* Posts by Dick Kennedy

28 posts • joined 27 May 2008

Microsoft hopes it has a sequel better than Godfather Part II: SQL Server 2019 previewed

Dick Kennedy

You realise Godfather II was brilliant, right? It was Godfather III that sucked the big one. If you're going to try to be clever with movie references, at least get them right.

A story of M, a failed retailer: We'll give you a clue – it rhymes with Charlie Chaplin

Dick Kennedy

Holy crap, that was boring...

NASA finds satellite, realises it has lost the software and kit that talk to it

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The aliens have switched it back on!

PowerShell comes to MacOS and Linux. Oh and Windows too

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Great - now we can have fileless malware running or more platforms. After all, PowerShell is the choice of hackers everywhere...

Behold iOS 11, an entirely new computer platform from Apple

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So is this how the Reg does things now? Next: why Windows 10 is crap (on a 486).

Apocalypse now: Ad biz cries foul over Apple's great AI cookie purge

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mark I - the Safari thing is about third party cookies, not the cookies Amazon sets itself when you visit the site (although Amazon also uses browser data). This move won't affect your logged-in status at Amazon. What it does affect is Amazon's ability to track your movements around the web using third-party cookies set when you visit *other* sites.

Sacre bleu! Apple's high price, marginal gain iPhone strategy leaves it stuck in the mud

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Well, the Reg has been wrong pretty much every time it writes about Apple - starting here: https://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/12/23/iphone_will_fail/

If you want a balanced, insightful and unbiased view about Apple you have to look - well, pretty much anywhere else.

US Navy suffers third ship collision this year

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Re: Well if the US ships want the Chinese to keep out of the way

With the FItzgerald, the radar track actually shows the freighter doing all its course changes *after* the collision. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/06/18/world/asia/path-ship-hit-uss-fitzgerald.html?mcubz=1

From landslide to buried alive: Why 2017 election forecasts weren't wrong

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The polls in France have been very accurate, in both rounds of the presidential election and the first round of the general election.

Julian Assange wins at hide-and-seek game against Sweden

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Sounds like the US grand jury finally got its act together. I suspect the US Justice Dept has asked Sweden to stand down, thereby removing its prior claim over Assange. With that complexion, he's not going to look good in orange.

Another ZX Spectrum modern reboot crowdfunder pops up

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This isn't a flash-in-the-pan project like so many others on Kickstarter. This project has a long history, including sales of bare-board versions. So it's actually a proven design with an existing user base (albeit small) that is now getting a fancy case.

RAF pilot sacked for sending Airbus Voyager into sudden dive

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You need to fix either the headline or the story - they don't agree about the prison sentence.

Inside our three-month effort to attend Apple's iPhone 7 launch party

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Hey, do you know what's "pathetically petty"? You guys banging on about how Apple doesn't like you, year after year. But at least you don't let it bias your coverage. Oh wait, you do. Weren't you guys journalists once?

Nasty session stealing hole filled in WordPress All in One SEO plugin

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Is this story out of date? My sites all already show the plugin at version 2.3.7, and they haven't been updated recently...

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

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Oh, and what about the press releases boasting that Company X (which you've never heard of) has made it into the Gartner Magic Quadrant - as if anyone gives a flying toss about the Magic Quadrant - or Gartner, for that matter. Or Company Y achieving ISO 27001, to which the only possible alternative response to 'Who gives a slippery shit?' is, 'Seriously? You didn't already have that?'. And don't get me started on the, 'Malcolm Insignificant, Chief Bloviating Officer of Irrelevant Software is in London next week and this is a great opportunity for a one-to-one where you can ask him how great it must be to be him', to which I always reply, "Really? In London? That's great. I'll be in Paris.'

Sorry about the cat.

The Police Chief's photo library mixed business, pleasure and flesh

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Re: My favorite floppy story...

Back in the 1980s, MicroPro was so sick of people pirating WordStar that they had an amnesty. You could send in a copy of the program and it would be issued with a licence for a nominal fee. One person sent in a 5.25in floppy with a note *stapled* to it: "Please take care of this - it's my only copy of the program". Which is dumb on several levels...

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How could that happen?

I was once asked by some friends to look at their computer, as its Internet connection was very slow. They'd left the machine with a mate who was house-sitting for them for a few months. I could see from the connection monitor that whenever the machine was online (this was dialup days) there was a *lot* of outgoing traffic. Sure enough, the machine was infected with a nasty virus, which took me the best part of a day to eradicate (lots of Registry editing). "How could this have happened?" they asked. I pointed to about a dozen icons on the desktop, all of them shortcuts to various porn sites. I didn't mention what I'd found in certain folders. Those I'd discreetly removed...

What the world really needs: A telescopic SELFIE STICK

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Not original...

Minolta had this idea back in the 1980s. It launched a compact disc camera (remember those?). It came with a screw-on telescopic arm. In those pre-digital, pre-screen days, to help you compose the shot, there was a small mirror mounted on the front of the camera. This was tinted slightly pink because that makes ladies feel better about how they look (allegedly).

MSX: The Japanese are coming! The Japanese are coming!

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MSX Computing and What MSX? did not publish in alternate months. What MSX? was bi-monthly but MSX Computing was a monthly. I only know because I worked on the damn thing.

Ten ancestors of the netbook

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Quaderno - good for two weeks

I was at the Quaderno launch in Italy and got given one of the machines. Loved it and used it extensively until, inevitably (given that it was Italian), it broke. That was a fun two weeks. I didn't know a single journo from that launch whose Quaderno didn't break. In some cases, they found the machines broken by the time they got back from Italy. The screen had a very thin glass covering that would crack if there was a light breeze, or an 'R' in the month. Otherwise a fine attempt.

Patrick Moore: Lived with cats, accompanied Einstein on the piano

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The man was an unrepentant bigot. He though women had no place being on TV - and if they had to be, should have a TV channel of their own. Also a thorough-going racist, by all accounts (and I'm talking of accounts by people I know who met him and had the misfortune to know him reasonably well).

What he did, he did well. He's left a great legacy in terms of inspiring people in the realm of science and astronomy. But as a person, no great loss...

Lindsay Lohan storm over Hitler, Hurricane tweets: 'It was hackers'

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She should change her password - to one she can't remember. Then we'd all be spared her drivel.

Surface RT: Freedom luvin' app-huggers beware

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Re: thinking ahead

Except that when you're holding the device, you presumably need to hold it angled backwards, when it will pick up annoying reflections of sky or overhead lights.

JK Rowling's adult novel arrives on ebook full of FAIL

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This excuse about VAT driving the cost of ebooks up is nonsense. Yes, VAT must be charged. But the ex-VAT cost of the ebook should be much lower to start with. There's no printing, no raw materials, no distribution costs (shipping and storage), no pulping of unsold copies, etc etc. The production cost of ebooks is a tiny fraction of that of print books. This is about publishers gouging the public.

WikiLeaks readies next release

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Important but annoying

Wikileaks is an important medium for information that would otherwise be suppressed. It's just a shame that, while providing a valuable service, Assange devotes so much time to behaving like a dickhead. Mostly, I find his attitude merely immature. The approach of 'information must be free at all costs' is the kind of naive tosh you'd expect of an undergraduate. I'm looking forward to the day that Assange grows up - then he'll do something really useful.

Acrobatic pilot survives loss of wing

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Parachutes - a bad idea

Iglethal has it right. Also, ballistic chutes encourage people to take the easy way out when it would actually be <i>safer</i> to fly on. Poor weather is a good example.

Is the Rans S9 actually approved for aerobatics? Looks like the wing folder under negative-g, so the pilot may have been overdoing it.

Full-body scanner blind to bomb parts

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What the scanners are really looking for

Maybe the scanners can't detect combustibles, but they're finding something far more sinister. Check this out:


Phoenix beams back Martian postcards

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They're finding more than they expected

NASA finds Bible on Mars!!


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