* Posts by John70

405 posts • joined 21 May 2009


More nodding dogs green-light terrible UK.gov pr0n age verification plans


As for the 1 to 50 sites per year, well... I think it will take a few months to analyse each site, detailed scrutinisation of each image.

Write up a report, pass it to next fellow down the line to verify the findings.

Tech support discovers users who buy the 'sh*ttest PCs known to Man' struggle with basics


Had similar call

Many many many moons ago when working on the hell desk I had a caller who was having problems with her monitor. Asked the usual stuff "Is it switched on? Are the cables in the computer? etc?".

In the end I had to go round to the office, sat down at her desk, pressed the power button on the monitor and Bob's yer uncle, there was life.

If at first or second you don't succeed, you may be Microsoft: Hold off installing re-released Windows Oct Update


You experience the following issues in Windows 10, version 1809:

In Windows Explorer, a red X appears on the mapped network drives.

Mapped network drives are displayed as Unavailable when you run the net use command at a command prompt.

In the notification area, a notification displays the following message: 'Could not reconnect all network drives.'

Not just 1809 update. Been happening for years.

UK rail lines blocked by unexpected Windows dialog box


At least it hadn't started installing Windows 10.

Tata on trial: Outsourcer 'discriminated' against non-Asian workers, claim American staff


My job was out sourced to TCS last year "to save money".

It's costing them now...

UK.gov to roll out voter ID trials in 2019 local elections


Re: So...

I believe the solution there is to take the old style paper driving licence and a utility bill or bank statement. As it says two forms of non-photo ID are acceptable.

What if you have gone paperless billing/statements and don't own a printer to print them off?

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


The rush to bring immature software to market has clearly deteriorated software quality

Isn't this today's culture because of the Internet? Release something and fix it later in an update.

Brace yourself, Britain: Health minister shares 'vision' for NHS 'tech revolution'


If they keep the likes of Crapita away from it, it might succeed...

Web browsers sharpen knives for TLS 1.0, 1.1, tell protocols to dig their own graves for 2019


Better shout out loud about it because you know what will happen. Big businesses will have a 11th hour panic attack when they realise their web sites will no longer be accessible and demand extra time to sort it out.

Oh no, Xi didn't! Chinese spymaster cuffed in Belgium, yoinked to US on aerospace snoop rap


Team America World Police

He was nabbed by the FBI in Belgium back in April, and extradited to the US this week.

F*ck Yeahhh!!!

It's a cert: Hundreds of big sites still unprepared for starring role in that Chrome 70's show


Some of those site names just scream "phishing".

They may not be but with names like that I'd think twice before visiting them.

Haven't updated your Adobe PDF software lately? Here's 85 new reasons to do it now


It'll probably cost less to delete all the source code and start again from scratch and this time leave out all the bloat.

Deliveroo to bike food to hungry fanbois queuing to buy iPhones


Apple customers will presumably be lining up to buy the latest iGadgets on Friday, though they will only be able to purchase the most expensive iPhones first - the XS and XS Max - with the other models due to hit the streets next month.

Good sales tactic. Sucker the early adopters into paying premium plus for a phone before releasing the "cheaper" version.

One way to make the balance sheet look good on release day.

Microsoft: Like the Borg, we want to absorb all the world's biz computers


More jobs that will be outsourced/off-shored...

You think no one wants an IT department.

Princely five years in US big house for Nigerian biz email scammer


They not the Nigerian Prince's then?

GDPR v2 – Gradually Diminishing Psychotic Robots: Brussels kills Terminator apocalypse


Re: We need a list

A good acronym would help, say, Super Artificially Intelligent Terminators (SAINT)

Johnny 5 might have something to say about that.

Strategic Artificially Intelligent Nuclear Transport

AI beats astroboffins at sniffing out fast radio bursts amid the universe's clutter


Codenamed FRB 121102, it’s three billion light years away from Earth

Nothing local?

Visual Studio Team Services squeezes into new Azure DevOps togs


Renaming a product to shoehorn in the latest buzzword...

Speaking of, I wanted to change my job title to "Senior Agile Digital DeveOps Scrum Master Software Engineer", was told no. So back to Senior Software Developer it is...

Canny Brits are nuking the phone bundle



I have a Samsung S8+ on Pay As You Go. £10 a month with O2 for 5000 texts, 500 mins, 2GB data. I'm mainly connected to WiFi at home and work so use little of the data.

And lately they announced that any previous month data not used is rolled over to the following month a maximum of 2GB giving you 4GB max.


Strewth! Aussie ISP gets eye-watering IPv4 bill, shifts to IPv6 addresses


Millenium Bug 2?

ISPs converting to IPv6 is one of the problems. There will still be software (mainly legacy?) out there that's using max length string of 15 (xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx) that will fall over and die when the switch happens.

Microsoft takes a pruning axe to Skype's forest of features


I got rid of Microsoft Store Skype on Windows 10 and installed Desktop Skype instead.

The main issue I had was when messaging people who have Skype for Business, after a couple of messages I end up getting "Messaging Unavailable".

However it works fine on iOS and Android. Just the MS Store version screws up.

OMG! Battle looms over WTF! trademarks


I also guess that those who proposed to trademark WTF don't really realise what the F stands for, as if they did they probably wouldn't want it associated with their products.

They probably market it as Where's The Fairy? as in the washing powder and washing up liquid.

A third of London boroughs 'fess to running unsupported server software


Re: Server 2005???

Windows Server 2000, 2003 and 2005; and Microsoft SQL Server 2005 and 2008.

It does say Windows Server 2005 as well as SQL Server 2005.

IBM slaps patent on coffee-delivering drones that can read your MIND


IBM going into the coffee business?

Stepping on the toes of Starbucks and Costa Coffee?

Stopping Amazon's Drone Delivery from delivering coffee?

Tax the tech giants and ISPs until the bits squeak – Corbyn


Digital Tax

It took longer than I thought it would for some politician to suggest taxing the Internet to fund the BBC.

ZX Spectrum reboot scandal biz gets £35k legal costs delayed


Horace Goes To Court

Rejoice! Thousands more kids flock to computing A-level


Was there a section on the exam about what to do when your job has moved to India?

Space, the final Trump-tier: America to beam up $8bn for Space Force


A couple of things

1. Wonder if they will evetnually bring Solar Warden under Space Force and eventually rename themselves as Starfleet.

2. Is this a way of slowly bringing in alien technology into the mainstream like technology to reduce drag on commercial aircraft to anti-gravity and flying saucers?

3. Will Trump tell the world E.T. aliens exist and not just his in-laws who are now US citizens.

ZX Spectrum reboot latest: Some Vega+s arrive, Sky pulls plug, Clive drops ball


Over on eBay

Those that have got the Vega+ and flogging them on eBay and so far fetching on average £250

eBay ZX Spectrum Vega+

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


Question to FBI Boss

Why don't we have people on the moon now? It's been 46 years.

This is the contract you've been looking for: Pentagon releases JEDI bids


S3 Bucket

Wonder what the odds are that the Pentagon will leave a S3 Bucket wide open for all to see...

Rights group launches legal challenge over London cops' use of facial recognition tech

Black Helicopters

What's Cressida Dick going to do about the smart phone in her pocket (if she has one that is)?

It's already monitoring her, giving away her location, listening to her through Siri/Alexa/Google/Bixby (that's Samsung's version).

Facebook's React Native web tech not loved by native mobile devs



There are so many frameworks out there these days, following the flavour of the month may not be the right business choice.

Sysadmin sank IBM mainframe by going one VM too deep



Octothorpetag doesnt quite roll off the tongue as easily as hashtag does.

You wanna be an alpha... tester of The Register's redesign? Step this way


Top Stories

I'm not quite sure about the background shading on Top Stories when you hover over them especially with the title text also changing to a grayish colour.

Below top stories, there are 7 stories, 4 per line. However the line with 3 stories, the boxes don't line up with the previous line. The 3 boxes are smaller in width. Does the 4th box area need a dummy box to make it pad out correctly?

Capita strikes again: Bug in UK-wide school info management system risks huge data breach


Crapita can't even build a simple database just to hold pupil details and contact details of relatives?

How do they keep getting these contracts?

Sub-Prime: Amazon's big day marred by server crashes, staff strikes


Re: I did write to the Gates Foundation...

The worst thing I've ever heard about Microsoft as an employer is that they can be very bureaucratic.

So basically like any other company.

Tech support chap given no training or briefing before jobs, which is why he was arrested


Youngsters of today don't know they have it so good with their manuals and most computers being standardised!

Don't you mean searching on Google and Stack Overflow?

Gemini goes back to the '90s with Agenda, Data and mulls next steps


The very same.

The butterfly defect: MacBook keys wrecked by single grain of sand


Wonder when they will change the keyboard to a touch screen so there is no more of these pesky mechanical parts.

IBM memo to staff: Our CEO Ginni is visiting so please 'act normally!'


When the owners of my previous employment were due to visit, it was a case of clean up your work area and all the men had to be wearing shirts and ties.

GNOMEs beat Microsoft: Git Virtual File System to get a new name


Let's see, start off with GitVFS / GitFS and over time the community will shortened it to GVFS / GFS

Five actually useful real-world things that came out at Apple's WWDC



Last year Apple made a gentle start by expiring tracking cookies, but this seriously raises the game; Apple's demonstration explicitly targeted Facebook.

Facebook could turn round and limit what Safari users could see and do or inject into Safari user's feed to use Chrome, Firefox or even Edge.

Be interesting to see how this will escalate.

Microsoft commits: We're buying GitHub for $7.5 beeeeeeellion


Wonder how long it will take for Microsoft to merge GitHub into Team Services and rebrand as Team Hub.

Indiegogo grants ZX Spectrum reboot firm another two weeks to send a console


So Indiegogo has chickened out in sending the debt collectors by giving a 2 week extension.

Will RCL cook up another lie on the 14th to have another extension into July?

Russia to Apple: Kill Telegram crypto-chat – or the App Store gets it


They could take down Telegram...

...but another messaging app will take it's place and around we go again.

US websites block netizens in Europe: Why are they ghosting EU? It's not you, it's GDPR


Next stop... mobile apps.

'Clive, help us,' say empty-handed ZX Spectrum reboot buyers


Roll of Honour listings on website

Wasn't the Roll of Honour supposedly to be on a chip in the device itself?

The website just seems to be a cop out to be seen as "delivering" something.


Re: Software problems now

Chatter now, is that they'll release the hardware without any games on board

Very doubtful that the hardware even exists. They will not release any new photos of the device or packaging or a new video of the thing working.

What's up with that ZX Spectrum reboot? Still no console


Role of Honour

Wasn't the Role of Honour supposed to be put on the chip, not on a web site?


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