* Posts by James 51

2785 posts • joined 23 Jun 2009

You can't find tech staff – wah, wah, wah. Start with your ridiculous job spec

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The talent is out there but most businesses treat staff as a cost and do everything to drive it down. No training in case they get poached and people get treated as interchangable. Of course there is plain pig headedness. I place I worked at flushed several million down the toilet as the only person with the authority and ability was moving due to a partner's relocation and there was a strict no work from home policy (unless you were on support out of hours then you could do everything you could do in the office from the comfort of your couch). Years later no one had either the courage or the authority to pick that baton up.

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Samsung to let proper Linux distros run on Galaxy smartmobes

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If it can run WINE then it will be very interesting to see this in action. I am assuming though it will be versions compiled specifically for the phones or ARM processors rather than a HP Elite x3 access windows desktops over the Internet type of thing.

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Windows Fall Creators Update is here: What do you want first – bad news or good news?

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Re: Windows 7 ... missing features

I didn't want Win 10 on my PC and my WIN 7 recovery tool saw a newer version of Windows and put its foot down. I had to erase every trace of WIN 10 before I could cajole the installer to work.

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Re: Windows 7 ... missing features

I keep reading fall update as fail update. Wouldn't be the first time windows 10 has done that to me (background download and autoinstall killed a win 7 computer beyond recovery. Had to install linux to format the drive and get win 7 back on).

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Can we completely disable one drive?

Can we completely disable Cortana?

Can we stop it ringing the mothership and forking over all our data?

I know most people out there don't give a damm about this but it still bugs the hell out of me that the OS manufactures are allowed to force their 'customers' to spy on them to some extent if they want to basically buy a modern computer. Imagine if car manufactures force people to hand over all location data, info on who was in the car at all times and full audio and possibly video of people in the car and its surroundings.

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Man prosecuted for posting a picture of his hobby on Facebook

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The Google Home Mini: Great, right up until you want to smash it in fury

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Re: Silly Valley

Orac and Avon, it was always funny watching them spar.

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Re: So, plays tunes you own, alarm clocks stuff you set and listens to everything you say 24/7

Sounds like you're describing a pebble time without the speaker.

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They can't do the job and they're a privacy nightmare. Who in their right mind would buy something lime this?

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Storms blow away 2017 Solar Challenge field

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The reason why they chose the middle of Oz to drive through was to avoid this stuff and I say this to every idiot who laughs at solar powered cars today. Compare what the Wright brothers flew in to a Spitfire or a modern jet. We'll never get solar there if we don't travel the pot hole filled path that leads there.

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Dear America, you can't steal a personality: GDPR godfather talks privacy with El Reg

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Nice to see an MEP doing their job. Have one of these (see title)

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Ex-Autonomy CFO begs court to toss out US fraud allegations

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Re: Extradition

If someone hacked DOD computers in the US and they were in the UK at the time I could see the connection to the US and why the DOD might want the trial there. On the other hand the person was in the UK when they committed the crime so I would argue they should be tried in UK courts and to avoid double jeopardy being spread across jurisdictions, not handed over if the UK finds no case to answer. That is not what happened in this case. No one directly involved in the sale was in the US and US companies weren’t directly involved (i.e. autonomy wasn’t US owned and it wasn’t selling it to a US based company). If the people who owned autonomy committed a crime, they did so in the UK.

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I remember reading an article a few years ago and the ghist of it was Autonomy set their books up the way UK based companies normally do and HP read them as if they were setup the US way. This lead to HP over paying but that the management in HP weren't up to scratch in other ways too. From what little I know it does look like a company trying to sue their way to victory when they failed in the market but the UK or the EU courts should be handling this. HP just want it in the states cause they think the process will be tilted in their favour.

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Re: Despotic Autocratic Oligarchies vs CyberIntelAIgent Systems Programming. Fact and/or Fiction?!

That mostly made sense, haven't had my first cup of tea. Yes, that's it. Not losing any marbles at all.

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Apple's iPhone X won't experience the joy of 6...

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The percentages can be deceptive just as a 5% bonus for the boss is worth a lot more than a 5% bonus for a person working at the coal face. That 5% increase could mean a bigger increase in absolute term that the 20% when the user base was smaller. Analysts, what are they good for?

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Video games used to be an escape. Now not even they are safe from ads

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This goes all the way back to superfrog and zool.

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A survey for game engine developer Unity Industries found that 62 per cent of gamers would regularly interact with ads for an in-game reward

I had a zombie game on my phone. Some times you were forced to watch ads but it was quicker to quit the game and reload than waiting for the ads to end. Other times, you could choose to watch an ad and get in game rewards. What I'd do is hit the watch ad button, turn the phone face down and then a minute later I'd rinse and repeat. Got a lot of rewards and watched not a single ad.

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AMD comes out swinging, says: We're the Buster Douglas of the tech industry!

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Just release Raven Ridge already. Starting to be impatient.

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Hollywood has savaged enough sci-fi classics – let's hope Dick would dig Blade Runner 2049

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Re: Replicant or not

Yes Dave. I still have the CDs in a draw but trying to get it to run now is a pain. Hoping it will turn up on GOG.

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Re: Replicant or not

In the computer game it normally takes bone marrow to tell the difference between replicant animals and the real ones.

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Microsoft shows off Windows 10 Second Li, er, Mixed Reality

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AR could be transparent glasses with the office still visible. When I think of VR it is the helmet and headphones shutting you off.

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I can see the uses of AR in an office. I could have lots of floating windows with consoles, code, contents of stacks and debuggers and other stuff just there. All the cool interfaces I saw in university many moons ago might actually make it out of the lab. VR is just too anti-social for the office or even at home if you have other people who expect to be able to interact with you. However there is no getting around the fact that the keyboard is still by far the best way to enter large volumes of text into a computer. Even if voice recognition was 100% can you imagine writing large amounts of code that way?

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White House plan to nuke social security numbers is backed by Equifax's ex-top boss

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The only private companies that have asked me for my NI have been my employers. SSNs are used by everyone and their dogs to id their customers in the US.

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Re: Obscure number

Put it into a calculator then turn it upside down.

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This topic has been around for a long time. I can't remember the article now (probably on the BBC given this quote) but an expert said that the situation in the UK wasn't as bad as the US as companies did not use NI numbers as an ID field, therefore it was less useful for collating data from various organisations/hacked databases. Like biometrics though these are IDs and should never be passwords.

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Home Sec Amber Rudd: Yeah, I don't understand encryption. So what?

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Re: Techies will continue to sneer.

The TSA (aka the theif support agency) beat her to that a long time ago:

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/01/18/keysforge_will_give_you_printable_key_blueprints_using_a_photo_of_a_lock/

https://www.wired.com/2015/09/lockpickers-3-d-print-tsa-luggage-keys-leaked-photos/

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Bad news! Astroboffins find the stuff of life in space for the first time

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No, it's Moya.

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Brit prosecutors fling almost a million quid at anti-drone'n'phone ideas

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Re: Location, Location, Location

@ thegroucho Yes, they were, but given the lock em up and let them die their sentiments being expressed that isn't far of what some people are calling for for everyone who goes to prision.

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Re: Location, Location, Location

How effective were gulags?*

*If crime continues inside them then it isn't a sucess, you have displaced the issue. Which might be enough for society but only if you're going to give people a life long label they can never remove.

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Musk: Come ride my Big F**king Rocket to Mars

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Surely given the destination the name is an homage to Doom?

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Nokia updates classic comeback mobe 3310

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Excellent. Teithering would be prefect but not essential.

Any word on the price?

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Helium's for balloons and squeaky voices, not this 10TB Toshiba beast

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Was looking at buying an external hard disk for DNLA. Have a 2.5" enclosure but noticed that the stand alone external HDD at 1tb are the same price as naked internal HDDs (about £45-£50).

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Google's pay-to-play 'remedy' is warming Eurocrats' hearts

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bidding for their own ads, sounds like a good way to transfer profits around to avoid tax.

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Smartphone SatNavs to get centimetre-perfect GNSS receivers in 2018

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Any chance of combining the various GPS systems for more accuracy?

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UK Home Office re-bans cheap call gateways because 'terrorism'

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@Teiwaz They are also called farmers.

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@Spud Certainly not using COMUGs anyway.

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"This direction is necessary to ensure that those charged with keeping families and communities safe have access to relevant and accurate information when they need it and when they have the appropriate authorisations in order to do their job."

So people who are single and live in the middle of nowhere are on their own then?

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AI in Medicine? It's back to the future, Dr Watson

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If Drs feel threatened by the system what's their motivation to use it? If they disagree what will happen in court if something goes wrong? Will the people producing the system sue critics or gag people who buy their stuff? In the long run I can see this being a big help (as long as it's fast, accurate and easy to use) but we are a long way off on all three points.

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If you need to replace anything other than your iPhone 8's battery or display, good luck

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The fairphone 2 got 10/10 on iFixit tear down so you can easily replace any broken component, swap out batteries etc etc. They avoid conflict materials which drives their costs up and the volume sold means they don't get the discounts that big manufactures get. There's a number of OSs that can be installed too.

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The fairphone 3 will be out late next year, probably for around £500.

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Java SE 9 and Java EE 8 arrive, 364 days later than first planned

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Re: @James

A lot of my work involves file handling and string manipulation, two areas which seem to have had a lot of work put into them.

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*sigh* Just when I convince my work to let me use Java 8 for one program. Anyone recommend any good Java 8 books?

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Falling apart at the seamless: Inside Apple's LTE Watch fiasco

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Re: Some pedantry:

I think it was Spy Kids 3 that made a joke out of that.

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Re: Just proves the point

If you added a speaker you'd have a good description of a pebble 2.

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GNOME Foundation backs 'freedom-oriented' smartphone

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Wonder if they would benefit from working with the fairphone people. There does seem to be a large overlap in the philosophies behind them.

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Manchester plod still running 1,500 Windows XP machines

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At the end of the day it all comes down to money. Do we have the money to replace the mission critical stuff running XP? With how squeezed the public sector is across the board stuff this like this is going to countinue for a long time to come.

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BoJo, don't misuse stats then blurt disclaimers when you get rumbled

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Actually AC, as a sovereign nation with control over the money supply this is exactly what the UK has. What would happen if we used it is another story. Of course if companies like Google and Amazon started paying tax at the rates they'd be paying if they were based in the UK and not in magic money island just off the shore of far, far away the funding gap would be much smaller.

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The only thing that Gove ever did that I was greatful for was stabbing Bojo in the front and the back at the same time. I know it's hard to believe but he would be even worse as PM than May is. The problem with lying your way to the top is that sooner or later you encounter a situation were the lies make things worse and he won't be able to change tac when that happens.

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Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 is hot, but not much more than the S8+

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There is a LG Stylus 3 which has a stylus and a removeable battery but can't find any reviews on the sites I ususally go to so not sure what it is like. Can't find it on amazon either, Three is the only place that seems to have it.

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Google, Bing, Yahoo! data hoarding is like homeopathy. It doesn't work – new study claims

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Finally, someone who it would seem has actually studied information theory is taking a look at this.

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