* Posts by Andy Mac

108 posts • joined 13 Apr 2010

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It's a cert: Hundreds of big sites still unprepared for starring role in that Chrome 70's show

Andy Mac

So we’re saying that 0.1% of site admins aren’t doing their job properly? If only that ratio were applied across all jobs.

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Microsoft hopes it has a sequel better than Godfather Part II: SQL Server 2019 previewed

Andy Mac

Re: Hope it's better than Highlander 2 at least

The Highlander TV show probably cost me my A-Levels thanks to being on at 11pm. It hasn’t aged that well, but I loved it.

And so, SQL Server. Yay. Nothing really exciting for us developers. I wonder if the intern has finished updating Master Data Services. Still need Silverlight? Oh dear.

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Renegade 3D-printing gunsmith Cody Wilson on the run in Taipei from child sex allegations

Andy Mac

Does Ecuador even have an embassy in Taipei?

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Early bird access to .NET Framework 4.8? Microsoft, you spoil us

Andy Mac

Re: Despite coding in it ...

After 15 years or so and with the utmost respect to Mono, they finally achieved cross platform development with Core.

I have little doubt that the full framework’s failure to go cross platform had a lot to do with Microsoft being... well Microsoft and putting Windows First. And that worked out so well...

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What's Big and Blue – and makes its veteran staff sue? Yep, it's IBM

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Holmes

Surely the logical follow on from that paper is one in five years saying how Millennials and Gen Z are innovative and open to ideas while Gen X is stuffy and stuck in their ways. And in another 15 years telling us how out of touch Millenials are.

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Do not adjust your set, er, browser: This is our new page-one design

Andy Mac
Gimp

Re: Next change in line

This as well (this++?, this*2?).

I miss the Reg app with the dark theme so so much.

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Apple in XS new sensation: Latest iPhone carries XS-sive price tag

Andy Mac
WTF?

Doubling down on stupid prices too

I was toying with the idea of upgrading. Now I’m not. Even I’m not idiot enough to pay that idiot-tax.

I can’t see the Xr doing well. Who wants to pay premium prices for a sub-premium phone? It’s the 5c all over again.

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Look at me! Phone industry contracts nasty case of 5g-itis

Andy Mac

Personally, I’m looking forward to the increased speed of 5G. I’ll be able to burn trough my paltry data allowance in under a minute.

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It's a mug's game: Watch AI robot grab a cuppa it hasn't seen before

Andy Mac
Terminator

And they dare to call this “AI”.

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Dear America: Want secure elections? Stick to pen and paper for ballots, experts urge

Andy Mac
Thumb Up

Now they just need to develop a machine that can punch a hole all the way through the ballot paper.

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No need to code your webpage yourself, says Microsoft – draw it and our AI will do the rest

Andy Mac

Re: The return of front page

You’re missing the point. It’s *AI* doing it this time.

Anyway Frontpage disappeared a long time ago. My ire is reserved for Dreamweaver.

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Beam me up, PM: Digital secretary expected to give Tory conference speech as hologram

Andy Mac
Paris Hilton

To be honest, I’d think more of a politician’s technical chops if they *didn’t* have a Twitter account.

BTW, is it time for Paris to be replaced by a Kar****ian? Discuss. In your head preferably.

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The future of humanity: A Bluetooth ball hitting your face – forever

Andy Mac
WTF?

I thought I was reading Something For The Weekend for a minute there.

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Whistleblower org chief quits over Assange critic boot demand

Andy Mac

Any good Wikileaks ever did has been eclipsed by this bellend and his antics.

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Google keeps tracking you even when you specifically tell it not to: Maps, Search won't take no for an answer

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Thumb Up

Thanks!

This is the kick I needed to finally ditch Google Maps.

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IPv6: It's only NAT-ural that network nerds are dragging their feet...

Andy Mac

I dread the day I ask someone for their IP and they give me an IPv6 address.

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Farewell then, Slack: The grown-ups have arrived

Andy Mac

If your organisation is big enough to get through 10000 messages per day and is too stingy to pay Slack, I’d be worried.

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Scam alert: No, hackers don't have webcam vids of you enjoying p0rno. Don't give them any $$s

Andy Mac
Gimp

I’d reply saying “Thsnks! I’ve been racking my brains trying to remeber that password!”

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Adtech-for-sex biz tells blockchain consent app firm, 'hold my beer'

Andy Mac
Gimp

Re: JFDI

Don’t knock it til you’ve tried it.

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Andy Mac
Big Brother

JFDI

For all us Duckduckgo users.

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Up in arms! Arm kills off its anti-RISC-V smear site after own staff revolt

Andy Mac
Joke

RISK-V sounds good...

But does it run Windows?

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And in current affairs: Rogue raccoon blacks out city power grid after shocking misstep

Andy Mac

Re: Are you SURE it's dead?

You don’t have any prosthetic limbs in the house do you?

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Bill Clinton's cyber-attack novel: The airport haxploit-blockbuster you knew it would be

Andy Mac

Re: Spitting Image got there first?

What about The Simpsons and Troy McClure’s “The President’s Neck is Missing”?

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They grow up so fast: Spam magnet Hotmail turned 22 today

Andy Mac

Re: Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam...

I’ve had the same hotmail address for around 17 years and I’ve used it to sign up for *everything*.

I get hardly any spam at all (maybe 10 a week) and right now most of it is because I bought a domain and stuck the address on Whois.

I can’t speak for other peoples’ experience, but I’m very happy with the lack of spamage (although Hotmail is my main weakness in my attempt to be data-slurping-behemoth-free).

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What a flap: SIM swiped from slain stork's GPS tracker used to rack up $2,700 phone bill

Andy Mac

I always find the huge phone bill stories a bit confusing. Speaking personally, it’s not like I’m sitting around thinking about all the phone calls I would make, if only they were cheaper. Unless it’s a data bill of course.

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British info watchdog slaps Midlands firm with £4,500 fine. Next time, register

Andy Mac
Big Brother

I read that headline and I thought it was Inspector Gadget: “Next time Register...Next time”

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Registry to ban Cyrillic .eu addresses even if you've paid for them

Andy Mac
Unhappy

EURid

Ne’er was there a more appropriate name.

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Ready, get Sets... no? App-grouping whizzery for Windows 10 killed

Andy Mac
Windows

Re: still using classic shell.

I’ll stop using Classic Shell the day MS stop forcing a terrible touch-first UI on me. i.e. never.

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The butterfly defect: MacBook keys wrecked by single grain of sand

Andy Mac

Re: There's one born every minute

Given the levels of household debt in western countries, it would seem that anyone can be easily parted from their money. Either that or we’re all fools.

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Creep travels half the world to harass online teen gamer… and gets shot by her mom – cops

Andy Mac
Childcatcher

I thought of the child(ren)

While I’m firmly pro-gun control, it’s still nice to read a story of somone using a firearm who isn’t a criminal/cop/toddler and a shootee who seems to have thouroughly deserved it.

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Microsoft Edge bug odyssey shows why we can't have nice things

Andy Mac
Stop

Enough

I really think journalists need to get together and agree to stop reporting canned statements and instead treat them as no response at all.

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Schadenfreude for UK mobile networks over the tumult at Carphone

Andy Mac

Re: Phone on contract...

"the "call time contract" was WAY over inflated in price to cover the cost"

IIRC, the monthly contract cost excluding the phone repayment was comparable to the PAYG plan I was already on with a different provider.

However, I cop to idiocy for getting such an awful 6S contract.

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Andy Mac

Re: Internets for the win!

I can’t speak for the UK any more but contracts in ’Straya are getting stupid. I got an iPhone 4S on contract and the phone cost me a bit over $100. When the time came to get a 6S, the subsidy was practically nonexistent and the data allowance was pitiful at the start of it, let alone 2 years later.

Now I’m on PAYG, which now looks exactly like a contract since all calls and texts are inclusive, except the price is better, the data allowances are better and you can always change if a better deal comes along.

As a person of moderate intelligence, I honestly cannot understand why *anyone* would get a contract.

The next time I need to pay the idiot tax for a phone, I’ll be running straight into the freakish hell that is the Apple store to get it direct.

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nbn™ ponders a gamers' gate to throttle heavy wireless users

Andy Mac
FAIL

So let me get this straight

He’s saying the network they’ve built is not capable of dealing with today’s demand, let alone the next 10-20 years?

Yay.

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GDPR for everyone, cries Microsoft: We'll extend Europe's privacy rights worldwide

Andy Mac

As per Pterry P, I’m surprised there wasn’t a crack of thunder when they told such an enormous fib.

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One year late, US senators act on fake net neutrality comments that drowned the FCC

Andy Mac

To be fair, whoever did this needn’t have bothered. Pai doesn’t exactly strike me as someone who would care even if all the comments were in favour of neutrality.

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Good news: It's still legal for Apple to keep its MacBook, iPhone batteries from melting

Andy Mac

Re: Uniloc the patent holder...

If it walks and talks like a duck... I’d say “Wow! A talking duck!”

And then patent it or something.

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nbn™ isn’t fixing HFC, it’s ‘optimising’ it

Andy Mac

My street has Optus HFC. I abandoned my ADSL as soon as 4g data limits hit three figures. Once the dust has settled (literally), I’ll see whether it’s worth it. Until then, I’m as free as a bird.

Assuming the bird needs no inbound ports of course. Bloody Optus.

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Last night's net neutrality episode had some good one-liners but a repetitive plot

Andy Mac
Pint

Love it!

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How could the Facebook data slurping scandal get worse? Glad you asked

Andy Mac

“Archibong” will keep me smiling all day.

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Microsoft programming chief to devs: Tell us where Windows hurt you

Andy Mac
Windows

How has Windows hurt you?

Oh dear, let me count the ways...

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Twitter: No big deal, but everyone needs to change their password

Andy Mac

Sure, it’s bad, but as a developer I still feel a twinge of sympathy. At least they admitted it and said sorry. I’m sure a lot of companies would, and have, kept something like this quiet.

Now excuse me while I go change my password...

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Supercycle to su-'meh'-cycle: Apple iPhone warehouses heave with unsold Notches

Andy Mac

Re: iPhone 6 user here

You can take my 6S from my cold, dead hands.

Actually, you could probably take it from my warm, dead hands too. It’s not like I’d be able to stop you...

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nbn™ CEO blames copper for performance problems

Andy Mac
Facepalm

Icon says it all.

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Gmail is secure. Netflix is secure. Together they're a phishing threat

Andy Mac

I haven’t trusted gmail since my xxx.yyy@ address starting receiving email for xxx@, which looked to be genuinely someone else’s account. I’ve heard of this happening to others too.

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Autonomous vehicle claims are just a load of hot air… and here's why

Andy Mac

“...old gender-neutral-partner’s tale”

That’s ageist.

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Up the stack with you: Microsoft's Denali project flashes skinny SSD controllers

Andy Mac
WTF?

Hang on

Wasn’t Denali the code name for SQL Server 2012? Are they really that short of code names?

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That long-awaited Mark Zuckerberg response: Everything's fine! Mostly fixed! Facebook's great! All good in the hoodie!

Andy Mac

Barn/Stable door?

I don’t think there’s a door at all. Zuck seems to be standing next to a gaping portal, insisting that there’s no need for one, the horses are fine thank you, and no that’s not them disappearing into the distance.

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Linux Foundation backs new ‘ACRN’ hypervisor for embedded and IoT

Andy Mac

I’m pretty sure ACRN is not pronounced acorn. Saying something doesn’t make it true. Lst tm chkd w hd vwls fr rsn.

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Now Europe's largest trade union squeezes Euro Patent Office's pips

Andy Mac

-10 points Battistelli for invoking Godwin’s Law in a very practical way

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