* Posts by Toolman83

23 posts • joined 27 Apr 2010

DXC execs to investors: It's say-on-pay time. Give us a bump, would you?

Toolman83

Improve the (net) profits short term

But kill the long term viability through loss of staff skills, morale and business contracts

It's not the good people that stay, overwork anyone good that does.

Execs grab a fat bonus, then gtfo...

That's the modus operandi these days isn't it?

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CIMON says: Say hello to your new AI pal-bot, space station 'nauts

Toolman83

But can it make toast?

And direct all conversations towards toasted bread products?

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New York State is trying to ban 'deepfakes' and Hollywood isn't happy

Toolman83

Follow the money

So this would mean that Hollywood would have to pay people to use their likeness?

They don't want that, they want too use it for free...

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A certain millennial turned 30 recently: Welcome to middle age, Microsoft Excel v2

Toolman83

Re: "I have to say Excel is one thing Microsoft got right."

Uhh, you can turn off "auto calculate" since at least version 4

(maybe before, that was the first one I used, and turning it off was sometimes needed with a large worksheet on a 486)

There is even a button in the calculate group that does it these days!

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Limp Weiner to get 21 months in the hole

Toolman83

He gets less than 2 years, while that kid that sent pics of himself gets 10

America, that's AFU.

17 yo Kid sends pic of himself to older girl, gets 10 years for distributing child porn (of himself!!!).

This guy sends pics of himself to a minor, gets less than 2 years.

Remind me which one has actual harm?

"Land of the free" my ass

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New measurement alerts! Badgers, great white sharks and the Lindisfarne Gospel

Toolman83

Why are people bringing so many sharks to the hotel in the first place?

that's the real question!

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Oracle effectively doubles licence fees to run its stuff in AWS

Toolman83

"The Register has asked Oracle why it has made this change"

"MONEY"

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Stay out of my server room!

Toolman83

"got the knives out and fixed the problem."

We're the knives used on the insulation or the installers?

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Siri, clone yourself and dive into this Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone

Toolman83

Bixby aka Mr Bix?

Mr Bix is a homicidal robot from the Red Meat comic, been going for 20 years or so;

http://www.redmeat.com/max-cannon/plastic-footwear-stench-incubator/Content?oid=2139259

Ominous or clueless?

(in addition to the aforementioned technical and UI issues)

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Dell to reveal 'micro data centres' for outdoor use

Toolman83

Or perhaps it'd be suitable for those areas of the world that don't have large air-conditioned data centers on tap?

There are quite a few of them I hear.

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What is this river nonsense? Give .amazon to Bezos, says US Congress

Toolman83

Use the market

Approve the name but assign it to the Brazilian tribes living in the amazon. Then Amazon (the company) can rent the name off them, in much the same way that Tuvalu does with .TV. Amazon gets it's name, Brazil gets it's pride, and some under developed areas of Brazil get some funding.

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Honda CR-V: SUV-lite that’s also light on the pocket

Toolman83

57 mpg

Is that UK or US gallons?

makes a difference when trying to work out L/100km

(or Rods to the Hogshead)

As El Reg is UK based, I was assuming UK gallons @ 4.3L rather than US Gallons @ 3.8L. Then I got wondering, about mpg being different in US vs UK because of the different sized gallons.

Wouldn't be the first time... UK 44 Gallon Drum is US 55 Gallon Drum (aka 192L to the rest of us), or getting a pump rated in gpm (Gallons per minute), having to figure out where the thing was made or designed to determine its actual rated output.

And all because the Gallon hadn't been standardised when the immigrants on the Mayflower left & took their local 431 cu inch Gallon with them (rather than the 461 cu inch gallon that became the imperial Gallon shortly afterwards).

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Forget eyeballs and radar! Brits tackle GPS jammers with WWII technology

Toolman83

What about if a big solar flare knocks out GPS for a significant length of time, or degrades its accuracy (by knocking significant numbers of its satellites)

Having a backup system would come in handy right about then...

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Microsoft pulls Win 8.1 RT code which upgraded Surface 'slabs into BRICKS

Toolman83

my RT updated fine

My server 2012 on the other hand keeps crapping out at 76% configuring devices :-(

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Jokes of no more than 2 lines

Toolman83

I like my women like I like my software design processes

Top down...

(Also works for bottom up aficionados)

I'll get my coat

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SanDisk cops to malfunctioning Micro SDs in Galaxy S3s

Toolman83

Happened to me too...

32GB SanDisk card, Galaxy SIII, died after about a month, was very sad... got a warranty replacement, and have been fine since (3 months), I'll keep my receipt handy though...

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2011's Best... E-book Readers

Toolman83

Nook?

no mention of the Nook there?

the Simple Touch is pretty nice :-)

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Facebook planking game claims its first victim

Toolman83

is it April 1st again already?

This has got to be a joke doesn't it? if not - well, another contender for the Darwin awards I guess.

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Top-secret US lab infiltrated by spear phishers – again

Toolman83

so is this "advanced persistent threat" called

"Running windows" ?

seriously though, you can make the network as secure as you want & the users will find a way to F*** it up.

The only sure fire way to secure users involves a roll of carpet & an abandoned quarry...

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Sex abuse fax leak costs council £100k

Toolman83

In other news, Hertfordshire County Council still using Faxes!

Faxing critical private information? really? in 2010?

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HTC Wildfire Android smartphone

Toolman83

Anyone compared the HTC Wildfire to the ZTE Racer?

The ZTE Racer has a similar overall specs (~500-600MHz processor. 2.8" QVGA screen etc), Resistive touchscreen on the Racer though.

Big difference: Price, 100 quid on PAYG (or 110 inc 10 topup) vs 230 for the Wildfire.

I mean we'd all like an HTC Desire or a Nexus one or whatever, but those are like 500 of your English Pounds (not counting contract options).

I'd really like a comparison of these new entry level models. even if the Wildfire is better, its still twice the price (& the Desire is 5x the price, the Desire 2 will be the same I presume).

Splashing out 500 large on a phone when I can get something that will do most of what I want for 100-200 appeals to me. (I can use it for a year or so, then buy something better than current high end models way less than todays prices).

What I use a phone for:

- Calling

- Texting

- Alarm Clock

- Occasional pics (in good light)

- Killing time waiting in lines

- 3G modem via Bluetooth

- I like a battery to last longer than a day (of light use, eg 15 min calling, 20 texts, 30 min online)

I don't *need* a smartphone, but boy do I want one (& am price constrained)

anyone played with both a Racer and a Wildfire? Thoughts? comparisons?

Cheers

Toolman

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Security bug bites 64-bit Windows 7

Toolman83

all very "Snow Crash"

Viewing a specially crafted image causing your Computer to crash?

(Except in this case its your actual PC not your Brain crashing...)

Well done Neal Stephenson for predicting this !

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Acer Easystore H340 2TB Nas box

Toolman83

But can it withstand small children?

Tactical nukes aren't in my living room, a 10 month old who loves cables & a 3 year old who loves throwing things / opening things are...

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