* Posts by Stuart Moore

136 posts • joined 8 May 2008


'Occult' text from Buffy The Vampire Slayer ep actually just story about new bus lane in Dublin

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Re: Dross?

I have also recently started a re-watch, and I'd agree it holds up well - far fewer jokes that now make you cringe than many other shows of the time. The first season is ok but the second is noticeably better when they've had a chance to work out what works.

We also decided to get the box set of Angel (spin off from season 3, I think) and watch them in parallel with the overlaps... Less convinced by Angel so far but it's not bad. Somewhere online there's a suggested watching order so that you don't get continuity out of order.

My 2019 resolution? Not to buy any of THIS rubbish

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Re: Hospitality sector had it coming

Our mortgage broker definitely found me a deal I wouldn't have found myself, probably saving thousands over the length of the mortgage, as well as explaining things like the way rates are calculated (e.g. your rate won't improve unless you can get your deposit above this level...).

Total cost to me? Zero! They did it based on commission from the building society (but still it was better than any rate I could find publicly). So as far as I'm concerned it was a win. The same person has also helped several friends and family too.

This was Nick at www.privatepremierfinance.co.uk - I hope the mods won't mind me posting that here.

Boeing 737 pilots battled confused safety system that plunged aircraft to their deaths – black box

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Re: Computer knows best?

Is there a valid case for an autopilot to have a height of zero feet? I'd have thought that should be a case of the autopilot refusing to engage. So not sure I'd call that just human error. Well, the programmer is human too I suppose...

Peers to HMRC: Digital tax reforms 3 days after Brexit? Hold your horses, how 'bout 3 years...

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Radio 4 moneybox

There was a Radio 4 Moneybox episode about this a few weeks ago, should be still there in the podcast. Most accurate thing was when this was all described as making tax difficult.

It sounds like the original plans might have been useful with extra detail, but now they're watered down to uselessness someone is insisting on going on to save face... Bloody politicans

Bright spark dev irons out light interference

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Re: I'm pleased he eventually found the cause of the problem

I'm glad he didn't need to resort to forgery

ZX Spectrum reboot latest: Some Vega+s arrive, Sky pulls plug, Clive drops ball

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Re: What we need

It's debates like the above that make me wish I wasn't (slightly) too young to have had them in real time. More of this kind of thing!

Visa fingers 'very rare' data centre switch glitch for payment meltdown

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Re: VISA Crimes

I recently got a metrobank debit card for a trip abroad, and it made life a lot easier. No fee for transactions abroad, and they're a mastercard debit. I like having one each of visa and mastercard, with different banks, just in case this happens.

HTC U12+: Like a Pixel without the pratfalls, or eye-watering price tag

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No Headphone Jack, No Sale

You forgot to mention, but there's no headphone jack (according to https://www.techadvisor.co.uk/new-product/mobile-phone/htc-u12-plus-3664388/ )

Shame as there does appear to be an SD card (had to look at https://www.engadget.com/2018/05/22/htc-leaks-flagship-u12-plus/?guccounter=1 to find that!)

Gmail is secure. Netflix is secure. Together they're a phishing threat

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email verification?

Does Netflix not require some kind of email verification? I can't see how this would work without the scammer first getting the mark to tell Netflix this is a valid email address

SpaceX to try reusing both rocket and spacecraft for historic ISS mission

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Re: Hope they include

The lack of an up may also be an issue

'Sticky runway' closes Canadian airport

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Re: CFB Goose Bay

The musical is "Come from Away" and I've enjoyed listening to it - I think the whole thing is on Spotify. Hopefully it'll make it to the UK.

Dumb bug of the week: Outlook staples your encrypted emails to, er, plaintext copies when sending messages

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Normally I'm all for bug hunters giving software companies time to fix before going public...

... But in this case given how easy the exploit is, and how far removed from the intended functionality, I can't help wondering if disclosing earlier would have been better so people could avoid sending more unencrypted emails that they believed were encrypted

BOFH: That's right. Turn it off. Turn it on

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Re: do not enter the hypen!

Credit card numbers are up to 19 digits, although I'll admit that most uk ones are 16


Atlassian wants you to put all your eggs in one Bitbucket and beyond

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Atlassian a mixed bag

Jira is pretty good, and bitbucket is fine. Bamboo I've found frustrating as you can't prioritise certain builds, or trigger builds by a pull request being created. Fisheye/crucible is pretty terrible, it's very hard to get it to do anything and the UI is really confusing.

But there are very basic, popular feature requests being ignored, e.g. http://jira.atlassian.com/browse/JSWSERVER-9167

Beeb hands £560m IT deal to Atos. Again

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Re: Who created the rules Atos is operating under?

I'm afraid it's all true. Nothing to do with the NHS (benefits are handled by a different government department) but yes there are countless stories of atos assessors writing stuff in reports without asking the interviewee or having any way to know.

The other bit of stupidity - this is costing more than it saves.

Someone is doing very well out of it.

Uber is a taxi company, not internet, European Court of Justice advised

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And to "United" right now...

What should password managers not do? Leak your passwords? What a great idea, LastPass

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Re: Fuck LogMeIn.

That's my password too. Works well with speech to text.

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Re: Local storage for passwords

This is where keepass works well. I can have a keyfile that I manually install on the devices I want to have access as a one time action (never stored in the cloud). So the file in dropbox is useless without both that key file and my password. But if I add a password on my phone it syncs to my desktop.

'At least I can walk away with my dignity' – Streetmap founder after Google lawsuit loss

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To be fair

He could have assumed Kate was short for Bob

Did you know? The FBI investigated Gamergate. Now you can read the agents' thrilling dossier

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Re: El'Reg is represented as a media website.?!

Rare that amanfrommars is one of the more sensible posts on a topic...

ODFO to those denying harassment is a problem

Terry Pratchett's self-written documentary to be broadcast in 2017

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Re: Being Rational

You'll enjoy it. But trust me you'll need tissues.

Banks 'not doing enough' to protect against bank-transfer scams

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Re: There's a bit of commonality here - email

I agree completely - something that gives you some detail on the other end of the account before you click yes. E.g. "Please confirm you want to send money to Bodgeit and Scarper builders". If you send money via mobile phone to someone's number, you get that.

If the owner of the account doesn't match what you're expecting, it gives you a 2nd thought. And if the scammers are going as far as getting the name to match the company they're impersonating, it's an extra thing where the bank ought to pick them up on it.

Spinal Tap’s bass player sues former French sewer

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Re: It just seems a bit rich to me.

On the other hand, I can see the argument that he's taking one for the team here. He doesn't need to care about rocking the boat - if he gets black listed, so what - but if it's proven that the accounting practices were shady it makes it easier for "the little guy" to get their shares as well.

I don't know for certain that he's got good intentions here, but I do know that the people he's taking on don't...

Ye Bug List

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The mobile site doesn't have a way to get to the article comments. The comments are a big part of the appeal of the site, please link to them from the mobile site

Come in HTTP, your time is up: Google Chrome to shame leaky non-HTTPS sites from January

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So, does this mean

... that The Register will finally support HTTPS?

Lester Haines: RIP

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He had a real way with words and a sense of humour. One of the reasons I kept coming back here. My condolences to his family. You don't need telling that he was a top bloke, but I hope it helps a little to know that lots of us saw that too.

So long and thanks for all the fish.

Time for a patch: six vulns fixed in NTP daemon

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Re: setting the wrong time

If it means that the computer thinks all its certificates have expired, it can refuse to connect to other machines - so it's potentially able to take down a server. Think ransom attack rather than stealing credit cards.

Blah Blah blah ... I don't care! To hell with your tech marketing bull

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This is why I come here

Well written. You cut through all the bullshit and that's why I come here. Keep biting the hand that feeds IT.

Really sorry for your loss.

My devil-possessed smartphone tried to emasculate me

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Re: WiFi calling

Three's won't work on dual sim phones. I assume someone hardcoded something. Grr

France joins India in telling Facebook to just Zuck off

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Only if that account has connected to that PC before. Try a new private browsing window.

We can't all live by taking in each others' washing

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Frequently I disagreed with him - but working out why was part of the fun. If you aren't prepared to be challenged then the Sun is that way ->

Devious Davros, tricksy Missy and Dalek Clara delight in The Witch's Familiar

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Re: Michelle Gomez for...

She is also awesome in Green Wing, which is (I think) available from Channel 4 on demand (or whatever they call it these days).

Auto erotica bonk shocker: ja das ist gut, say 56% of Germans

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Re: Oh really

Or alternatively they did it in their youth and the questions didn't specify a time. (I can imagine that back then it was more common than now as sex before marriage was more frownrd upon)

Stuart Moore

Re: Wobbly

Are you asking if she had his Waddon?

Stop forcing benefits down my throat and give me hard cash, dammit

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Re: Great idea!


You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means

Stuart Moore

If statutory holiday was reduced then the people at the bottom of the pile would be exploited - since there are some overheads to having more employees doing doing the same number of total hours, it's cheaper to have fewer people doing longer hours, so companies will push for it. Those who are skilled (like most Register readers) have flexibility here so can insist on better terms, but the people at the bottom of the pile will get exploited, and that's not a society I want to live in.

There are possibly also other benefits that are harder to measure - ensuring people have some time off will benefit their health and so reduce the drain on the nhs/incapacity benefit in the future.

That said more flexibility is useful. My current company ignores bank holidays- you get an equivalent amount of annual leave, you can take it on the bank holidays or at another time, great for taking time off when it's cheaper to go on holiday. My previous one let you buy or sell up to to a week of leave (although when when I went to buy some they looked at me surprised as they were so used to people being overworked and selling some of their leave)

I disagree with the article, but it's good to be challenged as to why I do, more of this sort of thing.

'The server broke and so did my back on the flight to fix it'

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"That plan was derailed by a request to visit a new plant because the CEO would be there."

... wait, what? Why on earth did someone think that was a useful use of your time?

I'm not calling you a liar, but I am trying to understand the logic that goes "We need you to go out and fix this server ASAP.... but first go on a site visit you're blatantly not needed for since you happen to be passing"

Why OH WHY did Blighty privatise EVERYTHING?

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Interesting as ever.

Was hoping you would go more into the detail of how British Rail got broken up into its current structure, and how there the government keeps dictating what can be done, how many and what type of trains can be bought... it seems like there we have the worst possible structure. ROSCOs that own the trains budget their leasing costs to pay back the purchase price over 5 years of a projected 30 year life, and then happily take the profits for the rest - and the TOCs can't shop around as they don't have the freedom. That's what angers me, thst we have a combination of all the bad bits of privatisation with all of the bad bits of government ownership.

Reg scribe feels disturbance in the force at secret Empire Strikes Back screening

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Re: I'm guessing that I'm expected to either know what Secret Cinema is....

Or read the article and infer from what's there. Or get on with your life without posting silly comments.

Nokia to LG: You want our smartphone IP? Alright, you got it

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Picture fail...

There's an Ericsson phone there! (with the flip)

Rand Paul stages Senate filibuster against Patriot Act

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Video autoplayed no my phone. Stop it! The rest of my train didn't need to hear that

ISS 'naut: How we collect our POO and DROP it FLAMING on hapless Earthlings

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Re: Seems Wasteful

See the book "The Martian" by Andy Weir for a discussion of this as part of a great sci-fi novel. Definitely worth a read!

So what would the economic effect of leaving the EU be?

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The EU has given us a lot of things that may not show up on the economic radar but make a difference to people. E.g. the EU is big enough to force airlines to pay compensation for late/cancelled flights. Good luck forcing that through as a country on your own.

Also remember the original reaaon for the EU, avoiding war. I worry that if it breaks up then a decade or 2 later someone will have a pop. That scares me more than many other things.

Major London rail station reveals system passwords during TV documentary

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Re: Red herrings.

Hopefully "Password1" is "complicated password number 1 from the list you have to memorise and not write down" rather than literally "Password1"

Apple Watch HATES tattoos: Inky pink sinks rinky-dink sensor

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Re: Hardly a bug, is it...

> Remember your body is a temple.

I have the body of a god.

Unfortunately it's Buddha

Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Tortilla de patatas

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just checking

You are frying both the potatoes and the onions, before adding the egg?

Might have to try this.

Easy ... easy ... Aw CRAP! SpaceX rocket ALMOST lands on ocean hoverbase

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I blame the software...

... I heard it was a floating point error

Stress me, test me, vex me ... boffins seek Hall Effect in frustrated magnets

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Re: C42 Quantum Communication Control Systems ..... AI@ITsWork

This is a good time to mention that I like the way that the article authors often join in the comments.

Photo finesse: Eyefi Mobi Pro Wi-Fi SD card

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Re: Yay

My gopro already comes with wifi-handy to connect to a tablet and review on a bigger screen.

Microsoft drops Do Not Track default from Internet Explorer

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Re: DNT = AdBlock Plus

I put up without AdBlockPlus for a while (websites have to pay their costs) - until I had too many ads with autoplaying video and audio; that is not on. Even worse than the horrible ones that expand as you're reading down the page. AdBlockPlus is back and helps a lot.

So sorry those who want to advertise; a few of you have ruined it for the rest of you.


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