* Posts by Gio Ciampa

453 posts • joined 26 Jul 2008


UK PM May's response to London terror attack: Time to 'regulate' internet companies

Gio Ciampa

Re: Pen and Paper note, "Welcome to Britains' Open Prison"

The (probably hideously under-estimated) MOD costs for Trident come in at about £1 billion a year over a 30-odd year lifetime... to counter a threat that may never happen...

...alternatively - it'd pay for 30+ thousand PCs, Nurses, etc... to hopefully prevent the acting out of a threat that exists right now, or deal with the aftermath should something slip through the net

I know what I'd rather spend my money on...

Gio Ciampa

Re: Politicians comments

I spent most of Sunday watching Yes Minister - seemed a much better idea...

Gio Ciampa

Re: "Does the idiot woman realize how bloody stupid she sounds?"

(Playing devil's advocate here... )

"82, which doesn't look quite so rosy."

True ... but not as huge a leap as to make it significant compare to other causes

"during her tenure as Home Secretary & as PM many terrorist plots have been successfully disrupted by the security services"

Says who? Do you have a (verifiable) list?

NASA boffins find an explanation for Saturn's wonky moon

Gio Ciampa

Re: Intergalactic Billiards.

More likely Ford Prefect's doing - one Gargleblaster too many I'll wager ...

Auntie sh!tcans BBC Store after 18 months

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Re: ...launch director Andrew Scott

Glad I wasn't the only one who thought that...

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Re: "can we prevent every single person not paying"

...Trident too - given I'm never going to personally nuke anyone (much as I'd like to sometimes)

Vodafone loses €6bn mainly due to Indian biz writeoff

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City Restaurants will be busy...

...time to be wining and dining HMRC again...?

HTC's 2017 flagship U11 woos audiophiles and bundles Alexa

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Stopped reading right there...

CERN ready to test an even bigger gun

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Re: How many inverted femtobarns...

In the grand scheme of things, it's peanuts compared to other (vanity) projects...

UK General Election 2017: How EU law will hit British politicians' Facebook fight

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re: "use of algorithms by politicians to swing votes"

Surely it's far too late to go after algorithms now...

...most of the real work will have been done years ago making sure that the constituency boundaries were drawn up 'just so' to allow the vote to go the way of those drawing the lines...

Android O-mg. Google won't kill screen hijack nasties on Android 6, 7 until the summer

Gio Ciampa

Poor coding by Facebook - abetted by Google?

I run a number of apps on my (rooted LineageOS-powered) phone that ask very nicely when they want you to grant a certain permission - explaining why it's required before you go anywhere near the settings screens...

...if a one-man outfit can put in the effort to do this ... (to borrow from Clarkson) how hard can it be...?

Shame on Facebook for the sheer laziness (and bloodymindedness) in not getting this sorted out - and Google for letting them get away with it...

(I always turned chat heads off anyway - a simple notification was sufficient for me... and then I dumped the official apps entirely for the likes of Folio and Friendly that just act as wrappers around the mobile web site - 95% of the functionality, and 95% saved space not installing things I never need)

iPhone lawyers literally compare Apples with Pears in trademark war

Gio Ciampa

Re: Changing names

"Looks like a spotty bum to me :P"

(.|.) surely?

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Re: Does anyone remember ...

Or Tangerine?

(manufacturers of the Oric-1 and Atmos as I recall)

(Edit: someone already mentioned them... so that was the other person that bought one ;^D )

Trump's self-imposed cybersecurity deadline is up: What we got?

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"Tweeting Tangerine"

Wasn't that an Ubuntu release? (or will Google use it for Android?)

Microsoft touts SQL Server 2017 as 'first RDBMS with built-in AI'

Gio Ciampa

Re: Unspeakably wicked

3 words...

Mandated Back Door

Will the MOAB (Mother Of all AdBlockers) finally kill advertising?

Gio Ciampa

re: Anonymous Cowshed


I'm afraid to say - it appears that most people creating websites (in my view) are simply lazy... why spend time sorting out your own advertising strategy, getting to know your site visitors, and giving them something they might be interested in...

...when you can drop a widget in any given page in 5 seconds, let some third-party do the work, and risk them putting any old crap on your site (as shown by the recent kerfuffle with Google), with who-knows-what effect on your reputation?

HMRC beer duty bungle leaves breweries struggling to pay online

Gio Ciampa

"Wrexham Lager is not a brewery"

Um... I think you'll find it is.


Blighty's £1.2bn space industry could lend itself to tourism – report

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Re: The annoying thing

"but it will employ tens of thousands of manual and blue collar workers"

So would getting them to fix the rest of the network - at much the same cost I'll wager

Law Commission pulls back on official secrets laws plans after Reg exposes flawed report

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...er... none actually - didn't they all drop out?

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Any chance...

...of NOT automatically downloading things - even if they are relevant to the story!

UK.gov cuts deal with Microsoft to avoid £15m post-Brexit price hike

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Putting my cynical hat on...

I wonder if HMRC might have been persuaded to cut a sweetheart deal also - to balance out the books...

...can't be having a megacorp losing money now, can we?

LiveJournal trial a storm in a safe harbour

Gio Ciampa

Today's entry in the "still going?" list...

Neopets yesterday...

LiveJournal today...

It'll be AskJeeves next...

We know what you're thinking: Where the hell is all the antimatter?

Gio Ciampa

Re: Explain where the positive charge comes from

Paragraph 2: "in normal double beta decay, two neutrons convert to protons and two electrons"

Same thing happens in the neutinoless version...

(Mine's the one with the Physics degree ... OK - it was a Third: if only I'd proved there was a Black Hole under the Department of Physics at Birmingham...)

Huawei mystery memo (and phone strategy) confirmed

Gio Ciampa

Re: Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei (left). Not sure who the other chap is

Isn't he the World Multitasking Champion...?

Samsung Galaxy S8: Slimmer bezels, a desktop mode – and yet another me-too AI pal

Gio Ciampa

Re: Bixby

"especially if they guaranteed OTA updates to Android in a timely fashion."

Ah.. if only...

I'll wager the updates for the S7s will stop any day now (and the S8s when the S9 arrives...)

Windows 10 Creators Update: Clearing the mines with livestock (that's you by the way)

Gio Ciampa

Re: "it's unfair of me to blame Microsoft's OS"

Just curious... was the space in "Windows 1 0" deliberate (or should there be a decimal point in there...)?

Miss Misery on hacking Mr Robot and the Missing Sense of Fun

Gio Ciampa

Re: Episode numbering

Also... WMV files...?

Nobody uses WMV, do they...???

Huawei's just changed the way you'll use Android

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Re: Disappointed...


"a new variant of AOSP" not "a new variant of Android"


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

Gio Ciampa

Re: Nuke the entire site from orbit--it's the only way to be sure

"I came across an email account some years ago which contained many really bad pictures"

Confession! Did you hand yourself over to the police?

Samsung phones, Apple's iPhones are 'overpriced', says top Huawei exec

Gio Ciampa

Re: They're all mostly overpriced landfill.

"a good spec phone with an SD card, removeable battery, headphone jack, & no crap overlay UI on top of what's already there, all for a price under the 200Pounds mark"

(Apart from the battery) I'm seriously considering a Nokia 6 for these very reasons - will wait a few months though just to make sure any launch gremlins are squashed...

Gio Ciampa

"Samsung. They spend a lot on marketing"

Funniest advert on right now... Samsung's "Quality Assurance"

Do they think everyone has forgotten the Note 7 already...?

Amid new push to make Pluto a planet again... Get over it, ice-world's assassin tells El Reg

Gio Ciampa

Re: 110 planets?!

Surely that proves why astrology is wrong... they don't take into account all those other objects that obviously would have an effect - sure explains why I'm not a typical Leo ;^D

Microsoft ups Surface slab prices for Brits. Darn weak pound, eh?

Gio Ciampa

Re: Just say 'sod off MS I ain't paying that much'

"this sort of pricing it makes MacBooks attractive again"

...for how long...? I wouldn't be surprised if Apple joined in the bandwagon at some point.

Baby supernova spotted, just three hours old and a real cutie

Gio Ciampa

Re: The watched star...

Probably explains why Betelgeuse hasn't gone yet...

...I'll look in the opposite direction - if that'll help?

Who do you want to be Who? VOTE for the BBC's next Time Lord

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Harry Melling

Young enough for the fangirls...

...connected enough to the original show for the old guard...

Congratulations – you're looking better than ever this morning!

Gio Ciampa

Re: That's the backup HQ for climate agencies

"The alien base has been relocated to the Mall in Washington."

That would explain the lack of attendees at the inauguration - the builders needed to clear the land...

UK.gov tells freelance techies to slap 20 per cent on fees as IR35 tax hike looms

Gio Ciampa

Looks like another good reason...

...to turn the tax code into something like

Allowance: £15k

All Subsequent Earnings: 25%

Exceptions: None

(the figures may vary - but you get the gist)

Easier for us to understand, for HMRC to implement and calculate, thus saving a huge amount in costs associated with tax lawyers, accountants, et al...

All the cool kids are doing it – BT hikes broadband and TV bills

Gio Ciampa

Re: A&A


Jumped from Sky to Zen last May after (yet another) price rise ... got faster connection speed (getting on for 20 Mb/s instead if 12 or so on a "up to 16" tariff) too...

Admittedly - side-by-side it costs a couple of quid a month more, but that is only because, on Sky, it's a bundled cost (I had TV/Phone/Broadband) rather than being standalone... the only real downside being the loss of Last Week Tonight (but there are... ahem... ways to get around that...)

Sysadmin chatbots: We have the technology

Gio Ciampa

I was thinking more Terminator...

Raspberry Pi Foundation releases operating system for PCs, Macs

Gio Ciampa

Re: Here’s an idea …

Hmmm... might resurrect the old EEE PC gathering dust somewhere and give that a go...

Itchy-fingered OnePlus presses refresh, out pops value champ 3T

Gio Ciampa


Par for the course I thought...

Radical 5G rules proposed, but UK can address woeful coverage right now

Gio Ciampa

Re: Ofcom missed an opportunity...

Of course (and apologies to those who've seen me writing this before)...

...if OFCOM operated the 3/4/5/...G networks as a "National Grid" to which all operators have access (and are charged accordingly) - we wouldn't have this discussion every 5 minutes...

Around 1.4 million people have sub-10Mbps speeds - Ofcom

Gio Ciampa

Re: A very simple solution...

"Commercial reasons" are the cause of the problem in the first place... if BT et al can't be arsed to provide the infrastructure because it'll cut a few million off their profits - then bar them from providing the service at all... the almighty "market" will provide someone who will (so they say...).

...speaking as someone on the wrong end of VM when they couldn't be bothered to cable a flat that was - when I started renting it - less than 3 months old, and despite being all of 100 yards from houses that had been cabled, so the actual cost to VM would have been minimal...

Gio Ciampa

A very simple solution...

a) scrap HS2 or Trident renewal or some such - thus freeing up £100 billion or so

b) spend that money on a "National Grid" of "ultrafast" fibre broadband and mobile connectivity

c) keep it under taxpayer control - then charge the telcos for the amount of data they use...

(of course - it'll never happen... too many short-sighted politicians with their snouts in the trough...)

Beeb flings millions more £s at Capita for telly tax collection

Gio Ciampa

Re: No means no

"Of course, some of the programmes on those channels are created for and by the BBC."

Which - as we've already paid for them - we should get for free...

...without having to pay Amazon's tax bill for them too...

'Upset' Linus Torvalds gets sweary and gets results

Gio Ciampa

Re: I wonder about the devs

" this profession and its union have been infiltrated in the last few decades by a load of aggitating Trots"

As opposed to the media and our "leaders" - who are just as rabid on the other side of the spectrum...

Busted Windows 8, 10 update blamed for breaking Brits' DHCP

Gio Ciampa

Re: andy265

Virgin for one... see virg.in/win10

UK's new Snoopers' Charter just passed an encryption backdoor law by the backdoor

Gio Ciampa

Re: Is anyone working to overcome this?

"Liberal Democrats (the only party who opposed it in Parliament)"

And the odds of them continuing to do so if they ever get a sniff of power again...?

Donald Trump confirms TPP to be dumped, visa program probed

Gio Ciampa

"I assume Trump will not separate his business interest from being President"

If I understand it correctly - he has to, by law, put the business interests in a "blind trust" and have no part in them...

...of course, I'll wager that there are ways to get around that particular inconvenience...

Amazon's Netflix-gnasher to hit top gear In December

Gio Ciampa

Re: Wheels within wheels.

"Amazon around £6.50 (paid annually) gets you video, audio, fast shipping on real items, discounted nappies (obviously only of use if you're a parent), audiobooks and a whole host of other stuff for similar money."

...and not forgetting a larger tax bill to cover that which they don't pay...


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