* Posts by noboard

183 posts • joined 29 Sep 2009


Until now, if Canadian Uber drivers wanted to battle the tech giant, they had to do it in the Netherlands – for real


Re: Why Uber?

Because a taxi driver keeps the whole fare which is worked out on a meter that has been cleared by the local council, or they can set a pre-determined fare with the person. They then pay the company they may work for, so they can get jobs through them. In the old days the jobs would be put out on a machine and a driver could accept it or not. If they didn't accept it, they still had a chance at the next job and so on.

Now Uber take all the money and the fare the customer pays is worked out by code that's not monitored and the driver has no way of ignoring it and setting a pre-determined fare. Add in the fact if they skip jobs, their chance of others drops and you have a fairly significant difference.

Oh and taxi drivers also have to take a test to show they know the local area, not as important in the age of sat navs, but still useful when avoiding traffic. Not all cabbies care about getting you places quickly, but if you're a regular and nice, they will go the extra mile for you because they can make that choice.

Amazon's creepy facial recog doorbell, Facebook open sources machine learning code and much more


Does this mean..

That you'll start getting recommendations for visitors?

Dave has rung your doorbell, here are some other people that may ring your doorbell. The face recognition will then monitor who walks down your street and notify you when a recommended person walks by and doesn't ring your doorbell. This will then cause you to feel offended that they didn't call, meaning they then feel obliged to ring your doorbell next time, even though they don't know you and before we know it, the idiocy of the internet has invaded the real world.

Also, is anyone else irritated by that stupid ring advert? The idiot letting us know that by showing the burglar he isn't at home, along with a video showing his possible location, so Mr. Burglar get's an idea of how long he's got to loot the place, apparently stops crime.

Taylor's gonna spy, spy, spy, spy, spy... fans can't shake cam off, shake cam off


Re: "a lack of evidence that it works all that well"

"And you can be sure it will get better because all technology does."

Windows says hello

Indiegogo pulls handheld airport pervscanners off crowdfunding platform


It's time

to start my x-ray specs campaign. They have black rims, a white and red spiral pattern that allows you to see through things and probably work as well as his camera.

Footie fans calling for a red card over West Ham United CC email blunder


Another problem is Outlook hides the BCC field by default. If it showed it, I'd imagine there'd be fewer cases of this happening.

Microsoft reveals which Windows bugs it might decide not to fix


Re: Would it be at all possible to ........

But if they didn't do that, they wouldn't be able to make IE and Edge look really fast when they open up. It's the only trick they've got.

Advanced VPNFilter malware menacing routers worldwide


excuse me!

"Just to be safe, Talos is recommending that owners and administrators of home or small office routers reset the devices and restore to factory default in order to clear potential malware."

Take it back to an earlier build which has more vulnerabilities!?! On what planet is that an effective strategy?

Facebook Android app caught seeking 'superuser' clearance


Re: Conspiracy theories

You really need a joke icon* with that comment.

*As I can't see icons on any of the posts, my apologies if you have put one on.

Chap charged with fraud after mail for UPS global HQ floods Chicago flat


Place your bets

"the postal service will mail a letter validating the move to the original address – it's not clear what happened to that letter in this case."

Errr, my money's on this letter being redirected to the new address

UK.gov demands urgent answers as TSB IT meltdown continues


I just hope...

that the top brass at TSB have learned from this unfortunate situation and will take steps to make sure it doesn't happen again.

Scissors cut paper. Paper wraps rock. Lab-made enzyme eats plastic


Re: Ringworld Calling...

"There'd need to be some fairly tight controls around using this to avoid it getting out into the "wild".

Sounds like a job for the Canadian Governement

Donkey Wrong: Arcade legend Billy Mitchell booted from record books amid MAME row


Friends with benefits

"It begs the question as to which moron thought a self recorded sessions was good enough evidence in the the first place."

According to a video I watched last night, the guy running Twin Galaxies at the time was a friend of Billy Mitchell. In the VHS, they show them swapping out the Donkey Kong board for a Donkey Kong Jnr board and he set another record on that. The amusing thing is, the board they take out is Donkey Kong Jnr and they replace it with Donkey Kong Jnr, so you didn't have to look very hard for evidence.

I now have to watch King of Kong again.

Fleeing Facebook app users realise what they agreed to in apps years ago – total slurpage


Loved the article on the BBC

From their "Technology correspondent" Rory Celery Dumbass

He's acting all surprised that facebook has every contact listed in his phone, even though a screen pops up telling him "We need access to everything" before he installed the app. You know he just clicked 'Ok' without thinking about anything.

Would be nice if he got kicked off the I.T. side of things, but he'll probably write a load more articles about things he should have been warning people against.

UK watchdog dishes out fines totaling £600k to four spam-spewers


35 days!!!

"the ICO issued the company an enforcement notice ordering it to stop the illegal marketing within 35 days."

So they can keep breaking the law up until then. Can I get a similar deal please.

The award for worst ISP goes to... it starts with Talk and ends with Talk


Re: Does anyone use Talk Talk Business Leased Lines?

I'm pretty sure Zen are using them, that's what it said on my account last time I logged into the Zen portal. This was a few months ago and I've not had any issues. Only had one issue with Zen in 5+ years and it was sorted quickly.

TalkTalk customers complain of being unable to load Amazon website



I would mock people on talk talk, but I logged into my Zen account page for the first time in years and it says I'm on talk talk business. I've always had great service from Zen, but this worries me.

Android O-mg. Google won't kill screen hijack nasties on Android 6, 7 until the summer


I can't beleive you people

I for one am glad Google are putting the needs of facebook before my security, it's the only sane choice.

Don't stop me! Why Microsoft's inevitable browser irrelevance isn't


"The whole concept of a browser has already slid into irrelevance, then: it’s just that Microsoft seems to be the first to realise it. "

Any one else think of Bill Gates when reading this part?

Samsung's Bixby totally isn't a Siri ripoff because look – it'll go in phones, TVs, fridges, air con...


Re: Not on any

"Hey, fridge, am i running out of milk"?

"Yes and cheese, can i suggest this lovely cheshire from xxxxx supplier" You might also like this meat from xxxxx as well".

Ahh my silly little friend, your view of how joyus this awesome functionality will work is laughably far from the truth. This is what will happen.

Scenario 1

"Hey fridge, am I running out of milk"

"Hello, people who bought milk also bought <insert random unrelated crap here>"

Scenario 2:

*fridge see's you've just bought some new milk*

"Hello, may we suggest the following products... Milk"

All perfectly wonderful and making our lives easier.

Smart Hosting offers up service credit in bid to hang on to clients


That's £10 credit, so in real terms about 50p

UnBrex-pected move: Amazon raises UK workforce to 24,000


Re: What's the Brexit angle?

But everything has to be down to Brexit, even when they're not related in any way. Removes the need to do a proper job and all news sites are guilty unfortunately. I'm pretty sure if we looked hard enough we'd find an article stating Eve ate the forbidden fruit because she was for/against Brexit.

Dieselgate: VW pleads guilty, will cough up $4.3bn, throws 6 staff under its cheatware bus


well done the us of a

As this is much worse than hsbc laundering money for the big drug cartels.

Florida Man sues Verizon for $72m – for letting him commit identity theft


Re: Nice to see...

Actually we vote for a single person to represent our area, but people forget that and vote for people who will stop the party the really hate getting in, rather than for someone with similar values as them. They then bitch about how crap our system is because whoever they wanted to win didn't and forget that they didn't actually vote for them in the first place.

*golf clap*

Russia to convicted criminal hackers: 'Work with us or jail?'


But they must be good

According to Obama, they managed to 'hack' the US election without the NSA finding out about it. They must be the best of the best, otherwise it means they didn't do anything bad and people are just spouting bullshit, or the NSA have all this monitoring power, but can't do anything with it. Surely the last two can't be true can they?

MacBook Pro owners complain of short batt life – so Apple kills batt life clock in macOS


been doing it for years

"and is leading some customers and pundits to wonder if the new policy in Cupertino is to sweep complaints under the rug rather than address them head-on."

Hardly a new policy, this is the same company the told iphone4 users they were holding their phones incorrectly.

A single typo may have tipped US election Trump's way


Re: El Reg getting in on the Fake News action

Couldn't have put it better myself. If the democrats had put Bernie forward, we wouldn't be having this discussion as he'd have romped home. The democrats went with Hillary as she'd do very little about all the problems in the US and make sure the money kept flowing up.

I also like the way the democrats harped on about the sanctity of the election and how Trump should honour the outcome of the vote and his comments are dividing the country. Then they lose and they're saying exactly the same things as Trump, showing themselves to be just as shitty as Trump. The difference being Trump has never tried to hide it and that's why he won, people decided they'd rather have a corrupt businessman who has never tried to hide it, over a corrupt politician who pretends she's a saint. No matter who won, they were all fucked.

Europe to launch legal action against countries over diesel emissions cheating


Re: Oh, here we go again!

"YES, I DO want to live in a world where the government will be held to account if it chooses to ignore the law."

And this is the crux of the argument, by fining a country, does it achieve anything? If it does, then good, but as Britain has been fined numerous times, it seems it will do nothing but take money from the population. All the while, the company responsible for polluting the air gets off scot free.

So to return to the parking analogy, the EU is fining me because VW are parking their cars illegally. At the moment they're dealing with a symptom ineffectively and leaving the cause alone.


Re: Oh, here we go again!

"If you got a parking-fine, should it matter where YOU get the money from? Could you get out of paying the fine if you said "Oh, I'm going to have to mug a couple of old ladies to pay for this. Is that REALLY what you want?"

Is living in a world where you get fined because someone else parked their car illegally REALLY what you want?


Re: Oh, here we go again!

It may be the law but we shouldn't be happy. A company operating under EU law has committed a crime, but the EU are fining the population of the member countries. The people can vote out the politicians responsible, but they then go and work within the EU and can't be voted out; see Peter Mandelson.

This is not a system to be happy with. The fines will do nothing but take money from where it's needed and the company responsible is unaffected.


Re: Oh, here we go again!

Errm, you do realise that the EU is effectively fining the population of these countries because VW cheated the EU emissions tests? The politicians don't pay the fine out of their own pocket. So VW pay jacks shit, and tax payers suffer. I'm not sure how anyone can be happy with that.

DDoS script kiddies are also... actual kiddies, Europol arrests reveal



"One of the key priorities of law enforcement should be to engage with these young people to prevent them from pursuing a criminal path, helping them understand how they can use their skills for a more constructive purpose.“

What skills? They're only paying to access the software.

Top tech company's IP was looted by China, so it plans to hack back



If we live in a world where corporations are hacked and their IP stolen, the answer is simple. Don't keep it online.

Microsoft, Slack et al will 'laugh their asses off' at IBM's biz messaging tool


icon says it all

"no emojis"

Swedish prosecutor finally treks to London to question Julian Assange



as far as America goes, he can just claim he was keeping the documents on his own private web server for convenience and he'll get off scot free?

Digi minister Matt Hancock: Britain needs go full fibre. And we're not paying for it


Free wifi on trains!!!

"He said free Wi-fi should be available on 100 per cent of trains by 2020"

Someone should tell him it's not free, the cost will be added to the price of the ticket. Given how shonky the wifi is on a train, I'd rather have a cheaper ticket and pay for the wifi if I need it.

Thumb Up

Re: Traffic volume

I don't know, but please sign me up for the study to find out.

Apple's car is driving nowhere


Re: Apple engineering

Don't forget the body is made from one piece of material, with no doors or windows as they're so 20th century.

Basic income after automation? That’s not how capitalism works



If a shoe factory buys new machines that get the work done in half the time, the factory lays off half the shoe making workforce. Unless they can't keep up with demand.

I must admit I gave up reading the article after that example as it was so bad.

FBI Director wants 'adult conversation' about backdooring encryption


Re: Mr Comey's position...

Someone being scammed over the internet, fair enough. Scammers teaching people the best techniques for committing suicide is much harder to swallow. Once they have the money they don't hang around to give after care to their victims.

Paper mountain, hidden Brexit: How'd you say immigration control would work?


Re: Let's hope

So let's look at another universe, one where the remain vote won. All the remainers are happy for about a year before France, Denmark, Austria, Greece all vote in far right parties just to take them out of the Union. Hooray we're officially Scotland. Decided to take the soft way out and keep things as they are, just to find themselves fucked by another countries decision.

Also, who in their right mind is going to vote for any major political party after this. Brexit has proved one thing, the people in power know nothing about running the country. The politicians that are in fighting at a time we need people looking at the new opportunities and then the head of the Bank of England's plan to stop a shrinking economy is to lower interest rates, even though the economy didn't shrink through lack of money.

Frankly we could have all voted in a local independent candidate at the last election, helpd the referendum and still be in a better position than we are now. So instead of looking at a life outside the EU with a tory government, look at one with a holding govt. of independents that will allow people who can run the country to come through the ranks. It can happen if we just stop putting an x next to corrupt tw*ts

Rackspace CEO: Yes, Brexit has hit us, yes we sold our Cloud Sites biz


Re: Lies, damned lies, and statistics

Yep Brexit killed Rackspace, not their shit service. Oh and why are you surprised politicions lied, they've done it for years. Sensible poeple ignore them.

What's Brexit? How Tech UK tore up its plans after June 23


Re: @ Doctor Syntax

'Can't say I'm surprised to see a brexiter blaming "the killings" on the EU.'

While I agree the killings in Europe lately are down to nut jobs using IS as a convenient way to remove any guilt about their actions, you can't ignore the fact the EU is a horrendously poisonous institution that has split Europe as a whole.

People are making jokes about the name United Kingdom at the moment, but the idea Europe is united is a complete joke. Austria may well have it's first right wing president soon because the Austrians want out of the EU, everyone’s petrified that the elections in France and Denmark next year will see the far right gain power; again due to people wanting out of the EU. Greece democratically voted a person in on the sole basis that he'd take them out of the EU. Rather than honour a democratic decision, the EU gave him a sh*t ton of cash, imposed no restrictions on expenses and told him to introduce austerity measures against the people to pay for it. Very democratic.

The fact is the EU is a failed system and the Euro is a failed currency. It's just a matter of time until it falls and I'd rather be in a country that's ahead of the game when it does crumble, then a Scotland who voted to remain in the UK mainly because lots of people were afraid of the change and now have change forced upon them.


Re: German car industry...

"Could someone please explain this BREXIT argument to me? German car manufacturer sell more cars in a day to India/China than they do in a year in the UK"

Ok it's not the Brexit argument, just one of the many reason people voted leave.

The German car industry makes a nice chunk of money from the UK market, it doesn't matter that it makes more elsewhere, the important bit is the UK is a profitable market. If the EU and Britain failed to come to an agreement and imports were introduced on their cars, it would mean they either have to reduce the cost, or add it on to their already premium prices. Adding the cost on would almost definitely lose significant sales, as car prices have risen rapidly due to people switching to PCP deals and not realising how expensive the car is.

Meanwhile the UK government is free to cut deals with other countries and their car manufacturing business. If we look at Korea and China, they're already in the UK market with cheap but dull cars. While the snobs of the automobile world will likely stay second hand because they love the badge and people that want an enjoyable car experience will ignore them, the rest of the purchasing population will switch their PCP deals to this new market; especially if the UK removes import duty in return for building some cars in the UK.

Over time the increase in money will allow the Asian competitors to create cheap, reliable and enjoyable cars that the British public are loving. They then move into Europe, India etc and take big holes out of the German car market. VW will not allow this.

Also, this is an article saying companies that aren't employing British workers are looking to move from the UK so they can continue not hiring British workers. I don't see much reason to be sad here.

UK employers still reluctant to hire recent CompSci grads


Re: He said the F word

Yep, just like they all f*cked off when we didn't join the euro, oh wait. Business goes where it's cheapest and if Britain get a good deal, they'll stay. If they do go, that means there's a lot of talented people and cheap premises for non EU car manufacturers to take advantage of.

Remember the EU is run by companies and they're not going to allow the EU to give Britain a shit deal, as that allows non eu companies the chance to come in and take over the market. Right now Korea are producing cheap dull cars that are fine if you have no love of driving. Give them a large chunk of the UK car market and it won't be long before those dull cars are quite good, cheap and moving into the European market.

GMB tests Uber 'self-employed drivers' claim at London tribunal


Re: Care agencies seem to get away with it

"I suppose the Brexiteers felt they needed more flexibility in labour laws so that they can push the same conditions onto those supposedly employed full-time."

You're complaining that workers are getting shafted while we're under EU rule and then bitching that people voted out of such a system.

*golf clap*

Gaming apps, mugging and bad case of bruised Pokéballs


Runaround now

Is what he actually said.

Security gurus get behind wheel of driverless car debate


Re: Pretty sure..

True, but they're focusing on self drive as it's in its infancy and the best time to get people thinking about consequences while they're developing they're automated driving system. Bringing up the Jeep hack is just a very good example of how cars today are being hacked, so sweeping the issue under the carpet shouldn't be an option.

Right now if you owned a Jeep that was hacked and caused you to crash, you'd probably find yourself fighting with your insurance provider who are refusing to pay as the car was hacked and in their language modified so your insurance is null and void. Fighting with the manufacturer who will say claim from the insurance company/it must be your fault our cars are great and can't be hacked. As well as anyone you may have had the misfortune to hit. If they get nowhere with your insurance they'll mount a private prosecution and it's goodbye money/house/car/family.

The people in the article are saying sort this scenario out before automated cars are available, rather than automated cars have problems current cars don't.

UK gov says new Home Sec will have powers to ban end-to-end encryption


Re: A Proposal

"and that the British Public has "had enough of experts".

Err if the last few months have shown anything, it's that the so called experts aren't experts at all. Everyone was just spouting crap to further their own agenda and I'm all for being through with that.

Brexit-bored Brits back to bashing the bishop after ballot box blues


Re: Says everything that there is to be said

"90% of the people who voted had no clue what they are voting for and what are the consequences so they looked them up the day AFTER they voted."

Which makes absolutely no sense so is most likely complete bullshit. It's much more likely people who voted in because they have little concept of the EU and just what to keep things as is; which is fine, looking up what they've just been voted out of. There's also lots of kids that would want to lookup what they've been voted out of for their tumbler posts.

But why let common sense get in the way of whinging.

My plan to heal this BROKEN, BREXITED BRITAIN


Re: From the 27

Well said. Perusing the european press sites shows a union falling apart, hence the noises of a Germany - France super state. Pushing ahead for closer intergration right now, will just force the hands of the countries that are dealing with unrest over an out vote.

Personally I'm not that bothered about the negotiations with the EU as it won't be around much longer. We should start talking to South Korea and it's car makers, that would certainly get VW leaning on the German govt to allow a deal through.


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