* Posts by Mark 110

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Something good about Brexit? Errr, more teeth for Ofcom! – report

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Threats and opportunites

It sounds like they were clutching at straws a little on the opportunity front. The return of mobile roaming charges will be the killer for many of us. Just when we finally got rid of them as well.

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You lost your ballpoint pen, Slack? Why's your Linux version unsigned?

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PR blurb

"Slack takes security very seriously"

Yes so seriously we have done nothing about it even though its been on the roadmap for ages and so seriously we didn't just implement the security from the start . . .

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Ducks ding dongs in face of stiff competition

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"Brennan said, is the aggressive nature of the ruddy duck – the dominant male will attack any potential competitors to stop them from mating."

Sounds a bit like Liverpool on a Saturday night.

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Behold iOS 11, an entirely new computer platform from Apple

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Re: I do, but

You want to take screenshots of a book? Highlight sections? Aren't you just supposed to read and enjoy? Must just be me. (and yeah I know - not everyone is like me)

I agree the screen can be a bit bright in the dark but mine has a brightness control . . .

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Manchester plod still running 1,500 Windows XP machines

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Theres a bank in Manchester with a few thousand XP machines as well (or there were a year ago - the upgrade programme was supposedly kicking off again when I was leaving).

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Compsci degrees aren't returning on investment for coders – research

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Re: Still seems worth it

Aye - it would be useful to know if the people with the "online course instead" had English degrees or something. They may well still have the university debt, just not in a Comp-sci degree.

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DRM now a formal Web recommendation after protest vote fails

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Re: Oh really?

And since you asked - I think I downvoted you at work earlier. I didn't reply at the time because . . work.

"There will come a time and place where there is no way to access the cultural history of the West outside of an active rental agreement. We're real close now, but no one really cares and certainly no one is willing to actually a.) forgo content or b.) spend money to make DRM-free content."

I down voted this because its too dystopian and also fails to take the concerns of the publisher into account. Cards on the table. I absorb a lot of content. I pay for a lot (various subscriptions, plus cinema and gig visits). I am also well acquainted with BitTorrent. I buy and read a lot of books. I also usually end up forgoing content I would like to see that isn't available via any of the above.

I think a dystopian future where any or all of those are no longer possible is farfetched. I don't think its close. I do think people care. I do actually forego content. People do actually make DRM free content (nothing I want to watch usually but there you go).

I am against DRM as I like to be able to absorb content that I haven't subscribed to and is held by a monopoly (looking at you Sky). But I would never question the providers right to monetise their investment by preventing people that haven't subscribed stealing from them. Thats a silly argument.

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Re: Oh really?

Its best to ignore the downvotes unless they are mostly downvotes. When they are all or mostly downvotes you can usually work out why? And perhaps reassess your knowledge/opinion. Thats my take on it anyway.

I usually get a couple of downvotes (even when just passing on a related anecdote) which I suspect are either:

a. because I pissed people off once when I trolled a 'Year of Linux on the Desktop' or 'Linux is much more secure than anything else' thread when I was pissed

b. My views on Brexit

If its a vaguely controversial subject and you have an opinion for oneside or the other you will get downvoted.

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Is Doctorov being a bit of a cock?

I have loads of respect for the work of the EFF but throwing your toys out of the pram and going off to sulk because you lose one vote seems a tad juvenile. Better to be at the top table than shouting abuse from the sidelines.

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Theres plenty of lower resolution rips from disc out there. Not sure theres enough demand for the 4k stuff particularly given the encoding time and upload bandwidth its going to cost the creator.

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Re: Time matters

This just publishes a standard for DRM. Noone is forced to use it. Content publishers have just implemented their own solutions in the absence of a common standard. Not quite sure what the fuss is about.

Better the publishers implement a standard through the standards body than go off and fork their own.

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Ofcom to crack down on telcos' handling of nuisance callers

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Re: Calls from BT OverReach

Just ban premium rate numbers. If you want money off someone then cash or card.

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

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Re: RE: Sabroni

Just doing my own little statistics play.

It is a pure and unadulterated statement of fact that a minority of the electorate voted for Brexit.

You can choose other numbers if you wish - which may also be true.

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Re: BoJo is very right

"but the UK government does not control that money."

I refer you to my earlier comment that our democratically agreed representatives agree how that money will be spent under treaty and budget. The UK also contributes to organisations like NATO, the UN, various Commonwealth organisations - we have very little control how they spend the money either.

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Re: RE: Sabroni

"Democratic is not the same as representative. With 720-odd MEPs drawn from 28 countries the chances of any of them representing anything but their own snout in the trough is nil. The unelected European Commission decides what to do, and the members of the parliament club rubber stamp it because they'll never be able to agree on anything different."

And that differs from the UK system how exactly? At least the EU parliament uses a system of PR so most peoples votes are actually represented in the parliament.

Unlike the UK system where most people didn't vote for most of the representatives. And we seem to be going through with this silly Brexit thing even though only 37% of people voted for it.

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Re: RE: Sabroni

""democratic processes"

You are joking, right?"

Nope:

- There's a democratically elected parliament that must ratify most EU regulations and budgets.

- The treaties themselves are signed by the democratically elected leaders of the members.

- I think all the members get ratification from their own parliament of treaty changes.

Which bit do you think is undemocratic?

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Re: RE: Sabroni

"We don't have control over the rebated money as we're told how to use it."

We are not told how to use it. That is bollocks.

We agree how it is used with our partners in the EU following democratic processes. Don't believe everything you hear without actually getting the facts - particularly if you read it in the Mail / Express / Sun (spit) - or it comes out the mouth of a politician trying to manipulate your views.

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Agree - those additional costs to the taxpayer could easily be more than £350 million a week. Theres also the increased costs to private business of trading with the EU - those costs will be deducted off the tax take.

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Being correct in his wording does not mean that what he said wasn't intended to mislead. It was populist rhetoric using a truth to support a misleading argument. He was using the statistics to claim that leaving the EU will give us more money to spend - all experts agree that this is unlikely to be true.

Will the UK get full control over how the £350 million is spent?

Yes

Will the UK have a net £350 million more available to spend?

No. In actuality we are likely to have less to spend than we do now.

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Pirate Bay digs itself a new hole: Mining alt-coin in slurper browsers

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Re: Yay for browsers and JavaScript

"I'd have thought the script engine would be capped or run at a lower priority"

Why? You might want to run an app that used all your cpu as highest priority. You wouldn't expect that to be blocked.

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You beat me to it. I think El Reg's subs may have had a late one last night . .

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

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Has that intern started yet?

"The Note gets 6GB of RAM, two more than the S8+, but a 3300 mAh 200mAh down on the S8+'s power source."

Sentence is missing the word battery and a punctuation mark afterwards. Its getting like Grauniad in here sometimes :-)

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

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Targeted advertising is pretty useless - it invariably sends me lots of adverts for something I have already bought, often from the retailer I bought it from. But then I am not one to faff about when I am buying something. YMMV.

I have switched it off on Google now as it was just annoying.

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New HMRC IT boss to 'recuse' herself over Microsoft decisions

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Re: This is getting stupid

Or a ground-zero nuke dropped on the tax & benefits system.

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ICO whacks Welsh biz with £350k fine for 150 MEEELLION nuisance calls

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Decent list of Director personal liabilities here:

https://united-kingdom.taylorwessing.com/synapse/duties_personal_liabilities.html

We should just have a blanket statute that says that any outstanding company liabilities for breach of statutes transfer to the directors if the company is wound up. (Needs a better legal mind than mine to word that properly)

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Thats no good if the company can just wind up to avoid the fine.

There needs to be liability on company directors for all manner of criminal and civil behaviour made by comapnies. IIRC theres liability on Directors for a few things (H&S breaches I think). There should be liability on Directors for all kinds of company behaviour, particularly where its premeditated as in this case.

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Sacre bleu! Apple's high price, marginal gain iPhone strategy leaves it stuck in the mud

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Re: Ah, Mr O, the go to guy for an article

The Reg doesn't hesitate to slag Sammy off when necessary as well. Apple are just an easier target due to the Apple Tax, the lock ins, the attempts to trade mark round corners, etc.

Apple also blacklisted The Regs journos cos they didn't sing Apple PRs tune all the time.

Its not like they don't invite it on themselves.

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Re: Compare like with like

I bought a Sony Xperia windows phone at roughly the same time the iPhone came out. It was utter shite compared to the iPhone.

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Hi Amazon, Google, Apple we might tax you on revenue rather than profit – love, Europe

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Re: even simpler

That was Worstalls argument and its a good one from a number of perspectives.

However. As companies are things and get value from the legal, economic and political framework in the countries which they operate it makes sense for them to pay towards the upkeep of that framework. They should pay their share of the costs but not be seen as a cash cow by the workers (because as you rightly point out that's really really stupid).

Taxing the shareholders only works if they are within your jurisdiction. If they aren't then you are fucked.

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"VAT just gets passed on downstream onto the Customers."

Don't all taxes get passed on to the customers? VAT might work better if you couldn't claim your VAT back (not thought this through - please don't flame me too hard).

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Capita still hasn't found what its looking for: A CEO

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Re: Capita still hasn't found what its looking for: A CEO

I thought it was an 'R'

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Re: Gissa job!

They will never employ you at that price . . way too cheap. If you are going to spend taxpayers money you need to do it in a manner of complete waste and decadence.

I'll do it for £5 million, benefits, share of the profits in cash, hot & cold running high class call girls and a lordship!!!

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Users shop cold-calling telco to ICO: 'She said she was from Openreach'

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Re: Accounts overdue, too

I am at risk of using the 'c' word again . . ah fuck it. They are utter cunts aren't they?

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London Tube tracking trial may make commuting less miserable

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Re: Headline should be ..

"TfL are being very innovative, and have done some brilliant tech stuff,"

You realise you just complimented Capita, CSC, Atos and CGI. That has to be a first . . . Crapita will be creaming themselves. CSC will have had a heart attack :-)

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Re: Perhaps this identity tracking

I wish I could upvote that more . .

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But the way our infrastructure is organised lots of people have to pass through. I live in Liverpool and have worked in Southampton for two years and Windsor for 18 months. You quickly learn how to navigate the tube most effectively to make your connection.

As others have said above, the quickest way from Euston to Paddington is to leave Euston and walk to Euston Square to get your connection - takes much longer by Tube.

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Re: One thing I always failed to understand....

Who gives a stuff. People know where I am because they can see me. If I had a reason to be hidden I wouldn't go out or I would change my appearance and my phone every time I did.

Do you seriously make sure you switch wifi off every time you leave the house / office / girlfriends house / local whose wifi you use / coffee shop whose wifi you use / train station whose wifi you use / airport whose wifi you use . . . . .

It would be like having to faff with my phone to switch bluetooth on every time I want to listen to music on my headphones. Who honestly really gives a shit whether people can see them walking around?

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F-35 firmware patches to be rolled out 'like iPhone updates'

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Re: Samsung TV software update comes to mind

@Voland

I have never worked on a military contract but have done a couple of central government. They are as risk averse as it gets (and I have done a few banking/financial services). I am reliably informed military are a whole new level of paranoia.

I'm not saying they couldn't release a fatal bug to production (we all know thats always possible) but there's a whole different level of rigour involved compared to the commercial world.

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Google to relieve HTC of its phones biz – report

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Re: Good news

My u11 is wonderful. Best phone I've ever owned by a distance. Best audio (both calls and music), best screen, best camera, smoothest UI - and solidest networking, both mobile and wifi.

Huge improvement on the 10 I lost the other week.

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Huawei claims shooting mission-critical apps to its cloud will be a cinch

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Is this not just a hosting service

"Security – a customer's DESS infrastructure is physically separated from that of other customers,"

Surely they are just providing a hosting service if the infrastructure is dedicated to the client?

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User demanded PC be moved to move to a sunny desk – because it needed Windows

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Error 524

IN OTHER NEWS: El Reg has been throwing intermittent 524s for the last 90 mins. On call engineers are unavailable for comment :-(

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Scottish pensioners rage at Virgin cabinet blocking their view

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Re: Fail to see

Grief. Thats f__ing enormous. Have they got a mini data centre in there?

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Twitter is just randomly deleting people's lists – and no one knows why

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Re: Give the users a break

Its not snobbery. Its just we aren't interested. I logged in once, couldn't work it out - just seemed to be people tweeting links to crap stuff. Logged out again. Never went back.

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Re: This is terrible.

I am devastated. I predict a riot!!!

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As Hurricane Irma grows, Earth now lashed by SOLAR storms

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Re: People who link global warming to sunspots are wankers

So not time to head to Formby beach to top my tan up from the extra radiation then . . .

(and I agree - wankers was the wrong word. Thick?)

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A furious think-tank boss, Google, and an academic 'fired' for criticizing ads giant

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Hmm

I can see where you are coming from Kieran but I don't have enough information.

Surely we need to know whether it would be normal practise for Barry to do something like this without running it by Mistress Slaughter first. If he did this all the time and only got pulled up because he criticized his Mistresses mates then fine - I fully agree with the tone of your article.

If normal practise was to run things through approval before publishing and he swerved it in this case then he is rightfully sacked. He could have made his thoughts known in his own name rather than his employers if he didn't want to have to swerve normal company process. You never drop your boss in the doo doo without being aware of the consequences.

I take your point though. If Google are actively censoring research on policy that's a bad thing.

Dont. Be. Evil.

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Indian call centre scammers are targeting BT customers

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How do you know its being leaked in India? (though its probably a fair assumption). It could quite easily be someone here extracting the data and emailing it to the little fraud operation they have set up in India.

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@ LeeD

You are assuming its a Call centre operative that's the problem. Could be anyone. Sys admin, DBA, network tech, application admin, etc.

You can't deny everyone access to the database.

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Three challenges UK watchdog to a duel over mobile spectrum rules

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Gahhhh

I'm sure it would be better to just have one network. Then we could all access all of the spectrum. And it would cost less to run.

Or am I being stupid?

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