* Posts by Steve Davies 3

3847 posts • joined 24 Jun 2009

Fired Ofcom Remainer bod sues UK gov for withholding his payoff

Steve Davies 3
Silver badge
Facepalm

Re: a bunch of incompetent, egomaniacal clowns.

Why does the article suggest only one minister when we have a government full of them?

Why does the article suggest only one minister when we have a Parliament full of them?

There fixed it for you.

3
1

Google loses Android friends with Pixel exclusivity

Steve Davies 3
Silver badge

nothing like pissing off your friends

as a reason for them to become your enemy.

Samsung can move to Tizen (keep thinking of Tizer...)

What about the rest that apart from a few niche players represent the landfill end of the market?

Something about the tune of 'If I ruled the world' seems to stick in my mind here.

Obviiusly Google sees a lot of money to be made with creating their own walled garden around Android Services. The question is, will it actually make them money? Can they continue to sell the Pixel at iPhone prices? Can they beat Apple at their own game?

Interesting times...

4
0

Zuck off: Facebook's big kahuna sues Hawaiians to kick 'em off their land

Steve Davies 3
Silver badge

Re: The Zuckerberg Effect

Why hasn't the Daily Mail reported Facebook's effect on house prices? (Maybe it has, but as I don't read it I wouldn't know.)

I expect the reason is that Zuck has apparently decided the 'Little England' is not a good place to live AND get the privacy that he denies to the rest of the world. That's why that Daily Flail has not gone 'gib' in the story.

1
2

Is Qualcomm price gouging phone makers? Not everyone thinks so

Steve Davies 3
Silver badge

Re: Bull.

Don't forget that Samsung buys more 'chips' from Qualcomm (or is licensed to make them) than Apple. Perhaps that is why Qualcomm had to pay a fine in Korea.

As Qualcomm were until recently a virtual monopoly in this area isn't it right that the FTC looks into their practices.

Personally, I think that this is a last throw of the dice by the FTC. I don't expect them as an organisation to last long under the rule of Trump.

0
1

College fires IT admin, loses access to Google email, successfully sues IT admin for $250,000

Steve Davies 3
Silver badge

And using Google is a good thing?

answers on a pinhead please...

32
4

LTE-Broadcast has broad deployment models. What it doesn't have is the iPhone

Steve Davies 3
Silver badge

Does the fault only lie with Apple?

Isn't all this done on the Chipset provided by the likes of Qualcomm?

Is this bit of tech covered by FRAND?

If not then good luck getting the tightwads at Apple to pay through the nose for it.

Perhaps they should forget the iPhone anyway as isn't perceived as Meh! these days.

Wouldn't Samsung be a better bet to get this into the hands of the masses?

1
1

US watchdog sues Qualcomm for 'bribing' Apple to swallow chips

Steve Davies 3
Silver badge

Apple the Victim of a Patent Bribe?

Has the world turned on its head while I was asleep?

This can't be true. Isn't this the SOP for Apple?

I'm going back to bed...

I must be having a bad dream.

2
1

Apple sings another iTune following Brexit as prices rise by up to a third

Steve Davies 3
Silver badge

Re: Bright ideas - not

How about Harold 'Gannex' Wilson and the 'White Heat of Technology'?

Politicians of all parties are numbskulls when it comes to knowing what is best for us plebs and even more so those who have been on the Brussels Gravy Train.

just my personal opinion you understand

4
0

Devs reverse-engineer 16,000 Android apps, find secrets and keys to AWS accounts

Steve Davies 3
Silver badge

In the interests of fairness...

Are they going to do the same on IOS and Windows Store Apps?

Otherwise, cynics might say that this company is in the pay of Apple...

4
1

Jeremy Hunt pockets £14m through sale of course search website

Steve Davies 3
Silver badge

Re: Private company sold != NHS issues

Don't forget the Labor MP's who are jumping Corbyn's ship.

0
0

Nadella calls for AI sector to move beyond 'worshipping' a handful of companies

Steve Davies 3
Silver badge

every human computer interaction is AI-powered.

and what he isn't saying is

and all those interactions will go through our servers and be use to data mine your activities so that our Partners (Advertisers, FBI, NSA etc) and follow your every move with their AI systems just in case you are planning an illegal act or thinking of buying something.

10
3

BT installs phone 'spam filter', says it'll strain out mass cold-callers

Steve Davies 3
Silver badge

Re: How much to review your spam call messages?

Blocking Number Withheld calls is going to bugger up the NHS even more than it is now.

A good number of NHS Trusts block their number from all outgoing calls. All in the name of Security.

This whole number ID thing is a total pile of dog excement.

If there was a regulator who actually cared, this could be sorted out. And there goes that squadron of flying pigs....

5
0
Steve Davies 3
Silver badge
FAIL

But...

Can OFCOM make this mandatiory for all providers at no charge?

No? Well See ICON

1
1

Apple vs. Samsung goes back to court, again, to re-assess the value of a rounded corner

Steve Davies 3
Silver badge

Re: Another universe entirely

Common Sense is IMHO outlawed in the US Legal and Governmental Systems.

All that matters is Laws, Precident and Rules.

Have an upvote.

5
0

Clone wars: Wrestler sues Microsoft over Gears of War character

Steve Davies 3
Silver badge

The lawyers are the only one who will win this one.

The lawyers are the only ones who profit from civil lawsuits in the USA

There fixed it for you.

0
0

Microsoft swallows up AI language biz Maluuba

Steve Davies 3
Silver badge

Re: Wouldn't most of us settle for Windows actually helping you do things rather than allowing you?

In other words 'Clippy 2017'.

Do we want MS 'helping us' even more?

By 'we' I mean the experts who read and post here.

Personally, I think MS has been getting in the way far too much for far too long.

All these moves by Satbad seem to point towards the 2001 model 'I'm sorry Dave I can't allow you to do that' but with the extra

"but for an extra $100 per year I can unlock the features that will allow you to do that once a day".

MS becoming more irrelvant to the IT world every day.

Is Satnad the new Nero?

3
2

US Marines seek more than a few good men (3,000 men and women, actually) for cyber-war

Steve Davies 3
Silver badge

Re: check your calendar and enjoy these last few days

If Donald 'Tremendous' Trump does re-institute the draft then they'll need that wall to the south and an even bigger one to the north to stop the avoiders from jumping ship.

It will also send out a clear message to Putin, the NORKS and the Chinese that the USA is preparing for war.

Not a good move IMHO.

5
0

Mr Angry pays taxman with five wheelbarrows worth of loose change

Steve Davies 3
Silver badge

Common Sense Lobotomy

Anyone who works for pretty well any Government Department has a lobotomy where all traces of Common Sense are surgically removed.

This is Mandatory for any US Federal/State/County/City department. They only know how to follow the rules to the letter. They will not divert from these rules no matter how silly they are.

Most offices provide a soft pad screwed to the wall for clients to bang their head.

3
0
Steve Davies 3
Silver badge

Re: Eighty bucks for a wheelbarrow?

They were probably ex-Military Wheelbarrows. Cost $10,000 each to the taxpayer sold at a knockdown price... :)

6
1

Trump's cyber-guru Giuliani runs ancient 'easily hackable website'

Steve Davies 3
Silver badge

Re: "this Circus of Buffoons providing hilarious entertainment until impeachment. "

you missed out the word that the 'Dear Leader' loves.

Tremendous

I wonder how many times he'll use it in his speech on the 20th? Everything is 'Temendous' acoording to him.

3
1

Oi, Mint 18.1! KEEP UP! Ubuntu LTS love breeds a laggard

Steve Davies 3
Silver badge

Re: Linux Noob question

Fedora 25 with Cinnamon works for me.

0
0
Steve Davies 3
Silver badge

My only issue with Mint is

its dependance on Ubuntu and the goodwill of Canonical.

In many ways it is what Ubuntu should have become before Canonical decided to divert some of its attention into Phones and re-inventing the wheel.

Long may Mint keep up the good work. I don't use the distro but I do use Cinnamon.

15
1

Microsoft sued by staff traumatized by child sex abuse vids stashed on OneDrive accounts

Steve Davies 3
Silver badge

Cloud?

It's not private once in ANY cloud. Hopefully everyone will eventually wise up to this concept.

There fixed it for you.

14
1

The top doc, the FBI, the Geek Squad informant – and the child porn pic that technically wasn't

Steve Davies 3
Silver badge

Re: Personally I have little sympathy for the plight of kiddy fiddlers

If this goes through to trial, the Feebs will have a precident that they can exploit.

Then in the future, they can simply send from a dummy account an email containing an immage with child porn embedded plus some malware that makes the recipient machine go a bit wierd.

The poor victim would open the email and see the porn and delete it right away. Then the malware would sit quietly for a few days before making the machine go wrong.

The unsuspecting Victim would then take said machine to be repaired and bingo, there is porn of the wrong sort ready and waiting to be viewed with the appropriate tools.

All done and dusted. One more for the next 'Jailhouse Rock'.

21
2

US Navy runs into snags with aircraft carrier's electric plane-slingshot

Steve Davies 3
Silver badge

Re: We all need less stress...

don't forget that the USN runs Nuclear powered carriers. They have more steam than they know what to do with which surprises me in that they are wanting to replace their steam cats. They are pretty reliable and work. Oh wait, they don't provide the juicy DOD contacts so they {Cough,cough} get a new method approed by congress. Ker-ching, Ker-ching.

5
0

UK can be a 'world leader in 5G', you say? Er, our 4G still takes a beating from Peru

Steve Davies 3
Silver badge
FAIL

New Shiny-shiny

is obviously a lot better than the old Shiny=shiny to the bean counters in Whitehall.

Pity that they don't live on the same planet let alone the same country as the rest of is poor 'plebs'

5
0

It's now 2017, and your Windows PC can still be pwned by a Word file

Steve Davies 3
Silver badge
Joke

Posting here in 2050

Perhaps El Reg will award 'gold' badges to those of us who will be well into our 90's?

I'll be 97 in 2050 and will look forward to it as an early letter from King William.

Gome on el Reg, give us oldies something to look forward too....

3
0

Snapchat chooses London for international headquarters

Steve Davies 3
Silver badge

Re: DespiteBrexitNotHavingStartedYetNorAnybodyKnowingWhatItWillBe.com

Well, if you read just the front page headlines of The Express or Daily Mail AND NOT listen to the rants of you know who on LBC then it is quite possible to think BREXIT is already done and dusted.

Sadly, a good percentage of the population seem to do just that.

1
0

Crumbs. Exceedingly good cakes, meat dressing price hike in wake of the Brexit

Steve Davies 3
Silver badge

Re: Well done Brexit!

Don't you mean a 'French Tart'

Oh-la-la....

10
0

Microsoft's Blue Screen of Death dead in latest Windows 10 preview

Steve Davies 3
Silver badge

Energy to the customer?

Well, if you count the rapid banging of heads against the screen as the user finds out that the latest updates have nixed all the customisation that they'd spent hours applying then great.

W10 is not out of Alpha let alone Beta yet.

Finally, how many man hours of effort, meetings and yet more meetings did it take to change the BDOD screen into the GSOD? Don't the people in redmond realise that they are doing the MS equivalent of 'fiddling while Rome burns'? Nah, thought not.

15
4

Soz fanbois, Apple DIDN'T invent the smartphone after all

Steve Davies 3
Silver badge

Re: "The iPhone dominates."

What about Profits?

Isn't it true that the iPhone accounts for around 80% of all the profits from smartphones?

Isn't that a valid measure (no matter how distasteful)?

Apple were never in the bargain end of any business segment especially phones.

9
1
Steve Davies 3
Silver badge

Apple stole the iPhone

well, at least they took/stole/aquired many bits of tech that already existed and made it all work together very well whn compared to existing devices at the time.

Other companies had tried to create a device like the iPhone and failed.

Apple was in the right place at the right time.

It is also safe to say that without the iPhone, apple more than likely would not exist today.

Lots of people here hate Apple with a vengance. Perhaps at least today, they could at least accept that the iPhone was a game changer. Then tomorrow they can go back to hating/despising Apple again.

4
8

Microsoft goes retro with Vista, Zune-style Windows Neon makeover

Steve Davies 3
Silver badge
Alien

Lipstick on a pig

is still a pig. Underneath, it is still spyware.

2
2

CES 2017 roundup: The good, the bad, and the frankly bonkers

Steve Davies 3
Silver badge
Devil

Re: Haptics for directions/navigation

But... the earpiece could mess up that fantastically styled hair that was done with that fancy brush.

In my experience with women, messing with their hair is a big NO-NO. Just don't go there. my current Mrs turns into {see icon} If I mess with her hair before she has shown it off to whoever.

1
4

FBI let alleged pedo walk free rather than explain how they snared him

Steve Davies 3
Silver badge

Re: School Teacher

As he has been named and probably done the 'perp walk' in front of the TV Cameras, his life as he knew it is over. He'll be lucky to get a job in clearing turds in a sewage plant after this.

Don't you just love the US Legal System where in some places even having a pee behind a dumpster after a few too many beers could get you tried as a sex offender. After all you exposed your thing in public.

Won't someone think of the kiddies!

13
0

Don't believe the 5G hype! £700m could make UK's 4G better than Albania's

Steve Davies 3
Silver badge

Re: Been saying this all along

£20 for 15Gb per month is not really expensive. Go over the pond to the USA and see how far $25 takes you with data. There are people who pay well over $100 for their monthly plan. Add another $200 for cable and more for Amazon Prime, Netflix, Spotify etc etc and suddenly you are paying $400/month.

Even VM have not managed to get a plan that high (AFAIK).

Now if your network is so deluded and charges you more for 4G over a 3G connection then move to one that is not so idiotic (and does not pay Kevin Bacon a small fortune to front their adverts)

4
0
Steve Davies 3
Silver badge

Gubbermints 5G plans

Only one thing on the list

1) Get as much £££££ from the networks as they can squeeze out in multiple rounds of auctions.

any service that actually gets delivered is purely accidental.

2
0

China to Donald Trump: Twitter diplomacy 'undesirable'

Steve Davies 3
Silver badge

Trump : Only a bit of an arse?

Really? Methinks that is a gross underestimation. The sad bit is that he will soon have control of the Nuclear codes.

I wonder if he thinks it will be cool to tweet them to the whole world?

I can't help thinking that he'll do so much damage to the USA that it will take 20+ years to clean up the contamination/mess. It could also make the GOP as electable as Jeremy C's Labor party for a good long time.

16
3

NASA plans seven-year trip to Jupiter – can we come with you, please?

Steve Davies 3
Silver badge

Re: Crew members

Phew, for a moment, I thought you meant 'Nigel 350M per week Farage'.

OTOH, it might be a good idea to send him and his pal Donald off on a long voyage preferably one way.

3
4

Put walls around home Things, win $25k from US government

Steve Davies 3
Silver badge

Re: Leave them...

I would just toss them all in the trash compactor/furnace along with the marketing and corporate types who come up with this stuff.

There fixed it for you. Even that is not enough though.

CES is a great CES{spit} for crap. Every few years something actually useful manages to emerge from the slime.

4
1

Drones will be able to carry 120GB footage of you in the shower if Seagate has its way

Steve Davies 3
Silver badge

Where are the Drone Jammers then?

So that we can stop the voyeurs who fly these things in their tracks?

Otherwise I predict a big increase in applications for Shotgun licenses. Yeah I know it is illegal but pointing a camera mounted on a drone through a bedroom window is also illegal.

2
13

Busted Oracle finance cloud leaves Rutgers Uni unable to foot bills

Steve Davies 3
Silver badge

no love lost for Oracle around here then?

But... who is the most hated by the El Reg commentards then?

1) Oracle (placed 1st because they are mentioned in the topic title)

2) Microsoft (for Windows 10)

3) Apple

4) A.N. Other (please specify who and why)

5) All of 1,2 & 3 Equally

Don't be shy now.

1
0

Ruh-roh! Rick Ruhl rolled out of Ham Radio Deluxe in software kill-switch aftermath

Steve Davies 3
Silver badge
Holmes

Well they "Hammed" that up then

didn't thay?

2
2

Networks in 2016: A full fibre diet for UK.gov

Steve Davies 3
Silver badge

An easy first step

would be that all those new 'Starter Homes' and 'Garden Villages/towns' (and even all new homes) must be built with

- Fibre to the Premises

- Solar PV on the roof.

FTTP should be easy to do with new developments. Instead of laying copper, just lay Fibre.

Just issue a directive to the planning departments up and down the country to make those a pre-requisite to granting Planning Consent.

A second step could be to direct the Mobile providers to allow roaming in the 'Not Spots'. That will save an awful lot of masts being built where there is already at lest one network providing coverage. Then make the providers not building duplicate masts fill in the 100% Not Spot areas. Should even out the costs a bit.

but those are far too simple and reek of common sense to have any hope in hell of being done.

15
1

Yorkshire council hit with prolonged web outage

Steve Davies 3
Silver badge

Local Gov Bin Schedules

The description of the Kirlkees system is exactly the same as the one for Rushmoor (Aldershot & Farnborough).

This place also shares the factoid with Kirlkees in that the place called Rushmoor is not in the Council District.

The people in Whitehall must have been really pissed when they stuck the names on the councils back in 1973/4. (playing tail on the donkey I expect) I expect that there are more like this all over the country.

1
0

The Register's Top 20 Most-Commented Stories in 2016

Steve Davies 3
Silver badge

Re: To sum it all up

Errrr France isn't a full member of NATO/OTAN. DeGaulle made sure of that.

Otherwise Stross has only a few days to go before the first one of his predictions comes true or falls flat on its face.

The next few years will be tough that is for soure.

1
0
Steve Davies 3
Silver badge

To sum it all up

In 2016

We hated Windows 10 even more vocally, voted in two earth shattering polls. Well we voted with either [delete as appropriate] good , bad or F**k me results and finally mourned the untimely death amongst one of the good guys on the El Reg staff.

Now what can we look forward to in 2017?

The Cutting of the first sod in 'that wall'?

HS2 Abandonded

All Broadband Electrification projects stopped

Heathrow Runway 3 delayed to 2050

Inflation at 5%

Southern Guards still in dispute this time next year.

and not forgetting

Article 50 triggered and the EU getting really uppity with Teresa May and BoJo.

Merkel voted out of office and Le Pen winning in France.

Some good, some bad then. You choose which.

9
0

Amazon files patent for 'Death Star' flying warehouse

Steve Davies 3
Silver badge

Descending drones

and the jetsream don't mix.

Perhaps Amazon are trying to out do El Reg in the Paper Airplane Altitude race?

1
0
Steve Davies 3
Silver badge

Not covered in tat

They'll just track what landed where and after billinfg you for it, you will get advertising emails that start with the words

"Based upon your recent delivery history, we thought you would like...."

To be honest, I hope this gets shot down before it ever takes off.

We don't need any more Amazon, as the banners at Kew Gardens Station say.

4
0
Steve Davies 3
Silver badge

40,000ft?

Over UK Airspace?

I bet the CAA have never had such a good laugh. IT will make their New Year.

This is a non flyer if I ever saw one.

13
0

Forums