* Posts by tin 2

315 posts • joined 3 Apr 2010


Mozilla wants woeful WoSign certs off the list

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Re: How decides, whom I trust ?

You totally can. I wish you luck with researching the backgrounds, ethics and business practices of all those companies on your own. Me I'll probably gratefully let Mozilla carry on doing it.

Smelly toilets, smokers and the Kardashians. Virgin Media staff grill top brass

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LOL @ we are investing in SFDC. That's you completely fucked then!

BT Openreach boss wants you to know that deep down, they care

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careful what you wish for....

As the saying goes: BT are utter shite but everyone else is even worse.

Don't believe for a sec any of these other wretched fuckers calling for the breakup of whatever's left of BT actually want to provide you with a better service! they just want to keep more of your £30 odd quid a month for their shareholders and directors.

It needs fixing but this is not the way.

Excel abuse hits new heights as dev uses VBA to code spreadsheet messaging app

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Re: "Messages are delivered within 40 seconds"

My current favourite is where s4b insists the message has not been delivered* and an hour later the recipient responds to said undelivered message.

* due to some severe, insurmountable problem like a bit of packet loss or something.

Unis don't pay ransom

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FOI study? is that what we call burning-time-that-your-potential-customers-don't-have-in-the-first-place now?

WhatsApp chats not deleted

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Why the absolute shite are chats being stored in an SQL database anyway!? has the programming world lost the plot?

(not sure why I'm even typing this, I already know the answer)

No, the VCR is not about to die. It died years ago. Now it's VHS/DVD combo boxes' turn

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Re: Ah...

e) you put in all the details correctly but forgot to press timer.

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Re: Many moons ago

this? http://www.hugolyppens.com/VBS.html

Linus Torvalds in sweary rant about punctuation in kernel comments

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You're obviously assembling on something with a lot more memory than I :)

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A comment in assembler? There ain't no memory for comments in assembler!

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I am sorry, everyone here is wrong, including Linus. The correct format is.

10 REM this is a comment.

We forget so easily.

UK.gov flings £30m at driverless car R'n'D, wants plebs to speek their branes

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Re: Still waiting...

You missed the bit where the fella ALSO failed to spot the trailer. He was supposed to be paying attention with his (ridiculously named autopilot) computer assistance, not letting it drive itself while making a brew or somesuch.

IMHO this is one of the worst things about the current autonomous cars, I don't think it's any kind of good thing insisting that the driver continues to pay full attention as if driving while enabling them to pay far less or no attention (because humans).

We need cars that need driving, or cars that drive themselves. Not this halfway house that may well lead to accidents which will lead to some ban/restriction/loss of support.

Personally I can't wait until driverless cars enable an automated on-demand door-to-door taxi service, but I think that's a few years off, and that assumes we sort the problem that pedestrians/other road users/crims realise they can behave however they like around them.

Microsoft joins battery-saving browser bandwagon with Edge claims

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Re: Great

Embrace and extend. Now the web browser == Google. We're sleepwalking into being IE'd again.

Facebook: 'We don't listen'

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OT I know but...

...sorta along the line of app permissions?

When are Apple and Google going to ban their app for sending notifications which require a different app to read? WHEN!? That should make them behave a bit better? Too big to be told off I think.

Outsourcery: We've had offers for our assets (and, er, shareholders might get nothing)

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Piers Linney's (current) Wikipedia entry appears to have been edited by el Reg.

King Tut's iron dagger of extraterrestrial origin

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First thought

Deluxe Paint.

Microsoft won't back down from Windows 10 nagware 'trick'

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Let's start going painting random MS exec cars green. Because they didn't opt out.

Oculus backtracks on open software promise

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Re: Inevitable

Nope, it's corporate nature. There is too much money at stake to do anything else. The pension funds demand it.

Kill Flash now? Chrome may be about to do just that

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I wonder what they're doing about...

...ad blocking. Seeing as it's fighting for top spot in the how-to-get-malware-on-peoples-PCs charts.

I wonder if for *some* reason they'll be slightly less active in that area.

EU vetoes O2 and Three merger: Hutchison mulls legal challenge

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Re: Hypocrites

Maybe they have seen that it was shit and therefore have steered away from making the same mistake again. Possible isn't it?

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Re: Fud!!!

Well you're the lucky one then, mine was put up more than 100%, as were many others. Just because it didn't happen to you doesn't mean they aren't doing it.

TBH the only thing keeping prices where they are is the competition. BT weren't a mobile provider so on one level that's OK. They're also keeping Sky on their toes so that's useful for the consumer too.

Server-jacking exploits for ImageMagick are so trivial, you'll scream

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Lest we forget

Hmmm. trust the file extension followed by mistrust the file extension. File extensions still going in 2016, who'd have thought it?

Good enough IT really is good enough. You don't need new hardware

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Re: The opposite

Surely it's "not good enough"....

Embattled 123-reg flings six months' free hosting at angry customers

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Re: "this is something we take extremely seriously"

I for one absolutely do not.

123-reg still hasn't restored customers' websites after mass deletion VPS snafu

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Re: Hmm...

Agree entirely.

"Whilst the 123-reg VPS product is an unmanaged service" needed to be at the very least something this idiot keeps in his head and never lets slip out. It's entirely unnecessary, yet he/123-reg seem to feel it's something that must be repeatedly pointed out as if that makes things better.

I moved most stuff away from 123-reg for exactly this attitude also. I best move the other stuff quick.

UK web host 123-Reg goes TITSUP, customer servers evaporate

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Re: Haters Gonna Hate, but...

Crap. You just ruined my year. Been migrating from 123-reg to TSO very slowly for about 3 years now.

Looks like I'll have to set up my own domain registrar!!!!

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I know this is not about 123-reg's business practices, nor do I agree with the criticism of their technical support - I have always found them excellent when you can get through (which of course means when there's NOT a big outage), but there's no harm in reminding of this.....


Uninstall QuickTime for Windows: Apple will not patch its security bugs

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Re: perhaps

Late comment I know but the ever helpful Apple software updater has just kicked in and recommended I install quicktime 7.7.9 because it "improves security".

BT: We're killing the dabs brand. Oh and can customers re-register to buy on our site?

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Not migrating the accounts? WHAT??!! ITS THE SAME BLOODY SYSTEM!!!

Just shows you how competent BT are at those computer thingies.

Not that this is the first time. A long time ago Dabs had a system upgrade in which they somehow lost my account (forgot my password didn't know my email address, but trying to re-register with it was blocked as there was already an account) and the answer from customer service was basically "we don't care". Haven't bought from them since.

DevOps, huh? Show me the money. Show me the MONAY!

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The buzzwords aren't going anywhere much as we (I) might want them to.

Get on the gravy train, keep your skills sharp, get paid for doing whatever it is you already did just with the new buzzword label on it, and ensure you keep your eye out for the next one that CIOs worldwide are justifying their existence with.

Me? I'm going DIGITAL. DIGITAL all the things!!!!

Data-thirsty mobile owners burn through 5GB a month

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Re: Same here

Same experience. I use on average 3-4GB a month on the same plan. Just had it for the "luxury" of never needing to worry about limits.

Eventually got to discussing the 12GB plan with the bloke on the phone, but for £17. I said I wasn't really interested in paying more for a plan that offered a lot less. That's as far he was prepared to go and now my plan is £0 a month :)

How Microsoft copied malware techniques to make Get Windows 10 the world's PC pest

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Re: Another way?

Yes indeed.

Even worse, I foolishly said go ahead at 2 in the morning or whatever and - despite the PC coming out of standby every night as windows has made it do for months - it didn't once manage to install it, re-nagging that it wanted to start in the middle of the day and being put off again by me till the following night.

One day it just silently gave up and started presenting the GWX reminders again.

Even worserer, I very foolishly *bought* a laptop with Windows 10 on it. It failed to install itself properly with lots of "something went wrong" errors. Once it got to something looking like a desktop everything was black aside from an empty start menu, an edge tile icon thing and a few others proclaiming a new app will appear here soon, and still nothing worked.

Deffo complete and utter refusenik now. Time to learn a bit of Linux or Mac I feel.

Shame they haven't put as much effort into the Win 10 as they have done with the malvertising!

Airwave drops lawsuit against Home Office over EE contract win

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Interesting. I used to* make it a hard and fast policy not to deal with any organisation that sues (or lodges FOI requests with) my organisation.

Why on earth would I want to do business with any company that thinks wasting my organisations time & energy by having a hissy fit is appropriate behaviour?

and... BT... hmm good luck with that.

* not in that line of work any more thank goodness.

Apple hasn't announced the new iPhone 5SE and pundits already hate it

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Funny cos this assumes Apple want a product that appeals to the masses. They don't. They're quite happy having just a massive slice of the high end of the market to themselves.

The 5E or whatever it's going to get called is just for those people that want a new iPhone without it being frickin massive. Apple's doubtlessly enormous team of market researchers will have told it that the size of the 6 is putting a decently sized chunk of the market off.

And if it's even a bit cheaper, businesses will buy that model.

OnePlus X: Dinky little Android smartie with one or two minuses

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LOL love the downvotes on this. You are bang on. IMHO Apple are leaving a hole in the market by getting worse at each version that comes out and Android is still amazingly and confusingly miles and miles off.

The fact that your post was downvoted and replied to so negatively proves your last sentence.

Sick and tired of modern Windows? Upgrade to Windows 3.1 today – in your web browser

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Re: And before the Amiga...

Except that it wasn't because Atari tried to buy (or rather *take*) the Amiga and developed the ST in response when they failed.

although.. OPs icon acknowledged :)

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Too right! "It's hard to imagine the enormous leap that was Windows 3.1" yeah I do remember being quite incredulous at how much of a step BACKWARDS it was.

MPs slam mandarins over failed GP IT system

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"may have met the letter of its contractual obligations"


"while knowing full well that the whole system had not been properly tested"


Properly testing the system is not in the contractual obligation? If I attempted to write such a contract tomorrow, I'd expect to remember to put that one in.

However this does prove once again that a proper, well managed in-house team is needed for this kind of work. Always.

What did we learn today? Microsoft has patented the slider bar

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patently stupid

Yes indeed. And now I know the reason that it was invented, so it could be patented, "migrate" everyone over to it and then sue anyone that tried to copy.

Google chap bakes Amiga emulator into Chrome

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Re: Ahh, Amiga

I actually don't think we've caught back up quite yet. My PC takes about as long to display all the BIOS crap as my Amiga took to boot back in '95. Now phones hundreds of times more powerful take multiple times longer to boot. Makes you wonder where these people are learning their lessons from....

Mozilla: Five... Four... Three... Two... One... Thunderbirds are – gone

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Re: Somebody's already taken the reigns

Well I still use vanilla Firefox and my addons don't work all the time anyway!

BT could lawyer up after Sky’s sport channels obligation removed

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Re: If you wanted Discovery to be advert free?

^^ this. Sky's best move ever (and the unfortunate British viewing public's worst one) was to invent the EPG.

Before Sky Digital and the EPG, advertising funded channels managed to survive FTA. Once Sky figured out a way to extract money out of these channels by charging them solely for enabling a viewer's satellite box to be able to tune into them - something we managed perfectly well without before the EPG - the game was over.

Add in some discounted services like uplinking, managing their advertising, and now you have all that Mr Broadcaster, how about some cheap encryption? - all money to Sky rather than someone else and the broadcaster might as well as it's a cheaper service for them - then you can see why they are laughing all the way to the bank. They're having their cake, and yours, and the broadcasters', and smearing it all over their dirty greedy fat faces.

These days Sky do next to nothing except charge broadcasters money to sell the same old stuff to customers for ever increasing prices because they've manoeuvred themselves right in the middle. And there's a whole bunch of us cribbing about the TV licence?

It's a massive crying shame our regulators are so shit. TBH Sky the broadcaster needs splitting from Sky the digital platform far more urgently than BT retail needs splitting from BT openreach. Cos at least BT are making a fist of looking like everyone can do business with openreach on the same terms.

Telecity's engineers to spend SECOND night fixing web hub power outage

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Another source reckoned customers had paid Telecity for the use of dual, fully independent power suppliers to avoid outages but the fact their service was down indicated they hadn't actually got what they'd paid for.

LOLOL yeah more fool them for thinking they got it more like!

Virgin Media whines about Sky's customer service claims, ad watchdog agrees

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Wow, I've been a customer of Sky 3 or 4 times - most recently when O2 threw their broadband customers to the wolves and I was too lazy to get out before I was transferred.

I can safely say that the customer service experience in every case was the most downright miserable incompetent load of shit in absolutely every respect that I have ever experienced. And I've been a British Gas customer so there's the benchmark.

I had my customer service expectations lowered more than I ever could have possibly imagined by this lot, so I really really struggle to think that any other company could be worse.

Next year's Windows 10 auto-upgrade is MSFT's worst idea since Vista

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Woah woah woah woah woah!

"perfectly legitimate advertising"

I paid good money for an operating system. Not an advertising billboard.

Money for operating system. Features added surreptitiously later to advertise another product is absolutely NOT part of the deal. Decidedly, definitely NOT legitimate.

Deutsche Bank to axe 'excessively complex' IT, slash 9,000 jobs

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Seeing as "virtualised" == the same hardware just with a hypervisor burning 50% of the resources, and private cloud == the same hardware just with a different name on it, plus - as many have already mentioned - it all admined by a small subset of the Gurus supplemented by cheap idiots....GLWT!

OpenBSD source tree turns 20 – version 5.8 of project preps for show time

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There's ALWAYS a song isn't there?

Twitter reduces BBC hacks to tears with redundancy notice

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How on earth...

...does a smaller team do more stuff? Answer: it doesn't unless the big team you're comparing it to is actually full of wasters.

In which case the whole text of the message is entirely corporate double-speak and should just read: "there's a lot of dead wood in the team, and your time is up".

They just have to hope the management is skilled enough to identify the dead wood and not accidentally cull lets say 16% or more of the people actually doing the work.

Also, Twitter has ~4000 people? doing what exactly?

Revealed: Why Amazon, Netflix, Tinder, Airbnb and co plunged offline

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Re: If only there was a way

No, because the cloud prevents you from needing all that. All the resilience is in the super-massive-cloud provider's infrastructure and software, thus negating your puny little business needing to try (and fail ofc) to do all that stuff.

Except it doesn't does it?

Native hypervisor coming to OpenBSD

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"an idiotic Silverlight payroll system"

holy, holy, holy, holy. Holy holy poo!

Genuinely... what... seriously? someone did that?


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