* Posts by IHateWearingATie

644 posts • joined 2 Jun 2008

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Far-right leader walks free from court after conviction for refusing to hand his phone passcode over to police

IHateWearingATie

Re: Why didn't they use s 49 RIPA?

My guess is because section 7 is looser than the limits placed under 49 (3) of RIPA:

A disclosure requirement in respect of any protected information is necessary on grounds falling within this subsection if it is necessary—

(a)in the interests of national security;

(b)for the purpose of preventing or detecting crime; or

(c)in the interests of the economic well-being of the United Kingdom.

versus (from schedule 7):

An examining officer who questions a person under paragraph 2 may, for the purpose of determining whether he falls within section 40(1)(b)—

(a)search the person;

(b)search anything which he has with him, or which belongs to him, and which is on a ship or aircraft;

(c)search anything which he has with him, or which belongs to him, and which the examining officer reasonably believes has been, or is about to be, on a ship or aircraft;

Tech's Volkswagen moment? Trend Micro accused of cheating Microsoft driver QA by detecting test suite

IHateWearingATie
Go

Re: Petty or Pedant?

Never apologise for pedantry on El Reg. It's what we thrive on.

Britain has no idea how close it came to ATMs flooding the streets with free money thanks to some crap code, 1970s style

IHateWearingATie
Joke

Re: Experienced tester.

"Users have a habit of using software in ways the designers never thought of."

Yeah, the bastards.

Bloody users, fouling up my elegant software with their 'requirements' and 'needs'.

ICANN finally halts $1.1bn sale of .org registry, says it's 'the right thing to do' after months of controversy

IHateWearingATie

Re: Shame on you, Kieren

This looked to me like an insider deal to asset strip the registry, nothing more.

Nothing about the ownership, this was about a former CEO of ICANN looking like he was unfairly making a quick buck (actually a lot more than that!).

Academics demand answers from NHS over potential data timebomb ticking inside new UK contact-tracing app

IHateWearingATie
Mushroom

This is typical public sector thinking - great being the enemy of good.

The extra information they are after will be very very useful in lots of situations, but they have missed the glaring issue of privacy. It could cause far fewer people to sign up, meaning that it misses what it is meant to do in the first place (apparently you need at least 60% of the population to use it for it to be effective), and we can pretty much guarantee some kind of snafu to allow access to the data for people we don't want to access it.

Most frustrating.

Dumpster diving to revive a crashing NetWare server? It was acceptable in the '90s

IHateWearingATie
Devil

Re: A long time ago

Too true - if a bodge job seems to work, the attention of management moves on and a temporary hack held together with (literally in this case) blu tack soon becomes the new normal.

I'd never have been guilty of that .......

In case you need more proof the world's gone mad: Behold, Apple's $699 Mac Pro wheels

IHateWearingATie

Re: Re Cycle Wheels

"Rule #5 motherfuckers" is heard often in our office full of MAMILs

Microsoft attempts to up its Teams game with new features while locked-down folk flock to rival Zoom... warts and all

IHateWearingATie

Multiple accounts!

"Next up is the common requirement to log into multiple accounts, trivial with Slack. "

I need this. As with most Microsoft things, it doesn't quite work right when you are working on a laptop linked via active directory linked to my employer, but trying to access mail, MS Teams etc via a log in that my client has given me. This has never quite worked for web access (weird behaviour when clicking links etc) and now the same thing is happening in Teams, where even if I create a meeting request in my client account, behind the scenes MS Teams thinks that it is linked to my employer's AD account.

Frustrating.

(My employer uses Slack rather than Teams - first time I opened it was when I started working with my current client!)

UK big five carriers bin wired broadband download quotas for as long as we're all stuck indoors

IHateWearingATie
Stop

There's huge difference between 'essential' and give it away for free.

The Labour proposal (free broadband for everyone) was a waste of public money and was rightly scoffed at.

Google reveals the wheels almost literally fell off one of its cloudy server racks

IHateWearingATie

"A stepfather could indeed be younger than their own stepson."

See? Richard here gets it!

Every single scenario you can imagine exists out there somewhere!

IHateWearingATie
Devil

I was working on the national insurance system in the early 2000s - we had 70 million people records (as pensions for live people sometimes rely on those who are not), and the saying was that one in a million possibilities happen 70 times in a single batch run, so we had to really think through the code design.

Have 15 slots for children in your database design? There's always a family with more kids than slots so the design needs to be different.

Don't expect numbers in a name? One idiot changed his middle name to his national insurance number.

Only one spouse? Bigamists pay national insurance like the rest of us. Can't just dump out an error there and crash the batch job.

The list was endless - it taught me that whatever screwy situation you can imagine definitely exists out there in more numbers than you can imagine!

Can you hear me now? Roadtesting Anker's first Bluetooth speakerphone

IHateWearingATie
Coat

Re: a touch bigger than a hockey puck

Maybe El Reg should add 'urinal cake' to the range of acceptable measures?

Admittedly not helpful for those readers who don't use urinals, but they could suggest a suitable alternative.

Ofcom measured UK's 5G radiation and found that, no, it won't give you cancer

IHateWearingATie
Mushroom

5G is 5 times more dangerous

Its in the title of the technology, how can you not see? 5G = 5 times more dangerous, 5 times more radiation!

You'll be sorry The Register, when your hamsters get cancer and your arm hair all falls out.

A 5G transmitter turned on near me and I haven't slept since - symptoms are profuse sweating, anxiety, lack of appetite and my dog won't stop howling at the moon.

If that's not evidence, I don't know what is.

The self-disconnecting switch: Ghost in the machine or just a desire to save some cash?

IHateWearingATie
IT Angle

Re: I don't remember though if it was 2.40 or 1.40

"But I do remember that it had a heart of chrome, and a voice like a horny angel."

Have an upvote for maybe the first instance of a Meatloaf quote sneaked in on the Reg forums?

All that Samsung users found on UK website after weird Find my Mobile push notification was... other people's details

IHateWearingATie
WTF?

What is odd for me is that not only had I disabled that app, I don't think I even have a Samsung account!

Elon Musk shows world that he is truly awful at something

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Terrible

I'm a fan of this kind of EDM and listen to it a lot.

That is terrible.

And then there were two: HMS Prince of Wales joins Royal Navy

IHateWearingATie
Mushroom

Re: Air Cover?

Never, thanks to a combination of stupidity in MoD's procurement department and larceny by the ship builders. We're stuck with two floating gin palaces as they don't have cats and traps, so we have to buy the massively complex and expensive F-35B VTOL capable plane, rather than a mixture of expensive and cheaper fixed wing aircraft.

And don't get me started on the lack of radar aircraft that can use it (again because of the lack of cats and traps). - even an old P-3C Oriion would be better than using either a helicopter or basically having to sail with the Americans using their E-2C Hawkeyes..

We've found it... the last shred of human decency in an IT director – all for a poxy Unix engineer

IHateWearingATie
Devil

I refused to give the name

Someone working for me caused a data breach incident once - I didn't name them in the ensuing shitstorm as it was a mistake borne of too much work, too little sleep and lots of pressure.

I figured I was going soft that day, as my usual approach is not just to drop them in in it, but randomly ensure the blame lands on others as well a a bit of collateral damage. Always helps to keep the troops on their toes.

I don't just climb the greasy pole, I attach landmines to make sure no one else follows me up it :)

Don't look too closely at what is seeping out of the big Dutch pipe

IHateWearingATie

My first role was in 2nd line support in the late nineties. The company in question had invested in mobile phones that you could connect to the laptops for dial up access on the go - mostly for the sales force to connect to the lotus notes based sales system (connect, replicate, disconnect - I loved Lotus Notes), but also for some of the senior execs.

Helpdesk had been speaking to one user about some trouble dialling up from his mobile and couldn't diagnose it over the phone so it was dropped off at my desk. I fixed it (probably some driver issue, can't really remember) and opened the internet browser to do some testing, thinking I would click on Favourites to pick a couple of websites that the user has to ensure that it works. As a niave 21 year old I never realised that Nylon Fetish was a thing - my first exposure to the maxim that if you have a thing, there is probably a website for it. Hastily closed the browser and spoke to my boss about what to do. Turned out the user was the global head of Legal, and was advised by my boss to delete the favourites and forget all about what I'd seen. Wise words I suspect.

In Hemel Hempstead, cycling is as bad as taking a leak in the middle of the street

IHateWearingATie

Re: Despite the completely empty cycle route

Bunhill Row at the edge of the City of London is a one way street with two way cycle route on it. Unfortunately the signage and road painting was sporadic and awful (it could be they have improved it) so a pedestrian would just assume its a one way street and possibly not look both ways before crossing (its a cut through down from silicon roundabout with not a lot of traffic. I would call it quiet but a ruddy great tower is being built there so its anything by quiet!

The time a Commodore CDTV disc proved its worth as something other than a coaster

IHateWearingATie
Facepalm

Re: hmm

I once had an argument with Brent council as to whether my flat had been demolished. To build a new supermarket a few houses had been demolished, and the supermarket had built a small block of 6 flats to replace them. However, Brent Council hadn't updated their records (bearing in mind the flats had been there for at least 2 years when I moved in) - hence a somewhat bemusing conversation when I tried to register for council tax where I was insisting that I would definitely noticed if I was living in a pile of rubble.

Rise of the Machines hair-raiser: The day IBM's Dot Matrix turned

IHateWearingATie

Re: Let's face it, who amongst us hasn't lost a tie to the...

...see my username.

Luckily not worked at a client that has needed a tie for ages

Virgin Media promises speeds of 1Gpbs to 15 million homes – all without full fibre

IHateWearingATie

I'm pretty much stuck with Virgin for the moment given how far I am away from the BT cabinet - they estimate between 20 and 30 Mbit which could be eaten by one 4k iPlayer stream (watching the throughput with 4k Wimbledon, I saw it averaging 35-40Mbit)

Virgin service has been pretty good for me so far, although with all the price rises it's become quite expensive. I need to ring up and have a moan again.

A real head-scratcher: Tech support called in because emails 'aren't showing timestamps'

IHateWearingATie

Also so this first hand - old school sales exec in 1998, his secretary printed all emails for him that he annotated for secretary to then reply to. Emails stored in filing cabinet in his office.

To be fair he was probably a couple of years off retirement so wanted to work in the same way he always had, and was senior enough to make it happen

Amazon consumer biz celebrates ridding itself of last Oracle database with tame staff party... and a Big Red piñata

IHateWearingATie
Devil

"So, is Amazon going to be flogging off little used Oracle licenses "

Given this is Oracle, I can imagine not just that there is a clause preventing reassignment, but also the ability to claim ownership of your first born child if you have the temerity to try and leave them

HP deployed 'Truth Squad' in post-Autonomy PR blitz to defend Meg Whitman

IHateWearingATie

"I cannot believe some of the absurd and ridiculous comments on here"

Clearly you're not someone who visits here often....

P30 pic pyrotechnics in Paris: That's one Huawei to set the smartphone world alight

IHateWearingATie

Re: 50x optical zoom?

"[*] Surely we must have reached the peak of tagging everything which uses an algorithm as "AI"?"

Nowhere close. Only once Walkers start talking about AI controlled machines cooking their crisps will we be there.

IHateWearingATie

Re: Have to agree

I want a company to highlight how good phone cameras are at taking pictures of scribbles on whiteboards, as that would cover a good 15% of all the pictures I take on my phone.

Croydon school rolling in toilet roll after Brexit gift deemed unfit for the Queen's Anus Horribilis

IHateWearingATie

Re: schools

"Does the UK have the teenage custom of "TP"ing the house of someone unpopular or otherwise conspicuous?"

Nope - rains far too much for that. The unfortunate recipient of the TP'ing would just wait a few hours for the inevitable deluge to wash it all away.

College student with 'visions of writing super-cool scripts' almost wipes out faculty's entire system

IHateWearingATie

Re: I rebooted the universe...

…. or just give the ants some jam to eat

Customer: We fancy changing a 25-year-old installation. C'mon, it's just one extra valve... Only wafer thin...

IHateWearingATie
Mushroom

Re: Line editor without echo...

A mere bunker will not be enough to save EMACS supporters from the cleansing holy fire!

(Of course VIM is actually the chosen one, but we'll deal with the Vi heretics later)

Spooky! Solar System's Planet NINE could be discovered in the next NINE years (plus one to six), say astroboffins

IHateWearingATie
Boffin

Stuff the impact on astronomy if planet nine is found, think of the HUGE impact on astrology. All the charts would have to be re-written!

This could explain why, despite me being on the cusp of Cancer / Leo, I've always thought of myself as more of a Gemini. I always thought it was the influence of Jupiter and Mars rising, but clearly this unknown planet is causing the disconnect.

I sense an opportunity to make money from suck..... sorry, I mean the spiritually aware....

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

IHateWearingATie
Mushroom

Re: I've yet to hear of an actual, real application of blockchain

"And, if Oracle is offering it, you can be almost certain it's something you neither need nor want."

Ah, the kiss of death for any technology

Techie finds himself telling caller there is no safe depth of water for operating computers

IHateWearingATie
Pint

Reminds me of one of the best commentard stories I've ever read:

https://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/all/2016/04/29/an_ethernet_switch_under_a_beer_tap_what_could_go_wrong/#c_2851889

Suunto settles scary scuba screwup for $50m: 'Faulty' dive computer hardware and software put explorers in peril

IHateWearingATie
Pint

AHA!

Its been 10 years since my last dive (bloody kids stopped all that fun) over the years I had a Suunto Stinger, Vyper and Vytec but I knew there was a reason I never trusted those wireless cylinder pressure guages !

Towards the end of my time diving it was still all done manually (custom cut tables, electronic depth gauge and timer - one main and one spare) as there weren't cheap and reliable computers that could do multiple gases for decompression. I seem to remember there were a few but cost £500 or so and were generally used with rebreathers.

And lo! Tim Cook becometh tech Jesus. But with more awards

IHateWearingATie
Gimp

And you wonder why they continue to not invite you to their launch events....

Reverse Ferret! Forget what we told you – the iPad isn't really for work

IHateWearingATie

Re: Changed the ink .....

Touché :)

IHateWearingATie
Trollface

Re: Horses for courses

"Where I'm different is that I use my mobile phone for telephone calls!"

Changed the ink in your typewriter recently Grandad?

Bright spark dev irons out light interference

IHateWearingATie

Re: Have you ever put something apparently useless to good use?

@Smudge

Good point. I shall mildly chastise myself (after all, it's not an apostrophe crime) next to the perfectly aligned wheelie bins forthwith.

Hopefully the next-but-one neighbours are watching and take note of the good example I'm setting.

IHateWearingATie
Mushroom

Re: Have you ever put something apparently useless to good use?

Extra lashes with the cat o' nine tails for wilful rather than mistaken misuse!

I bet you don't even use your wheelie bins and just leave rubbish sacks next to them.

IHateWearingATie

Re: Have you ever put something apparently useless to good use?

Nope, downvote for OP and downvote for you as well. Misuse of apostrophe is the only crime I'll countenance flogging for.

And maybe my next-door-but-one neighbours who keep their wheelie bins at the end of their drive but never leave them properly in line with each other.

In news that will shock absolutely no one, America's cellphone networks throttle vids, strangle rival Skype

IHateWearingATie
Pint

Re: REAL Net Neutrality Is Specific To Non-Cellphone Internet Access

Ah, this would be one of the net neutrality mouth frothers that the article mentioned then....

Has science gone too far? Now boffins dream of shining gigantic laser pointer into space to get aliens' attention

IHateWearingATie
Pint

As long as they shape the platform the laser is mounted on to look like a shark, then I'm in. Where's the crowd funding page?

Stroppy Google runs rings round Brussels with Android remedy

IHateWearingATie

Re: UK needs the EU

@Jemma

All of which is extremely interesting.... *cough*...., but none of which addresses my very short and directed comment that you were wrong when we said you wouldn't find that zyklon B was invented by a German Jew on Google. I did. It was the first result. The very first one. Not that hard to check, really.

I wonder how that might affect a reader's view of the veracity of the rest of your statements? Or certainly how unpleasant you are in your communications on the internet.

IHateWearingATie
FAIL

Re: UK needs the EU

@Jemma

"You won't find this on Google either - this little nugget has been kept *extremely* quiet as it doesn't fit with the narrative"

Erm, googling "inventor zyklon B" provides as the FIRST entry a BBC News website article from 2011 on this chap explaining all about him inventing it (seems he was the Harber from the Harber Bosch process).

Is that *extremely quiet* ?

Our brave El Reg vulture sat through four days of Oracle OpenWorld to write this cracking summary just for you

IHateWearingATie
Mushroom

Given their worse-than-usual licencing antics at a previous client, they'd have to work pretty hard to make it to even the long list of providers for any projects I work on.

I'm used to companies taking the biscuit, but Oracle took the biscuit tin, the kitchen table and the car outside as well.

Cops called after pair enter Canadian home and give it a good clean

IHateWearingATie
Pint

Re: Mistakes Happen

Exactly this happened to us, though it was a few repairs rather than a full replacement. Came back from a few days away to find a bill from the roofer and the tiles still broken on our roof. Careful questioning revealed that the same house number on an adjacent street had had their roof repaired for free....

Spoiler alert: Google's would-be iPhone killer Pixel 3 – so many leaks

IHateWearingATie

Just bought a Pixel 2 for £440 (Currys clearing down their inventory I suspect) to replace my wife's borked S6.

I use a Pixel 2 as a work phone and its really good (i.e. it does all that I need to and doesn't do anything that annoys me) so I thought I would get her one to match.

Much as I loved samsung phones in the past, not very happy paying £6-700 for a phone.

Pixel 3? Don't see any reason to wait for it.

Do not adjust your set, er, browser: This is our new page-one design

IHateWearingATie
Devil

"And I don't think any of you are psychopaths."

You have read the comment threads that cover Linux and Apple, right?

Is Apple going ease off its HomeKit chokehold? Sure looks like it...

IHateWearingATie
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I suspect you'll continue to feel the frosty responses while you continue to call them " Silicon Valley's idiot-tax operation".

Still, makes me laugh. Keep going :)

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