* Posts by Gio Ciampa

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

Gio Ciampa

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)

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

Gio Ciampa

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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Gio Ciampa

@Steve K

+ Oric-1/Atmos

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

Gio Ciampa

Given Google's dessert fetish

Pavlova?

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

Gio Ciampa

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...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transportation_Security_Administration#Checked_baggage

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

Gio Ciampa

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)

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Skype Classic headed for the chopping block on September 1

Gio Ciampa

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...)

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

Gio Ciampa

Is that why Azure went down?

The admin lost the dongle to for it start up?

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

Gio Ciampa

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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Gio Ciampa

Undecimate?

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

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PETA calls for fish friendly Swedish street signage

Gio Ciampa

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

"People for the Eventual Termination of Animals"

fixed that for you...

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

Gio Ciampa

£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...

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

Gio Ciampa
Coat

What if you ride a bike?

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

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X marks the Notch, where smartmobe supercycles go to die

Gio Ciampa

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

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

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

Gio Ciampa

"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...

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

Gio Ciampa

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.

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

Gio Ciampa

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...)

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

Gio Ciampa

"Social"

"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

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

Gio Ciampa

"should be completely separate"

Meaning it won't be...

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

Gio Ciampa

"the equation theoretically spits out a number"

Um...

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...

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

Gio Ciampa

Re: Patient data is a national asset

<broken>

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

</record>

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The Ataribox lives, as a prototype, supposedly

Gio Ciampa

"The Atari ST was a total non-entity"

You obviously didn't know any musicians...

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TVEyes blindsided: Fox News defeats search engine in copyright spat

Gio Ciampa

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...

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

Gio Ciampa

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!

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

Gio Ciampa

"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.

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

Gio Ciampa

Stair Oil

Where can I get some...?

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

Gio Ciampa

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

I prefer the Megadeth version...

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TalkTalk to splash £1.5bn laying full fibre on 3 million doorsteps

Gio Ciampa

Re: Please take your socialism away...

"In all seriousness, rolling out fibre across the countryside will cost buckets of cash. "

Fine... if you're happy to pay your own way - get your wallet out and pay us taxpayers back for everything we have paid for that you have used over the years...

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Rubrik swallows Datos IO, shuffles in distributed DB backup

Gio Ciampa

Re: FYI: you're thinking of Rubik, not Rubrik

I (mis)read the headline as "Rubik swallows Davros"...

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Bring the people 'beautiful' electric car charging points, calls former transport minister

Gio Ciampa

"There are EV "evangelists" who get quite animated"

In which case we'll just hook them up to a giant hamster wheel and generate the power that way...

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Well done, UK.gov. You hit superfast broadband target (by handing almost the entire project to BT)

Gio Ciampa

Re: Moving house

Some things don't change it seems (I had the same thing almost 10 years back)

Do they still charge £125 for the privilege of this "service"?

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Proposed Brit law to ban b**tards brandishing bots to bulk-buy tickets

Gio Ciampa

Legalised Touting

TicketMaster and GetMeIn being one example (of many, I presume)

First thing they could do is stop this "Pre Sale" nonsense, so tickets go on sale when they are supposed to, not several days earlier (if you happen to be in the know...)

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How's this for a stocking filler next year? El Reg catches up with Gemini

Gio Ciampa

Re: "the first new computer form-factor since the iPad"

re: "Microsoft's Tablet PC in 2002"

I think I can go back further even than that - my first "proper" job was at a research lab at the QE/University of Birmingham, where (by the time I left in 1996) we were looking into using kit like this to hook into the Renal Unit pathology system we had developed - the medics would then have access to blood test results and proposed tests to be performed (automatically generated, via a rulebase).

As you'd imagine back then - battery life and connectivity were as issue as I recall, but as a proof-of-concept it worked rather well...

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UK.gov pushes ahead with legal right to 10Mbps

Gio Ciampa

Re: Silly Idea...

It's only not cost effective if each local install is costed individually.

Economies of scale apply - cover the whole country, and the high cost of some (rural) areas is more than compensated for by those for city centres and the like.

Putting my idealistic hat on - this should have been done from day one, but (at the risk of doing my broken record impression yet again) governments don't think beyond what will get them reelected.

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Gio Ciampa

Re: Other than 'grudgingly',

I'll wager the last one...

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Gio Ciampa

"not economically feasible"

And spending £100+ billion (and counting) saving a few minutes on a train journey from London to Birmingham is...?

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UK.gov needs help getting folk to splurge on full fibre and 5G

Gio Ciampa

Re: New Shiny Sparkley

Don't get me started on HS2 - I totally agree with you on that score...

(and this isn't an anti-Birmingham thing either - I spent 15 years there in one form or another, and would go back if the chance arose)

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Gio Ciampa

Re: "The market will provide"

@Brian

I'd say that the investment rules are as such because successive governments have stuck to the "market" mantra and so have neglected the opportunity to get some decent management in who'll get the job done at a sensible price (from the taxpayer's perspective), instead appointing the same old nonentities whose turn it is for a nudge up the ladder (Sir Humphrey would be so proud...)

An example (admittedly from a different arena) - when they took the East Coast Mainline back into public hands, because National Express (or whoever it was) chose to walk away, they managed to get a decent team in place and it made money for the taxpayer. Fast forward to today... and Virgin/Stagecoach have been given the heave-ho after yet another bailout (and their shareholders are laughing all the way as the stock price rises as a result)

It can, therefore, be done - it just take a government with some balls to actually do it.

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Gio Ciampa

"The market will provide"

The sooner that HMG sees through this fiction - the better...

It's very simple - and I've lost count of the number of times I've said this... they should invest in the infrastructure at a National level, and not leave it to the beancounters at BT et al to decide who gets decent connectivity on the result of a "how profitable is it" calculation.

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BT, Sky bury hatchet with deal to sell each other's telly channels

Gio Ciampa

" I won't be paying extra form BT Sport and extra on top of that for BT Sport HD"

...of course you will...

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We need to talk about mathematical backdoors in encryption algorithms

Gio Ciampa

Re: Backdoors

A leak is a leak is a leak - who cares what level it originates from?

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A certain millennial turned 30 recently: Welcome to middle age, Microsoft Excel v2

Gio Ciampa

"I have to say Excel is one thing Microsoft got right."

Improvements are still due

This may be a case of my misusing it...

...but have you ever tried applied a formula to tens (or hundreds) of thousands of rows...

...then waited an age for it to figure out what it's doing? (Even on a modern 8 core "business" laptop)?

That bit I can live with... just about...

...but what boils my piss is the fact that if you then try to interact at all with it... it starts the whole bloody calculation again (or so it appears)!

This has happened in versions I've used over the last decade or more ... sort it out MS!

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Vodafone signs deal with CityFibre to connect 5 million homes with full fibre

Gio Ciampa

Re: Low-hanging fruit again

For: "Users are not prepared to pay for it"

Read: "Can't afford to be extorted by the likes of BT, VM, et al due to factors such as local geography"

What I'm taking about getting the WHOLE country up to a base level that's worth the name - once that's done, then let those who want more pay for it.

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Gio Ciampa

Re: Low-hanging fruit again

"This appears to be mostly a commercial project"

...and while that mindset remains - we'll never get the "100% coverage by 2020" (or whatever the Government's pledge is this week...)

About time someone high up realised that this should be a National Infrastructure project - and paid for accordingly... instead of certain vanity projects

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Seldom used 'i' mangled by baffling autocorrect bug in Apple's iOS 11

Gio Ciampa

For "i"...

...read "i™" surely?

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Europe's one-patent-court-to-rule-them-all rocked by 'Brexit, EPO reforms, German laws'

Gio Ciampa

Re: Breach of contract?

Works the other way too - given (some of) our MPs proclivity for second/third/fourth jobs...

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You may not have noticed, but 'superfast' broadband is available to 94% of Blighty

Gio Ciampa

I assume Thinkbroadband are using the "can pay extra for fibre" definition of ("has access to"?

Not that I can check, as there seems to be no link to the report.

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Home Sec Amber Rudd: Yeah, I don't understand encryption. So what?

Gio Ciampa

Re: Techies will continue to sneer.

"From experience, luggage does get checked by the TSA."

Seconded from here - the last time I was out that way they left a leaflet in my luggage on the way home... right next to the one that they'd left on the way in (that I'd deliberately placed so that it was they first thing they'd see on opening it...)

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Essentially invisible: Android big-daddy Andy Rubin's hypetastic mobe 'flops in first month'

Gio Ciampa

re: I am one of the seemingly small population

I must be the other one then...

...excuse me while I dither over what (mid-range) handset to get next...

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