* Posts by Wibble

714 posts • joined 21 Mar 2009

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

Wibble

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.

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

Wibble

And along came GDPR...

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

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

Wibble

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?

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Wibble

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.

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Wibble

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.

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

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GDPR

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?

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

Wibble

Edge off

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

Pity it can't be deleted

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Prosecute driverless car devs for software snafus, say Brit cyclists

Wibble

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.

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Wibble

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.

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Wibble

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.

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Wibble

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?

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Apple succeeds in failing wearables

Wibble

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?

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Wibble

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.

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

Wibble

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?

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

Wibble

Most iPads don't leave the house.

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

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

Wibble

It was worth it for shits and giggles alone.

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

Wibble

Retro?

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.

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

Wibble

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?

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

Wibble

Crapware?

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

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EasyJet: We'll have electric airliners within the next decade

Wibble

Re: Well....

Electric launching trolley that gets the aircraft up to operational altitude, separates, then returns to base for recharging and launching the next one? Aircraft now needs smaller engines for the cruise?

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Web devs griping about iPhone X notch: You're rendering it wrong

Wibble

No doubt bootstrap and the other frameworks will just roll over and add the Apple-sponsored code then virtually every boring fashion following unfriendly graphics rich vapid website will just work.

These frameworks are a pox on design; Frontpage for the Millennials

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Apple: Our stores are your 'town square' and a $1,000 iPhone is your 'future'

Wibble

And they don't even give you a wireless charger for your £1000+

No worse than a £4k MacBook not Pro not having a mains cable.

We deserve all we get for putting up with this treatment.

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Five ways Apple can fix the iPhone, but won't

Wibble

Re: Windows Phone Type Tiles

4. Ditch Itunes

Bloated POS that constantly pushes the Apple music service. iTunes used to be OK, but the last few years has seen it downgraded each time Apple push a change (can't call it an update as they seem to bugger things up whilst adding a few more emojis)

"Picky" is a nice simple music playing application. Now iTunes lives in the "Apple Crap" folder never to be used again.

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IBM Cloud turns TLS 1.0 off and then turns it on again

Wibble

PCI is partly to blame

PCI is partly to blame for this as they've allowed TLS1.0 until June 2018

https://blog.pcisecuritystandards.org/migrating-from-ssl-and-early-tls

Means there's no strict reason to shut down TLS1.0 now, so many companies put it off. As a result there's a stack of web services out there that call using TLS1.0 which need core upgrades to use TLS1.2.

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Firefox doesn't need to be No 1 – and that's OK, 'cos it's falling off a cliff

Wibble
Megaphone

Re: Make privacy a USP

> So do what Google won't do: make privacy a big deal.

In this day of facebook and twitter you bring up privacy?

I feel a lone voice in the wilderness by not being a product of the companies who slurp everything.

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Wibble

> Developers use Ctrl+r until the ink wears off their r key.

You mean Cmd+R. Not all of us use windos.

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It's the iPhone's 10th b'day or, as El Reg calls it, 'BILL RAY DAY'

Wibble

Comparing with the competition at the time

I remember seeing one for the first time. The only instruction needed was "press the home key"; everything else was so blindingly obvious and natural.

Compare that with those awful Symbian and MS Phone interfaces of the time. Zooming pictures - no. Simple internet access with autozoom - no. Simple to use menu interface - no.

True innovation from Apple.

Where's the subsequent innovation Apple? Lost your mojo have you? The iPad interface is fundamentally a big iPhone, so incremental. The watch.. just can't get past the fugly looks. Apple TV, nope. Macs, not a lot of innovation -- that touch bar isn't innovative as it's just a modified touch screen.

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Despite high-profile hires, Apple's TV plans are doomed

Wibble

Give AppleTV away

It'll hurt those greedy avaricious bastards, but they are trying to lock you in and charge a subscription. Can't see the point in an Apple Telly where they're charging you >£100 just to be stiffed for the rentals, etc.

Amazon made it a no-brainer; £30 for the Fire TV stick which includes BBC iPlayer and a whole host of other applications for free. Amazon now seem to be dropping the number of free shows and films they used to do. They've also buggered up the user interface so it's much harder to find anything.

But for £30, I can kind of live with that.

Being doubly screwed by Apple isn't going to wash. Pay loads for the hardware, then pay top dollar for the content. I've never bought anything from Apple iTunes for exactly that reason: they're bloody expensive and everything's the same price -- even when it's out of copyright. At least Amazon does different prices for different downloads.

Was nice to read an article which really shows Apple on the back foot. They need to get back to their root markets, like making Macs again.

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It's fluffy bottom line time at Adobe. That's a good thing, if you were wondering

Wibble
Mushroom

the Paint Shop Pro 9 I got for free bundled with an SD card will serve all my image manipulation needs

PaintShopPro version 4 worked for me for years until a Microsoft update shagged it.

Adobe are a bunch of greedy avaricious bastards. FireWorks was way better than Photoshop; Macromedia took the money and ran. Then Adobe killed the competition.

Why has no other company done anything like this? How did Adobe end up as the Jabba the Hut on top of the pile?

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Apple gives world ... umm ... not much new actually

Wibble

Re: Don't care where is my PowerMac?

The Trashcan Mac was a failure, Apple really needs to recapture the truly professional environment once again. Their OS is much better than the latest Windows versions, but their hardware is ridiculously overpriced for what it is.

If only Apple gave a shit about the pro market. They just seem hell bent on getting out of the Mac market altogether; squeeze those pips for nearly twice the price they used to be even a couple of years ago. Little wonder they've a cash stash the size of most nation's GDPs.

The WWDC used to be exciting, but now it's just a bunch of fanbois and no substance -- Buzz Lightyear appeared in the 1990's.

Apple computers used to be so good, now they're just becoming as dull as you can get - and slower with each release of their operating systems as they add more and more pointless crap (Siri in a laptop, WTF?!?)

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Wibble

Re: In slight fairness to Apple...

There wasn't so much cheering at this year's event, and even the (presumably paid for) whooping sounded rather forced.

More like the politburo listening to Kim Jong wotshisface; applauding when told.

Looking for innovation with Apple nowadays is like looking for intelligence in a Trump tweet.

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El Reg straps on the Huawei Watch 2

Wibble

Waterproof? How deep?

If I can't wear a watch doing everything I do, then what's the point? Wearing it in the shower, washing a car, swimming, scuba diving....

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IoT needs security, says Microsoft without even a small trace of irony

Wibble

Bigger organisations would take notice if fined?

Problem is the cost of adding "intarweb connectivity" to some device is so low that there's no money to fund proper development & support -- especially as it's pushed for by the twitterati marketing-oriented chimps.

Maybe some 'fines' will work for the larger organisations. For example if Hoover/Dysan/whatever decided to add IoT functionality to their hoover to send updates to an app to remind the operator that the bag's full... Hoover/Dysan/whatever are a big enough to go after when their IoT device is compromised. This would put the brakes on some of the stuck on stupid ideas. Obviously it wouldn't work for "the little people".

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

Wibble

Re: Digital Assistants

Will they both call random people from your address list?

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Dr Hannah Fry: We need to be wary of algorithms behind closed doors

Wibble

His algorithm was being Fryist

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

Wibble

Re: Definition

Presidential from the geezer who said "grab them by the c**t"

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Apple eats itself as iPhone fatigue spreads

Wibble

Re: Headphone socket

> The 6s had a headphone socket. The 7 doesn't. That's the main reason.

And it's 20% cheaper.

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Apple sings another iTune following Brexit as prices rise by up to a third

Wibble

More more more.... like Apple less less less

Nothing to do with being greedy bastards?

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Congrats, PC slingers. That's now FIVE straight years of shrinking sales

Wibble

Re: Mature market shake out

> So the current gear soldiers on because it still works.

Except MS Office. This gets worse with every iteration and never fixes bugs which have been there since the early nineties.

Still, it could be worse. Adding new emojis accounts for innovation at Apple.

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Let's go ARM wrestling with an SEO link spammer

Wibble

>>legit SEO types

>That's a thing?

An Oxymoron?

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Internet of Sh*t has an early 2017 winner – a 'smart' Wi-Fi hairbrush

Wibble
Joke

Re: Incredible

Trump looks like he could use a good hairbrush

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MacBook killer? New Lenovo offering sexed up with XPoint booster

Wibble

Hardware's half the story

Need the software too. Whilst there's no Macbook PRO any longer, the move away from OSX to Windows would be really unpalatable. It's one thing running Windows in a VM, but it's a completely different thing to run Windows as the main desktop.

Sure, it might be possible to run it as a hackintosh, but that means it's self-supported.

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Kids, look at the Deep Learnings! (We’re just going to slurp your data)

Wibble

Yahooo's!! security meeting?

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Apple's Airpod wireless earbuds finally go on sale after six-week delay

Wibble

Re: Exchange rate? Apple don' need no stinking exchange rate.

Or Selotape some string to them to keep them together, just like your mum did to your school mittens...

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Turing, Hauser, Sinclair – haunt computing's Cambridge A-team stamping ground

Wibble

Re: Also take a look at the Corpus Christi clock

A lovely way to pass a lunchtime at my desk...

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Samsung flames out as Chinese march on

Wibble

Falling from the tree

Apple also continued to fall, shipping 3m fewer units than the same period a year ago, to 43m, a 13 per cent share.

Wonder what the affect of the 7's going to have on their market share over the next few quarters. Not just the absence of a popular 3.5mm hole, but the 20% price hike.

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Facebook Fake News won it for Trump? That's a Zombie theory

Wibble
Gimp

All in the matrix...

Can the army of Zukkerburg's followers tell the difference between true and false news? Do they care?

It's like comparing people at McDonalds with people who know what good food is.

It's a pity though, as Zukkerburg's drivel really screws democracy.

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British banks chuck smartphone apps out of Windows

Wibble

Re: "U" in "Universal Windows Platform" actually stand for?

Unloved?

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FBI drops bombshell, and investigation: Clinton still in the clear

Wibble

Re: Hatch Act, politically motivated violation of.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hatch_Act_of_1939

"The Hatch Act of 1939, officially An Act to Prevent Pernicious Political Activities, is a United States federal law whose main provision prohibits employees in the executive branch of the federal government, except the president, vice-president, and certain designated high-level officials of that branch,[1] from engaging in some forms of political activity."

Staggering abuse of power from a civil servant at such a sensitive time.

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Build your own IMSI slurping, phone-stalking Stingray-lite box – using bog-standard Wi-Fi

Wibble

Upset the spooks

This publicity must really piss off the spooks as this is the sort of thing they would have dreamt up for their use.

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