.

Santa brought my wife an Honor 8X and son a Xioami a2 Lite, in total the cost was less that £350 (taking advantage of the sales)... When the OnePlus 7 launches, I'll bag myself one of them, I'm guessing a price of £550. For close to the price of a Samsung Note 9 or iPhone XS, I'll manage to get new phones for my whole family.

Finally, consider me a conspiracy nutcase, but I see this as the real reason behind the West's recent anti-Huawei actions.. Manufacturers are used to fat margins and won't compete, politicians are scared their donors will stop, so they start fear-monger and applying political pressure.

Openreach to heap faster broadband on UK's media-heavy hubs

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Croydon ... I live next door (Wallington)..

El reg you need a fingers crossed Icon... though, maybe the Pirates icon is more appropriate for my activities

FCC accused of colluding with Big Cable to game 5G legal challenge

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Re: I hope they nail Pai and his cohorts

The problem you have in the good bad old US of A, is who regulates the regulators... instead of Yin and Yang balance, you have Pai and Trump!

Intel boss: Expect chip shortages into mid-2019, stumbling server processor sales this year

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Expect chip shortages into mid-2019...

Roughly translated: "We intend to hoard products and not release them to resellers, which will allow us to artificially push prices up..."

Starship bloopers: In touching tribute to Tesla shares, Musk proto-craft tumbles – as Bezos' Blue Origin rocket lifts off

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Looks like the ship from

Flesh Gorden (no, not Flash... go google it!)... I guess Mr Bezos is a fan

UK.gov plans £2,500 fines for kids flying toy drones within 3 MILES of airports

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Re: Knee jerk reaction

This is not a knee-jerk reaction - Its just moronic civil servant, who has contracted a friend of former colleague consultant to "advise on the situation". Where truthfully, the only thing they understood in the law was 0a number (i.e. 250g) and suggested rounding this down, will improve its effectiveness, thereby justifying their role and 6 figure fee.

Western Digital deploys heatsink on remodelled M.2 to tempt gamers

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"Give that heatsink some RGB LEDs"

Your right, I think they missed a trick here for failing to include RGB. I've just started at investigating this myself.. Its a gimic, but I was looking to bling up my office, so it was either buy a Disco Ball, or invest in RGB lighting.

Oh snap: AWS has only gone and brought out its own Backup

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Re: Not so secret secret

Fight Backup club only has 1 rule - you can never have enough backups!

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Re: Off the mark

@FuzzyWuzzys That is BS, AWS use data centres in the traditional senses, also they often collocate their services in 3rd party data centres (specifically there edge and POP services) - they may have some epic private Inter-connectivity between, but does not make them "special".

Do you think they use fairy dust?

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Re: All fine and dandy

Agreed - but from my past experience of working for companies who adopt "cloud-first", they stick with a single provider, main reason for this, is they're so integrated into a provider, moving would be too difficult - Its just another form of vendor lock-in.

For example, my current employer uses AWS for our customer-facing systems, they are designed to scale at peak, in addition all our internal pipeline tools are built to work with AWS API's - migrating these to Azure, would take a colossal effort

On a personal, even after working for these companies... I still say, unless you are a start-up or have a need to constantly scale up and down, then just co-locate a few racks, its a hell of a lot cheaper!

Like, subscribe and comment: Sage takes a breath as cloud sales bounce

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It's "hybrid" cloud.. they host the download file! (Or are the updates still shipped on DVD?)

More nodding dogs green-light terrible UK.gov pr0n age verification plans

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Re: Easter you say?

Have an upvote.. spot on!

I do believe nearly every gripe people have, is in fact down to decisions by the UK government.

Benefit tourists? Well why don't most other countries in the EU suffer this problem.. It cause they have stricter rules about who receives what!

Kill two birds with one stone, stop giving people automated rights to benefits, it'll get the benefit-liferd back to work and stop migrants have automatic access!

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Re: Is this the stupidest idea ever?

I was thinking Opera, but Tor will do!

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Re: Is this the stupidest idea ever?

Sure it is... All it will take is 1 kid to a certain browser has a built-in "VPN", the follow day, its the gossip of every school playground in the UK. Once again, a government wasting millions on a futile effort, that will be rendered useless the minute its launch!

We still treat children as idiots when it comes to IT, they may be gullible and have no common sense, but most are more tech-savvy than all the government ministers and civil servants put together.

But you want to know the scary thing.... they'll then use this as an excuse to ban VPNs (If we hadn't seen how stupid the government was in recent years, I'd have said that was the plan all along, they just needed to manufacture a reason for it).

It's like the war on drugs, which was lost even before it started, governments feel the compulsion to control things, if they can't control it, they try to suppress it, but they can't comprehend there are things that are beyond even a States ability!

Big brother is watching... as a not so wise man once said, "its ok, as long as there is no touching!"

Can't unlock an Android phone? No problem, just take a Skype call: App allows passcode bypass

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O365 It might be eating the market, but as a product Skype for Business sucks, the only thing that blows harder is Webex. Personally, I hate to admit this, but the only browser-based VOIP/Video Conf solution I've found that works relatively well is....

Happy new year, readers. Yes, we have threaded comments, an image-lite mode, and more...

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Re: Width

They already give us the full length... now you want girth as well? (run into the corner and sniggers)

On a serious note, 100% agree with this, this has been a pet-peeve on mine for at least the past 5 years - Fixed width is so 2005.. these days almost everybody will use a widescreen monitor, so this is a useability hindrance.

It's a lot of work, being popular: Apple, Tim Cook and the gilets jaunes

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Apple has increased prices across the board to "obscene" levels

I think they've gone past obscene... even ridiculous obscene, they have now reached ludicrous obscene!

Dutch boyband hopes to reverse Brexit through the power of music

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Re: Slightly wrong.

"Helped by arch remainer Gina Miller, we now face a situation in which parliament"

There are 2 momentous events in the past 2 years, Gina's actions being the first, the second is the action taken by the MSP's in the ECJ, which gave the edict the UK can unilaterally cancel Article 50 - Because both have shone a light to the extensive bullshit and spin that the government has been feeding us.

@AC if you would rather be treated like a mushroom, i.e. kept in the dark and fed bullshit, then so be it, but I for one, take pride that a rag-tag group, with little to lose, have successfully held this despot government to account...

Begin emotional and patriotic music

Microsoft: Come and play in our Windows SandBox

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"which will spin up a fresh desktop"

So basically, its Hyper-V...

Cloudflare speaks out amid allegations it safeguards banned terror gangs' websites

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It's impossible for a service provider such as Cloudflare to investigate every domain that uses its service... Also they offer a very easy to find form for reporting abuse:


likewise they are not the only service provider who a reverse-proxy service, so I find individually picking them out is nothing but somebody holding a grudge.

You wait for one IT giant to show up with its sales figures, then two come at once: Red Hat, Oracle

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Good to be honest...

As a person who constantly points out adopting Cloud somebody-elses-computer really only has 2 suitable uses - Startups who don't have capital and businesses that need to scale up and down...

I have been incredibly impressed with their database services, they've simplified resiliency and replication to the point that any idiot can set up a MySQL and MS SQL cluster in 2 minutes! They really do deserve kudos for what they have done. My concern is that by making part of the DB management idiot proof, businesses will be tempted to leave architecting to PFY's whos only DB experience is standing up a single MySQL DB for PHPBB!

BOFH: State of a job, eh? Roll the Endless Requests for Further Information protocol

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Perfect timing ... I'm just reworking our Workflow..

Now this looks like it will fit the bill...

Naked women cleaning biz smashes patriarchy by introducing naked bloke gardening service

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You're born that way, you die that way...

The only thing that sexualises it, is the taboo...

It constantly amazes me how prudish a lot of people are, yet this is a problem of their own making!

Deck the halls with ... oh, no. DXC tells staff they may not have a job in the New Year

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I swear to god, some HR teams take pleasure is misery... or they do this to discourage demands for pay rises!

Gigabit? More like, you can gigabet the US will fall behind on super-fast broadband access

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Re: Well it seems that fiber optics companies are going to make a killing in offshore revenue

@David Webb - "the internet speed of China doesn't matter to the US"

Me being silly - Sure it does, the US (or rather US government) absolutely cannot stand the idea of being beaten by any red-commie country! As a matter of fact, if I were a telepath, I'd say PoTUS is already thinking of tariffs and embargos on Cisco kit to prevent!

Huawei MateBook Pro X: PC makers look out, the phone guys are here

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This thing looks slick.. give me, give me, give me

I'll admit, I'm a turn-coat, I brought my first MBP last year (refurb), as I was sick of the stagnant laptop market - But I think I'll be turning-coat once more in the new year for one of these :D

It doesn't work with Docker, K8s right now, but everyone's going nuts anyway for AWS's Firecracker microVMs

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Serverless infrastructure....

My Ass!

On another note, I always wondered how it worked, so great article, also glad to see Amazon finally giving back to OSS, after pillaging it for few years! (Saying that, I have it on good authority individual Amazon employees have released quite a bit, but its not "official" Amazon contributions).

OpenStack 2018: Mark Shuttleworth chats to The Reg about 10-year support plans, Linus Torvalds and Russian rockets

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"the guy ... who engineered machines to beat Gary Kasparov"

Here is how that makes me feel:

33.3% of me wants to jump for joy that engineers are getting their recognition

33.3% of me wants to face-palm, and ask you "trusted an engineer with commercial decisions?"

33.3% of me wants to point out to Mark Shuttleworth, it was a team who built them... not an individual (even if he managed the team)

0.01% of me, regrets wasting time typing this.. it's 17:33 and I should have left 3 minutes ago!

OnePlus 6T: Tasteful, powerful – and much cheaper than a flagship

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Re: No headphone socket - no sale

@JoshFen Yep spot-on.. Personally I use Android Pay every day for travelling around London. To be honest, 6 months ago, I'd never even thought of using, today though its a key requirement of any phone..

Upgraders rejoice! The 2018 Mac Mini heralds a return to memory slots!

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Mr Cook, I will share a beer with you anytime...

Thanks to Apple for finally refreshing their products, and taking the opportunity to remind us, that whilst they are a luxury brand, they have philanthropy at their core, looking after the interests of new and existing customers - graciously raising their prices from high to ludicrous, they're indicating they want customers to explore and see what other manufacturers offer, encouraging them to realise they can save 50% and get 200% more value..

Solid state of fear: Euro boffins bust open SSD, Bitlocker encryption (it's really, really dumb)

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Re: Really?

"China hardware encryption."

They may manufacture it, but most often it's designed by Western and Korean companies!

Dot-com web addresses prices to swell, thanks to sweetheart deal between Uncle Sam, Verisign

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Re: .com is for international companies

@Aitor 1, production costs have little bearing, by many standards $10 is cheap for a FQDN, last time I checked for a .io domain, it was $60 per year. As for markups, well welcome to capitalism -

An extra large McDonalds coke costs 2c to make, most people are willing to spent $1+

An Apple iPhone 10 costs about $240, yet people are willing to spend £1200 for one

The list is endless.. though admittedly I can't think of any more (it's 9am Sunday morning)

But the point is, by your argument, you will never buy anything - in addition, from my outsider perspective, is seems monopoly is how the US works, especially concerning everything ISP, Telecom and Internet.

Office 2019 lumbers to the stage once more as Microsoft promises future releases

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Re: Office 2003 All working fine, every single day. Thanks!

Sure Office 2003 should be classed as abandonware now....

Would love to see M$ try to bring a piracy case for it, then get laughed out of court..

The Chinese are here: Xiaomi to bring phones to the UK next month

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Re: If this was five years ago...

It may have the Chinese ROM, which basically just means it has a few apps targeted at a Chinese user-base. But you can ignore these or disable them, set the language to English and install the Play store app..and your off.

Also I'd highlight, Xiaomi are one of the only remaining manufacturers that support bootloader unlocking!

Techie was bigged up by boss… only to cause mass Microsoft Exchange outage

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RE: Then came the Linux crowd where there were no such applications

CLI works for linux because every application is decoupled... With Windows its a peace of dogs meat, as all they've done is take the same monolithic products and stripped away the GUI - For analogies,

Linux is like a sleek F1 car, each part is self-contained and held together with screws. It can be hard to get the components working together at first, but they're easily swappable.

Windows is like a big American RV, humongous and put together with rivets... it works and is very comfortable, but don't expect to swap anything without rebuilding the whole thing.

Troll, cause its Monday morning and I'm stuck on a train going out of my mind --->

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Reminds me of something I heard a long time ago...

Take 10 mins to fix a business crippling outage, then get shouted at for a) causing it and b) taking so long to fix it... But, take 5 hours to fix it, then you're a rockstar, praised for being a saviour!

Sorry friends, I'm afraid I just can't quite afford the Bitcoin to stop that vid from leaking everywhere

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Re: I've seen a definite uptick in these

@AC - Who said it was unique to Gmail? I certainly didn't... I merely know its a trick you can use with it, huge difference!

So get the bee-out-of-your-bonnet, Its Friday, so go have a pint!

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Re: I've seen a definite uptick in these

Little tip if you use Gmail... you can add indicators to your email address by using a "+", such as if you address is JimBob@gmail.com -




Google will effectively ignore the +<word>, so emails still arrive. But it will show in email details. So not only can you filter (make rules etc) on it, but by setting the <word> to the site name you entered it into, you know exactly where they sourced your email from (Little trick I learnt from the GApps team at work).

Patch me, if you can: Grave TCP/IP flaws in FreeRTOS leave IoT gear open to mass hijacking

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It's the same story over and over again - Shock... Horror... Grimace.. ROFLMAO

Whilst manufacturers should take the heat.. at least some of it should be direct at the Idiots who keep exposing system's (unnecessarily) to the wider internet!

I see this time and time again where I work, so-called engineers forget the first rule of security - Whitelist!

Alibaba pulls dust covers off its new London cloud presence

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Re: Just no

I welcome our red-flag-waving overlords - At least they think logically.... don't believe in "creationism" and think that the hillbilly cousin of the Tango Man who wears a Merkin on his head, is fit to be President, whilst giving him access to nuclear weapons (that he brandishes around like a BB gun).

Haunted disk-drive? This story will give you the chills...

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Re: Put a heater in the safe then ?

@Shred - "This feature / abuse provided Apple service centres with a regular income stream ..."

This must have formed the cornerstone for Apple's operating "Bible", its still an abuse that Apples practices to this very day (gluing in components, making devices impossibe to fix, going after non-authorised repairs shops).

Oz to turn pirates into vampires: You won't see their images in mirrors

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Re: You already know what happens next...

Doesn't work as you would expect - I use and, but Virgin Media still redirect them!

I do wonder if DNSSec will help this? I'm not familiar with the underlying mechanism (is it DNS over TLS?)

Apple to dump Intel CPUs from Macs for Arm – yup, the rumor that just won't die is back

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Re: Rosetta-a-like is absolutely necessary

Sorry, but I just don't buy it. Whilst I don't doubt Apple has the capacity to do this.

the software eco-system was significantly smaller last time they did this and their market share a fraction of what it is today. They would alienate a significant number of there customers and businesses who develop for their platform.

Saying that, given Apples recent actions on things such as right-to-repair, they might just have that level of arrogance to try it, and the temptation to finally have a walled in eco-system which they get a 30% cut from might be too much to resist.

Huawei Mate 20 series: China's best phone, but a pricey proposition

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Re: Chinese phone models

I've been a follower for many year of Huawei and Xiaomi (And I have a Chinese sister-in-law), but I still find there modelling as confusing as hell. Part of the problem is many models are given different names / numbering depending on the market they are in..

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Re: Non-optional extras

I'll take one of these over a Samsung, laden with malware upsell-ware.

On a personal note.. I wish OnePlus would do a larger screen, as I'm drooling over the X, I'm torn on this, 6T, 20X or the 8X which is a lot cheaper. I use constantly payments constantly (and from what I can tell, 8X doesn't have this)

Get your popcorn ready: IBM's Q3 financial scoreboard is out tonight

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News just in...

During their results announcement, IBM shares dipped 7.8%.

But on wrapping up, the CEO announcing a rebranding, changings its name IBcM, or Internal Blockchain and Macchiato. Which led to shares soaring by a whopping 10,000%

Virgin Media? More like Virgin Meltdown: Brit broadband ISP falls over amid power drama

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Fine here...

Sutton, South London..


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