* Posts by Roger Greenwood

710 posts • joined 7 Sep 2006

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How many times can Microsoft kill Mobile?

Roger Greenwood

Re: Microsoft is trying very hard to kill itself.

"What have they screwed up on Server?"

SBS

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Microsoft Office 365 Exchange issues for users across Europe

Roger Greenwood

Re: We've contacted Microsoft for comment. ®

They will be busy "tasking out some actions to the team"

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Apple's adoption of Qi signals the end of the wireless charging wars

Roger Greenwood

100 years ago

". . wireless power transfer has been around for over a century"

". . it's only left to bayonet the wounded"

I see what you did there.

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Smart meters: 'Dog's breakfast' that'll only save you 'a tenner' – report

Roger Greenwood

Re: Common sense is free!

But, but, 7 is much more than 2! :-)

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Energy firm slapped with £50k fine for making 1.5 million nuisance calls

Roger Greenwood

Exactly - the fine should be related to the number of calls/complaints. £100 per complaint would do it - half to the person called to encourage reporting.

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Hell desk to user: 'I know you're wrong. I wrote the software. And the protocol it runs on'

Roger Greenwood

Topical

https://twitter.com/TheRickyDavila/status/895664236034174976

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Autonomous driving in a city? We're '95% of the way there'

Roger Greenwood

Re: 95% done or 95% of the work remaining?

. . . and you'll never get to 100% - mission creep will see to that.

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Ubuntu 'weaponised' to cure NHS of its addiction to Microsoft Windows

Roger Greenwood
Pint

Re: The city of Munich tried this

The vote went against that but I haven't seen a recent update other than they are keeping their options open. I'm in Munich next week - shall I ask them over a beer?

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Researchers take the piss with pee-powered liquid energy project

Roger Greenwood

"charge a commercially available Samsung mobile"

I bet that will piss off Bill G.

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'OK, everyone. Stop typing, this software is DONE,' said no one ever

Roger Greenwood

Sympathise with this.

Today I used this little program, unmodified, and it still saves hours:-

// Withdrawable Plugs Program

// RG Started 29/10/96 last updated:- 4/11/96

// C++ - filename = wd.cpp

// IDE Notes :-

// set editor tab size to 3

// load project wd.prj

I am sure other readers will have more ancient stuff they still use?

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Forcing digital forensics to obey 'one size fits all' crime lab standard is 'stupid and expensive'

Roger Greenwood

Re: Not just commercial forensic labs...

"Consider that 17025 specifies that exhibits cannot be outside the exhibit store for more than n minutes at a time."

Not true - that is not in the standard. The word "exhibit" doesn't even exist in the version I have. It may be in your procedures, but that is a different problem.

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Roger Greenwood

"compliance bureaucracy"

Otherwise known as doing it properly with records i.e. ISO9001 without the old manufacturing bias. Minimum (external) cost is about £2k to £3K for the first audit for a small lab, then £1K per year after that, plus your own time of course. Any labs not already certified to ISO9001 may find this hard, but the 2 standards are very closely linked and compliance with ISO17025 means you are operating in accordance with ISO9001 (says so in the introduction).

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Walkers' Crisps pulls backfiring Tweet campaign that paired Gary Lineker and a bunch of nasties

Roger Greenwood

"Slack handful"

So glad to see this being considered for inclusion as an IEC standard unit. I have had to explain a slack handful many times when it is clearly self describing. Perhaps the Reg. standards converter could be updated to assist those who have led a sheltered life in the IT world?

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7 NSA hack tool wielding follow-up worm oozes onto scene: Hello, no need for any phish!

Roger Greenwood

Re: 1Up

"The Mythical Man Month" was by Frederick P Brooks as all El Reg readers will surely know.

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Faking incontinence and other ways to scare off tech support scammers

Roger Greenwood
Happy

Re: Play along with them...

"wasting their time they aren't scamming someone else"

This.

It is our solemn duty, while trying not to laugh.

(Personally I prefer "Code in .." a few times, then "Hold the line please while I trace the call")

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Windows 10: Triumphs and tragedies from Microsoft Build

Roger Greenwood

Re: What Is Microsofts End Game ?

"we pressure the computer makers to ship LINUX versions"

Whilst I admire the sentiment, I don't know how you are going to do that. The fact is money talks - if enough folks bought something other than Windows (enough to affect the stats and the bottom line) then change would come. But sadly few people are that interested in this petty squabble of ours and therefore buy whatever is in the shop and from whoever has the largest marketing budget/slush fund.

For what it's worth, my last machine at home running an MS product was Win95 in 1996 on a second hand computer.

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74 countries hit by NSA-powered WannaCrypt ransomware backdoor: Emergency fixes emitted by Microsoft for WinXP+

Roger Greenwood

Re: Do we need attachments?

Regarding "two days quarantine", this would hit one of the main uses of email for business. We transfer drawings and specifications by the bucket load every day instead of using the postal service. We also receive orders that way - and they ring up 5 minutes after pressing send to make sure you got it (yes really).

So probably not realistic for health services either.

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Today's bonkers bug report: Microsoft Edge can't print numbers

Roger Greenwood

So we've found a use for Abbott numbers :-)

http://www.newsbiscuit.com/2017/05/03/abbott-numbers-set-to-revolutionise-mathematics/

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Microsoft plans summer CRM war opener against Salesforce

Roger Greenwood

Re: Anyone know how to get your account deleted?

Just fill it full of garbage then it's hard to sort out the truthiness - there are surely enough desperate users among 500m who accept all requests to be your friend. Works for facebook :-)

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Time to make up: Realtime collaboration comes to Excel

Roger Greenwood

Re: Less of a breakthrough . . .

The desktop version of old (2003?) had a facility we liked a lot - called shared spreadsheets or similar and it sort of worked most of the time. The trouble is it was very flaky and would hang - we got fed up of round tripping it through openoffice every week to clear out the cruft.

I have tried the online version but it still has a way to go in the user friendly department.

Open/Libre office never got there either.

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Roger Greenwood

Less of a breakthrough . . .

. . . more of a catch up with the competition. (We switched to google docs for this feature alone. 10 years ago).

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UK.gov confirms it won't be buying V-22 Ospreys for new aircraft carriers

Roger Greenwood

“long-range combat search and rescue” or “long-range high-speed delivery of mission essential spares and stores"

That's what drones are for. You can buy and operate a lot of drones for the cost of any chopper.

Immense range, lower risk to operators, high tech so keeping business happy with upgrades and replacements.

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Wanted: Bot mechanic. New nerds, apply within

Roger Greenwood

Plug and play

Surely this will be the future for most robots. Not all, of course, but central management and control solves a lot of day-to-day problems. This is already happening with infrastructure kit (electrical power, for instance) - you plug in new kit and it downloads all its settings from central management. Some kit has been doing this for decades (industrial controls) so it is only a matter of time before the mobile robotic chromebook arrives.

The folks who swap the kit in the field could be significantly de-skilled from days of ye olde fault finding.

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A router with a fear of heights? Yup. It's a thing

Roger Greenwood

Yup - will be a cooling issue. If you remove all the air you remove the risk of flash - hence vacuum circuit breakers.

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Facebook shopped BBC hacks to National Crime Agency over child abuse images probe

Roger Greenwood

Re: Facebook moderation is useless

Blame the algorithm?

After all, how much does one report of "bad" count against 50 "likes" - I am sure it won't be a real person looking at this until the scales swing the other way. If these images were in a hidden/private group it shouldn't be a surprise they were appreciated by the members. I wonder if any accounts have been suspended yet? Any arrests? After all, the real names policy will make it easy to identify them . . . . . . .

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Salford and Liverpool City Councils plan IT trading venture

Roger Greenwood

Re: CoSocius

"As of the 1st of April 2016, these functions have reverted to being delivered as in-house council shared services."

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Prisoners' 'innovative' anti-IMSI catcher defence was ... er, tinfoil

Roger Greenwood

"Porridge fans"

We're obviously getting old and less relevant to the yoof of today.

The line was a bit obscure and UK centric but it was used in many episodes. Thank you for noticing - small victories.

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Roger Greenwood

"There are some evil corrupt bastards . ."

Aren't you being a bit harsh on a very well meaning body of men?

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Bee boffins prove sesame-seed brain is all you need to play football (well, that explains a lot)

Roger Greenwood

Re: Did the bees learn to fake injuries too

"Do bees eat pies?"

I bet they do.

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Gulp! Drones dodge spray from California's gaping moist glory hole

Roger Greenwood

For UK readers see Ladybower

https://www.flickr.com/photos/ssl9/8438736104/

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Shocked, I tell you. BT to write off £530m over 'improper' Italian accounts practices

Roger Greenwood

Re: Is this why BT infinity bills are going up by £2.50/month?

You assume that the left hand is conversing with the right and that they can co-ordinate their actions?

Big assumption.

/cynic

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Britain collects new naval tanker a mere 18 months late

Roger Greenwood

Re: Maggy what have we done...

Money - it's a hit

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Microsoft Germany says Windows 7 already unfit for business users

Roger Greenwood

Re: Planned adolescence...

Nailed it. Most adolescents are not fit for work either.

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AWS, you crack us up. Rebrands Westminster 'Webminster'

Roger Greenwood

Re: And of course...

But he used the Duckfield Lewisham method - not allowed on a Thursday.

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Meat pies in SPAAAAAAAAAAAACE!

Roger Greenwood

Please tell me it was "Operation Growler"

With the tagline "Leaving the Earths' crust"

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Lib Dems to oppose porn checks in Blighty's Digital Economy Bill

Roger Greenwood

The more publicity this gets . . .

. .the more idiots will start using VPNs etc. If such folk wise up to also deleting their browser history as well it makes gathering evidence in criminal cases so much more difficult. At the moment they probably form the "low hanging fruit" for the police in all sorts of cases (e.g. Thomas Mair). Unintended consequences etc.

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'Data saturation' helped to crash the Schiaparelli Mars probe

Roger Greenwood

Margaret Hamilton faced this kind of problem . .

. . many moons ago.

Fascinating story here https://www.wired.com/2015/10/margaret-hamilton-nasa-apollo/

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Antivirus tools are a useless box-ticking exercise says Google security chap

Roger Greenwood

" . . was not evidence . . "

Sounds like trying to argue with bomb 20

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We're going to have to start making changes or the adults will do it for us

Roger Greenwood

At the end of the day . . .

. . .life is too short to stuff a mushroom.

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James Dyson's new startup: A university for engineers that doesn't suck

Roger Greenwood

Re: Sounds like...

Exactly.

During my apprenticeship mumble years ago, we used to get folk on sandwich courses turn up for a few weeks in the summer. Some were 4 or 5 years older than us and utterly clueless (generally, not just the work). Can't beat time on the job alongside the classroom to keep you grounded.

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Hell Desk's 800 number was perfect for horrible heavy-breathing harassment calls

Roger Greenwood

Re: From the Archives...

I've tried that - no one rings the landline except scammers do they?

Try "Code In . . . . " a few times then ask them to hold.

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If any idiot can do it, we're heading in the right direction

Roger Greenwood

Re: Transceiver lifespan

Thank you - interesting. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gold-aluminium_intermetallic

Also http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0038110170901723 but you have to pay (article from 1970)

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Topless in-car selfie attempt climaxes with rear-end bonking

Roger Greenwood

I was thinking more along the lines of the radar being switched off, but go for it.

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Adventures in (re) naming your business: Fire up the 4-syllable random name generator

Roger Greenwood

Brand names are tricky

When I first saw the name "Yahoo" I laughed, but look at it now.

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Good God, we've found a Google thing we like – the Pixel iPhone killer

Roger Greenwood

Well you can piss right off - I know the start of a Vogon poem when I see one.

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British trio win Nobel prize for physics

Roger Greenwood

Top boffins never retire, they just go off the payroll:- http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2016/03/founding-uncs-computer-science-department-was-an-experiment-but-it-paid-off-for-fred-brooks

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But is it safe? Uncork a bottle of vintage open-source FUD

Roger Greenwood

Yup, you only have to look at file formats to see how that pans out. I have 20 to 25 year old CAD drawings here with no software to read them anymore (Looking at you, Autodesk). The things we made from the drawings are still in service and will be for some time.

In years gone by every time I did a PLC program I kept a hardcopy printout - they survived longer than the equipment to do the programming and associated tapes.

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Earliest ever recording of computer-generated music is restored

Roger Greenwood

If they have the program . . .

. why didn't they just re-run it with a better speaker?

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Virgin Media costs balloon by MEEELLIONS in wake of Brexit

Roger Greenwood

Re: Note to editors

Thanks for reaching out.

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Autonomous vehicles inquiry set up in the UK

Roger Greenwood

"nigh on impossible for a human"

But humans don't always react according to their training and are often influenced by "lubrication" to do the wrong or unsafe thing. I would expect that the machine is programmed to "fail safe", however inconvenient it may seem at the time. Fascinating to see how this develops and how much effort is put into coping with unexpected inputs compared to making the thing go.

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