* Posts by Wibble

745 posts • joined 21 Mar 2009


HMRC: We 'rigorously tested' IR35 tax-check tool... but have almost nothing to show for it


> austerity....

Of course the side effect of increasing inflation is it devalues debt over time and the decrease in the pound makes imports more expensive thus rationing them.

The alternative to 'austerity' is what exactly? Continue to spend...? Sure, they could spend on capital projects, but we'd all be raped by Crapita, incompetence and bloody-minded short-termism.

You didn't mention the sainted Jeremy BTW... Is it just me who thinks Jezza has more than a passing resemblence to Davros, especially when he's doing PM's questions, Theresa's winding him up and he sounds just like like Davros too.

'Bomb threat' scammers linked to earlier sextortion campaign


I raise you one acid attack or murder...

Latest from the scumbags digging ever deeper into the cess... As received last week. Pretty nasty TBH.

Amazing how fucked up these scammers are.

Received: from unknown (HELO psyproblems.net) (


I host a forum in the deep web, I perform all sorts of services - basically it is demolition to bussiness and injury. Basically, all but the homicide. Often main reasons are rejected love or competition at work. This month he talked me and set me the task of splashing acid in your visage. Standard order - fast, painfully, forever. Without too much fuss. I get money only after finishing the order. So, now I suggest you pay me to be inactive, I propose this to nearly all the victims. If I do not get money from you, then my performer will fulfill the task. If you give me money, besides to my inactivity, I will give you the information that I have about the customer. After finishing the order, I always spend the performer, so I have an option, to get $1700 from you for info about the customer and my inaction, or to receive $ 4000 from the customer, but with a high probability of waisting the performer.

I’m getting money in Bitcoin, its my bitcoin address - 12Y12HNMtrBpKAudLBZNSjHFKVoHwW8wos

The summary I told above.

36 hours to decide and pay.

Windows 10 can carry on slurping even when you're sure you yelled STOP!


Little Snitch?

Is Little Snitch not available on Windows? Brilliant on a Mac; amazing how much slurping's done with many applications.

Bloodhound SSC reaches the end of the road for want of £25m



The sound 'barrier' is a physical barrier to pass through. Thrust SSC did a superb job; well done to them. Nobody can ever take the record away from Andy Green: the first man to break the sound barrier on land (unlike Chuck Yeager who may not have been the first - https://skeptoid.com/episodes/4154).

Always remember the TV film of the Thrust SSC crew being asked "was it worth it" and then hearing the two sonic booms and a cheer.

1000mph is just some arbitrary speed. Admittedly a difficult one to break, but arbitrary all the same. May as well aim for 1000 nautical miles per hour, or 1000 Linguine per nanocentury (apologies for mixing measurement 'standards')

Microsoft polishes up Chromium as EdgeHTML peers into the abyss


And in another project...

... MS engineers replacing the Windows kernel with something a bit more reliable and ending in *NIX?

WhamWham, bambam, no thank you, SamSam: Iranians accused by the Feds of orchestrating ransomware outbreak


Is this the new AV signature?

All the blackmail (you've visited some porn site) and ransomware spam/scams publish their bitcoin wallet IDs. Does this make following the money easier? Recovery possible? Exchanges liable?

Interesting times for the Cyber Punks.

Reverse Ferret! Forget what we told you – the iPad isn't really for work


Not just iPads... what about the MacBooks

Sometimes one gets the feeling of being boiled like the proverbial frog.

The tablets are good for reading, little games, casual browsing, etc. Nice for travel.

For that work thing you need a proper windows (small W) machine with mouse and lots of screen space. Just like a Mac. Except they keep dicking around with them making them harder to use (is it the world's worst keyboard yet), less expandable (that data's mine and I need to swap it to another machine if this one dies, e.g. like a SSD/hard drive) and utterly dongletastic due to the missing connectivity. We don't need "thin". And we don't need to spend north of £6k for a bit of storage...

FFS Apple, pull yer head out of your arse.

Memo to Microsoft: Windows 10 is broken, and the fixes can't wait


Re: It's-a rubbish!

> I wish I could bill MS for the time I spent

That's the root of this crappy attitude to testing: it's an overhead which can be offloaded to unpaid "enthusiasts". Unpaid means there's no contract, so no explicit commitment to quality, which is the raison d'etre of professional testers.

Staggering naivety on the part of the senior management at MS.

Of course, by extension, this naive culture means that *all* MS software will be unreliable, even the sacred cloudy software.

If only MS ended up footing the bill for this short-sightedness. When's the class action suit happening?

Apple macOS Mojave: There's goth mode but developers will have to wait for the juicy stuff


Goth Mode - too dark in use

Like the concept of a dark mode, especially when working in the wee hours.

Alas it's implementation is unusable as the applications are unoptimised at this moment. Take Mail for example; this fails in dark mode as it fails basic accessibility requirements for contrast, especially if different background/highlight colours are used to identify different email sources. Add to that the problems with rendering "rich text" emails which were designed for a specific colour, e.g. white backgrounds, it ends up as an unusable mess.

So 5 minutes seems to be about it for a feature that's been so pushed.

You're alone in a room with the Windows 10 out-of-the-box apps. What do you do?


Re: Not turn them in to apps.

Notepad does need updating. Nothing much but having an undo buffer and little things such as multi-line tab indenting, column cut/copy/paste, maybe allowing multi-document tabs would go a long way. Sure, it's better than nothing, but only just.

Check out this link! It's not like it'll crash your iPhone or anything (Hint: Of course it will)


Since 12.x is available on everything that supported 11.x, and results in performance increases over 11.x as well, there's zero reason why anyone should be unwilling to upgrade

What if you have some older 32 bit applications which aren't available in 64 bit?

Git it girl! Academy tries to tempt women into coding with free course


And before we know it, teaching "IT" will be back to learning to powerpoint, werd and eggsell.

We need more engineers regardless of gender. Lets hope this programme helps a few more people into the exciting world of IT.

Chap asks Facebook for data on his web activity, Facebook says no, now watchdog's on the case


If you can't obey the law, then you should delete it all.

What value does this data have outside of slurp central?

Apple tipped to revive forgotten Macbook Air and Mac mini – report


Wife's MacBook Pro has the useless touch bar, the shitty keys that haven't broken *yet*, and had to add a Chinese magsafe equivalent for the power connector (otherwise the USB-C power connector will wear out) and about £200 of dongles because nothing uses USB-C -- certainly not the iPhone, Thunderbolt display, SSD cards, backup discs, DVD-ROM (yes, they're still needed for archives), countless USB sticks....

Mine's the silver one with the selection of connectors actually built into the MacBook Pro. Strange, but until you loose them you don't realise just how much you use them.


If only the Mini were 10mm thick. Size is the only thing that matters. And we must have soldered in RAM & SSD so that a fully configured one can be £6k+

/sarcasm - wasted on Apple

Those old Mac Minis were really nice machines.

Wearable hybrids prove the bloated smartwatch is one of Silly Valley's biggest mistakes


Re: Er, seemsd to have missed....

Garmin Descent is £1000 or £1300 if you want the cock-watch metal strap.

They've found that niche by going after rich wannabe divers. So a specialism in the sea of generics.

iPhone 8 now outsells X, and every other phone


X is OK, definitely not fantastic

Some nice features on the X: great screen, larger format. But it sucks in so many ways with that facial recognition being a royal pain in the arse and a lack of a button means holding the damn phone in two hands.

So a lot of 'meh' with that X somewhat devalues it's worth.

Hardly surprising that the 8's more popular

Microsoft gives users options for Office data slurpage – Basic or Full


Little Snitch anyone?

It's staggering just how many domains MS use in their 'products'.

MacBook Pro petition begs Apple for total recall of krap keyboards


Re: Apple fix it or people will move

People won't move for that requires a change in operating system which effectively means moving to that Windos crapware. Apple may treat their customers really badly, but Microsoft.... Just plain no.

The new keyboards and Macbook Pros are horrible with a keyboard where it's hard to feel the position of the keys, not to mention are outrageously expensive -- the new Apple "Magic" keyboard is now £150.

Nowadays, being an Apple customer does leave one with the feeling of being treated like a wizard's sleeve.

Nominet drains mug of tea, leans back, calmly explains how to make Whois GDPR-compliant


Re: I would agree with only LEAs having full access

Can't help but wonder that should this pragmatic approach be adopted by ICANN that there needs to be some monitoring as some LEAs may sell their access as a revenue generation opportunity. Thinking of Hicksville TX not caring for those pinko commie liberals

Facebook supremo Mark Zuckerberg has flunky tell UK MPs: Nope, he's sending someone else


Tax the slippery bastards

Would be nice to tax them until the pips squeak.

They can be our (tax) product then and do something useful for once.

Probe: How IBM ousts older staff, replaces them with young blood


Re: The ultimate question?

> The answer has to be 42.

The Czech Republic and Slovakia?

Swiss see Telly Tax as a Big Plus, vote against scrapping it


Re: Short term vs long term

Cough. https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/

It was down this morning. Too much traffic for the maps to work. The Met Office was also attacked by the hipsters adding frippery over functionality, although the BBC has just turned this up to 11 with their vanity bonfire of a working site -- they've apparently deprecated weather fronts and isobar labels in favour of bandwidth-hogging satellite views.... FFS.


Short term vs long term

The BBC does a reasonable job of Educate, Entertain, Inform. They've paid for Blue Planet -- Netfllix and the others wouldn't touch an expensive program like that. Radio 4's a national institution.

Problem as I see it is you get rid of the BBC and you end up with that stinking pile of utter shite that is Yankee Vision, i.e. pretty much any US TV station. One can see why Netflix et al started in the US -- their existing channels were utter unwatchable bilge interspersed with uncontrolled advertising.

The other issue is cultural. It's bad enough with the Yankee invasion from the internets. With no alternatives giving a UK / any other country view, we'd just become proxy Americans. Where's my gun I want to be a teacher... Trump's a genius...

One example is the BBC scrapping their weather website for the utter dumbed down crap run by a third party.

Reg man wraps head in 49-inch curved monitor


Re: Still only 1080 Vertical

If they'd listen to people who *work* rather than people who *play* we'd have lovely 1:1 at 2000x2000 resolution (or more). People who *work* tend to use portrait for *work*.

Wearables are now a two-horse race and Google lost very badly


Re: Why is Garmin

Garmin now have an Apple-priced dive watch. The Garmin Descent is £1000 and will certainly compare very well to the likes of similar priced Suunto watches. Obviously Suunto's asleep at the wheel. IMHO the Descent is a far more attractive wearable than Apple's fugly offerings although beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

There's definitely a market for specialist sports requirements; sailing, climbing, hillwalking, skiing, diving, flying. One of the main requirements doing these remote pastimes is battery longevity.

Who wants dynamic dancing animations and code in their emails? Everyone! says Google


Think of the adults...!

Why is everything about the children these days? Animated talking turds, instagram filters...

It's like the world doesn't give a shit any longer. Please, WALL-E isn't an insightful documentary.

A Hughes failure: Flat Earther rocketeer can't get it up yet again


Anyone can see the curvature of the earth from the ground...

It's piss-easy: stand on a beach at the water's edge and look at a ship at sea. Even without binoculars, you can see the ship disappear over the horizon. Watch the hull disappear first, then the superstructure.

Anyone who sails going back millennia has known this.

In fact when sailing, when sitting in the cockpit, if you can't see the bow-wave of a moving ship, it means it's more than about 2 miles away.

2017 tablet market trended towards torpor


Re: Bluetooth connections can be flakey

My Apple Mouse (Mighty perhaps) loses its connection every ten minutes.

In the words of the air crash news reporter: Sum Ting Wong.

Used the Apple mouse for years and don't get problems on Macs. Although... sometimes a VM running WinDos can shag the connection when it contends.

Would go as far as to say that the new touch Apple Magic Mouse (at least 6 years old now) is IMHO the best mouse I've *ever* used. The old mighty-mouse (with the little roller nipple) wasn't much cop when it got dirty.

For balance, Apple also made one of the worlds worst mouse - that truly awful puck thing.

Thar she blows: Strava heat map shows folk on shipwreck packed with 1,500 tonnes of bombs


Sailors are sailing...

It's showing people sailing past it. It's clearly marked with 8 yellow buoys and two of the Montgomery's masts sticking out of the water. The Montgomery's a favourite place for people to do a day trip from Chatham, Gillingham, Rochester etc. as a little trip out into the Thames Estuary.

The people to the south of the Montgomery, on The Isle of Sheppy, are either the webbed-feet locals or people sailing dinghies/jetskis.

Here we go again... UK Prime Minister urges nerds to come up with magic crypto backdoors


Re: No is the answer and it remains that way

Schrödinger's Brexit

Is that Rees' Mogg(y)

It's alive. Oh no it isn't...

Watt? You thought the wireless charging war was over? It ain't even begun


Re: Efficiency?

Poxy Apple cables fray. Lightning connectors are fragile and fluff magnets.

Never understood why they couldn't separate data from power just like laptops etc. Couple of large-sized conductors on the outside of a device. Anyway, it's all moot as wireless charging will fix all that. Maybe.

Mine all the data, they said. It will be worth your while, they said


And along came GDPR...

Deleting customer data becomes a nightmare when it's hidden in system log events.

Memo man Damore is back – with lawyers: Now Google sued for 'punishing' white men


Re: 2 Points

@lucki bstard: 'I have always thought that the gender ratios in IT sucked' - And you did what about it apart from being that annoying person who complained and never did anything.

Like what? It is a *fact* that IT, technical and engineering are male-dominated professions.

You're looking at the wrong end of the telescope; the place to change this is to get a larger supply of women interested in geekdom.

However, as the old adage goes, what does a developer use as a contraceptive....? His personality.

IT just isn't cool to women. Why?


Re: Where are the women in tech jobs?

@ratfox: Depends who you are and how you do it, actually. Google is pretty much known to everybody, so their candidate list is everybody. But they also organize Anita Borg scholarships and participate to events encouraging women to work in tech in general and at Google in particular.

Isn't the point of recruitment to get the best fleshy organism for the job regardless of any other aspect?

You appear to be saying that you start by narrowing the field, not by competence, but by some other factor. Then what you've got left is what exactly?

I.e. you're looking for the best of the bunch not the best available for that role.


Where are the women in tech jobs?

Throughout my entire 40 year career in IT one thing has always been the same: there's very few women in *technical* jobs. I've worked with a few but a fraction of the number of men. When I used to teach, the more technical the course the fewer - if any - women would be present. Same with IT technical conferences, very few women.

There's lots of women in project management and support. Same with testing and training. But so few in really technical roles. Same in other technical roles such as airline pilots.

Why is this? I've no idea why there's so few female geeks. Seems to be some deep-rooted sociological reason.

However it does strike me that discriminating in *any* way when recruiting is just plain dumb -- "positive discrimination" just means you've a much smaller candidate list.

Facebook flashes ramped-up face-recog tech. Try not to freak out



When the GDPR finally comes into effect, will faecesbook et al be obliged to delete the biometric hashes?

How can one prove that they have done this?

The tagging's done by some fb member associating the picture to another fb account. Do they keep unassigned (orphaned?) hashes just in case? Isn't this against the spirit of GDPR?

Put down the eggnog, it's Patch Tuesday: Fix Windows boxes ASAP


Edge off

Do you need to patch Edge after it's been used to download a proper browser?

Pity it can't be deleted

Prosecute driverless car devs for software snafus, say Brit cyclists


Re: While were at it....

If there is no cycle path, I've got news for your budy - it's not your space. You have no right of way over any other road user just because you are on a bike. You get to queue with all other road users, you self righteous, self entitled cyclists.

Riding along about 75cm from the kerb. Car overtakes leaving a clear metre alongside cyclist. Then veers in front of cyclist slowing down or stopping, closing up the 75 cm such that it's impossible to cycle past resulting in cyclist having to slow down. Yet there's space for the cyclist to pull out and cycle around the car or queue on the outside; i.e. the car driver just blocks the cyclist for the hell of it.

If only the UK roads were more like the Dutch roads where there cars have to give way to cyclists. Cars would have to slow down and consider other people for a change.

UK cycling does seem like a civil war at times where some ignorant car drivers have no appreciation for cyclists and vice versa.


Re: Well...

Or... Sounds like they're the same organisation that tried to get the law changed so that cyclists can never be held responsible for collisions they're involved in.

Reference please.


Re: While were at it....

I'm riding my lightweight road bike, which has a carbon fibre frame, along a city street and crash into you when you I cut across in front of me you. FTFY

The biggest nause when riding a cycle in a town is the ignorant drivers that don't leave enough space for a cycle to pass on the inside when they're stationary and puking out fumes. So the cyclist has to cut outside of that car in the centre of the road, then cut back in front to get to the inside lane if the next car hasn't blocked it.

I fecking hate it when a car goes past and immediately closes up *my* space and then they stop a few metres ahead in traffic. I now have to pull around that stationary car and you whinge about it...

Must add axe attachments to the handlebars.


Re: Fair enough, but...

Make those bastard pedestrians have insurance. And children. And dogs. And cats. And all those squirrels...

Yay, says the insurance industry...

If a cyclist causes an accident, just the same way as a pedestrian, then they are liable? Except the bill's possibly picked up by the Motor Insurers Bureau -- which was implemented when insurance became compulsory -- or the car driver's insurance.

Relative to the number of cage drivers having accidents, how many are caused by bicycles and not by car drivers behaving recklessly?

Apple succeeds in failing wearables


I will give you an eminently compelling use. If I had not bought my watch a couple of months ago I would have died four days ago. It woke me and convinced me to call an ambulance and now four days later I am home, alive, healthy and happy. Otherwise I would not have made it through the night.

Good example.

Do you have two iWatches; one on charge, one on the wrist?


Skip a track

Double-click the button?

Oh, you're wearing those white ear-ring substitutes. Do be careful when cooking as one could end up in the pan.

There's one big problem with the iWatch: beauty is in the eye of the beholder. To my eye they're fugly as uck - a massive black square with as much artistic refinement as ornamental columns on a house in Essex.

Better filters won't cure this: YouTube's kids nightmare


Is YouTube a publisher?

If they were they'd be responsible for their content.

Given that some content's been viewed more times than all episodes of "TellyTubbies" / whatever, maybe they are publishers?

Apple hauls in $52.6bn in Q4, iPhone, iPad and Mac sales all up


Most iPads don't leave the house.

You don't commute or travel then? Brilliant tools for the job. Reading, listening, watching...

Donald, YOU'RE FIRED: Rogue Twitter worker quits, deletes President Trump's account


It was worth it for shits and giggles alone.

First iPhone X fondlers struggle to admit that Face ID sort of sucks



Retro, as in retrograde, going backwards.

I've an iPhone 6 with the wonderful touch ID which is really reliable and incredibly convenient. The phone seems to work well enough and as a little computer/smart phone is fine.

I fail to see any reason for spending any money on an "upgrade" to any of the current phones whilst my existing one works. There's so little benefit in the new phone compared with the iPhone6. Sure, the new one's lightly waterproof which would be nice to have, although in ten years of owning iPhones -- since the iPhone 1 -- I've yet to drop one in the bog (phone that is).

Aside from waterproof, there's sod all else which is worth spending how fecking much you piss-taking greedy bastards...!!! Honestly it comes to something when they're quoting "better graphics performance" as a benefit when there's sod all wrong with the old one (that's a feature not a benefit BTW).

Anyway, the only reason they need facial recognition is because some bellend removed the wonderfully slick fingerprint reader.

Windows Fall Creators Update is here: What do you want first – bad news or good news?


I hate this also. Unfortunately, I think the only real solution is to switch to Linux though.

But which Linux?

Seriously, which Linux to switch to? As a Mac user also sick of Apple buggering about and having given Windos up well over 10 years ago (Vista, just say no), it would be useful to examine switching to a Linux. But which one?

Xperia XZ1: Sony spies with its MotionEye something beginning...



Sony PCs were full of crapware. Are their phones like that too?


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