* Posts by JohnG

1527 posts • joined 27 May 2007

Surprise! That £339 world's first 'anti-5G' protection device is just a £5 USB drive with a nice sticker on it

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In addition to being the major shareholder in Bioshield, Anna Grochowalska is also the major shareholder in another British company (albeit, under her full name, Anna Krystyna Grochowalska): Immortalis Distribution Ltd. Their website, immortal.is, touts some anti-aging product, which looks about as reliable as the bioshield.

While waiting for the Linux train, Bork pays a visit to Geordieland with Windows 10

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Re: ISO27.... So what?

Maybe their point is that they put so much time and effort into getting their ISO 27001 accreditation that they did not have enough resources/time to adequately test and fix the bugs in their products.

Insider threat? Pffft. Hackers on the outside are the ones mostly making off with your private biz data, says Verizon

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Re: 86 per cent of the breaches were financially motivated

For some people, politics might be sufficient motivation.

You can't have it both ways: Anti-coronavirus masks may thwart our creepy face-recog cameras, London cops admit

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Re: Lookie likey

"Expect new legislation, coronavirus masks (and religious/cultural face wear) must have your name & address on with a bar code."

How about everyone has a QR code tattooed on their forehead? The police could generate more fun if all the codes have a checksum of 666

Tales from the crypt-oh: Nvidia accused of concealing $1bn in coin-mining GPU sales as gaming revenue

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If Nvidia management were hiding anything, it was that miners were ignoring Nvidia's mining gear and using graphics gear intended for gamers instead and that developing the mining gear may have been a waste of time and money.

Nvidia are rather well known for the graphics cards/chips and the use of their GPUs for cryptocurrency mining was widely reported, even in the mainstream media - how would anyone investing in them be unaware of the mining fad and the probability that this fad would end? I hope they are TTFO by the court and made to pay Nvidia's costs.

As Brit cyber-spies drop 'whitelist' and 'blacklist', tech boss says: If you’re thinking about getting in touch saying this is political correctness gone mad, don’t bother

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I guess connector genders will be addressed at some point - having only male and female connector genders is bound to annoy somebody with an agenda.

Billionaires showered with wealth as experts say global economy set for long and deep recession

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Re: Don't forget the hard done by Billionaires....

Perhaps he should ask the BVI government for a bailout, where he chooses to be taxed.

'Non-commercial use only'? Oopsie. You can't get much more commercial than a huge digital billboard over Piccadilly

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Even worse was Kanye West, tweeting a photo of his browser with tabs that showed he had searched for "50 best VST/AU plugins" and downloaded Serum (costs $200) with the help of PirateBay.

Europe publishes draft rules for coronavirus contact-tracing app development, on a relaxed schedule

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It is probably worth mentioning that Singapore open sourced a substantial part of their efforts in this area:



Watch out, everyone, here come the Coronavirus Cops, enjoying their little slice of power way too much

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What really pisses me off about all this is that the police apparently now have enough resources to pester sunbathers or people sitting on park benches and some chief constables have been talking of searching shopping trolleys, in their Easter egg hunts. But only a few months ago, they were saying they didn't have enough resources to deal with shoplifting or other thefts under £200 value and anything less than tings like serious assaults, murder or rape. And why is they can now tackle sunbathers in a park mob-handed but have previously been unable to send anyone to deal with the drug dealers and alcoholics in the same damn park?

When all this chaos is over, there ought to be an overall of policing in the UK.

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Re: Reality check

There was a thread on twitter yesterday about a woman being stopped when travelling to work on the Tube at 7 am. The police apparently demanded to see ID and proof that she was an essential worker. Some folk were arguing that she must be able to produce ID and that only essential workers can go to work (neither are in the relevant legislation). Worryingly, one policeman posted something to the effect that she could have been arrested if she failed to produce ID. Some of the police seem to be making up new laws and new powers as they go.

Ofcom waves DAB radio licences under local broadcasters' noses as FM switchoff debate smoulders again

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Internet radio better than DAB

Given that cellular data coverage is typically better than DAB and the wide choice of content on the Internet, DAB appears doomed to failure. Like some other car manufacturers, Tesla cars have Spotify and TuneIn. Mine also has DAB but I never use it.

Reg fashion special: Top designer says 'video chat accessories' are in for spring!

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The organisations I am working with all have policies to disable video, in favour of desktop/document sharing, because many people are finding their broadband and/or the organisation's videoconferencing setup can't handle so many people simultaneously using video.

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..until you go for a piss and forget to turn off your video before you stand up.

Cops charge prankster who 'corona-coughed' on aged officer and had it filmed

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I think the appropriate action for this sort of stupidity should be to take the claim of being infected with Covid-19 at face value and quarantine such a*holes with people who are known to actually have the virus

Confused why Trump fingered CrowdStrike in that Ukraine call? You're not the only one...

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Re: President of the US clueless

"One might conclude from this that Trump thought Ukraine politicians were corrupt, which coincidentally is what Putin keeps saying."

That the majority of Ukrainian politicians are corrupt (regardless of their political persuasion) is regarded as a fact of life by most Ukrainians (regardless of their political persuasion).

HMRC claims victory in another IR35 dispute to sting Nationwide contractor for nearly £75k in back taxes

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Judge Hyde wrote: "The right to substitution was fettered with Nationwide having the final decision and effectively a right to veto."

It is fairly obvious that any organisation would want to the contractual right to reject specific personnel sent by some services company, if they felt that that the individual concerned lacked the relevant skills, qualifications, experience or other some other requirement. It is no different to a customer being able to reject a product that doesn't meet requirements. Without such clauses, large service companies would routinely substitute experienced and expensive personnel with less experienced cheaper people.

Broadband providers can now flog Openreach's new IP voice network in bid to ditch UK's copper phone lines by 2025

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Personally, I swapped out my ISP's broadband router for an AVM Fritzbox, which has analogue and ISDN phone ports, an answering machine and can act as a DECT base station, in addition to the normal router/switch functions.

In the past, I have used a small Linksys ATA and a Siemens Gigaset DECT ATA with an answering machine (but the voice menus were in German). Beware of any devices that are locked to specific VoIP providers.

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The phone socket on the router will work the same way as a phone socket i.e. you can plug in a few phones, a fax machine and an answering machine.

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I guess the plan is to provide broadband routers that incorporate VoIP features, so your analogue phones would plug into a suitable socket on the router.

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In Germany, Deutsche Telecom has been selling "NGN" services for years - essentially, VDSL with a broadband router that incorporates a VoIP adaptor. The user just plugs their analogue or ISDN devices into the relevant ports.

Brexit Britain changes its mind, says non, nein, no to Europe's unified patent court – potentially sealing its fate

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The ECJ is the court of last resort within the EU and for matters of EU law - which won't apply in the UK after the the end of the transition period. In the same way, when assorted British colonies became independent, they were no longer under the jurisdiction of UK courts or UK law. The UK is a member of the UN and the WTO but is no longer a member of the EU.

MPs to grill Post Office and Fujitsu execs on Horizon IT scandal after workers jailed over accounting errors

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"MPs to grill Post Office and Fujitsu execs on Horizon IT scandal after employees jailed over accounting errors"

Sub-postmasters are not employees of the Post Office - they are more like franchisees.

Surprise! Plans for a Brexit version of the EU's Galileo have been delayed

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Re: Can't we just...

The issue is not about the commercial service - it is about the secure Public Regulated Service and commercial organisation will not have access to this.

Maersk prepares to lay off the Maidenhead staffers who rescued it from NotPetya super-pwnage

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Re: "they were entering into one-and-a-half month's of pre-redundancy consultation"

If they jump before they are pushed, they would not be entitled to redundancy or unfair dismissal payments.

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If the jobs are being/have been advertised in India and the company is retaining a presence in the UK, then it would appear that the roles are not actually redundant and TUPE should apply. If Maersk has not offered alternative employment or relocation, this could be seen as unfair dismissal. But IANAL.

How many times do we have to tell you? A Tesla isn't a self-driving car, say investigators after Apple man's fatal crash

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Re: Who was responsible

Direct Line gives a 5% discount for Tesla cars that have Autopilot, which I guess they based on empirical evidence.

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Re: Heretic!

"Just go look at the Tesla forums and you will see the vitriol that is spouted when anyone dares to criticise something (such as rust) on their Tesla."

Product fanbois brutally mob product critic in online product forum shock

From my experience, postings on product forums are people complaining that the product or customer service is useless, fanbois saying that the product and company are wonderful and other people asking a question asked every two weeks, the answer to which is in the product manual.

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Re: I am grateful for all the testing that these idiots are doing for Tesla

"... disabling the vehicle by moving to the side of the road when the user has stopped monitoring the AI."

The system does do this - but after warning the driver a few times. The gap between warnings is based on distance travelled.

One problem has been that of stupid drivers using devices designed to defeat the detection of the driver holding the steering wheel, so that they can play video games, watch films or do other things that they have been told they should not do when driving.

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Re: Tesla never said it's driverless

"About 2 minutes in he's talking about the various options on the car and says something like "...or pay an extra $7,000 for the full self-driving capability"."

FSD is an option which provides some features to Tesla cars now but promises to provide "Full Self Driving" at some future but as yet unknown date. Buying the option would cover any software or hardware upgrades needed to achieve FSD, if it ever becomes reality. But a fair proportion of Tesla owners consider FSD to be a unicorn that will never be seen.

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Re: Tesla never said it's driverless

"All Teslas required large oil burning machines to pull the various battery metals out of the ground and ship it to the processing plant & then on to the factories. It can take a very long time for an electric car to become more 'green' overall than a petrol/diesel motor, (German Teslas run on about 30% coal & lignite)."

UCUSA reckon it takes from 6 to 16 months of driving for an EV to have offset the increased impact of it's manufacture, compared with an ICE vehicle.


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Re: Tesla never said it's driverless

"Autopilot" or similar systems in aircraft and ships do not provide autonomous flying/sailing and crew are required to be ready to take control at all times - just like Tesla's Autopilot.

Autopilot does not provide autonomous driving, flying, sailing, etc.

Vodafone: Yes, we slurp data on customers' network setups, but we do it for their own good

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IANAL bit it seems extremely dodgy for a service provider (with whom you have a contract) to demand that you agree to having your personal data handed to some third party (with whom you have no contract,no legal relationship and no contact). It sounds like the sort of thing that should not happen by default and not without a customer's explicit permission.

Call us immediately if your child uses Kali Linux, squawks West Mids Police

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Re: urging parents to call police if their child has installed

You can call 101 to have a chat with your local constabulary.

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So kids, the solution here is to install a Kali VM but rename it to something like "Ubuntu UK Schools Edition". And all the other stuff - put that in a renamed VM too.

Beware, Tesla might take away your car's autopilot if you buy its vehicles from third party dealerships – plus more news

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Re: bits of your car not working...

The car was owned by Tesla - it had not been sold or owned by anyone else, so it was not sold to someone, with a defined set of options. Maybe it was a demonstrator (hence all the options being enabled).

Tesla sold the car via an auction company to a third party dealer. The third party dealer sold the car (advertised with autopilot, etc,) to some guy. Tesla subsequently decided that the car should not have autopilot and disabled it. If Tesla sold that car at auction as not having autopilot, then I guess the third party dealer may have to pay up - but if Tesla sold the car to the third party dealer as having autopilot, they should probably reinstate autopilot and send the new owner some goodies as an apology.

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"If the new owner bought a new Tesla could he transfer his licence to the new car? If he's not allowed to then is the licence for the car, for the owner or a car/owner combination?"

All the software options stay with the car, not the owner. One of the tricky issues is where an owner has paid for a future update, which was never delivered, because it was not yet available -- and his car is then written off. The Tesla rules say that he or his insurers would have to buy the undelivered software option again for any replacement car.

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Re: re dealership

Barcelona is the same as every other Tesla outlet - it is wholly owned by Tesla and the employees are employed by Tesla. Traditional dealerships are independent from the manufacturers and not owned by them but dealerships have franchises with one or more manufacturers.

This AI is full of holes: Brit council fixes thousands of road cracks spotted by algorithm using sat snaps

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Re: "saving more than £1m in taxpayer cash compared to more traditional methods"

"And what exactly are the traditional methods, waiting for somebody to phone about it ?"

My local council has a page on their website for reporting potholes. They have notes on how to report and you can even upload a photo.

It works: On a road I regularly use, a utility company had dug a hole, not made a good job of filling it and a pothole had developed as lorries drive over it. The council had repaired it within a few weeks of my report - and they addressed some other issues on the same road.

We should have a change in the law that requires utilities and others who dig up the roads to be made to fix their own errors or at least, pay for their errors to be fixed, instead of leaving it to local councils.

Artful prankster creates Google Maps traffic jams by walking a cartful of old phones around Berlin

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One could record the GPS track, WiFI SSIDs and MAC addresses, when moving along a certain route. Then play the data back in multiple VMs, with the GPS and WiFi interfaces spoofed. You could run the simulated route just before heading home, to help reduce traffic on your favourite route.

In your face short sellers! Tesla goes two quarters in a row without losing money

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Whilst several traditional automotive manufacturers have entered the EV market, their offerings (with the exception of Hyundai and Kia) seem to have a problem matching the range and efficiency of Tesla cars - even those that cost more. It seems that, in their years of manufacturing EV batteries and battery management systems, Tesla has some secret sauce that others have yet to discover.

Then there's charging: Tesla has a global network of DC chargers, which are free at the point of use and easy to use - which makes long journeys viable and straightforward in a Tesla. While a number of manufacturers are involved with Ionity's rollout of DC chargers, they are years behind.

Significant competition for Tesla may come from Chinese EV manufacturers, some of whom have been quietly selling EVs in large numbers in China and elsewhere.

Not call, dude: UK govt says guaranteed surcharge-free EU roaming will end after Brexit transition period. Brits left at the mercy of networks

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Re: TL; DR

It might also be worth remembering that Three and Vodafone started offering free roaming in various countries (some EU countries, some non-EU countries) some years before the related EU directive was conceived. I think Three currently has free roaming in 70 countries, so most of these are not in the EU and therefore, are not free because of the EU directive.

Canadian insurer paid for ransomware decryptor. Now it's hunting the scum down

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"Whilst some of the Bitcoin was transferred into 'fiat currency' as it is known, a substantial proportion of the Bitcoin, namely, 96 Bitcoins, were transferred to a specified address."

Entities who facilitate "cashing out" are normally required to have records (e.g. copies of passports, etc.) unless they want to fall foul of the authorities where they operate.

New SAP co-CEO 'runs simple' to Davos in Mercedes hydrogen car

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Re: Greenwashing

"The fact he did so in a non fossil fuelled vehicle is a minor detail."

Hydrogen is normally manufactured through steam reforming of oil refinery off gases - so not really "non fossil fuelled".

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Re: BEV's are a dead-end; HEV's are the future. Discuss

The production, storage and distribution of hydrogen is incredibly energy intensive (as it is for petrol and diesel). This makes for very low "well-to-wheel" efficiency. If, as you suggest, local electrolysis could be used instead, that might change but safety concerns remain. However, BEVs and static battery energy storage seem to be winning, mainly because the Chinese have chosen this route.

Apple: EU can't make us use your stinking common charging standard

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I think the EC is going to tell Apple to adopt the standard chosen by the EU or face having their products banned from sale anywhere in the EU and/or pay a big fine.

Stiff upper lip time, Brits: After bullying France to drop its digital tax on Silicon Valley, Trump's coming for you next

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Digital tax not needed after Brexit

A substantial part of the reasoning for a digital tax in the UK has to do with the manner in which a number of multinationals exploit single market rules e.g. goods or services sold in the UK are invoiced from Ireland or Luxembourg, avoiding UK taxes. Once we leave the EU, that particular ruse will no longer be possible and the same businesses will be forced to invoice in the UK, with UK VAT, etc.

South American nations open fire on ICANN for 'illegal and unjust' sale of .amazon to zillionaire Jeff Bezos

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ICANN should tell the Brazilian government that they have registered .burntamazonrainforest for them, as a consolation prize for missing out on .amazon

Alan Turing’s OBE medal, PhD cert, other missing items found in super-fan’s Colorado home by agents, says US govt

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Re: The Way We Live Now

"Customs & Excise in reality."

"Her Majesty's Customs and Excise" merged with the "Inland Revenue" in 2005, to become "Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs"

Remember that Sonos speaker you bought a few years back that works perfectly? It's about to be screwed for... reasons

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Re: ACL Guarantee

The UK's consumer laws are probably the best in the EU, with a 6 year legal warranty (5 years in Scotland). It is in stark contrast to "Servicewüste Deutschland". One of my German colleagues returned a two month old notebook DVD drive under warranty and the shop had it "in repair" for nine months. When Walmart Germany offered a 30 day no quibble return, a group representing other German stores successfully sued Walmart for unfair competition, requiring them to pay compensation and stick to the legal requirement of 14 days.


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