* Posts by qwertyuiop

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Beach, please... Billionaire VC finally opens way to waves

qwertyuiop
Megaphone

Re: B E A C H P A R T Y ! ! ! !

@jake - The Who's sound system?

Stuff that, THIS is a sound system: https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/wnnayb/the-wall-of-sound

To quote from the article "This singular work of engineering would come to weigh over 70 tons, comprise dozens and then hundreds of amps, speakers, subwoofers, and tweeters, stand over three-stories tall and stretch nearly 100 feet wide.

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You forgot that you hired me and now you're saying it's my fault?

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FAIL

You were doing so well...

I was completely with you on this (it echoes my own experience over the years) - and then you let yourself down with the licence issue.

There's not much you could have done about your host forgetting the session was happening, there's not much you could have done about no room being booked, but you could have done something about the licences.

After a very similar experience early in my career I always confirmed all of the session details with my host beforehand in writing/email. This always included confirming the requirement for everybody to have their own terminal* or PC with a copy of the software on it. That leaves them with no wriggle room to blame you.

*I am old enough to have trained people in the use of software running on a mainframe and accessed by a dumb terminal.

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Nasty firmware update butchers Samsung smart TVs so bad, they have to be repaired

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Facepalm

Re: Go Samsung!

10-foot UI (it's a thing) means the distance between you and the TV, not the size of the TV screen

<roll eyes>

Really? Well I'd never have guessed!

</sarcasm>

Sorry, it's my fault for not telegraphing my intentions with the joke icon for the benefit of those who can't keep up.

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qwertyuiop
WTF?

Re: Go Samsung!

@Dan 55 - I have a Raspberry Pi plugged into my 40-inch not-smart Samsung TV. Taking your comments in order:

- Difficult to watch on the sofa - although I'm of very mature years and need glasses I don't have any difficulty watching the 40-inch screen.

- No remote control - I have a mini wireless keyboard with built in trackpad for the Pi and it works just fine. Ordinary remote for the basic TV functions.

- No 10-foot UI - this is true, but see my first comment; I can read the 40-inch screen just fine, not sure I could cope with a 10-foot high UI. ;-)

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Biz sends apps to public cloud, waves 'bye to on-premises server folk. NO! WAIT!

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Facepalm

Strictly speaking that's not impossible.

The ad is for a .NET developer with 10 years' experience - but it doesn't say "10 years' experience of .NET". So in 2003 somebody who had started work in IT in 1993 and had been working with .NET from the moment it was available would satisfy the criteria.

</pedant>

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She's arrived! HMS Queen Lizzie enters Portsmouth Naval Base

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FAIL

Oh no!

I was feeling quite good about all of this until I read ...Capita, for example, installed 14,000 IP connection points aboard the ship as well as the main round-the-ship fibre optic network....

I can see what the MoD did wrong there.

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Another day, another British Airways systems screwup causes chaos

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WTF?

Because of course it's only people in the UK who have holidays in the summer. Strikes by French air traffic control staff don't affect people going to France in the summer from other countries or French people flying to other countries for their holidays do they?

It's not all about the UK you know!

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'Real' people want govts to spy on them, argues UK Home Secretary

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Re: ""A piano could drop on her head tomorrow""

...I have no desire to arrange for the aforesaid musical instrument to descend on the aforesaid current Home Secretary, or any knowledge of anyone else who might wish to do so...

Aha! So either you have a desire for a piano to fall on a past or future Home Secretary or you have knowledge of somebody with that desire!

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The ultimate full English breakfast – have your SAY

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WTF?

Re: Get it right

"And add lava bread..."

I think you mean laverbread (made from Laver seaweed). Of course, if you like hot, molten rock as part of your breakfast I apologise.

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Don't panic, but your Bitcoins may just vanish into the ether next month

qwertyuiop

Re: Misleading Title

So a typical El Reg headline then?

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NASA flies plane through Earthly shadow of Kuiper Belt object

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Re: Conspiracy theory

"...2014 MU69 was struck by Voyager 1... - it just pulled out in front of me, no warning. It didn't use its mirrors or signal.

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Ubuntu Linux now on Windows Store (for Insiders)

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Trollface

Aaah, MENSA...

In my experience a bunch of arrogant shits who seem to think they're better than everybody else.

Who does that remind me of?

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Bonkers call to boycott Raspberry Pi Foundation over 'gay agenda'

qwertyuiop

Re: "pushing LGBTQI"

No! I am qwerty!

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Don't panic, but Linux's Systemd can be pwned via an evil DNS query

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Trollface

But isn't this how it's done?

...Linux already has a bunch of DNS resolvers...

But I thought that was what you were supposed to do in Linux: if you don't like something - regardless of whether it works or not - you go out and write your own version so that we find ourselves with endless variations on a theme.

<duck>

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Men charged with theft of free newspapers

qwertyuiop

Re: This is England. We use common sense here.

You can commit "theft by finding":

Theft by finding occurs when someone who chances upon an object which seems abandoned and takes possession of the object but fails to take steps to establish whether the object is abandoned and not merely lost or unattended. - Wikipedia

For example, if you take something from a skip (dumpster for our American cousins) because you think it's worth having then technically you can be charged with theft by finding - even though the original owner clearly no longer wants it. You're supposed to ask the owner's permission before you take it.

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Social media vetting for US visas go live

qwertyuiop

Ummm... it's your personal data so you can choose to do anything you want with it. The EU got stroppy because it was proposed that your data be handed over by a third-party - the airline - whether you wanted them to or not.

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Cybercrooks charging more than the price of a new car for undetectable Mac malware

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WTF?

Of course it's expensive!

We all know that iThings are stupidly expensive versus their actual component cost so it stands to reason that iMalware will be expensive.

Does it have rounded corners?

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iPhone lawyers literally compare Apples with Pears in trademark war

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Facepalm

Re: Dear Apple.

...enough Apple Corp "fans"...

Except that it isn't Apple Corps doing this! It's Apple (the computer company) which took the action and has the fanbois. Apple Corps Ltd is the multimedia corporation which the members of The Beatles founded in 1968. The name is a pun.

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Revealed: UK councils shrug at privacy worries, strap on body cams

qwertyuiop

What if I object?

Hmmm... I'm not an expert on the Data Protection Act and so I'd welcome an opinion from somebody who is, but I'd like to know how this is legal if I object to being filmed.

I believe that video of me in which I can be identified is considered to be "personal data" within the meaning of the Data Protection Act (and the General Data Protection Regulation). In order to collect my personal data you must (a) inform me that you're going to do so, (b) inform me of the purposes for which you're gathering it and (c) obtain my consent to process it.

So if I decline to give my consent how is it legal for you to film me?

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2009 IBM: Teleworking will save the WORLD! 2017 IBM: Get back to the office or else

qwertyuiop

Re: You answered your own question

"...where an old school CEO or COO...'suddenly' decides to stop remote working..."

Or in the case of a company I worked for, the CEO and several other C-level managers decided the company needed to relocate from London to a scenic spot on the south coast. This caused huge disruption for a large number of staff for whom relocation wasn't an option due to family or other considerations.

Of course the fact that the senior managers responsible for the decision were all approaching retirement age and were able to set themselves up very nicely in new homes, aided by the relocation package, was a total coincidence!

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God save the Queen... from Donald Trump. So say 1 million Britons

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FAIL

...hacks at The Register are guessing is the most popular to have ever graced the site...

No, the most popular petition to date was the post-Brexit one http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/brexit-government-rejects-eu-referendum-petition-latest-a7128306.html.

<sigh>I know I'm just a grumpy old git but I remember the days when hacks did some research instead of just guessing.

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Xmas software update knackered US Customs computer systems

qwertyuiop

Re: Nope, your terminology is wrong

I haven't been through Atlanta in a few years now, but it used to be that baggage reclaim was a publicly accessible area due to the weird layout of the gates/immigration/customs/etc.

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CERT tells Microsoft to keep EMET alive because it's better than Win 10's own security

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Re: Great point he's making

Ummm... I don't get this.

Why should every new version of an OS support every bit of software that ever ran on previous versions?

The world moves on, technology moves on. A payroll or accounting package that was released back in 2001 alongside XP may no longer be compatible with modern legislation/requirements (electronic submission of returns to HMRC for example) so you'd need to update/replace it anyway.

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User needed 40-minute lesson in turning it off and turning it on again

qwertyuiop

Re: Can you hold down the power button

No. It's an HP EliteBook 820. My employer's choice, not mine.

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qwertyuiop

Re: Can you hold down the power button

It's an HP EliteBook 820 - about three (?) years old. Is that old enough?

(Chosen by my employer, not me.)

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qwertyuiop
WTF?

Re: Can you hold down the power button

...it's the big key with 'Enter' printed on it ...

Hmmm... I've worked in IT for longer than many of the readers have been alive so I hope I know at least a little bit about it. However I'm looking at my keyboard and I can't see a key with "Enter" written on it. Should I just continue using the big L-shaped key with a bent left-pointing arrow on it instead?

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New measurement alert. The Pogba: 1,200Pg = NHS annual budget

qwertyuiop

Re: Value

And don't forget that as soon as Brexit is complete we'll have an extra 3.92 pogbas a week to spend on the NHS!

It must be true - Boris said so!

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UK fintech firm reaches for Ireland Brexit escape hatch

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Re: @johnaaronrose

...Or take it up to 1% of GDP for extra bragging rights...

So that's effectively a cut then given that the economy will probably tank.

(And, before somebody weighs in with "Oh there may be a few difficult years but then it will pick up", maybe that's true - but how long will it take to recover the ground lost in those "few" years?)

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British jobs for British people: UK tech rejects PM May’s nativist hiring agenda

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...from countries so poor... - so they're less likely to be from any of the other 27 EU states and more likely to be from ROTW, If that's the case then we already had the ability to control how many came into the country becuase they weren't covered by FOM.

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qwertyuiop

I totally agree. The real problem is that if it turns out that staying in the EU really is the best option* then what government would be brave enough to go back to the electorate with that proposition?

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qwertyuiop

@Tom I don't think it's as simple as that. The problem is that those who voted to leave had a huge variety of reasons for doing so and are therefore a disparate group. They wanted everything from "soft Brexit" based possibly on the Norwegian or Swiss models through to the hardest possible Brexit severing absolutely every kind of tie with the EU and setting up deals (eventually) with every individual nation in the world. There was also everything in-between. Those of us who voted to say had a pretty consistent view by contrast.

Given the huge range of views of the Brexiteers how do you possibly negotiate? Which particular constituency do you try to please? Go too soft and you'll alienate the hard liners, go too hard and you'll alienate the soft Bexiteers.

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Roboats hunt 'mines' and 'submarines' on Ex Unmanned Warrior

qwertyuiop
Mushroom

Re: Machiavelli on troops

Broadly speaking I'd agree, but there are some notable exceptions. The Ghurkas have an outstanding record of service in the British Army going back almost 200 years, and the Légion étrangère (the vast majority of whose members aren't French) have an equally outstanding record in serving France.

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Command line coffee machine: Hacker shuns app so he can stay at the keyboard for longer

qwertyuiop
Coat

Re: I feel inadequate

"...and two knobs.." fnaar!

Mine's the one with a copy of Viz in the pocket...

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Astronauts on long-haul space flights risk getting 'space brains'

qwertyuiop
WTF?

What problem?

Haven't they heard of tin-foil hats? Problem solved!

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An anniversary to remember: The world's only air-to-air nuke was fired on 19 July, 1957

qwertyuiop

Re: @Phil O'Sophical

Ummm... the Panama Canal opened in 1914, so I doubt they were considering nukes as a way of building it!

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Cycling paramedics in epic rush to save patient who ate stale sandwich

qwertyuiop

Re: Do you have a life threatening condition?

On a point of pedantry, if you are genuinely allergic to gluten (actually it's an intolerance not an allergy) then eating something that contains gluten is NOT life threatening. You ARE going to have an unpleasant 24 - 48 hours afterwards and will be unwell for another 3 - 6 months but you are NOT going to die. I speak as somebody who was diagnosed with Coeliac disease 25 years ago and who has been following a gluten-free diet ever since. (Don't get me started on hipsters who choose to follow a gluten-free diet...)

But otherwise, yes, I agree with you.

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Linus Torvalds in sweary rant about punctuation in kernel comments

qwertyuiop

REM?

Surely the way to indicate a comment is with an asterisk in column 8?

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Data protection, Brexit and campaigners: Privacy policy? Eh?

qwertyuiop

Re: Note to author

The article comes from Amberhawk Training's own website: the words "Amberhawk Training" in the title are a link and it's explicitly credited at the end of the article. Therefore in the original context writing in the first person is entirely appropriate. I've got no idea how it comes to be on El Reg - maybe they nicked it, maybe there's an agreement to share content.

I happen to know that it was written by Dr. Chris Pounder who is one of the UK's leading experts on UK Data Protection law. I've had the pleasure of being taught by him and of hearing him speak several times. Even if I hadn't known that it would have taken about one second to click on the title link or three seconds to Google "Amberhawk Training" and find out.

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South Korea to upgrade national stereo defence system for US$16m

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Go

Time to get this out of storage

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/the-wall-of-sound

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Bank in the UK? Plans afoot to make YOU liable for bank fraud

qwertyuiop

Why do you think an over the counter transaction is more secure?

Some years ago my wife had her bag stolen while we were in a restaurant. It contained all of her bank and credit cards, and a cheque book (don't ask!). We reported the theft to the police and to the bank as soon as it was discovered - which would have been 1 hour at most after it took place. Bank took all the details, sent a "Loss Questionnaire" to complete and said the card was cancelled. A replacement card arrived within a couple of days.

Imagine her horror two weeks later when she withdrew some cash from an ATM and checked her balance only to discover it was almost zero rather than the fairly healthy sum she expected.

Subsequent investigation showed that somebody - either the bag thief or whoever they'd sold the cards on to - had made repeated withdrawals by cheque made out to "Self" over the counter in branches of the bank. Each withdrawal had been for more than the card limit, which means that checks should have been made each time. Not only that but more than one withdrawal had been made each day which (in the case of cheques to self) is supposed to be impossible.

All of that in branches of the bank - so much for security!

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Database admin banned from Oxford Street for upskirt filming

qwertyuiop

On the other hand...

Jimmy Saville

Dave Lee Travis

Paul Gadd (Gary Glitter)

Max Clifford

*NOT* immigrants

BIGGER perverts than this Bulgarian or does the fact that they're British make it OK?

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SpaceX is go for US military GPS sat launch, smashes ULA monopoly

qwertyuiop

Re: Reassuringly Expensive...

...ULA has long traded on it's (admittedly very good) ability to use Russian rocket technology to achieve its launch-success record...

TFTFY

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Universal Credit at high risk of cyber-attack, fraud from the outset

qwertyuiop

Re: One question : are those "responsible" still in place ?

"Had this monstrosity gone live..."

Ummm... it has gone live, albeit in a very restricted way.

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qwertyuiop

Re: Why this does not surprise me

Hmmm... I'm reminded of a very old (WW2) joke about two former school chums who meet up in a bar. One is a Captain in the Army, the other a Wing Commander in the RAF.

They talk about their different "jobs" and the Captain says he would love to see a Spitfire (I told you it was an old joke!), so the Wing Commander arranges for him to visit his squadron.

When the Captain arrives the Wingco takes him out and shows him the beautiful work of art that is a Spitfire and they climb up and look inside the cockpit. He explains the use of the various instruments and controls. The Captain looks astonished and then turns to him and says "What? You have to deal with all of that on your own? In battle? And no competent NCO to help you?".

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Domino's trials trundling four-wheeled pizza delivery bot

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Unhappy

The end of an era

This could mark the end of whole "pizza delivery man" genre of pr0n...

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UK plans robo-car tests on motorways in 2017

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Facepalm

Re: Could be worse

"I've not read the budget..."

Ummm... apart from Gideon and staff in the Treasury nobody has read the budget yet.

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Used a cell phone in NYC? The cops probably tracked you

qwertyuiop
Big Brother

Re: to protect and to serve

If I've done nothing wrong you've got no reason to track me!

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Cash'n'Carrion restocks atomic keyrings

qwertyuiop
Mushroom

Re: I wish the NRC didn't suck. I'd love to get one,

If you could disguise it as a gun you'd have no problem getting it in the States!

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Three-years-late fit-to-work IT tool will cost taxpayers £76m

qwertyuiop

Re: @<shakes head> Whaaat?

Brown is often castigated for selling our gold cheap, but few people understand why he did it. See this piece from The Telegraph (that well known supporter of Gordon Brown) - http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/finance/thomaspascoe/100018367/revealed-why-gordon-brown-sold-britains-gold-at-a-knock-down-price/. So, it turns out it was yet another bail-out of the banks!

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Swiss try to wind up Apple with $25k dumb-watch

qwertyuiop

Re: Dumb Watch?

dumb adjective

temporarily unable or unwilling to speak.

"she stood dumb while he poured out a stream of abuse"

synonyms: mute, unable to speak, without the power of speech; speechless, tongue-tied, wordless, silent, at a loss for words, voiceless, inarticulate, taciturn, uncommunicative, untalkative, tight-lipped, close-mouthed, saying nothing; informalmum; technicalaphasic, aphonic

"he was born deaf and dumb"

I think it probably IS dumb! (I say this as a fan of real, mechanical watches.)

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