* Posts by Nursing A Semi

42 posts • joined 4 Jul 2008

HP printer small print says kit phones home data on whatever you print – and then some

Nursing A Semi

So much negativity

Has anyone looked at the ink subscriptions? None subscription i can easilly use £30 a day and in fact threw out a canon printer after taking 4 attempts to get an A4 photo print I was happy with and finding that the attempt had consumed a £35 colour in cartridge. HP offering, free ink for 7 months and then £2 a month from then on. Suckers would be buying the cartridges without a subscription.

Police costs for Gatwick drone fiasco double to nearly £900k – and still no one's been charged

Nursing A Semi

900k Vs 14M

900k is a drop in the ocean compared to the millions being spent on anti drone measures that won't stop this kind of thing happening again.

Yes if someone accidently flys a drone near a major airport the new measures may assist plod in locating them, but if anyone with half a brain wants to disrupt airports with drones the new equipment won't rattle them a bit. I would guess given a specific type of drone and the correct tactics a couple of people could spend a day crusing drones down the runway at Gatwick with little to no fear of having their collars felt.

How an ace-hole AI bot built by Facebook, CMU boffins whipped a table of human poker pros

Nursing A Semi

Re: I'd like to see this on Wall Street

Stockmarket decisions are more about knowledge than game theory, which company is hiring, which firing, which opening up new offices/depots which closing, which is about to lose their key employee and which is gaining him. So yes I am sure Facebook has a bot capable of making good investment decisions but its noting to do with poker bots.

What's that? Uber isn't actually worth $82bn? Reverse-gear IPO shows the gig (economy) is up

Nursing A Semi
Facepalm

Uber should be applauded for bringing the stupididy and drive towards self destruction of the human race into such sharp focus.

People buy their shares knowing they are probably over priced, in fear that if they are the only ones who don't buy and by some miracle they do go up in value, they will look stupid / lose their jobs.

Their current business model relys on semi self imployed drivers earning them money which they plow into research into making semi self employed drivers redundent.

Honestly, you couldn't make it up.

Brit Police Federation cops to ransomware attack on HQ systems

Nursing A Semi

Run of the mill?

An organisation that speaks of ransomware infections as "run of the mill" raises a red flag for me, just how many infections a day, week or month do they get?

Kwik-Fit hit by MOT fail, that's Malware On Target

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Re: re: Too bad they couldn't continue operating as normal with paper records,

"One of the more dangerous ideas - hopefully slowly dying as the old gits die off - is the notion that when systems go titsup there's a magical paper alternative just waiting to take over."

Only correct in ill prepared and badly managed companies.

Not that long ago I was involved in a project to replace the majority of back end IT equipment at an airport. We were supposed to commence work post midnight after last passengers had left the building, but when fog thick enough to cut with a knife rolled in at around 8 PM all further arrivals were diverted and all departures cancelled.

By 9 PM someone gave us the go ahead to start work as the extra hours would give us a greater chance of hitting or 6 AM target.

By 9:30 fog had vanished and before 10 we were told planes would be landing and taking off again in short order. Unfortunately just about nothing IT related was working, no check in desks, no passport scanners, no bag tag printers and no gate readers all of which effect the passenger flow "back end systems within the airport also down but ATC had separate systems so presumably all OK".

Staff broke out A4 pads and some propriatory printed sheets and carried on as normal. Few grumbles here and there but basically business as normal.

Now if you can handle something as IT heavy as airline and airport management without any working IT, I would think customer A, needs to have part B fitted, at time C, in location E and overcharged by percentage F should be a walk in the park.

Alexa, cough up those always-on Echo audio recordings, says double-murder trial judge

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@ OP andAC

"Amazon hasn't promised to hand over any recordings yet just, despite this latest New Hampshire court order." Yet just??

"I finaly find out that it was the sound from the TV set or from a you tube video."

I remember complaints about a rogue app that kept the mic open and listening out for tv, radio and youtube adds in order to correlate listener/viewer data with handset owner info. I guess if they can add all the data collected on a smartphone with your computer browsing history and cookie data plus cable/satellite subscription / viewing habits you would make a pretty valuable advert target.

IBM turnover shrinks $28bn in 6 years but execs laugh all the way to the bank

Nursing A Semi

Myopic?

IBM are suffering from an interesting eye condtion effecting their ability to see past this years bonuses.

IBM were good with software and hosting, so they ramp up the margins on software causing their customers to look at alternatives and they tell all their hosting customers that cloud is the answer to all their problems then offer them an unreliable still in development cloud offering pushing them to either Amazon or Googles mature and feature rich services. Can't see any flaws with this myself, I am sure IBM have a long and healthy future.

Sheer luck helped prevent mid-air drone glider prang in Blighty

Nursing A Semi

Soooooo.

In the name on fair, balanced and unbiased reporting I assume you interviewed the drone pilot to ascertain the luck element rather than the skill shown avoiding a collision with the glider?

Airbus doesn't just make aircraft – now it designs drone killers

Nursing A Semi

Besides mission planner software meaning no comms are required for drone to continue on its merry way, if you use UHF range extenders, directional antennas "you can get them that autotrack these days" or buy the new Voyager 4 which apparently includes option to control via 4G at any range and all this becomes totally useless.

What's dying on the vine and rhymes with IBM?

Nursing A Semi

KPI

Chrome off anyone who actually does any real work and replace them with 2 layers of management process.

It is safe to globally resource your build people because kit always arrives on site assembled and correctly configured doesn't it?

And as for keeping P-Series "shrinking market" but selling off X-Series "what do we need to grow our cloud offerings again?", simply great strategy.

The future is bright but sadly not blue.

Star's guts turned INSIDE OUT in supernova mega-blast

Nursing A Semi
Coat

Erm

"Then it went supernova and, as NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory has discovered, 300 years later" Shouldn't that read 11300 years later?

Blighty's gov to spunk up to £2.9b on crim-stalking tech

Nursing A Semi
Coat

Proven Tech

For years you have been able to get a small chip implanted in dogs or cats, would not be too great a leap to add a proximity detector for the home to alert when more than a given distance away from it either. Chip £18 and detector plus telephony maybe £200 - Job done.

Bookeen Cybook Opus

Nursing A Semi
WTF?

Rotate

Surely the screen rotates use same amount of power as turning a page?

Personally if it does I think this is a bad idea. Put book down carelessly and find it has rotated the page, pick it up and rotate it back to the way you want it and two lots of page turns from your 8000 have been used up. What’s wrong with having a rotate button anyway?

But regardless of this until they find an effective way of illuminating the screen, I will stick to reading on PDAs.

'Amateur' IBM brings down Air New Zealand

Nursing A Semi
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Process

Sounds more like a case of process creep to me.

Customer: Something just blew up log an incident!

Call centre: Certainly sir we will get right on it.

IM: Things blowing up tend to be problems not incidents, pass this back to the call centre.

Call centre: It seems this is a problem not an incident, would you like us to open a problem ticket?

Customer, I don’t care I just want it fixed.

PM: Well it does certainly look like a problem, but I think we will need to engage CM to raise an RFC to cover the work.

CM: The RFC needs customer and architect approval, we will get right on getting it, Oh but its 5 PM so the CM for this account has gone home, we will need to pass this back to call centre to engage OOH CM service.

Etc. Etc. Etc. Etc.

5 Hours later the 3rd party that looks after the power systems is engaged to come fix it.

Nokia netbook to land on 22 October

Nursing A Semi
Linux

@Georgees

But probably a good thing for the planet and the replacement battery vendors.

Sir Alan Sugar hits eject button at Viglen

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Viglen

How the donald can any properly carried out selection process lead to awarding a desktop PC contract to Viglen?

We want your chairman to work for us, scratch scratch scratch... Yup no problem we will pop him in the post?

Tory who claimed brother's tech gear on expenses quits

Nursing A Semi
IT Angle

@ Dave Murray

None of that will happen due to member’s privilege, look up the derivation of "privilege" sometime it makes it all more than clear. One law for us and another private law for them.

Apple iPhone to get OLED screen, claims mole

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@ OrsonX

Well some comments do not make it past inspection, I tried to post a witty retort in relation to a typo but it ended up in the bin and the typo corrected.

So no you are not alone but the rest of us are all sat in the recycle bin.

Emtec Movie Cube S800 DVR

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Hi Def?

No support for most Hi-Def video files in a high-Def streamer seems to make it a doorstop IMHO.

One in 20 corporate PCs infested by bots

Nursing A Semi
Unhappy

Could be accurate enough.

I recently downloaded a selection of month old Malware from Usenet "48 to 70k .exe files listed as movies music etc."

I checked the files using several popular AV programs and only one detected anything amongst them. Kasperski detected 4 out of 5 of them as various downloader’s and Trojans.

I submitted the 4 samples to ESET which took another week to include them in their DB.

So although the motives of the release seem suspect, I would not be at all surprised to discover the findings where accurate enough.

Police drop investigation into 'rent-a-Lords'

Nursing A Semi
Pirate

Members Privilege

If you get caught being a corrupt shop assistant who has fiddled a few pounds, result will be the sack and criminal prosecution.

If you get caught being a corrupt politician who has fiddled a few hundred thousand pounds the result will be that the system was at fault and a decision will be made to look into ways of changing it so it is no longer classed as fiddling.

Members Privilege

Privilege = Private Law

You did what? The trials of supporting remote users

Nursing A Semi

Server issues

We once sent a remote engineer to a site in Scotland to install a server with satellite uplink for a major chain of car dealerships.

He arrived on site to find a parcelforce van parked in the middle of a field with the driver wondering who to hand the collection of bexes to.

It transpired that the dealership was not scheduled to be built for another 6 months and the project manager had got his gant chart slightly wrong.

Isle of Man gov gets social

Nursing A Semi
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The island is famous for :

Rain rain and more rain, short curly haired men and women with no tails.

Jacqui Smith cracks down on gangs via computers, closets

Nursing A Semi
Happy

So....

They are planning on having this on the books for April are they?

I was worried the government might be loosing the plot there for a while, but now I see they are just having a bit of April fools fun.

Intel plucks power from TV signals

Nursing A Semi
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Freetards unite.

If you live close enough to a TV or Radio mast, you can align some florescent tubes correctly and obtain free lighting all be it usually at less than the brightness you would get from plugging them in.

Question is, if enough people did this would we all miss out of the wonders of BBC local radio when more than 1 mile away from the mast? Sounds like a good thing to me lets all get busy.

Belkin boss 'extremely sorry' for cash-for-good-reviews plan

Nursing A Semi
Paris Hilton

Oh Dear!

Hands up those who realised my first post was not inteded to be taken seriously?

This is a story about paying people to say nice things about Belkin. I not only said nice things but went so far as to state "Personally I buy every product Belkin bring to market, often buying two or three extras to give to family and friends." and people stil thought I was serious?

I am sorry but obviously the El Reg readership is haing an off day.

Paris because even she would have spotted it.

Nursing A Semi
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Nice to see.

Nice to see Belkin coming clean, they are a really great coimpany that make really great products and are only let down by one or two over zealous members of saff.

Personally I buy every product Belkin bring to market, often buying two or three extras to give to family and friends.

LG confirms 2009 launch for 3G wristphone

Nursing A Semi
Alien

@OrsonX

I think it will be a speaker phone, now you will be able to hear someone shouting "where are you" and well as the reply "I am on the train"!

Nursing A Semi
Happy

Clasp?

Is it just me that thinks the clasp looks like it will be really uncomfortable?

Good job the talk time is so low, means you get to remove the nasty metal pointy things every two hours and give your wrist a rest.

Swoopo - eBay's (more) evil twin

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What a bargain

I just took a look at the uk site. Currently a PS3 is approaching £150 which means the site will be getting £800 for an item costing around £200.

Dam wish I had thought of it, so many suckers out there.

Microsoft eyes metered-PC boondoggle

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@ Neil Greatorex

While I can see why you posted the way you did, I have to say your post fails on many levels.

Vista should boot in less than a minute on any mid level PC. I have 2 PCs running vista "one a old P4" and neither takes more than 60 secs to get up and running. These have been running Vista for quite a while and have plenty of Apps installed. I am not saying Vista is perfect but only a very badly setup PC would take more than 90 secs to boot it.

And running XP that has not had "a single update sine 2004"? You have so many unpatched vunerabilities / gaping holes in your OS that you may as well just post your passwords/credit card details straight onto every black ops website out there, that is assuming your collection of bot net clients haven't already done it for you.

Asus sexes up Eee PC 1000 series

Nursing A Semi

Single core

So a new netbook with a single core CPU just when everyone will be buying dual core Atom equipped netbooks?

Good call Asus, your really on the ball.

Nintendo whacked with $5m Wii strap lawsuit

Nursing A Semi
Dead Vulture

Just me?

Is it just me that wishes I lived somewhere that had liberal laws on gun ownership when I read of these lawsuits?

Her child broke her TV while swinging a console controller around and she wants 5 Mil from Nintendo?

/me loads shotgun and then wanders off muttering "I am the angel of death and the time of purification is at hand".

Aussie convicted over Simpsons sex pics

Nursing A Semi
Alien

Destroy you collection

Time to get rid of your Simpsons, Southpark and Family Guy DVD collections before the dawn chorus includes the sounds of large policemen battering in your front door.

I am certain that once we have similar cartoon/drawing laws in place then all of these programs will contain material that could land you in court.

Looks like America will soon be the only place that gets to watch all of their home grown TV.

Customs warns of killer consoles

Nursing A Semi
Alien

Something doesn't add up

Saw the customs woman on the news this morning, she stated that the dodgy DS boxes only contrain the console, no paperwork or power supply like with the genuine article.

Then warned that the power supplies are dodgy and could cause fires!

McKinnon suffers further legal setback in extradition fight

Nursing A Semi
Heart

Cost

So at a cost of several hundred thousand "or is it millions now" the UK tax payer gets to fund a 3 year legal battle, now we should pay the costs associated with making him somebodies bitch for several years?

Afraid from my perspective we should be billing the US for the legal costs and letting them put him up in their own high security pink palaces.

BOFH: Fine detective work

Nursing A Semi

@ Jim the Boss

Please tell me this is what passes for irony in the colonies these days.

And no Jim I am not doing the laundry.

Sony e-book reader to debut in UK tomorrow

Nursing A Semi
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Not god enough.

No backlight is a killer for me.

The main reason I got into reading e-books in the first is the ability to read in bed without disturbing my partner.

Guess I will have to stick with my PDA for the time being.

IBM's eight-core Power7 chip to clock in at 4.0GHz

Nursing A Semi

@Dazed and Confused

"Not sure why you feel that XP should be faster coz it's 7 years old.

Normally you look for progress in new versions of software. The new version should be faster than the version it replaces. It might be more resource hungry but if it ain't faster it has no right to exist."

So XP was faster than 95, 95 was faster than 3.11, 3.11 was faster than 3 and....

With greater functionality and more complex GUI comes greater background workload. Windows 3.11 would fly on a modern PC "assuming you could get drivers working for modern hardware" but would still look ugly and dated.

Yes Vista has its problems and is slower than its predecessor, and yes these things will no doubt only be fixed just as 7 hits the shelves but, this is the same situation as faced by 95 and every MS desktop OS since.

Ofcom flashes cash guarantees at BT for fibre investment

Nursing A Semi
Happy

@Dazed and Confused

You missed one,

The contract would be given to EDS who would deliver it at two or three times the expected cost and three or four years late. It would have half the expected bandwidth and only be available for 3 hours on alternate Sundays.

Serco sharpens the IT jobs guillotine

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Not quite accurate

The consultation period is over and those for the chop will be told on Monday. Offshore workers can sleep soundly as only UK staff are getting the boot.

Basically UK teams are being shrunk and in some cases amalgamated, most server and database support is already with Indian workers and the rest will be soon.

Mines the one with the ticket to Mumbai sticking out of the pocket.

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