* Posts by Danny 5

378 posts • joined 12 Jun 2009


BOFH: Is everybody ready for the meeting? Grab a crayon – let's get technical

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I have roughly the same three writing styles. Technical for my peers, plain English for generic docs/templates and idiot for any doc that will be read by management and the like.

I tend to make my manuals "idiot proof", which is perfectly valid qualification in our office.

When's a backdoor not a backdoor? When the Oz government says it isn't

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So how many times are we going to see such technical decisions that are made by people who have no idea of what those decisions imply? Oh and why do those people think they can fool people who actually do have the required knowledge? You can't spin bullshit if your audience is 100x more knowledgeable than you.

You're indestructible, always believe in 'cause you are Go! Microsoft reinvents netbook with US$399 ‘Surface Go’

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Re: They're clearly copying Apple.

Just because Apple doesn't sell your data (yet) doesn't mean they aren't harvesting your info just as much as everyone else.

They grow up so fast: Spam magnet Hotmail turned 22 today

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Ahhhh, memories!

I think I created my account in 1998, still use it to this day (as a spambox, like many others).

I recall having to set your account to US to get something like 100 megs of mail storage, where non US peeps had to settle for something like 25 megs? That tattooed a US stamp on my account that lasted longer than I would've wanted!

Microsoft shoves US govt IT contract where ICE throws kids: Out of sight in a chain-link cage

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South Park

From what I learned from South Park, this is the American way of "having your cake and eating it too". They used going to war, while having a substantial number of people protest about it as an example, but this fits quite nicely as well.

In public they shame those in power, but once the microphones are turned off, there's money to be made.

Shareholders rule the world afteral.

Honor bound: Can Huawei's self-cannibalisation save the phone biz?

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Re: Why do people fall for the old "Nokia" brand?

I'm sorry to disappoint your obviously superior intellect.


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Re: Why do people fall for the old "Nokia" brand?


I'm well aware that it's actually an HMD global device, but Nokia fans hold the brand to a certain standard. It doesn't really matter who the company that actually builds the device is, when it has the Nokia tag, we expect a certain design and a certain suite of features. It's only been two days, but so far my new phone has delivered. When Microsoft brought out Lumias that were still branded Nokia they were awesome too, it wasn't until the first Microsoft branded Lumia that it all fell apart.

So go ahead, insult me for being a "lemming", I don't really give a shit. I'm perfectly happy with my device and will gladly go Nokia again in the future.

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Re: New phone

It's a company sponsored device, so I didn't have a choice of reseller ;)

I pay it from my gross salary and I have a phone budget, so in all it's costing me around 200 euros :)

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New phone

I just got my new phone yesterday and as I've been saying for quite some time, it's a Nokia 8.

It "only" has 64GB, but has an SD slot. the display is downright gorgeous and it's speed can only be described as 'blinding". I paid 439 euros for it, which I think is an absolute bargain. I'm pretty sure it can compete with Huawei's honor devices (did I say compete? I'm fairly sure it trounces it in almost every way). Now to plan the long awaited destruction of my Lumia 950......... I just need to be sure I managed to get all my important stuff off it. That's actually one final nightmare of the device, getting your crap off it is extremely hard, because it refuses to stay tethered to my laptop while connected through USB.

No such issues with the Nokia, plug is and go (for everything so far actually).

Even Microsoft's lost interest in Windows Phone: Skype and Yammer apps killed

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Re: Just one more month

What I really think? I think I've been royally shafted. I started with a Nokia Lumia 700, which I loved. I moved to a 1020, which was a great device as well. When I accidentally destroyed that one, I went for the 950, expecting even bigger and better things than with the 1020, but have been massively disappointed. It's flimsy, plastic, low quality design, it's poor performance, it's unwillingness to do some of the most basic things, I have regularly been infuriated by the device and I'm planning on smashing it to bits, once I get my replacement. I'll have to keep it on for a little while, as I have some game accounts that need to be transferred, but once I'm completely migrated, I am going to take a hammer and smash the living shit out of it. I'm thinking of filming the act and upload it for everyone's viewing pleasure. I have been greatly looking forward to this for quite some time now.

So there's what I really think.

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Just one more month

One more month of suffering with my Lumia 950, the worst piece of crap I ever had the misfortune to have to work with. A Surface device? They're out of their bloody minds if they think they can reclaim any ground with that, I'm pretty sure they've scared off what little supporters they had left.

One more month and I will be unpacking my shiny, new Nokia 8. I will join the Android army and I will never look back. Microsoft can suck my big, hairy balls.

Brexit has shafted the UK's space sector, lord warns science minister

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As expected

Didn't need a crystal ball to figure out things like this were going to happen soon. I said it before, the EU is hurt by Brexit and hurt quite badly, but the UK is the party taking the biggest blows in this breakup.

I wish the people in power had the presence of mind to say "ok people, the EU sucks, but leaving it sucks even worse, so let's be logical and overturn this idiotic decision."

No, Stephen Hawking's last paper didn't prove the existence of a multiverse

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Re: Awesome

That's why I used the term existence for whatever there is outside the boundaries of our own universe. For lack of a better word ;)

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I always had a major issue with the multi-verse theory. It always felt like the "infinite number of universes" was kinda misguided and filled with human interpretations of what "infinity" actually means.

I've never come to terms with the possibility that there may be a universe out there that's exactly the same as ours, but only my neighbor is missing (or something similarly ludicrous) and I'm glad to see this new theory seems to move away from that nonsense.

Having more than one universe however, makes perfect sense to me. We're always blabbing about how unfathomably huge our universe is, but huge is such a subjective word, as our universe is only big from our perspective. In the grand scheme of existence, our universe may in fact be very, very small and in that context it's no great leap to imagine that if one universe could spawn, why not more?

Windows 10 to force you to use Edge, even if it isn't default browser

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I've been using edge and there's no denying it is by far the fastest browser out there. With its stripped down nature I can also imagine why it would currently be the most secure, as it lacks some functionality compared to it's competitors. I really don't get this move though and I'm sure they'll get a ton of backlash from it.

I'm annoyed by all the anti-IE and Edge memes I've been seeing, as most of them are complete bullshit, but I'm certainly not in favor of MS shoving their desired product down my throat either.

You won't believe this: Nokia soars back into phone-flinger top 3

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Not surprized

Microsoft clearly had no idea how valuable the Nokia brand was, killing it off was one of the dumbest things I've seen them do in recent years. Now that Nokia is back on Android, it will pull back the Nokia fans, whilst also appealing to new customers with the more than decent bang for your buck.

I'm waiting to get mine actually. I'm now suffering with a Microsoft Lumia 950 and can't wait to replace it.

I'm probably repeating myself, but the 950's been such a massive disappointment that I really can't wait to get rid of it. I only got it, because I was so happy with my 1020 and was expecting a better (or at least similar) experience with the 950. BOY was I mistaken.

Bring on the New 8!

Pope wants journalism like the Catholic church wants child sex abuse probes: Slow, aimless...

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Although the current pope is seen as very progressive, we're still talking about a religious fundamentalist here, he will usually act accordingly.

Hasn't he already started covering for the people who shoved abuse stories under the carpet?

Make Apple, er, America Great Again: iGiant to bring home profits, pay $38bn in repatriation tax

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Not surprized

When the tax reform went through I already knew it would generate growth and get companies to invest in the US economy (although I don't really get why Apple is being applauded for finally becoming less immoral, but that's another discussion I guess), my gripe is mostly about those cuts going to the wrong people. the tax bonus seems like a lot of money, but on the total scale it's peanuts and the money Apple gets in is going to make the rich richer, Joe Average isn't going to see any of it.

Worst-case Brexit could kill 92,000 science, tech jobs across UK – report

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You don't have to be a genius to see what the effects of Brexit are. Just look at how the UK is doing and compare that to the EU. Even Greece is recovering and will be able to arrange their own finances again soon (I still feel sorry for how they were treated, but at least it's getting a little better now). Economic growth in the euro zone is pretty good and unemployment is rapidly dropping. there's an increase on foreign investments and more productivity all round. Things are looking a lot better since the financial crisis started.

Now let's look a the UK. Economic growth is low, unemployment is high and forecasts are not too positive. the Pound has dropped a ton of value and is not showing any sign over recovering soon. foreign investments are already dropping and to top it off, your national healthcare in almost in tatters.

Anyone implying these are good things for the UK is a complete and utter moron, there's just no two ways about it.

Cortana. Whatever happened to world domination?

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It's gotten much, much worse since the new boss started to put his mark on the company though.

The man simply doesn't have a long term vision, he's only out for the quick buck to keep shareholders happy. Under him, Microsoft has gone down the drain.

Meltdown, Spectre bug patch slowdown gets real – and what you can do about it

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Probably for the X86-64, but not the 32 bit stuff. I'd assume anything that's 64 bit will be RISK nowadays, but we're still dealing with that pesky 32 bit legacy crap on X86.

A native X86-64 CPU would likely be RISK (I guess?)

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Re: "What will it take for Amazon et al to create their own, secure CPU?"

That would mean everyone would have to get replacements for any and all legacy apps, which is nigh on impossible for many companies.

ditching X86-32 might be a a good solution, it's not a viable option I'm afraid.

How fast is a piece of string? Boffin shoots ADSL signal down twine

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Ok ok, so dry string didn't work, wet string didn't work, but salted wet string did work. In other words, an ADSL signal carried over salt water and not so much the string.

I may have unbelievable news, but salt water is actually a very good conductor and will happily carry any electrical signal.

Surveillance Capitalism thinks it won, but there's still time to unplug it

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I joined the internet in the time when it was absolutely unheard of to share your personal information with anyone, anonymity was the key to every and all dealings you had online. I'm still awestruck by the ease with which people divulge their personal details. Real names, real addresses and every connection traceable to physical people and locations. I still don't feel comfortable to use my real name anywhere (although it has become quite easy to expose me, due to my connections).

I don't want appliances that listen to me, I don't want appliances that can see me. I have a cover for the camera in my laptop. I consider myself borderline paranoid online, but I'm convinced I'm doing so for a very good reason.

London mayor: Self-driving cars? Not without jacked-up taxes, you don't!

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I've got a feeling

That self driving cars are only going to be here for a transitional period. I'm half expecting the drone to take over in the foreseeable future. What could be better than having a drone fly out to your house to pick you up and fly you right over to your destination?

Weren't there already delivery companies looking at autonomous drones to deliver food?

Apple: Sure, we banned VPN iOS apps in China, but, um, er, art!

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Re: A non story

Wait what? A technical "atheist"?

There's no room for moderate people on el reg, what on earth are you doing here?

Amazon Key door-entry flaw: No easy fix to stop rogue couriers burgling your place unseen

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wait wait wait wait

So you're telling me that people have remote controlled locks on their doors and are allowing 3rd party access?

That's it, the world has finally gone insane. I'm going to strip naked, run into the woods (conveniently located just outside my home mind you!) and will live out my life as a hermit!

The movie idiocracy is becoming a documentary, people really are getting dumber by the day.

Think the US is alone? 18 countries had their elections hacked last year

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Re: Who is Marc Rich?

Does it matter whether or not the foreign attempts at manipulation were successful? Let's assume that Trump won the election fair and square and the foreign influence wasn't strong enough to have a serious effect, don't you want to know how much effort was put into said manipulation and who the source was?

Your attitude seems to reflect a stance of "well they broke into my house, but they didn't take any of MY stuff, so I don't care". Next time it may be your favorite candidate that gets hacked and it might be so severe that he loses the election over it, wonder if you're going to shrug your shoulders all the same when that happens.

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Re: Don't worry...

The wooden lady, that's brilliant!

So, tell us again how tech giants are more important than US govt...

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Re: Interesting stuff

Wait what?

"I find it insulting that our "dear leaders" believe us to be this gullible"

You might not be, but the vast majority is, my good man!

Julian Assange says Cambridge Analytica asked WikiLeaks for something

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Re: Why the Assange hate on El Reg?

A force for good? Really? So their actions during the presidential election were not biased in any way? There was only dirt on Clinton, so they leaked that and if there had been dirt on Trump, they'd have leaked that too?


Wikeleaks wasn't used as a handy tool to influence the election?


Wikileaks love to leak classified and juicy information, they normally divulge every and all details, but in this case there's only Assange hinting to some communication that happened, but refuses to provide details.


Come on, that's a load of bollocks.

Trump accuses Facebook of bias, collusion with his least favourite newspapers

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You're right, this is the reason why I changed my tactic when discussing certain matters with Trump fans.

Presenting Trump with facts will server little purpose, as he will dismiss them outright, even when the truth is staring him in the face, many of his not so fanatical supporters ARE quite easily convinced when presented with real evidence though and that's where victory against Trump lies.

I first dismissed his supporters As racists, bigots and idiots, but that simply doesn't work. Engaging them with facts and showing you understand why they supported them in the first place seems to be having MUCH better results though.

I'm hoping that's what you meant to say?

Nokia's comeback is on: The flagship 8 emerges

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Re: Finally

I was being sarcastic, hence the /end sarcasm ;)

My first smartphone was a Nokia Lumia 900, i still have it and the battery is still fairly decent. I had a 1020 too, but the screen shattered, prompting me to get the 950.

The 900 was a treat, the 1020 was absolutely fantastic, but the 950 has been crap from day one. I'm glad Nokia is back and hope the 8 will be as good as the 1020 was.

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This device will most likely be my next phone. My Lumia 950 has been steadily degrading to the point where it's close to becoming unusable (but it's just over a year old, so the decline was expected /end sarcasm) and I'm looking forward to getting something new.

I have already planned the destruction of my current device. I'm not going to save it, I'm not going to sell it, I'm going to destroy it and I'm going to enjoy the experience to the fullest. I'm first going to throw it against a wall and will take care of what remains with a hammer. I'm REALLY looking forward to this, it's been a long time coming!

I'm considering filming it with my new phone and sending the result to Microsoft, because I am indeed that spiteful.

BOFH: Putting the commitment into committee

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First thing I thought when I read it, that's going in my vocabulary!

The internet may well be the root cause of today's problems… but not in the way you think

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Re: Good and clever, until you stumble upon something..

Sure, but not on el Reg.

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Where's the upvote button?

I feel this article needs a "thumbs up"

that was an excellent read. The article went a bit too far in certain areas, but in general I agree wholeheartedly!

I see these things happen on social media on a daily basis, people simply dismiss the truth and perpetuate the notions echoed by their social inner circle. very few have the ability to look beyond, which is really startling when you see it happen first hand. Although I pride myself on my incredible objectivity, I'm most likely guilty of this behavior too, people can't help but be human.

German court says 'Nein' on Facebook profile access request

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Ok ok, so let me get this straight, Facebook regularly displays not giving a flying fuck about user privacy, but when parents ask access to the account of their dead kid, it's suddenly a matter of principle?


Windows XP crashed too much to spread WannaCrypt

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Now I know that XP is well beyond it's end of life and I know that new version are far superior, but how did XP go from what was considered a very stable version of windows to an OS that crashes at the slightest whim?

I think XP is getting too little credit, there's a reason why it's still so insanely widespread.

So few use Windows Phone, Microsoft can't be bothered: Security app is iOS, Android only

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Nothing to see here

As a fairly long time windows mobe user Ive gotten used to getting a regular "fuck you" from Microsoft. With the Lumia 950 disaster I'm carrying, I too have had enough and will never user another windows mobile device again.

The real Nokia Lumia 710 I had as my first mobe was awesome. the (still fairly real Nokia) Lumia 1020 I had as a successor was even better. The 950 I got after that has been so horrible, that I can hardly believe it's from the same line of devices (it isn't really, as it's the first and probably only one branded as Microsoft)

Loyal customers have been "rewarded" with a steaming pile of shit really.

Way to alienate your customers!

When the news came out that new Nokia branded phones with Android were coming, I did a little dance!

Nuns left in limbo after phone line transfer hell

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Bonus points for the extreme use of puns, made me chuckle a few times!

BOFH: Password HELL. For you, mate, not for me

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Re: Welcome back Simon...

Bringing back the L in lmao :)

Why Theresa May’s hard Brexit might be softer than you think

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Forgot one thing

The EU is weaker without the UK, but we they don't need the UK as much as the UK needs them. If the UK wants to trade with anyone, they'll have to deal with the EU, so the trump cards are mostly in EU hands as it stands.

If May does indeed go for the hard Brexit, the UK truly will be fucked,

Weaky-leaks: Furious fans roast Assange in web interview from hell

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Wikileaks has become an nothing but a tool to gain political power and I really can't take them seriously anymore.I'm sure all the information they put up is very real, but it's been so one sided that I can't help but feel a strong bias on their part. I wonder if they're aware of just how bad their image has become. This AMA is just the icing on the cake really, how can you keep your posture as being a backer of full disclosure of information, all the while withholding vital information yourself?

New Windows 10 privacy controls: Just a little snooping – or the max

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I want to buy a new PC this summer, because there are some games I would like to play that are exclusive to PC, but stuff like this makes me quite apprehensive. Why isn't there an "off" button?

I used to be quite the windows fan, but have made an about face in recent years. I wish there was another, more trustworthy platform to work on, but alas. I'm sure Microsoft does indeed work hard to protect their users from malware and hackers, but who protect us against Microsoft?

Security bods find Android phoning home. Home being China

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I'm so surprized!

No, no I'm not.

Basic income after automation? That’s not how capitalism works

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Apply this article to the taxi driver, or the trucker. Will automation result in other jobs opening up for these people, once their taxi/truck has become completely autonomous?

Is the answer yes, the article is valid.

Virtual reality is actually made of smartphones

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Our lord and savior!

Seriously, this has got to be one of the most evangelic Steve Jobs posts i have ever read (and that's saying something, trust me).

Go ahead and credit jobs with his achievements, because he did have some, but inventing the smartphone was not one of them.

He was a marketing genius for crying out loud, he didn't have a technical bone in his body.

EU ministers look to tighten up privacy – JUST KIDDING – surveillance laws

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lack of knowledge

People who don't understand the basic principles of encryption should not be allowed to pass legislation in regards to it. These people have no idea what they're actually saying and what it implies, but their obvious lack of knowledge doesn't seem to hold them back at all.

Windows Phone dives into irrelevant-like-BlackBerry territory

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Not surprized at all

I'm one of the sufferers of Windows 10 mobile and they've managed to completely alienate me. I've been a huge fan of the Lumia series, had the 900 and the 1020, which i absolutely loved, but my current 950 is a piece of crap. Windows 10 mobile is crap and the device is generic and cheap. I'm never getting a windows phone again and I'm not the only one. I've gone from promoting the devices to completely switching of the brand. I'm waiting for the Android based Nokia and then it's sayonara Microsoft.

Their arrogance is their downfall.


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