* Posts by Steve Evans

2662 posts • joined 17 Apr 2007

Bill Gates says he'd do CTRL-ALT-DEL with one key if given the chance to go back through time

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I think I'd rather have an OS/Software which didn't require a special key, or key combo for "OIY! PAY ATTENTION TO ME! YOU'VE GONE WRONG AGAIN!"

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Five ways Apple can fix the iPhone, but won't

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Even stranger considering Apple’s biggest acquisition was Beats, and behind the scenes it consistently challenges the music industry supply chain to higher standards.

Sorry, you equate Beats with high quality?

They're a fashion brand, with an over-inflated price tag.

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Argentina eyes up laser death cannon testbed warship

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Re: "I doubt the RN has the reliable operating capability...."

"I'm also fairly sure the Argentines aren't quite a gung-ho as the Junta was back then."

It all depends what their current leader needs to distract people from.

That always seems to be the way down there. Got crippling financial problems, huge unemployment, easy, get the natives worked up about a little island.

Rumours flying about corruption, fear that you're going to be caught for lining your own nest? Quick, stir up the natives again about a little island.

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UK not as keen on mobile wallets as mainland Europe and US

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Maybe if some UK banks would actually wake up and smell the coffee, we could actually use their cards for our Google Wallets, instead of them living in a dream world where their own, single bank offering was actually relevant.

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It's happening! Official retro Thinkpad lappy spotted in the wild

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Oooh...

Non Chiclet keyboard - Yay!

Nipple - Yay!

I wonder if it has a thinklight?

Oh please have a thinklight... and a screen with a good colour gamut...

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Re: Screw 16:10

I still miss my R52 and its 1400 x 1050... :'(

A laptop that was a convenient size, and still had great vertical resolution.

Sure, these days I have a 1920x1080, so even more vertical dots, but then I also have a load of excess horizontal dots with it, which make it much more cumbersome.

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Terry Pratchett's unfinished works flattened by steamroller

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Indeed.

It made me sad, and smile, both at the same time.

Although the PTerry was such a well known techie geek, I find it hard to believe he trusted his hard work to a single lump of spinning rust... and an IDE connected lump of spinning rust at that!

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EE!? The sound customers make when the interwebz don't work

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Given the bad PR a failed DNS can generate for a company, it amazes me they still continue to pretend to be more than a dumb pipe, and insist on providing their own servers.

I forget the number of times I have improved friend's internet just by pointing their machines (or router when permitted) to some proper DNS servers.

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Kill animals and destroy property before hurting humans, Germany tells future self-driving cars

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Re: Who Cares

I remember channel hopping whilst abroad, and discovering Knight Rider in German.

I couldn't really understand a word of it, but the original voice sounded positively butch and macho compared to the German dub!

An interior retrim in the style of a Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen boudoir would have completed it beautifully.

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6. All robots must complain about being cleaned with a brillo pad, and express a preference for a car wash .

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I think the El Reg standard units need updating.

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Re: Who

Would a computer make the same life (or possibly death) decision facing the same situation? I doubt it. It will most likely attempt breaking and kill a person as a result.

In that instance, the computer guided system removing a death trap from the road, and converting the driver into a Darwin award contender, could be seen as progress!

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Can North Korean nukes hit US mainland? Maybe. But EMP blast threat is 'highly credible'

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Re: close only counts with hand grenades and thermonuclear devices

I wasn't expecting that.

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German court reveals reason for Europe-wide patent system freeze

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Re: Oh! the pretty patterns

I'm not even sure there was a 1000 lire note!

IIRC I've got a 1000 lire coin kicking round at home somewhere. It was worth £0.42p when I got it.

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75 years ago, one Allied radar techie changed the course of WW2

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Re: 22yr olds today

How about:

Robert Watson-Watt, widely regarded today as the father of a radar system that was actually useful for something more than casual amusement?

There are plenty of historical instances where someone has been about 5 seconds of thought away from a huge breakthrough, but then wandered off for a smoke/tea break.

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British snoops at GCHQ knew FBI was going to arrest Marcus Hutchins

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Re: It looks like they were quite desparate to pin something on him, judging by the last paragraph:

I wonder how many white collar criminals in the US are released on bail back to their house that already contains an entire gun cabinet?

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Vodafone customers moan about sluggish data abroad

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Re: Throttling exists

I find it hard to believe that there isn't some kind of traffic management at play at times.

When the network reaches capacity at peek times, and someone has got to lose out, who will a network provider in Spain have as its priority to keep happy? Their direct customer who pays them money every month, or some sunburnt and slightly drunk tourist who's never given them a penny and is going to clear of home in a week anyway?

Obviously when the network isn't at capacity there should be no need for any piggies to be more equal than others.

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Lauri Love and Gary McKinnon's lawyer, UK supporters rally around Marcus Hutchins

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Re: "98 per cent of people charged in America take a plea deal."

Land of the locked up more like... Look at the proportion of the population they have locked up!

To save you the trouble, 0.7%... Round about the same figure as they estimate for North Korea!

European countries generally come in below 0.15%

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HMS Queen Lizzie impugned by cheeky Scot's drone landing

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Re: If there's no crew on the ship to see the drone

It's not finished or commissioned yet, so no navy gunners to man the non fitted guns to defend the unavailable planes.

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A threat?

"ISIS have a proven track record in Syria of weaponizing DJI's Phantom [drone] and its professional platform the Matrice 100 to drop grenades on troops, so a drone flying over the aircraft carrier without permission, as opposed to alongside, should be considered a potential threat,"

I apologise to Douglas Adams for this, but it has to be said/paraphrased...

Mr Dent, do you know how much damage the Aircraft carrier would suffer if you dropped a grenade on it?...

For the uninitiated, or those that suffered the more recent movie...

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You had ONE job: Italian firefighters suspected of starting blazes for cash

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Re: Not the first

I think the difference here is the scale.

Everywhere else it's one or two bad apples. In Italy it's an entire squad!

And they say it's the Germans who are organised! Pah!

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Re: Obligatory prescient quote from Sir Pterry

I thought of that Futurama episode where Bender was accused of starting fires to claim medals.

Best go with a PTerry reference, Bender was innocent (for once!).

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Four techies flummoxed for hours by flickering 'E' on monitor

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I've seen some horrendous glitches caused on satellite feeds by cheap/knackered microwaves in the office kitchen.

We eventually moved the dish further down the wall (and away from the kitchen)... And since the requisition request for gonad shields was declined, we tend not to go into the kitchen if someone is using the microwave!

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Sorry, psycho bosses, it's not OK to keylog your employees

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Re: Play the game

It wasn't so much what he was sacked for than the way they discovered his "indiscretion" that caused this case.

If the boss had walked round the corner to talk to the programmer, and seen his desktop covered in game developing software, there wouldn't have been any problem... Misconduct, misuse of company equipment, don't let the door hit you on the way out.

Germany is big on personal privacy, for well known historical reasons. They get a bit jumpy when those above start looking at the behaviour of individuals too closely.

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'Real' people want govts to spy on them, argues UK Home Secretary

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Re: Rudd Discovers you can hide information in jpgs.

Well that's going to drop the interwebz bandwidth requirements more than successfully blocking spam!

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I think a larger majority of the population would like their MP's communication open to inspection, not specifically excluded!

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BBC’s Micro:bit turns out to be an excellent drone hijacking tool

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Re: @TechnicalBen

Downvotes on here are an odd thing.

I just remember you can only please all of the people some of the time. That and some people are arses all of the time ;-)

You are of course correct. 99% of Pi projects are python scripts running under Linux. Which adds a whole load of code overhead. When it's a box on your desk this isn't really an issue, and does make a lot of things much easier.

However, if you're trying to build something self contained and with the longevity of an elephant instead of a mayfly, you need to lose a lot of dead wood.

If you're still measuring your power consumption in milliamps, you're not even in the same ball-park as what you can get up to with a proper low power device.

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Re: @Steve Evans

Thank you Lysenko, my point exactly.

A Pi is overkill, and over consumption. Strip it down to what you actually need, and the power consumption drops along with it (who would have guessed eh?).

Result, *much* smaller toys of naughtiness.

/me doesn't dare mention what you can get up to with an ATtiny.

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16Mhz ? I'd use a pi, only slightly larger, however, so much more ooompf.

That would depend on if you definition of a covert device permitted having a power cable dangling from it for a wall socket!

The baby board sips the electrons at a very gentle rate.

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It took DEF CON hackers minutes to pwn these US voting machines

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If e-voting is ever going to come to the UK, maybe we should start getting some practice in on the US systems...

Then when it happens, we can "vote" in a party with a clue.

Oh... Hang on... I see a problem.

D'oh!

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The opsec blunders that landed a Russian politician's fraudster son in the clink for 27 years

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Prisons are full of stupid criminals...

It's the ones the smart ones that are never caught you should worry about!

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BOFH: Oh go on. Strap me to your Hell Desk, PFY

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I though lesson 1 was always cut the BOFH in on some of the action.

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The Internet of Flying Thing: Reg man returns with explicit shots

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Re: "our wifi antenna"

That would actually be incorrect. That would be their satellite antenna.

The wifi antenna(s) would be inside the passenger compartment.

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Giffgaff 'roam like at home' package means £1/min calls in Jersey

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Re: Giffgaff was a MVNO in Jersey

Indeed... I used to visit Guernsey, Jersey and Isle of Man for work quite a few moons ago, and I didn't think twice, my phone just worked and charged as it did back home on the big neighbouring island (GB).

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UK ministers to push anti-encryption laws after election

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Re: Known to Authorities.

@Bernard M. Orwell

You forgot - Was mentioned several times to the anonymous tip line too!

Amber Rudd needs to quit the sound bites, she just ends up sounding like a feckin' idiot. As do most politicians the moment they step out of their comfort zone of 5 course meals and floating duck houses.

The UK is about to go it alone from Europe, and the last thing it needs is more companies jumping abroad because of enforced broken encryption schemes.

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Huawei Honor 8 Pro: Makes iPhone 7 Plus look a bit crap

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IIRC, the iPhone finger print reader was good when it first appeared, but since then the competition has shot past it.

An iPhone owning colleague of mine recently tried out the Blackberry Keyone, and couldn't believe how good the fingerprint reader was in comparison to what he was used to.

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Mozilla to Thunderbird: You can stay here and we may give you cash, but as a couple, it's over

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Re: Pointless interface changes ?

There's only one thing they need to do to thunderbird... Get the filtering to work properly, it's insane... At least on my machine it is.

It worked a few months ago, and then after an update it stopped.

Telling Thunderbird to manually filter a folder works fine, it just won't do it when it collects emails anymore (which it used to do perfectly).

I haven't changed any filters in years either.

Who knows.

It's annoying, but hell, it's still the best email client I've got... Must have a dozen accounts configured.

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WhatsApp is more like WhatsDown: Messenger collapsed for millions

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Probably installing all the spy hooks demanded by various governments.

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Male escort forgot pregnancy protection, scores data protection instead

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Re: In the UK

It would be either the entire hotel, or everyone called Michael in the UK.

And they'd still fail to find more than three.

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Cuffing Assange a 'priority' for the USA says attorney-general

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Re: Deportation

He, probably quite rightly, feared that the moment he was in the custody of any country, he was likely to find himself on a plane to the USA either before or after the sentence.

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Manchester pulls £750 public crucifixion offer

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Re: No nails required

All this nails through the hands/wrists business needs to be tested through strict scientific investigation...

Someone fetch me 10 sets of identical twins, 20 crosses, a bag of 6 inch nails and a big 'ammer.

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Re: Ridiculous

"In March 2008, peers voted for the laws to be abandoned. On May 8, 2008, the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008 abolished the common-law offences of blasphemy and blasphemous libel in England and Wales, with effect from 8 July 2008."

So scratch the blasphemy angle... This is all down to 'elf and safety, oh, and political correctness.

Bollocks to the lot of em, who wants nailing? I'll fetch me 'ammer.

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Drive-by Wi-Fi i-Thing attack, oh my!

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Re: Obsolescence?

Oh, like so many Android devices that get at most 1 or 2 security updates and virtually no OS upgrades despite lots of promises from the manufacturer/network.

Apple has a lot to not like about it, but the length of time that iDevices get updates is generally far better than any Android or Microsoft device.

That's because Apple are the only makers of Apple devices, and they refused to bend at all to the networks. They have complete control over what gets what.

A similar Android device would be a Nexus, which also gets lots of upgrades, because it's Google in charge, and nobody else has any say.

Unfortunately, most Android devices come from the likes of LG, Samsung etc... And they are your bottleneck. They're interested in the money from your next purchase, not the money you've already given for the current.

Someone should make a website with some nice graphs so you can see what kind of after sales service you can expect to get.

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New plastic banknote plans now upsetting environmental campaigners

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Stupid....

This saga brings a whole new meaning to the phrase "blown out of all proportion".

The total amount of dead animal used in the production of *all* the new £5 was less than 1 hoof!

The damn thing could still be walking about... With a limp of course.

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UK Home Sec: Give us a snoop-around for WhatApp encryption. Don't worry, we won't go into the cloud

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And all this is justified because some nutter used Whatsapp just before killing 4 people.

What's the betting his highly encrypted Whatsapp message, which is the current excuse, was just a "Goodbye" to his family?

And he "only" killed 4 (no disrespect intended). The average road deaths in the UK is 4.7 a day... Every day... She'd be more justified banning cars.

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DNS lookups can reveal every web page you visit, says German boffin

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Re: Add an Ad Blocker on the router too?

https://pi-hole.net

Blackholes many adverts, and caches for 300 seconds iirc.

Doesn't need a Pi, it runs nicely on lots of the little boards.

Got mine running on an old Odroid C1 (Native 1Gb LAN).

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Headphone batteries flame out mid-flight, ignite new Li-Ion fears

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Re: Possibly listening to

Billy Joel

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Re: I'm putting a bet....

If the batteries were quality, they would have had protection circuits built in. If the wiring was cheap it would have just melted like fuse-wire (a protection in itself). From the photo I'd say that battery went up properly.

I can't help noticing she was flying from China... If she bought herself a present of some new headphones over there, who knows what she was wearing (she certainly wouldn't!).

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Facebook shopped BBC hacks to National Crime Agency over child abuse images probe

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Facepalm

LOL!

Too funny!

Sorry, but that just made me laugh.

I would suggest that in future the reporter just skips Farcebook and their comical operations department, and just create give an anonymous report directly to the cops.

I'll leave them to work out how to create an anonymous tip without being arrested by the cops for sending them the links/pictures, because I'm sure they'll be almost as comical as FB's muppets.

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User rats out IT team for playing games at work, gets them all fired

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You can fire people just like that.

You can't just fire people like that.

You can, even in the UK with all the employment rights, and the ones we've gained from Europe.

It's called gross misconduct, and I would suggest that not running the backups and causing a potential loss of 3 days worth of business would qualify.

If you don't believe me, go and punch your boss and see what happens. That will qualify easily.

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