* Posts by Julian Bradfield

129 posts • joined 19 Jul 2008


Microsoft decides Internet Explorer 10 has had its fun: Termination set for January 2020

Julian Bradfield

Barclays' website for personal customers is equally crap. It refuses to run on Firefox on Linux at all. Until recently, it wouldn't run on Chrome on Linux, either...for the last few times, I have been able to use Chrome...just hope it lasts long enough for me to complete the transfer of all my business away from them, and even close the bank account I opened when I was 16 (rather a long time ago)...

Oh Deer! Poacher sentenced to 12 months of regular Bambi screenings in the cooler

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Drivel. Firstly, once the Swiss have finished their service, they *may* keep their rifle subject to successful application for a permit, but few do - I've never met a Swiss who has a military gun in the house. Secondly, they are *not* allowed to have the ammunition for it - that is issued from the local armory only if an emergency arises. (They can use their weapons for training on ranges, but can't take ammunition away from the range.)

Huawei MateBook Pro X: PC makers look out, the phone guys are here

Julian Bradfield

No mouse buttons, it seems - is there at least a virtual middle mouse button?

HSBC now stands for Hapless Security, Became Compromised: Thousands of customer files snatched by crims

Julian Bradfield

Re: There's no excuse...

So how many tokens do you carry around with you? I would change banks if I had to carry around a card-reader or token just to do everyday transactions - one reason I'm ditching Barclays, in addition to their appalling SmartInvestor.

Congrats from 123-Reg! You can now pay us an extra £6 or £12 a year for basically nothing

Julian Bradfield

easydns . Been happy with them for decades now, and they're in Canada, not owned by GoDaddy, and have a robust attitude to most things.

Cosmoboffins think grav waves hold the key to sorting out the disputed Hubble Constant

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Timbo - the evaporation time for a galactic black hole is around 10^90 - 10^100 years. Not going to happen for a *very* long time after all the stars are dead;)

Punkt: A minimalist Android for the paranoid

Julian Bradfield

Re: Calls and Email

Do you never use your phone to tether your actual work device? It's talking about tethering, nothing more.

Julian Bradfield

Re: Calls and Email

Read more carefully. It doesn't do email, it just provides connectivity to your email-reading device. (How I used to do email in about 2002, and still prefer to.)

Iron Mike Pence blasts Google for its censor-happy Dragonfly Chinese search engine

Julian Bradfield

Re: Bing!

I tried, and the Chinese search returns large numbers of pictures of the event including gruesome photos of dead protesters. So I don't understand your claim.

The 2018 ThinkPad X1 Yoga: A bendy-legged workhorse walks into a meeting

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I don't think I mean either of those. I think it's called Windows Instant Resume, or something like that. The latest (before this) batch of Yogas ditched (BIOS-advertised) support for S3 sleep in favour of Instant Resume, which is basically S1, I think. My first gen X1 Yoga will happily last me a weekend of light use, being suspended when not in use; that doesn't work according to those unhappy bunnies who got the later ones.

Julian Bradfield

And does it support real suspend-to-RAM, rather than the idiotic Windows thing that still chews through your battery?

Boffins blame meteorites for creating Earth's oldest rocks

Julian Bradfield

Re: Pedant Alert

In British English (and many other sensible languages, including even classical Latin), a collective noun can take either singular or plural concord, according as you're thinking of it as a single entity or the sum of its members.

Sysadmin cracked military PC’s security by reading the manual

Julian Bradfield

Re: Only cracking I have done is

Last year I was at a conference on a Californian university campus, staying in shared dorms, the apartments of which had hotel style card door locks. Late at night, I went out to look for Perseids. As I shut the door, I realized I had the cafeteria card in my hand, not the door card. My roommates were all drinking the night away with their buddies in other rooms.

Just before resigning myself to a night on the doorstep, I thought, ok, why just try the old credit card trick. Five seconds with the nice flexible cafeteria card, and I was back in...

Can't imagine how any lock can yield to that these days!

Epyc fail? We can defeat AMD's virtual machine encryption, say boffins

Julian Bradfield

Re: Snake-oil anyway

It was Craig Gentry who developed fully homomorphic encryption. He may work for IBM, but that doesn't mean they take all the credit!

Furious gunwoman opens fire at YouTube HQ, three people shot

Julian Bradfield

Re: Of all places

Er, there have been mass shootings in Australia since. And the mass murder rate is unchanged before and after the big massacre - there are more killings by arson now than before the firearms restriction, and fewer by shooting.

For some reason, you lot love 'em. So here are the many ThinkPads of 2018

Julian Bradfield

Re: Yoga

I bought an X1 Yoga "just because" a couple of years ago, and I've used it as a tablet about twice:)

Brit Lords start peer-to-peer wrangling over regulating the internet

Julian Bradfield

The Commons can force through (almost) any bill against the Lords, and have been able to do that since 1911. Before that, there was a convention that the Lords didn't interfere with finance bills.

Intellisense was off and developer learned you can't code in Canadian

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The OED says: The form colour has been the most common spelling in British English since the 14th cent.; but color has also been in use continually, chiefly under Latin influence, since the 15th cent., and is now the prevalent spelling in the United States.

And if you're talking about the original spellings, here's the OED's list of recorded forms:

ME coleour, ME coleure, ME colewre, ME colovre, ME coulur, ME culur, ME kolour, ME–15 collore, ME–15 colowr, ME–15 colowre, ME–15 culoure, ME–16 coler, ME–16 coleur, ME–16 colore, ME–16 coloure, ME–16 colur, ME–16 colure, ME–16 cullour, ME–16 culour, ME– color (now U.S.), ME– colour, lME clour, lME (in a late copy) 15–16 collor, 15 colloure, 15 collyr, 15 cooler, 15 cooller, 15 coollor, 15 coollour, 15 coollur, 15 coolore, 15 cooloure, 15 coullar, 15 coulloure, 15 coulore, 15 cowler, 15–16 coller, 15–16 coolor, 15–16 coolour, 15–16 couler, 15–16 coullour, 15–16 coulor, 15–16 couloure, 15–16 culler, 15–16 cullor, 15–16 culloure, 15–17 collour, 15–17 couller, 15–17 coullor, 15–17 coulour; Sc. pre-17 coiller, pre-17 coller, pre-17 colleur, pre-17 collor, pre-17 collour, pre-17 colloure, pre-17 colore, pre-17 coloure, pre-17 colowr, pre-17 colowre, pre-17 colur, pre-17 couler, pre-17 couller, pre-17 coullour, pre-17 coulour, pre-17 culler, pre-17 cullor, pre-17 cullour, pre-17 culloure, pre-17 culour, pre-17 17–18 color, pre-17 17– colour.

And lo! Crypto-coins came unto the holy land. And the wise decreed they must all be taxed

Julian Bradfield

Re: To update scripture for our modern age...

Rope rather than thread - threads *do* normally pass through needles! Although everywhere else it appears, the Aramaic word gml, when it doesn't mean camel, means (roof-)beam. The idea that it means rope goes back to Syriac lexicographers, but why, nobody seems to know. [Thanks to the Comprehensive Aramaic Lexicon!]

UK data watchdog whacks £300k fine on biz that made 9 million nuisance calls

Julian Bradfield

Good Omens

I imagine that Hastur's telephonic visit to a call centre will raise loud cheers if it's included in the film. Unfortunately, I don't think he was tech-savvy enough to know what to do with pre-recorded auto-diallers...

Two things will survive a nuclear holocaust: Cockroaches and crafty URLs like ғасеьоок.com

Julian Bradfield

Re: Facebook FAIL

Voyna i Mor: ь follows vowels in some orthographies, e.g. Chechen in Cyrillic. But even there, it doesn't follow e.

Hot chips crashed servers, but were still delicious

Julian Bradfield

Re: My keyboard stupidity.

You can't break off the caps lock key - where else does Control go!

Voda customers given green light by Ofcom to ditch contracts

Julian Bradfield

It's £6 a day now, since gov.uk has decided the charge is VATtable.

Archive of 1.4 billion credentials in clear text found in dark web archive

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How did you find out?

How do Barclays make their online banking etc. Windows only?

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How do Barclays make their online banking etc. Windows only?

I'm hoping the mass of techspertise here can help me understand this...

Along with 200k other customers, many pissed off by now, Barclays moved me and my modest investment portfolio to a new "Smart Investor" platform in late August. It doesn't work, using either Firefox or Chrome on Linux, though both are their recommended browsers on Windows. After two stage of complaint, the reply is now basically, it's never going to work because of "issues with Linux".

What I hope some of you can tell me is, what the hell can they be doing, technically, to make such a situation even possible in these days? (And they're not just sniffing the user-agent string, 'cos I've tried that.) I thought that making sites work with any standards-compliant browser was what happened naturally nowadays!

London Mayor slams YouTube over failure to remove 'shocking' violent gang vids

Julian Bradfield

On the contrary. As someone without empathy, Pompous Git may be better placed to discuss morality and ethics. See Paul Bloom's "Against Empathy". (OK, I haven't read it, but when did that ever stop anyone:)

Vodafone UK blocks bulk nuisance calls. Hurrah!

Julian Bradfield

Re: Will this block 'Number Withheld' Calls?

The DPA is not restricted to electronic communication or storage - it's about automatic processing. Also, for public authorities, all data is DPA-data, even if manually held and processed.

One thought equivalent to less than a single proton in mass

Julian Bradfield

Re: Confused units

Indeed. I think the - what should we call it, writard? - is confusing the proton radius puzzle - where the radius seems to be smaller than we thought - with the current article's measurement of the mass.

Canadian sniper makes kill shot at distance of 3.5 KILOMETRES

Julian Bradfield

I have met someone who has shot a perfect 100 at 1000 yards. Unsurprisingly, she's on the GB match rifle team.

Brit uni blabs students' confidential information to 298 undergrads

Julian Bradfield

I imagine that UEA uses Tribal SITS, so that'll be why people use spreadsheets.

My university is paying vast amounts of money to Tribal so that they can hack, oops extend, SITS to handle our special circumstance casework, which at present is handled entirely locally within departments.

Edinburgh Uni email snafu tells students they won't be graduating

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not an email error

It wasn't an error in sending email - it was deeper than that. The students were getting these messages on their student portals, and copies by email. The student portal is, or should be, driven entirely from the student records database.

US judges say you can Google Google, but you can't google Google

Julian Bradfield

"should have duckduckgone", shurely?

Today's bonkers bug report: Microsoft Edge can't print numbers

Julian Bradfield

Re: Optional Title

Nah, that's cheating, because you're using more than your fingers and thumbs.

Julian Bradfield

Re: Optional Title

I can fairly easily get my digits into three distinct positions, so that's 59048.

Spend your paper £5 notes NOW: No longer legal tender after today

Julian Bradfield

Re: Not UK Fivers

But the other banks' banknotes aren't legal tender anyway, not even in Scotland.

Farewell Unity, you challenged desktop Linux. Oh well, here's Ubuntu 17.04

Julian Bradfield

Re: My thoughts on this ...

apart from the fact that xfwm or whatever it's called has less flexible key/button binding than twm had 30 years ago...I compile my own version just to get basic features, sigh.

That apple.com link you clicked on? Yeah, it's actually Russian

Julian Bradfield

Re: Not just Mac

The addresses are not incorrect - they are *supposed* to be displayed in cyrillic, that's the whole point!

Good news, everyone! Two pints a day keep heart problems at bay

Julian Bradfield

No, I'm sober enough to read the actual BMJ press release - and the end of Orlowski's article, where he defines moderate as 20g/day (which is probably a mistake for 20ml/day), or a tad over 2 units (or probably intended to be 2 units), which is a pint, not two pints.

Also, the BMJ press release defines it as 14 units a week.

Julian Bradfield

Re: Small beer?

Tesco Value Bitter - 2.1% . Yes, it tastes like it, too.

Julian Bradfield

Moderate drinking is two units per day - that's one pint of beer, not two, unless you drink small beer.

Large Hadron Collider turns up five new particles

Julian Bradfield

Re: This is the stuff that binds Quarks together

It's described as the Omega_c^0, so it's the neutral one, ssc.

The Omega_c^0 has been seen before - it's just these excited states that haven't.

Dormant Linux kernel vulnerability finally slayed

Julian Bradfield

Re: Slayed?


"The knight slew the dragon", etc.

I sentence you to fifty hours' reading of the Bible.

Your remark about fixed is also wrong. The accent has only ever been used in poetry and hymns, to force the unnatural pronunciation when the metre requires it. Both the past verb and the past participle were often written "fixt" as well as "fixed" in the early days of the word's history (it's a modern import to English, sometime in the 15th century).

RAF pilot sacked for sending Airbus Voyager into sudden dive

Julian Bradfield

Re: Grounded?

Military discipline isn't some kind of private club agreement - it's statute law. Anybody sentenced to imprisonment is automatically dismissed unless there's a really good reason not to, but that doesn't stop them serving the sentence.

NHS patient letters meant for GPs went undelivered for years

Julian Bradfield

Re: Optional

My favourite was when (during a long slow recovery from a severe illness a while ago) I went in to have my regular blood check in the morning, continued going about my day, and then at 7pm the phone rang: "This is the emergency room at the ERI. The lab's just phoned us about your blood results. Ermmm..are you alright?" Either I can cycle happily with a blood glucose of 2.0, or the lab made a mistake:)

Grumpy Trump trumped, now he's got the hump: Muslim ban beaten back by appeals court

Julian Bradfield

Re: Ahh, guys, any of you ever hear of the Constitution?

One of these days, you should read your constitution. It doesn't mention the words "National Security", or even any 19th century equivalent term. It also says very little about either the powers or duties of the president.

Fired Ofcom Remainer bod sues UK gov for withholding his payoff

Julian Bradfield

If you consult a decent dictionary, as another commentard suggests, you'll find that "disinvite" dates from about 1640, while "uninvite" dates from about 1660. So they've both been around a long time. "disinvite" has been out of fashion for a couple of centuries, but if it's making a come-back, it is a comeback, not something new. (Not that there's anything wrong with being new.)

Sysadmin figures out dating agency worker lied in his profile

Julian Bradfield

Re: Enter == submit

Until the Windows-ization of Unix got to it, the sequence of keystrokes described was the standard way of logging in to both text and graphical login screens. On our work desktops, it stopped working that way about a year ago (when we moved "up" one version of Scientific Linux, and got all the Gnome3 crap), and I still haven't got used to not being able to type username ENTER password ENTER

systemd free Linux distro Devuan releases second beta

Julian Bradfield

Re: Ubuntu adopted it

Middle button works fine on my (X)Ubuntu laptop...I'd love to see the source for this!

Hackers electrocute selves in quest to turn secure doors inside out

Julian Bradfield

Re: "then increased the amount of electrons running through their prototype."

Wrong. The abbreviation is capitalized; the full unit name is not. From the SI Brochure:

Unit names are normally printed in roman (upright) type, and they are treated like ordinary nouns. In English, the names of units start with a lower-case letter (even when the symbol for the unit begins with a capital letter), except at the beginning of a sentence or in capitalized material such as a title. In keeping with this rule, the correct spelling of the name of the unit with the symbol °C is "degree Celsius" (the unit degree begins with a lower-case d and the modifier Celsius begins with an upper-case C because it is a proper name).

Brexit may not mean Brexit at all: UK.gov loses Article 50 lawsuit

Julian Bradfield

Maybe you should read the judgement? It is a major plank of the argument that the EU treaties were prepared for by Parliamentary legislation *before* being formally made by prerogative, so that Parliament was asserting explicit control of the prerogative wrt EU treaties.


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