* Posts by Roger Greenwood

749 posts • joined 7 Sep 2006

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

Roger Greenwood

Re: What we need

@Herring'

Interested in your thoughts regarding Betamax v VHS . . . .

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Think tank calls for post-Brexit national ID cards: The kids have phones so what's the difference?

Roger Greenwood

Re: It's what people voted for!

"your national flag"

Well today, of all days, it should be the white rose of the Yorkshire flag.

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Dixons Carphone: Yeah, so, about that hack we said hit 1.2m records? Multiply that by 8.3

Roger Greenwood

Re: Antiquated IT systems

"Those same tills have access to every single customer who has ever purchased from Carphone Warehouse."

Unless you paid cash (and some still do).

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Early experiment in mass email ends with mad dash across office to unplug mail gateway

Roger Greenwood

"forget to attach"

So many times Thunderbird has saved me from that one.

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Windows 10 Insiders see double as new builds hit the deck – with promises to end Update Rage

Roger Greenwood

Re: Predictive Fuckups

"Because they might choose "never" because their machines are running nice and stable."

This.

(Having just spent several hours wrestling a time clock system back to life - on Monday when the reports are needed.)

Updates now disabled.

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Your 60-second guide to security stuff Google touted today at Next '18

Roger Greenwood

Re: The Abiding Trouble Associated with Becoming All Powerful and All Seeing ....

You should write Vogon poetry, I feel your talents would then be better appreciated.

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Quantum, Linux and Dynamics: That's the week at Microsoft, not a '70s prog rock band

Roger Greenwood

"Awkward"

https://twitter.com/MooseAllain/status/1021451262745894912

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Sorry, Neil Armstrong. Boffins say you may not have been first life-form to set foot on the Moon

Roger Greenwood

Re: What about

1. That means you heard it before it was released (impressed).

2. Damn we're old.

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Boffin botheration as IET lifts axe on 20-year-old email alias service

Roger Greenwood

Losing email is nothing . . .

. . . compared to the mess caused when they closed the technical discussion forums (without notice) and re-branded them "communities" a few years ago. Not recovered yet. (Yes I am a member).

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Google Chrome update to label HTTP-only sites insecure within WEEKS

Roger Greenwood

Re: If only it were that easy

"idiot proof guides" - see httpsiseasy.com

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Budget hotel chain, UK political party, Monzo Bank, Patreon caught in Typeform database hack

Roger Greenwood

Dates of birth

I have several of these. 1/1/70 being a favourite.

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Don’t talk to the ATM, young man, it’s just a machine and there’s nobody inside

Roger Greenwood

Ah FUBAR

Reminds me of the many shortcut descriptions in the techy field.

As a young apprentice I worked with a guy referred to as Fubsy. His real name was probably Dave, but everyone said "See Fubsy about that ... Fubsy has the key .... Borrow one off Fubsy etc". Took me months to find out FUB meant effing useless bastard.

Surely along with the list of El-Reg standards we should have a list of these many useful acronyms.

A friend of mine has one he calls the WHIP syndrome when he has trouble working out what has gone wrong with some electronic gismo. (What haven't I pressed).

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'Tesco probably knows more about me than GCHQ': Infosec boffins on surveillance capitalism

Roger Greenwood

These are my facebook details and if you don't like them then I have others. (Groucho Marx 1933)

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Capture your late-night handbrake turns with this 'autonomous' car-chasing camera drone

Roger Greenwood

Police are the obvious users

Send drone towards miscreant. In the civilised world it would then land on top with a magnet and a tracker allowing the chase car to back off. In other places attempt to shoot out the tyres?

Speed more important than range. I bet someone has already done this but I missed it.

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BOFH: Their bright orange plumage warns other species, 'Back off! I'm dangerous!'

Roger Greenwood

Yellow vs Orange hi-vis

I recently had reason to question why we had to change to orange hi-vis, when for decades it has been yellow. Apparently the orange is less attractive to insects. You live and learn.

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You've heard that pop will eat itself. Boffins have unveiled a rocket that does the same

Roger Greenwood
Pint

I love the $5 multimeters in the picture

I've got a couple of those as well. Bought to be essentially disposable, they have proved remarkably rugged and even more surprisingly, accurate. Top boffinry.

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Openreach consults on shift of 16 MEEELLION phone lines to VoIP by 2025

Roger Greenwood

Comparison with other "improvements"

When I were a lad you turned on the TV and it took 5 minutes to warm up before you got a picture (in monochrome). Then came electronics and TV screens were almost instantaneous colour - magic. Now we are back to a 5 minute warm up while the digital box boots up, coupled with random video artifacts for no good reason.

Once upon a time you turned on your AM or FM radio and got joyous sound in an instant. Then came DAB and the box has to find the strongest signal resulting in short audio jumps and repeats as it swaps from one tower to another, really weird when listening to speech.

Currently when I lift my phone handset I have an instant dial tone ready to receive my instructions. The general experience and quality is totally reliable. It also works when the power goes out.

I really hope that this time the "improvements" work for the user, not just the supplier.

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Microsoft's latest Windows 10 update downs Chrome, Cortana

Roger Greenwood

Killing cortana . .

. . is a feature I would almost pay for.

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Happy having Amazon tiptoe into your house? Why not the car, then? In-trunk delivery – what could go wrong?

Roger Greenwood

Re: Would love to see the look...

Lovely description, really took me back - thank you. I learned to double de-clutch in an Austin Maxi because the gearbox was shagged. Happy days.

You didn't need a fancy electronic key in those days, my mate's Ford takeaway key could open my Morris Ital every time.

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Oh dear... Netizens think 'private' browsing really means totally private

Roger Greenwood

Private unless you visit a website using flash - then flashplayer keeps its own archive/cache outside the browser.

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My PC makes ‘negative energy waves’, said user, then demanded fix

Roger Greenwood

Re: missed opportunity

Try getting a user to hold a scope probe and watch the 50hz hum jump. Shirley this proves the user is radiating and is the source of the problem!

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Airbus CIO: We dumped Microsoft Office not over cost but because Google G Suite looks sweet

Roger Greenwood

I'm with you - right tool for the job. Standard office tools have a place but far too often we get engineering drawings somehow created in a spreadsheet and sent to us. That's room plans, schematics, mechanical panel layouts, anything to avoid using a proper CAD system. Completely inappropriate but cheap! As the article says, they are trying to reduce the amount of email, empower more of the workforce and do things differently - makes sense. Google started about 10 years ahead of Microsoft on collaboration and I'm not sure they've caught up yet.

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Stephen Hawking dies, aged 76

Roger Greenwood

Re: The Endless River...

"All we need to do is make sure we keep talking"

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Good luck saying 'Sorry I'm late, I had to update my car's firmware'

Roger Greenwood

Should be easy to find the time for car updates

The updates can run whilst you check the windows, lights, oil, water, tyres etc before each journey. We all do that surely?

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Swiss see Telly Tax as a Big Plus, vote against scrapping it

Roger Greenwood

BOFH Series

That I would pay to see, as discussed elsewhere:-

https://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2018/03/02/bofh_2018_episode_4/

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Spotify wants to go public but can't find Ed Sheeran (to pay him)

Roger Greenwood

Ed Sheeran

Is performing in Perth W.A. tonight. Just in case you need to know that. Being 8 hours ahead of the UK, that's on now. Wonder if he's streaming it?

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Full shift to electric vans would melt Royal Mail's London hub, MPs told

Roger Greenwood

Re: Case study

Candidate for rant of the week - lovely.

"24 flats, all with 230v mains" - I put money on these flats being fed from a 3ph supply so getting the feed from more than one crossed would be interesting.

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NASA budget shock: Climate studies? GTFO. We're making the Moon great again, says Trump

Roger Greenwood

Re: Valuable minerals?

but those three are particularly difficult to separate from the ore (managerium)

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I see you're writing a résumé?!.. LinkedIn parked in MS Word

Roger Greenwood

Dear Jobseekers

If you need a lot of AI help updating a CV have you considered that you may be applying for the wrong job?

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Lenovo literally has a screw loose – so it's recalled flagship Carbon X1 ThinkPads

Roger Greenwood

Are you sure it's a screw?

Pozitive.

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Bring the people 'beautiful' electric car charging points, calls former transport minister

Roger Greenwood

I think you will find that Dalek poo gives a better power to weight ratio

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We're cutting F-35 costs, honest, insists jet-builder Lockheed Martin

Roger Greenwood

You talked to Mr Over

How on earth did you resist?

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Heathrow's air traffic radio set for shiny digital upgrade from Northrop

Roger Greenwood

Re: air gapped

on the contrary - surely it should be cloud based?

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UK.gov puts Suffolk 7-year-old's submarine design into production

Roger Greenwood

Re: I can tell them that for free

A: all of them as we can't afford any more

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

Roger Greenwood
Happy

I see a problem:-

too prone to leaks.

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2001: A Stob Odyssey

Roger Greenwood

Another from the 90s preserved here:-

http://www.nthong.co.uk/hal.htm

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Munich council finds €49.3m for Windows 10 embrace

Roger Greenwood

Re: Keep politicians away from IT decisions

I feel Linspired

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Does UK high street banks' crappy crypto actually matter?

Roger Greenwood

Attitude of banks

True story:-

Lady asked to go into bank to draw out some money for her father.

No problem says the cashier - let me update your passbook while you're here.

Passbook updated. Hang on - unknown transaction - withdrawal from an ATM.

Cue big argument - cashier insists the system cannot be wrong. Lady insists her father cannot have withdrawn the money as the ATM was 100 miles away and he is too ill to travel. Cashier insists the system cannot be wrong. Argument escalates to senior supervisor who insists system cannot be wrong, no one can keep track of another person 100%, ill or not.

Lady says she can prove it was not withdrawn by her father - he hasn't got an ATM card.

Money duly restored to account.

Moral of the story - the system cannot be wrong. Except it can and you have to prove it.

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Once more, with feeling: Dawn to take a closer look at Ceres

Roger Greenwood
Happy

Re: Hundreds of millions of km away

" if scientists and engineers " be careful what you wish for - not everyone is such a kind and benevolent person as you.

Then again, I do see your point.

p.s. cheers to the scientists and engineers who build and run these awesome spacecraft.

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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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