* Posts by Gio Ciampa

445 posts • joined 26 Jul 2008


Grumble Pai: FCC boss told by House Dems to try the novel concept of putting US folks first, big biz second

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Big biz first, surely...

...isn't that the American way?

(That, or invasion to control oil supplies)

Crispest image yet of Ultima Thule arrives on Earth, but grab a coffee while the rest downloads

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Re: WOW!

I was thinking more Starbug

Nothing 'unites teams' like a good relocation, eh Vodafone?

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Re: £8,000 to relocate from Glasgow to Newbury?

Glad someone (else) remembered to bring up Dodgy "Dine Me" Dave...

The Large Hadron Collider is small beer. Give us billions more for bigger kit, say boffins

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Re: Dark matter/energy question

"I don't think the virtual particles produced in the vacuum gravitate"

They do - given that they're the basis for Hawking Radiation (one of the virtual particles goes down the black hole, the other thus becomes real to compensate and reduces the mass of the hole as a result)

xHamster reports spike in UK users getting their five-knuckle shuffle on before pr0n age checks

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Re: Incompetence expected

Auntie seems to know when I access the likes of iPlayer on a VPN, so I'm surprised that Netflix et al doesn't

London's Gatwick airport suspends all flights after 'multiple' reports of drones

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Re: Something doesn't fly right with this story

Assuming, of course, that whoever is technically savvy enough to pull off this stunt hasn't, you know, taken them off...?

Space policy boffin: Blighty can't just ctrl-C, ctrl-V plans for Galileo into its Brexit satellite

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Re: No mention...

If Gyimah thinks the EU is playing hardball, just wait until Trump gets his turn, when he'll have us in his favourite position (by the short-n-curlies)

Shocker: UK smart meter rollout is crap, late and £500m over budget

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Re: Not so smart!

"Advertising Standards Authority"

I've wondered about whether there'd be a case to answer on that score too...

"not having estimated bills anymore"

I get an email once a month from my (non-big-6) supplier, asking for a reading ... takes 2 minutes to reply with the numbers (might as well use advert breaks usefully after all...), so why install a gadget to do it for me?

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Re: smart meter != reduction in energy consumption

Exactly this ... unless they really do come installed with magic energy-saving pixies that do it all for you...?

Talk in Trump's tweets tells whether tale is true: Code can mostly spot Prez lies from wording

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Re: Ignorance can be very powerful

"We give £350M a week to the EU"

Technically even that statement is false - given that it's the pre-rebate figure - so we actually hand over rather less than that (and then most of it comes back our way - in effect - through EU spending)

I gather someone is trying to sue Boris over that whole bus thing... popcorn at the ready...

Oh, I wish it could be Black Friday every day-aayyy, when the wallets start jingling but it's still a week till we're paiii-iid

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Re: Today IS payday...

I ended up making sure all the bills were timed for the first fortnight of the month for that very reason.

(I've gone from "Last Tuesday" to "28th" to "Last Friday" to "25th" over the years...)

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Today IS payday...

...as the 25th is at the weekend, so they bring it forward for some reason...

...not that I've read any of the 3 million (it seems) special offer emails I've had this week.

(That said, I do have a couple of things I need to buy soonish, so I'll be playing the "what odds on those things not being in a sale" game later...)

If you have inner peace, it's probably 'cos your broadband works: Zen Internet least whinged-about Brit ISP – survey

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Re: Another happy Zen customer here

"As opposed to the ISP provided router."

This ... my Zen-supplied router (half) died on me - the Wifi failed specifically, but it still worked wired.

Asked them about a replacement - they tried to sell me another, but were happy to let me get my own so off I went and got one, no problem at all

So, about that Google tax on Android makers in the EU – report pegs it at up to $40 per phone

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Re: Time to ban Google outside of America?

Can't imagine the EU will ban them outright - not when there's (potentially) a semi-regular source of big fine income they can impose...

Revealed: The billionaire baron who’ll ride Elon’s thrusting erection to the Moon and back

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A better passenger...

...would be "Mad" Mike Hughes, the Flat-Earther - just to shut him up once and for all...

Trump shouldn't criticise the news media, says Amazon's Jeff Bezos

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Re: "As far away from Trumpton as possible."

I loved the reference anyway - it would go so far over the heads of certain people...

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...and (probably) insanely jealous that Bezos has far more money (thus showing how crap Trump is/was as a businessman...)

Like tax? Love networks? UK taxmen have a job just for you

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What they really need...

...is a new "get the bastards to pay what they're supposed to" department...

...as opposed to the "special treatment for the rich and famous" section they're running at the moment (which could be classified as being an accessory to tax fraud, but that's a whole different can of worms).

(see https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1015402/HMRC-tax-financial-crimes-prosecution and others)

UK getting ready to go it alone on Galileo

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Re: That is going to be one hell of an expensive failure

"will balloon to £15 billion"

...and the rest! ESA or NASA (or the Russians) will have us by the proverbials for a launch system

We might just about manage to pay for it if we scrap HS2 ... but even then I doubt it

For all the excitement, Pie may be Android's most minimal makeover yet – thankfully

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You have been able to backup most things via adb since android 4.0.

"Most" being the operative word - given that there is a flag that apps can set which will block the ADB backup process from happening (for that app)

That said - there are apps out there that will (without root being needed) perform ADB backups on a per-app basis (rather than a monolithic single file) - Helium by Clockworkmod being the first one that comes to mind (it was the one that informed me about the no-backup flag too, as it happens)

Your Phone prematurely ejected, Skype texting on the way, and 900 more years of Windows

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Augus 2918

I take it there'll be a month renaming decree by then also...

Creased Lightning: Profits wobble at Virgin Media while fibre project stays sluggish

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They'd save a bloody fortune

If they stopped sending me "sign up" junk mail every few days.

(They recently cabled the flats where I live, getting the feeling not everyone has signed up, hence the constant badgering)

ZX Spectrum Vega+ blows a FUSE: It runs open-source emulator

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Be a damn sight cheaper if it were...

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Re: @Steve K

I had a C-16 as well, now I think of it (got it cheap somewhere - couldn't justify the cost of a C-64)

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@Steve K

+ Oric-1/Atmos

Sur-Pies! Google shocks world with sudden Android 9 Pixel push

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Given Google's dessert fetish


FBI boss: We went to the Moon, so why can't we have crypto backdoors? – and more this week

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Re: Eggs out of pancakes

"Don't worry, only TSA approved staff have access to the key."

...or anyone who read the Washington Post article that one time - and "forgot" to remove the picture of them...


I predict a riot: Amazon UK chief foresees 'civil unrest' for no-deal Brexit

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Re: eh?

"Amazon, go HOME but pay your TAXES First. We can exist without you. You are NOT wanted."

That's the real reason for claiming there'll be civil unrest... they're trying to avoid the UK being able to (finally) put a stop to their Triple-Irish-Dutch-IsleOfMan-Sandwich (or whatever their tax scam is called these days)

Skype Classic headed for the chopping block on September 1

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Not used the desktop app for ages...

...my occasional use these days is via the browser version (and that's getting ever less frequent)

(Meanwhile, at work, S4B is just a pain in the proverbial...)

Hardened Azure logins, softened containers, leaky encrypted images on Macs – and more

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Is that why Azure went down?

The admin lost the dongle to for it start up?

Tesla undecimates its workforce but Elon insists everything's absolutely fine

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Re: Undecimate?

Thanks for the clarification - all who mentioned it.

I didn't even consider "undec" = 11 (or spot the 1-in-10 meaning of decimate as used by Harold Saxon in "The Sound of Drums" when I (re)watched it the other day...).

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So they're taking on lots of staff...?????

PETA calls for fish friendly Swedish street signage

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Re: PETA... yeah... right...

"People for the Eventual Termination of Animals"

fixed that for you...

It's Galileo Groundhog Day! You can keep asking the same question, but it won't change the answer

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£5bn... and the rest!

Stick a 1 on the front to get it developed (Galileo being 3x its original budget or thereabouts)

Then turn the 1 into a 2 (or 3... 4... more...) to develop some kind of platform to launch it from, given that NASA, ESA, and the Russians will have us by the proverbial short & curlies...

Yes, people see straight through male displays of bling (they're only after a fling)

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What if you ride a bike?

Isn't that what "Flashy Dan" is after...?

X marks the Notch, where smartmobe supercycles go to die

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"Consumers were more price-sensitive than he had assumed"

Also more hype-sensitive I'll wager...

O2 wolfs down entire 4G spectrum as pals fiddle with their shiny 5G band

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"I really wish mobile networks would finish the job properly..."

Oh no... can't be having that... how else will HMGov get its fix of easy cash every couple of years (when there aren't any public services to sell off on the cheap)?

I'll wager though that after the £23 billion they got for 3G, the mobile operators have gotten wise to this...

Students: Duh, of course we're blowing our loan bucks on crypto coins

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Nothing changes...

Most of my student friends (back in the day) invested their grant money in British Gas et al...

...sold the shares as soon as they were allowed... and (mostly) bought some half-decent audio gear with the proceeds.

Admittedly, that was a lot more likely to be a guaranteed win than the likes of Bitcoin today.

BOFH: Give me a lever long enough and a fool, I mean a fulcrum and ....

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Re: cellphone?

"Not only should El Reg bring back "mobe", but also "lappy". And maybe also introduce "desky" to denote the other main PC type..."

Not forgetting (and showing my age here) luggables - which I always called Louise (but out of earshot of said young lady...)

How do you make those darn code monkeys do what you want? Just give 'em a little nudge

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"We also encourage people to talk about things that have worked for them, in lightning talks or blog posts. When we share information we can show how easy it is to do something and show what people can gain from it."

Until you're flooded with notifications saying that XYZ has responded to ABC's post - and promptly tune them all out... even the useful ones

Techies building UK web smut age check tools: You'll get a spec next week

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"should be completely separate"

Meaning it won't be...

Fermi famously asked: 'Where is everybody?' Probably dead, says renewed Drake equation

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"the equation theoretically spits out a number"


It does spit out a number - that's the point of an equation - no "theoretical" about it!

It's the the interpretation of the result that's in question here...

NHS Digital heads accused of being 'suppliers', not 'custodians' of UK patient data

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Re: Patient data is a national asset


They have form after all... the DVLA comes to mind


The Ataribox lives, as a prototype, supposedly

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"The Atari ST was a total non-entity"

You obviously didn't know any musicians...

TVEyes blindsided: Fox News defeats search engine in copyright spat

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Re: Ten minutes??

Last time I was over there I couldn't help but marvel at the epics that were the drug adverts...

10 seconds of "do you have these symptoms? Our new drug might be able to help"

30 seconds of "oh... by the way... it might cause this, that, the other ... or even kill you"

10 seconds of "ask your doctor about it" (presuming that the previous 30 seconds hasn't put you off)

10 seconds of "oh... if you can't afford it we might be able to help with that too..."

That was pretty much the template for every single one...

Use ad blockers? Mine some Monero to get access to news, says US site

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Re: So-

Yes, bandwidth etc do cost money...

...but are you putting in the effort to host the adverts yourself...?

... or are you just plugging a script into a page somewhere, and letting A.N.Other host the adverts for you (and whatever other junk that happens to come with them)?

If the former - then fine, I'll unblock your site... if the latter, then forget it!

UK.gov's Brexiteers warned not to push for divergence on data protection laws

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"greater freedoms"

Meaning: "greater bungs from our mates who'll sell on the pleb's data to anyone"

Case in point - the DVLA - they'll sell your reg number to pretty much anyone as it is (especially those lovely sharks claiming to be car park enforcement agencies) ... I dread to think what they'd do with more freedom.

BOFH: Turn your server rack hotspot to a server rack notspot

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Stair Oil

Where can I get some...?

Apple's top-secret iBoot firmware source code spills onto GitHub for some insane reason

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Re: "These iBoots Are Made for Walking" by Dolly Parton

I prefer the Megadeth version...


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