* Posts by Sooty

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That minutes-long power glitch? It's going to cost British Airways £80m, IAG investors told

Sooty
Headmaster

Re: Uh oh..

Does this actually mean less capable staff, or fewer capable staff, the ambiguity of it all! :)

I think less capable staff would be the worst of the two...

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Stop trying to make The Machine happen, HPE. It's not going to happen

Sooty
Headmaster

Re: Bed time stories...

I'm sure he could have

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Brit hacker admits he siphoned info from US military satellite network

Sooty
Happy

Re: "NCA has people with skills like Caffrey's"

They might have "star trek style" computers :)

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Try not to scream: Ads are coming to Amazon's Alexa – and VR goggles

Sooty

conflicted on the VR one

So if you are playing your new VR game on your Oculus later this year, don't be surprised to see a pair of Nike sneakers appearing in shop fronts, or a Coke can popping up on that table next to you.

I kind of have no real issue with product placement like this, as long as it's below a certain level. Like in films, you'd be more likely to notice something standing out if it were unbranded, or a fake brand, than something you see everyday. it's when the brands are everywhere that it looks stupid, if every billboard or advert is for the same product, every laptop is a the same brand as the adverts etc. If it gets worked into the dialogue so it sounds unnatural. We'll set off for the mission, just after I've finished enjoying this cool, refreshing, Pepsi.

if it's just brand awareness, that's not an issue, if it's noticeable to the point it takes you out of the game, especially in VR, it'll be really annoying.

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UK General Election 2017: How EU law will hit British politicians' Facebook fight

Sooty

Re: 2015 Election

It's been investigated now, it was an "Administrative error". not enough evidence to say it is criminal, just that the people running the country are incapable of correctly filling out an expenses form..

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-39865801

"Although there is evidence to suggest the returns may have been inaccurate, there is insufficient evidence to prove to the criminal standard that any candidate or agent was dishonest,"

Careful wording if ever I saw it :)

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Facebook loves virtual reality so much it just axed its VR film studio

Sooty

it's not teh tech, it's the content.

there are some fantastic VR games out there, but there aren't enough that take advantage of the platform.

Of all the stuff I've played, there seem to be a few types that are gems. Space combat/flight games are fantastic. I've played the star wars battle for Yavin short that someone cobbled together. a proper updated x-wing/tie fighter game would fly off the shelves. I also really want a nice WW1/WW2 plane combat game, again earlier planes are simple to fly, close range. in general good fun.

driving games are good, very immersive, especially if you have a racing wheel.

but, platform games, and things where you have to move more than a few steps struggle, as it is difficult to create the experience of moving as a person, not in some kind of vehicle. the shooting games are a bit of fun, but really limited by the "stand in one place" mechanic they have to use.

I haven't tried it yet, but i have high hopes for subnautica

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Apple leaks new thinner, lighter iPad ... revenues

Sooty

Re: I'm not surprised iPhone sales are going flat

I don't want to have to manage and keep charged, a set of Bluetooth earphones alongside the phone either. I want to be able to use the most basic, everyday, wired earphones

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Sooty

I'm not surprised iPhone sales are going flat

I'd have upgraded to an iPhone 7 if it worked in a fairly basic use case, listening to music and charging it at the same time.

While I'd have liked a bog standard, present on everything, earphone jack, if they really wanted to go the lightning route they could at least have added 2 ports. Purchasing an additional adapter to do such a basic thing isn't exactly an elegant solution...

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Radio hackers set off Dallas emergency sirens at midnight as a prank

Sooty
Joke

Re: Doesn't sound like an important newstory to me.

"I think you missed the part where my post was an obvious joke."

use the Joke icon? ----------------->

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Payday lender Wonga admits to data breach

Sooty

Re: Might be in for a shock

Alternatively, a nice list of mugs who are not very good with their money and are far more likely to fall for a scam.

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Uber wasn't to blame for robo-ride crash – or was it? Witness said car tried to 'beat the lights'

Sooty

Re: Uber driving definitely contributed

Accidents usually happen when

Collisions, the word accident implies no-one is to blame :)

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New plastic banknote plans now upsetting environmental campaigners

Sooty

How long does an animal have to be dead to satisfy Vegans?

Plastic is ultimately made from dead animals from millions of years ago...

I don't see a big difference between this and complaining about a few particles of tallow per note.

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iPhone-havers think they're safe. But they're not

Sooty

Any indication

if the IOS devices affected are rooted or not?

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Lloyds Banking Group to hang up on call centre staffers

Sooty

They outsourced to IBM once before, and brought it back when it was a complete and unmitigated disaster.

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Sooty

Don't forget the commitment to "Help Britain Prosper"

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Police Scotland and Accenture were at odds over ill-fated IT project i6

Sooty

If the Police say that every officer needs x, you base your costs on a guess there are 1,000 officers and it turns out there are 5,000, it's not the requirements that have changed.

the first question anyone competent should ask is, and how many officers, not just guess, then get that in the requirements. They should also ask about projected staffing increases over the next few years, at least over the run of the project.

My guess would be that they intentionally under quoted to win the contract, and were going to use change requests to bump the costs back up into profitability, but then found out that there weren't any/enough change requests to actually get the price up to where they could deliver without making a loss.

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Frustrated by reboot-happy Windows 10? Creators Update hopes to take away the pain

Sooty

Re: I don't understand....

the main annoyance I have is when I've left something downloading, that will take several hours, and I come back to it later to find it rebooted in the middle of it.

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UK credit broker fined £120k for spamming folk with five million texts

Sooty

Re: They will go bust in ......

...with the wife, brother in law, or cousin, etc. as the new company director.

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Vapists rejoice! E-cigs lower cancer risk (if you stop smoking, duh)

Sooty

Re: Marijuana delivery

You can still, just about, get CBD e-juices. but there has been a clampdown on them. You can no longer just buy them on Amazon, for example.

It was officially classified as medicinal, which meant you need an expensive dispensing licence to sell it, which put most places out of business.

I vape with them to help with my anxiety, but if it does become unavailable, i'll have to go back to NHS funded drugs.

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Sooty

there are loads of mods out there that look like pipes, from colourful aluminium to old fashioned wooden ones.

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Sooty

Re: This is all about carcinogen levels

"Propylene glycol and glycerin are indeed permitted food additives but they have not been 'officially approved' for vaporisation and inhaling"

As they are used as the delivery agent in asthma inhalers, I'd imagine they are fairly "officially approved" for inhaling.

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Who's behind the Kodi TV streaming stick crackdown?

Sooty

Re: Said it before, will say it again

There simply isn't enough time in the day to watch the 10% never mind the other 90%. The entire argument that I can't get X on service Y is bullshit. That you can't get steak and chips from a vegetarian restaurant, isn't an excuse to sneak into the local steakhouse and raid their freezers.

it depends on what you want to watch, I'ev only recently installed the plugins into Kodi to do this, but I've used it for a long time to stream from my NAS.

The other night I was reminded of an old film from the early 90's, looked up the name on imbd from the actor I remembered, searched and hit play, I was watching it a few minutes after the reminder.

There isn't a legal service in existence that provides this level of service and this wide range of content. No-one is suggesting you'll watch 100% of the content, or even 10% but if the specific thing you do want to watch is at your fingertips, from the moment you decide you want to watch it, that is incredible service.

Some of these films aren't even available on dvd/blu-ray! You want to watch the original starwars without all the cgi crap added to it, and you want to watch it now. you can!

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UK uni KCL spunks IT budget on 'reputation management' after IT disaster headlines

Sooty

Re: Blame

My experience of consultants is that they come in, speak to all the techies, write up what the techies have been telling management for years into a report, and submit it.

Management look at it and go, oh, that's what the techies have been saying, we really should implement that.

and never is the report heard from again! back to the status quo

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Coming to the big screen: Sci-fi epic Dune – no wait, wait, wait, this one might be good

Sooty

Re: SciFi Channel version

I was going to bring these up, they are actually pretty good, but do suffer a little from budget. It felt like the effects budget was blown very early on.

Otherwise a lot more faithful to the books that the Lynch version

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Felted! AI poker bot Libratus cleans out pros in grueling tournament, smugly trousers $1.8m

Sooty

not sure about this

Poker is a game of 2 halves, one half is playing the odds, which the AI can do very well, a lot better than any human.

Also there is playing the other players, intimidation, reactions etc. it's why online poker is so different to in person poker. I can't imagine the AI isn't going to take into account how the opponent places chips into the pot etc. It might analyse length of time, but it's not going to get clues about body language etc.

Yes you can consistently win money by just playing the odds, but it's called grinding for a reason.

Not only that, heads up is very different as well...

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Northumbria Uni fined £400K after boffin's bad math gives students a near-killer caffeine high

Sooty

Even with bar codes you can get doubled entries. The most interesting was a misread of the bar code that gave a more expensive product.

my favourite was a bottle of high end single malt, normally £35-£40 a bottle rang up at £18 at the till, the guy at the checkout was saying how expensive that was and was it really worth it drinking something that cost so much... I'd have run back and picked up 2-3 more bottles if I'd had the guts.

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Forget Tony Stark's Iron Man – exosuits of the future will be spandex

Sooty
Pint

They're techno-trousers, ex-NASA, fantastic for walkies!

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UK ISPs may be handed cock-blocking powers

Sooty
Joke

Don't forget the sick filth that is Nirvana's Nevermind album cover.

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Batman v Superman leads Razzie nominations

Sooty

Re: Actually "Zoolander 2" leads this year's Razzies...

Pretty sure I'm not alone, but I thought Affleck's portrayal of a jaded older Batman was the only redeeming feature of BvS.

After all the pre-movie flack he got, I thought he ended up doing a really good job of it, and I'm looking forward to the solo movie.

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Sooty

Re: Hamill owns Joker.

Hamill owns Jokers persona and voice so well, that Hamill deserves to be casted as Joker in movies.

it's why he was cast as the Trickster in the Flash, and even reprises the role in the new series. No-one should have to see Mark Hamill in a unitard and cape though.

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Annoyingly precocious teen who ruined Trek is now an asteroid

Sooty
Boffin

Re: Blame the EU?

He could have been speaking French, with a French accent, but the universal translator just made it sound like English :)

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El Reg drills into chatbot hype: The AIs that want to be your web butlers

Sooty
Coat

Re: I was quite interested in the Echo...

"So I stumped up £50 for a Dot and quickly found out that it is a pile of crap. It doesn't recognise half of what I ask it unless I talk to it like an utter simpleton, and only then if my question or request is worded in the way its algorithms are designed to process the input."

Have you considered hiring it out to work in an Indian call centre to make the money back?

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Power Systems running IBM's VIOS virtualisation need a patch and reboot

Sooty

Re: "So IBM's guidance guidance that will not go down well with users."

yup, patching and rebooting a machine that supports multiple services, even with multiple load balanced clones might be technically easy...

but the real world of big business usually requires you to fill out endless paperwork to try and explain what it is to non-techies, and to be able to prove beyond a doubt that the reboot itself, nor any patch activity, can possibly interfere with operations in any way.

generally you even have to get approval from god just to lower resiliency by taking a clone out for a short period. But that does all depend on your service levels and data criticality.

I'm sure the thought of creating change records and submitting them to a CAB don't fill all techies with dread, possibly.

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My fortnight eating Blighty's own human fart-powder

Sooty

Re: It use the COOL model (Cook Once Eat Lots) tm Me:-)

fry onion and garlic, but don't even bother browning the meat, just dust it in flower and chuck it in raw... It'll hold in the juice and thicken the stew.

You can usually buy a £1 bag of "seasonal veg" at the supermarket that has nearly everything you need for a 5 litre pot. I recommend a big ceramic lined cast iron jobbie.

chuck in various things from your cupboard to add flavour, stock cubes, salt pepper, herbs, Worchester sauce, tomato puree etc.

you don't even need to heat it to boiling, just add wine & stock, & bung in oven for 4 hours.

costs under a tenner (if you're cooking it for 4 hours, get cheap meat, it's far better for this sort of thing), tastes great and will make a lot of portions.

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The top doc, the FBI, the Geek Squad informant – and the child porn pic that technically wasn't

Sooty

Re: Chain of custody

I think the chain of custody isn't an issue here. Yes, once the machine was out of his control, then there is a very reasonable argument that the images weren't there before he handed it over.

however, he wasn't being done over that image, that was just to say "we have a suspicion" and used to get the warrant to investigate further and search the rest of his machines that presumably hadn't left his control.

No matter how bad or how much stuff had been on the laptop, I doubt they could have the slightest chance of prosecuting him successfully if they hadn't found anything else on his home kit.

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Reg man 0: Japanese electronic toilet 1

Sooty

Re: Izal

Not sure if it's the same stuff, but the toilet paper we had at school was basically a roll of greaseproof paper. Try to wipe with it, and it's halfway up your back before you can stop it, and no absorption at all.

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Toblerone's Brexit trim should be applied to bloatware

Sooty
Mushroom

Re: Mars

"At least they still MAKE them. The nickel Hershey bar disappeared nearly 50 years ago."

In fairness, anything that lowers the total global quantity of that substance, extruded from the Devil's anus, Hershey's sell as chocolate, has to be a good thing.

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Power to the (outsourced) people – globalisation starts small

Sooty

What is outsourcing about

You missed off the survey option for,

Getting some manager a big bonus by shuffling various budgets about to make it cost less in their particular area, while actually costing more overall.

I put it under "other"

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Boffins coax non-superconductive stuff into dropping the 'non'

Sooty

When I were a lad

Room temperature superconductors were the next big thing, that would change the world for the better. But after about 20 years of not happening it started to go quiet, then the next big thing came along, nanotechnology, and superconductors fell out of the public consciousness.

It's nice to know people re still trying.

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Uber, Lyft drivers shamed for 'racial bias' by uni eggheads

Sooty

Re: Dis Crimi-nation

"But if you ignore verifiable profiling trends of which race is only one of many then you also directly reduce your ability to target crime, terrorism, etc, etc"

As mentioned, race is only one of many attributes that people take into view when making a first impression, and even then it's not always a primary factor. The primary factors are usually the way someone acts, walks, talks, and dresses. Unfortunately some of these do correspond with the way different ethnicities dress and act, but are not exclusive. White people walking, talking and dressing in the same way are just as likely to be discriminated against.

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Squeaky bum time for Apple: It hasn’t made enough iPhone 7 Pluses

Sooty

from what i have heard

The 6s has had something of a resurgence, and people are wanting those more than the 7 while they can still get them.

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Finally, that tech fad's over: Smartwatch sales tank more than 50%

Sooty

I've tried to like smart watches, but I'm struggling.

My first foray into them was with a Samsung Gear Fit, which I really liked. it had a reasonable battery life of a few days, and let you do quite a bit with your phone. Unfortunately my Samsung phone broke, and I replaced it with an iPhone, the promised iPhone connectivity never appearing, so it was abandoned to my drawer of technology shame.

Much later, with the fitness band craze, I ended up getting a fitbit charge HR, which I really liked, despite a few issues. It did exactly what I wanted, tracked walking and heartrate (handy as I have heart issues) and told the time, which is sadly lacking from many fitness bands. It also, in theory, showed call notifications but that was a bit buggy. This was my 'watch' of choice for a long time, until the strap started falling apart.

I decided to take the plunge and get a new applewatch due to the aforementioned strap failure, thinking it would be an upgrade, but it's not. It collects all the same info, and has the same features and more, but it's a pain. I have to take it off and recharge it every day, so I can forget to put it on in a morning. I can't do sleep tracking while it's on the charger either. The notifications are handy, and I like the maps, but it's just too impractical to wear long term, as it's bulky and expensive to worry about. It also doesn't collate and present the data it collects in anything like a coherent way either, although I can buy a 3rd party app that would emulate most of what the fitbit app does.

I think I'm going to get one of the new fitbits as they have supposedly fixed the notification and strap issues on the newer model, and that was the best of all worlds for me. Not exactly a smart watch, but close enough.

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Kids today are so stupid they fall for security scams more often than greybeards

Sooty
Paris Hilton

Re: Turn on the kitchen light ...

The thought that I always fall back on is this

Think about how stupid the average person is, and then realise that means half the people you meet are even stupider than that.

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Star Trek Beyond: An unwatchable steaming pile of tribble dung

Sooty
Pint

Re: Nobody stopped and asked the question; 'Do we need to remake Star Trek?'

"Eric Banana?"

I believe He's the Wimp who lives in 29 Acacia Road

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UK's education system blamed for IT jobs going to non-Brits

Sooty

Re: Born out by experience

It's a vicious cycle, over the last 15 years, very large numbers of qualified and experienced IT staff have been let go and replaced by cheaper, practically unskilled, offshore labour. Who in their right mind would study and get IT qualifications knowing that they will be practically unemployable if they want a decent wage.

So now, we get the situation where people from overseas, of very variable quality, are employed because we don't have the skills locally (despite it only being a matter of a few months training with a decent person to get them to a superior level) but the skills aren't available locally only because the general perception is that all the jobs go to cheaper people overseas.

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Bloke flogs $40 B&W printer on Craigslist, gets $12,000 legal bill

Sooty

"Costello claims he didn't get the requests, but under Indiana law, as he didn't respond to the request within 30 days or attend a hearing on the matter, then the legal rule is that he admitted the liabilities and damages by default."

Shouldn't it just be a simple matter of asking for the signed proof of delivery. I mean, if you're sending legal requests that could be disputed in court, only a complete moron wouldn't send them in a fashion that had signed for proof of delivery.

or is there a further law that says, with no proof of even posting these things, we can assume you've received them a certain number of days after we claim they were sent.

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Shared services centres supposed to save £128m saved £0... and cost £4m

Sooty

"The programme will only achieve value for money in future if the Cabinet Office shows clear leadership"

Little chance of that happening then, you can't really expect clear leadership from the government.

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Manchester cops to strap on 3K bodycams

Sooty

Re: Sigh...

I have a gopro, with a 64gb micro sd card, it can store 9+ hours of 1080p video...

The battery only lasts about 3 though, I assume these have a larger battery than the tiny one in the gopro and would be fine for all day. There should be no real reason these couldn't be recording at all times while on duty, with plod having to report any breaks in the footage.

The turn on/off at the officers discretion is presumably so they don't have to record themselves taking a dump etc.

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The 'new' Microsoft? I still wouldn't touch them with a barge pole

Sooty

Re: I stopped using Redmond products in the year 2000.

"They make good mice and keyboards..."

They used to be the market leader in game controllers, until they canned the pc controller market to do xbox stuff that wasn't as good. There's nothing quite like a sidewinder force feedback joystick for certain types of games.

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