* Posts by Steve Evans

2759 posts • joined 17 Apr 2007

Reliable system was so reliable, no one noticed its licence had expired... until it was too late

Steve Evans

Re: MUMPS Remember Y2K?

LOL... Who used a signed variable for a year... tut tut...

Oh cool, the Bluetooth 5.1 specification is out. Nice. *control-F* master-slave... 2,000 results

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Re: It's not cultural cluelessness

If someone finds the phrase master/slave or male/female offensive when used to describe a communication spec or electrical connector, they really do have bigger problems they should be dealing with.

The number of people of people who need a good hard "get a grip" slap is growing so high that my hand is getting quite sore.

Want a bit of privacy? Got a USB stick? Welcome to TAILS 3.12

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Re: Why Etcher?

Odd, I've not had any problem with Win32DiskImager on Win7 or Win10 64bit.

Disk drives suck less than they did a couple of years ago. Which is nice

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Ironic timing ..

Today I plugged in a brand new 6TB drive and powered up the server...

I've never heard a sound like it! And the vibration... People on the other side of the workshop said "what was that?!", the expressions when I said "new hard drive" were quite something!

Apple: Trust us, we've patented parts of Swift, and thus chunks of other programming languages, for your own good

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Re: ignoring the fact of Prior Art ?

The US patent office generally takes your fee and grants the patent.

Prior art is left for the lawyers to sort out later.

If you're small fry, and can't afford a lawyer, sorry, you're screwed.

DNAaaahahaha: Twins' 23andMe, Ancestry, etc genetic tests vary wildly, surprising no one

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Why do you have to go to the trouble of finding twins to test these...?

Just use one person to make all the samples, and submit under two different names. Then you know they're all 100% identical.

Dutch boyband hopes to reverse Brexit through the power of music

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Re: Slightly wrong.

I know the feeling... Is May the remainer really as inept as she has appeared, or has she deliberately manoeuvred us into a carefully crafted cancel position? I still don't know if she's that good an actress.

The question is, what will happen after Brexit finally happens or doesn't happen? I mean at the next election.

As far as I can work out all the parties have holed themselves below the water line. The Conservatives have made such a complete cock-up of this that both the remainers and the leavers will not forgive them for their incompetence for many years.

The Liberals shot themselves in both feet and then threw themselves over a cliff the moment they got a sniff of Cameron's arse in the coalition, so they're still out in the wilderness, and Labour, well Corbyn has been weak and wishy washy and his choice of shadow home secretary (Abbott) is as mad as hat full of kittens on cat-nip... I couldn't vote for them even if I agreed with 90% of what they said!

I think we're ready for Lord Buckethead to step forward.

London Gatwick Airport reopens but drone chaos perps still not found

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Re: Shoot it down?

My thoughts exactly... Ring the local clay pigeon shoot.

Sure, it might be too high, but it might also come down lower, it gotta be worth a try.

For all we know, the police helicopter blew it out of the sky with it's down wash and the plod didn't even realise.

Steve Evans

Clay pigeon shoot?

What astonishes me about this story, is that they seemed so intent on finding the perps, they completely ignored all the people suffering.

This is Gatwick, it's in the countryside(ish), I'm sure there are plenty of clay pigeon shooter in the area who would happily come and stand near the perimeter. I'm pretty sure a couple of cartridges of bird shot would have the same effect on a drone as it does to a pheasant.

Problem solved.

Newsflash: Twitter still toxic place for women, particular those of color, Amnesty study finds

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Is this what Diane Abbott was prattling on about earlier, I tune her out and don't really pay attention...

I guess she's still pulling the race/gender card whenever she gets some "abuse"...

I've got some news for her, she doesn't get abuse because she's black, or female. She gets abuse because she's a feckin' idiot!

Or maybe Piers Morgan should start a campaign because white males get abused on twatter.

Smartphone industry is in 'recession'! Could it be possible we have *gasp* reached 'peak tech'?

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Re: Don't knock wireless charging

I was a late adopter of wireless charging (not Apple late, Nexus 6)... It was ok... Having a little holder on my desk that topped up my phone during the day was nice.

Eventually the 3 year old Nexus 6 expired (battery finally gave up, and I couldn't find a replacement which I could be 100% sure wasn't a Chinesium firebomb), so I bought a Pixel 2 XL. My main requirements were prompt updates, big screen, good stereo speakers, and a good camera.

No wireless charging, oh well... I still put it on the now disconnected stand, but I discovered something; when you've got a good battery in the phone, and a modern chipset sipping it very gently, you don't actually need a daytime top-up! I don't even plug it into the car during the commute.

I'll more than likely keep the Pixel 2 until it too wears out. I don't see anything in the Pixel 3 or others that I "must have"... And that includes the wireless charging.

There is just nothing new. The only "feature" that's appeared in the last few years is bigger and bigger screens, which has lead to notches. I'm sure I can't be alone in thinking that a bit of bezel isn't a bad thing... A bit of spare space for your fleshy hands to hold it properly, a bit of cushioning between the screen and the hard ground you've now drop it on (because you couldn't hold the bezel-less phone properly!)... crash tinkle tinkle... New phone please!

Oh, hang on... I think I've just worked out their sales plan!

Boom! Just like that the eSIM market emerges – and jolly useful it is too

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Knowing the Pixel 3 had an esim, I decided to google to see what other recent Android phones had it (ya know, like a bit of research instead of just a rephrase of some marketing blurb from Truphone... *cough*)...

Guess what... Pixel 2 has an esim! I've had one for almost the last 12 months. Google release an eSim manager app in 2017

Changed my life... Ummm...

Bomb squad descends on suspicious package to find something much more dangerous – a Journey cassette

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Re: That's not what DAT looks like

You're relying on the millennial who wrote the original source being able to identify either...

Woman who hooked up with over 15 spectres has found her forever phantom after whirlwind romance and plane sex

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Re: "Amethyst Realm", really?

Assuming that was the name she was given by her parents, you can't help but think they are rather responsible for this.

Steve Evans

I don't think you're allowed to refer them to mental health professionals as that would be oppressing their human rights and stuff etc etc...

At least this nut-job seems mainly harmless, and there's little chance she will be passing on whatever freaky gene she got dealt to another generation.

Just sit back, watch, and laugh like the rest of us (in the privacy of your own home of course, you don't want any witnesses to report you).

Hi there, Hubble, glad to hear you're doing okay

Steve Evans

Big problem for Hubble is that since they grounded the Space shuttle they can't tow it back to a higher orbit any more.

With its orbit being as low as it is, it is just catching the top of the atmosphere, so it does experience drag. It's not going to stay up for many more years before turning into a fireball.

The secret history of Apple's Stacks

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Re: Stardock is still around?

So like Classic Shell, but not free...?

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

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Re: Notches

The notch is one stolen "feature" I'm happy they credit to the iPhone ;-)

Linux kernel's Torvalds: 'I am truly sorry' for my 'unprofessional' rants, I need a break to get help

Steve Evans

You would have hoped...

Given his reputation as a stickler for quality, devs would actually do their best quality work when submitting things that Linus will see.

When they don't they get shouted at.

I really can't see the problem. Some people devs really do need shouting at, or to be kept away from critical things like kernel code until they learn to think about what they are doing.

There are way too many devs, some of them incredibly talented, who head immediately for the keyboard and start hammering away instead of taking a careful look at issues and thinking about solutions and what issues those might cause.

As for his use of language, the guy is Finnish, those guys can really swear!

Lenovo Thinkpad X280: Choosing a light luggable isn't so easy

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Re: X220

Aye... I miss the Thinkpad keyboard, that was always one of their big plus points (that and the Thinklight and "nipple").

But, alas, they've followed the trendy and copied Apples horrible flat keyboard design in an effort to further copy Apple and make the damn thing thinner... (Same can be said for phones too! Make them thicker with more battery, and they won't keep flippin' bending!).

Sod the thickness, this is a Thinkpad, give us a proper keyboard, a whopping big battery and an ultra bay we can swap out for a second HD/CDR or even more battery!

Activists rattle tin to take UK's pr0n block to court

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We need a popcorn icon...

A blocking system proposed by a bunch of doddery old techno illiterate farts trying to restrict what a bunch of 12 year old kids can and can't access...

I can't see how that could possibly not fail spectacularly.

It's been 5 years already, let's gawp at Microsoft and Nokia's bloodbath

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Re: MS are the scapegoat?

I agree, Nokia's customer service and support forum was full of arrogant idiots.

I once got moderated in the forum for "disrespecting Nokia". I pointed out to the moderator that I was just reporting the same bug as everyone else, and expressing frustration that no attempt had been made to address it in over 6 months. I also suggested that as an employee of Nokia, they should be concerned that such a large number of previously loyal customers were feeling this way.

I gave up and bought an Android phone.

Within 6 months Elop arrived and the decline turned into a wingless death spiral.

I wonder what the forum moderator is doing now. Not out of work too long I hope.

Steve Evans

Indeed. Elop was a shill shipped in by M$ to turn Nokia into Microsoft mobile.

Unfortunately Nokia had already started to eat itself from the inside before he even arrived, and it would have taken a business genius to have slapped the heads together and got it running straight again, this is not a job description that fits Elop.

Now you can tell someone to literally go f--k themselves over the internet: Remote-control mock-cock patent dies

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Re: This just underscores that patents are crap

With US patents the rubber approval stamp is pretty much automatic.

They rely on them being challenged in court to weed out the crap ones.

Which of course is completely impractical for the small inventor/innovator, and only benefits lawyers.

Google Spectre whizz kicked out of Caesars, blocked from DEF CON over hack 'attack' tweet

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Sounds familiar...


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Welcome to snowflake world...

Where it's not the context of your original statement or action that's important, but how some snowflake can misinterpret/misunderstand it and get into a total flap.

US voting systems: Full of holes, loaded with pop music, and 'hacked' by an 11-year-old

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Re: Dry Erase Results

They'd screw that up and leave it sticking out the side.

Write once, read many, removed once, swapped once.

No big deal... Kremlin hackers 'jumped air-gapped networks' to pwn US power utilities

Steve Evans

Re: Air Gapped?

How about a nice game of chess?

Steve Evans

Re: wtf is an Air GAP

Indeed. A true air-gapped network will have no physical or ethereal (wifi) connection other networks i.e. the outside world.

Although there have been a couple of clever proof of concept ways to breach this (acoustic for example), they always initially require physical access to the "gapped" network (or components of) to install required components (malware). You can't get roll up and access a gapped network unless it has already been compromised.

A true air-gapped network can only transfer data to and from another network via physical media transfer.

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Re: Special access

In a world of off-site support, putting a complex device behind a real air-gap is not going to be popular.

So unless the bean-counters are going to splash the cash for on-site expertise (preferably not a gentleman called Ivan), security will be compromised.

You wanna be an alpha... tester of The Register's redesign? Step this way

Steve Evans


Don't mention zee vor!

New Android P beta is 'very close', 'near-final' but also just 'early'

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Or viewed another way, would you rather something that was released when it was ready, or something that was released because the calendar said so?

WannaCry is back! (Psych. It's just phisher folk doing what they do)

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Only one so far

Only had the one so far, to an email address I used semi-publicly on flickr.

Had a nice little selection of email addresses in a public CC list.

National ID cards might not mean much when up against incompetence of the UK Home Office

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HM Govt IT project...

If HM govt had started an IT card project for the Windrush generation when they first arrived, they'd still be trying to get the system to work properly even now!

Done and dusted? Vast storm gobbles NASA's long-lived Mars robot

Steve Evans

I'm sure the only lesson learnt by the bean counters will be all about how the rover was over engineered and how you can cut corners, and save money, in future.

They'll conveniently forget what happened when they cut corners on solid rocket boosters.

Samsung escapes obligation to keep old phones patched

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Re: Phone contracts

@Oengus - In the UK carriers like Orange used to customise the Nokia smartphones with their own fork of the OS.

It was a guaranteed way to never get a single OS update.

The geekier amongst us would flash their Orange'd Symbian phone back to a Euro model number, and then apply the OS images direct from Nokia.

The N95 was actually pretty sorted once you got the Nokia updates. The Orange'd one was condemned to spend it's life as a permanent beta.

Steve Evans

I'm sure Samsung's logic goes like this...

When a phone becomes end of line, consumer will buy a new Samsung phone.

In fact I think they rely on this as these days a high-end phone from 2-3 years ago is quite capable of pretty much anything a new one can do. The camera might not be quite as good, and it'll be a little slower, but there really has been no "must have!" feature added in the last 3 years. In fact the old phone will still have a headphone jack! (Not so applicable to Samsung as they seem to be one of the few clinging on!).

The only thing that got me to upgrade my ageing Nexus 6 was the battery giving up the ghost (and every replacement cell I found looked like a Chinesium fire risk!). Apart from that it worked perfectly.

Consumers need to get a little smarter. Look at the support track record of a company before buying a phone. Only then will OEM's like Samsung/HTC etc etc take updates and after sales support seriously.

(Yeah, I know, fat chance!).

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

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Re: "Like a Pixel without the pratfalls"... and presumably without the updates

Exactly my reaction... "Like a Pixel without the pratfalls, or eye-watering price tag, long term support or timely updates".

I owned one HTC... Once... It received exactly one update from HTC a couple of months after a bought it, and within 6 months the moved onto new models and abandoned it.

'Facebook takes data from my phone – but I don't have an account!'

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Re: Pages rule (again)

I'm quite shocked to see how many phones come pre-infected with this. I'm a long time Nexus and Pixel owner, so I guess I've had a sheltered and uninfected life.

It's been many years since I've allowed a FB app near my phone, I can't remember which update it was, but one of them pushed the permissions requests just a little too far and I said "nope".

So far I've managed to survive with just a mobile browser (although FB actively detect and nobble the website from the built in Android chrome browser and try to force the app - you just have top get a bit creative and install another browser, or customise the user_agent tag).

Steve Evans

Re: host file?

It does indeed.

Although you will probably need root to get to it, and if you've gone that far you could either remove the FB app, or install a ROM that doesn't come pre-infected.

Failbreak: Bloke gets seven years in the clink for trying to hack his friend out of jail

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Believing Voits' story that he was only "trying to get better reception," officers let him go.

Well why shouldn't they believe that story, it was the truth... He just didn't mention it was the building across the street he was trying to get better reception from!

Size does matter, chaps: Oversized todgers an evolutionary handicap

Steve Evans

If you're going to feel cocky, just don't do it in public, you'll get arrested.

Europe turns nose up at new smartphones: Beancounters predict 7% sales drop

Steve Evans

Unless you're using your mobile to provide a hotspot for your home internet connection, I really can't see the need for any more speed on a mobile device.

I can certainly see the case for them patching up the holes in the network that already exists... I see Edge on my phone daily, and in some instances where there is nothing at all.

As for upgrading of phones, I recently upgraded after 3 years. What "must-have" feature did my phone lack?

The ability to go for two hours away from a charger! The battery was screwed. Whilst I'm quite capable of replacing a battery, I couldn't find a source I trusted to supply a *real* genuine battery, and not just a low capacity fire risk.

Car-crash television: 'Excuse me ma'am, do you speak English?' 'Yes I do,' replies AMD's CEO

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It doesn't sound that bad...

I didn't see the race, I gave up following F1 when BBC ducked out of their contract and half the races went to SKY, but from how you describe it, it doesn't sound that bad. Especially given Brundle's previous gaffs.

He's in a foreign country, covering an international event, surely asking if someone speaks English is far more polite than just going up to someone and then blabbering something to them and assuming they'll speak English? There are plenty of very successful Asian business people who don't speak English who are more than well-heeled enough to have been on that grid.

It's April 2018, and we've had to sit on this Windows 10 Spring Creators Update headline for days

Steve Evans

Re: Wait wait...

If the bug is in Cortana they might as well just ship it... Nobody is going to notice.

Total WIPOut: IT chief finds his own job advertised

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Re: Ironic

Indeed... They react somewhat differently when it's their whistle being blown.

My PC makes ‘negative energy waves’, said user, then demanded fix

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Me too...

Although my dark side would weld them a 6 foot high pyramid frame and install that over their office chair on the pretense of blocking negative woowoos.

And then sit back and watch them defend the rusty monstrosity to their manager.

Don't want to alarm you, but defence bods think North Korea could nuke UK 'within a few years'

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1 - They don't have much of a track record getting things further than Japan, and even then that's just a rocket, not an warhead with a functional trigger mechanism.

2 - Why would they want to waste a nuke on us? We haven't been giving it all the mouth unlike some...

3 - We've had the capability to turn them into a molten puddle for decades.

User fired IT support company for a 'typo' that was actually a real word

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Re: sub for a riot

T9 was even worse for Vodka drinkers ... Smirnoff usually came out as poisonff

It came out as "poisoned", which amused my Polish friends no end!

(They class their Wodka as the original, and the Russian stuff just paint-stripper for alcoholics).

There is no V in Wodka ;-)


Uber self-driving car death riddle: Was LIDAR blind spot to blame?

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Re: "...a [Lidar] blind spot low to the ground all around the car."

Indeed... People are taller than cars.

Even push bikes come up a good few feet, and from the footage, on that nice clear, uncluttered, and almost straight road, the entire bicycle and person were completely visible to the video camera.

To have a blind spot extend that far, the LIDAR would have to be at the rear of the roof, and as low down onto it as possible, which would be the stupidest location ever devised for a vehicle that will spend 99.99% of its time going forwards.

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