* Posts by John Brown (no body)

12069 posts • joined 21 May 2010

Insert coin: Atari retro console is coming back

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Re: Dead brand

"The Atari brand has to be one of the most pimped out and abused ones ever"

At least on a par with Commodore.

You wait ages for a sun, then two come along at once: All stars have twins, say astroboffins

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Childcatcher

Re: Seems difficult to accept

Yeah, and has President May done anything about it? Nooooooo, it's something that will happen after the next election!

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Headmaster

Re: Seems difficult to accept

The second closest is Bernard's star, "

Oh FFS, I get that enough from my wife who can't manage to say "Barnard Castle", without having to put up with it here too!

Google coughs up $5.5m to make recruiters 'screwed out of overtime pay' go away

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Pirate

It'e like the 'kin; wild west out there!

Doesn't the US have *ANY* laws to protect employees? I know a lot of states are "at will", but FFS, this is just taking the biscuit! It's like some 3rd world economy. Yeah, workers get paid for their work, sometimes, but doesn't the fact they show up for work every day require a little bit of loyalty from the employer, even if it's brought about and forced by legislation? I know "socialism" is a dirty word in the Land of the Free, but you guys really ought to think about hanging onto the baby before you throw the bathwater out. No one should ever have to sue just to get the pay they earned, let alone get sacked for having the temerity to complain about it.

Texas says 'howdy' to completely driverless robo-cars on its roads

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It's beginning to seem like a race to the bottom

It's a bidding war to "win" the work, lowest bidder wins. Will it all end in tears if the bar gets too low?

Oops! Facebook outed its antiterror cops whilst they banned admins

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"Facebook's technical fix, according to the company spokesperson, involves the creation of administrative accounts not associated with personal Facebook accounts, "

Yep, it's amazing. Even AOL worked this out back in the dial up days. Kids today, pah! Will lessons be learned? Maybe, but too late. They should have learned these lessons before they were allowed into the real world (as much as Facebook is in the real world)

Brexploitation! PC price wars? Yep. Vendors see who can go higher

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Re: said it before....

It is. They also mark up for multiple currency fluctuations in the chain. We buy direct from supplier and assemble in the UK so our only issue has been the drop in the pound making our own brand kit more attractive against the "name" brands we also sell.

ICO fines Morrisons for emailing customers who didn't want to be emailed

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Paris Hilton

Re: Sainsbury's did worse

"Ultimately, that's the real cost of doing this sort of thing, not a token fine."

No, it's not, because those us like you are a tiny drop in the ocean of customers who don't give a shit, are apathetic about it (cost of doing business, it's just how world is nowadays) or actually think the retailer cares about them personally.

Paris, because she cares!

BOFH: Halon is not a rad new vape flavour

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Re: Vape Nation-

"I buy Halon Gas back from data centers, so if your afraid of the discharge let me know i send you some Cash or BC.I have herd the horror stories like that over the years, i actually recharge those tanks as well here in the US, were still allowed to service them."

This reads like some Nigerian Prince just died and someone wants me to help them move some money out of the country!

Ofcom fines Three £1.9m over vulnerability in emergency call handling

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Re: Not breach of OFCOM rules?

"Do they share bandwidth/base stations?"

IIRC, 999 calls should work on any phone, even without a SIM and on any reachable network.

Software dev bombshell: Programmers who use spaces earn MORE than those who use tabs

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Coat

Re: tabs take fewer keystrokes

"What's wrong with vi?"

It's not EMACS!

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Re: A question

Maybe older programmers get paid more due to years of experience and grew up with 80 column terminals so tabbing across causes more line-wrap that necessary whereas aligning using only the even numbered columns helps keep lines shorter. Although I first learned programming using 80 column coding sheets, then 80(ish) column teletypes, I also had to deal with 40 column x 25 line CRT CBM PET and 64 column x 16 line TRS-80. Keeping my code compact and lines short is deeply ingrained.

Brit hacker admits he siphoned info from US military satellite network

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Re: "NCA has people with skills like Caffrey's"

"But not so much to secure their data it seems..."

That's where the $628,000 comes from. $1000 of man-hours to inform the victims of the leaked data (being generous!) and the other $627,000 to implement the security that should have been in place already.

Yeah, if you could just stop writing those Y2K compliance reports, that would be great

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Re: Time for Y2.1K

"This worked well in the 60's and 70's, but by the time the 90's came along many people realised all sorts of odd things could happen when the date ticked over from 99 to 00."

FYI, many people were aware of the issue as early as the 70's and earlier. Pensions, mortgages etc doing valuations many years into the future, long term payment schedules etc. It wasn't generally considered, but there people and industries affected and thinking about long before the BBC told Joe Public there would an ITpocalypse!

Europe-wide BitTorrent indexer blockade looms after Pirate Bay blow

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Re: So when do they go after...

Although it's pretty obvious at this stage that that the ruling is aimed purely at The Pirate Bay and similar sites that are almost elusively full of links to copyright infringing material, we all just know that the lawyers will be salivating at the gates over this ruling and picking it apart in the finest detail to see how they can re-purpose it for other means and apply it across the entire EU.

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"2. Amazon UK/DE has worked for me in the past. Now it doesn't."

it's probably related to the new rules on VAT and where it's payable when distance purchasing across borders. Borders? I hear you ask, isn't the EU supposed to be a "common market" with free trade? Apparently only under the right circumstances, especially where digital content and IP rights holders are involved.

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Re: Freetard here

"I used to use a DVD/Hard-drive PVR setup to transfer programmes from SKY onto DVD and then rip them to whatever format I wanted, long winded but served the purpose. Much easier to just press a button."

Virginmedia boxes allow you to copy programmes off them too, but not through the HDMI output so only stuff downscaled to SD. I can record and watch HD only if I keep the recordings on their rather small internal disks.

Samsung releases 49-inch desktop monitor with 32:9 aspect ratio

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Facepalm

Re: It's a typical marketing decision

"Companies see that 2 "Full-HD" monitors next to each other are popular, therefore they bring out one that combines the same number of pixels."

Yep. The primary bit of software that our section of the company relies on 90% of the time was always a pain on the 4:3 screens because they put the main menu in a column down the left side so we were forever scrolling right. They finally fixed that issue about a year after widescreen monitors were standard issue and put all the menus along the top. Now we are forever scrolling down. Twats!

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Re: Yep for the Devs, it was inevitable really...

You sure it's not the result of Agile DevOps?

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Re: Games

"It's good for films too "

I can easily imagine some chav getting one to use as a TV via cable or sat box and then setting everything up for ultra-stretchyvision cos, "well we paid for all that space so we're gonna use it" cos of black bars on "normal" wide screen broadcasts :-)

I'm sure we've all seen people with 16:9 TVs watching stretched 4:3.

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Re: code word

My technician was telling me only yesterday that he was in a store and a guy was buying a "gold-plated optical audio cable". I can't even fathom how that works. But the guy paid a fortune for it because "it'll make it sound better".

Well, it's obvious, innit! The gold plating helps the light bounce around better inside the tube with minimal leakage. The cheap tat with just a black coating absorbs the light leakage instead of reflecting it back in like wot the gold does, innit! So you get a better and stronger signal at the other end. Lossless, innit!

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Re: weighs 45 pounds

"You always put the screen against you. Try lugging a 25" monitor up 3 flights of stairs."

Or even just a 15" CRT screen. Under each arm. And EVERY FECKING DOOR you come to is a PULL not a push.

Fighter pilot shot down laptops with a flick of his copper-plated wrist

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"I have had this broom years and it's only had 6 new handles and 5 new heads. - Trigger, Only Fools and Horses."

I once got sent to a job, not without a little trepidation, because at least three other techs had been to this particular PC multiple times and from the records, every last part of the innards had each been replaced at least once. That left two options, so boss sent me out with a mains tester that would record spikes and drops etc. Rather than plug the device in and spend possibly quite some time doing nothing in the hope that "the event" would happen, ie the PC would reboot, I decided to gently tap the PC on each of its sides. It's a mini tower and the slightest knock on the side nearest the motherboard cause the now infamous "event". So I took the motherboard out, complete with it's mounting tray (remember them?), and looked down the gap and sure enough, the tray is bent and almost, but not quite, touching the solder points of the board. No doubt a temperature change would cause the metal to "pop" or maybe a kick from the user moving her feet around was causing the random reboots.

Remove board from tray, bend tray the other way, reassemble and all is well with the world, the universe is in balance and I never had to go back to that site again. Shame really, the user was very nice and I'd have liked to get to know her a bit better (I was still single back then!). I sometimes wonder if the other techs thought the same and that's why they never found the fault.

Openreach to comms providers: Why can't we be friends?

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Re: The problem, Clive...

"accessibility of the individual property"

OR already have easy access to almost every property in the UK and far easier access to new builds than anyone else. Builders often will only allow BT into the new estates at build time and no one else can get in for a year or two until the land/road/footpath access is handed over to the local council. I'm sure VM and others would love to put fibre down in the new-build ducts alongside BT.

Japanese robo-tech firm plans Olympic driverless taxi rollout

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CReating a new problem for the later generation?

"technology is widely seen in the nation as the solution to its upcoming labour shortage"

Initially, solves a few problems, such as an impending labour shortage and a population needing care now and increasing as time goes on.

But what happens in a generation when the newly ageing population is smaller, as is the workforce, but there are even fewer jobs because everything "easy" is automated?

Disney mulls Mickey Mouse magic material to thwart pirates' 3D scans

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Copy protection subsidises terrorism!!!!

Pretty much all copy protection is defeated eventually and the people most likely to be affected by it are the everyday people who, if they can't get it free or cheap;y or make their own backups, will pay for a pirate copy at the car boot. It's the organised counterfeiters who make big money from large copying runs who have the most incentive to break copy protections mechanisms and they are more likely to be connected to organised crime. Or, gasp, terrists!!!!!!111!!1!!1!

Telegram chat app founder claims Feds offered backdoor bribe

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Black Helicopters

Re: Secure Chats

"Which is why certain Usenet "personalities" were long suspected to be the online version of numbers stations."

I think we have our own right in AManFromMars ;-)

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Re: Secure Chats

My hovercraft is full of eels.

Labour says it will vote against DUP's proposed TV Licence reforms

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Re: N.I.

Do you really think Sinn Fein MPs will swear allegiance to the Queen and then take their seats?

The oath of allegiance is the primary and overriding reason they don't take their seats.

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Re: Minority Partner Policies

I wonder if the DUP will be able to de-rail any further privacy invading legislation like wot the LibDems managed? Or are they in favour of Mays attempts to legislate against encryption?

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Re: Pay?

"In more recent years, the UK government has apparently decided that we don't want foreigners to listen to us anymore."

That's quite possible an unintended consequence of hiving off much of the BBC production to independent companies who retain the IP rights to the productions. They want to be able to sell them again to other territories and so argue that the BBC must do all it reasonably and technically can to stop unauthorised dissemination. In the analogue days, that was quite difficult but now everything is digital it's easier and cheaper to geo-block, or more tightly focus a satellite beam, or encrypt it. The other sad side effect is the limited amount of BBC broadcast shows on catch-up for more than few weeks.

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"So if you think that chopping down trees on the other side of the planet, machining them down into pellets and then shipping them all the way across the sodding planet to burn in our green and environmentally friendly biomass (ex coal) plants"

FWIW, that's just typical of poor government legislation and guidance, and business doing it's damnedest to increase profits while staying within the letter of law. The way it should have been written and the way it was actually written is what has caused this disconnect between pollution and so-called green energy sources. It only looks at the emissions at the point of generation, not the whole production cycle.

Internet hygiene still stinks despite botnet and ransomware flood

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Re: WTF are all these people?

"Newer models have the ability of accepting emails as print jobs, which means a port have to be opened for it to listen to something. This feature gives me the heebie-jeebies and I have disabled it. Great idea, but risky. No thanks."

Apart from a few rare edge case, I can't imagine email to print being anywhere near enough a "must have" to install it into the firmware of so many printers. I suspect it's purely a marketing thing in an attempt to differentiate and add to the list of features when selling them.

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Re: WTF are all these people?

Plenty of old HP laser printers sitting around and if some are in peoples homes behind a consumer ISP routers, then I'd not be surprised since few home users probably even know about the various network services offered by the printer.

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but the response to unwanted services running shouldn't default to "firewall".

But isn't that the very definition of a firewall? If SMB is a wanted service on the LAN, then how else do you stop it from being open to the outside world other than border blocks?

You're all too skeptical of super-duper self-driving cars, apparently

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Re: I'm in charge of me

"Not to the very low level that the owners of the robot cars would be paying, but lower than now."

You seem to be under the illusion that the insurance industry is altruistic rather than profit driven.

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Re: I'm in charge of me

"As for cars with different systems interacting....yeah, I'm sure no one designing them has thought of that!"

Sadly, that's an entirely likely outcome. The car companies, like Ford, VAG etc. don't have the experience in software engineering at this level (think IoT levels of security) and the software companies, like Waymo, Uber etc., don't have the structured design and test ethos of the car companies building to regulated safety standards.

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Re: I'm in charge of me

"I must be strange then as I really like cleaning my pc and even other peoples."

If you can imagine it, then there's a specialist fetish site on t'interweb where you can get yer rocks off!

NB, all links are SFW El Reg pages :-)

When can real-world laws invade augmented reality fantasies? A trial in Milwaukee will decide

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Re: a Mortal Threat...to augmented reality games

"While I agree that $1m up front will be problematic especially for smaller firms,"

A $million of liability insurance doesn't actually cost a £million you know.

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Re: a Mortal Threat...to augmented reality games

"The main problem is that you have to map every public park in Wisconsin."

Not really. Just the places which may require permission to use AND you choose to use them.

Currys PC World given a spanking for misleading laptop savings ads

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Re: The real scandal

Yeabbut, Currys/PCWorld dont; give the you the 3rd degree while pulling on the arm-length rubber gloves. Yet!

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"Actually the furniture stores best the lot of them, they advertise 'discounts' against future prices they didn't even charge yet."

I've seen sale prices at a sofa shop where the original price was stated as "previously on sale at £blah at our $town_name branch. I sometimes wonder if some of these chains have a "special" shop where everything is sold at $list_price + an extra mark-up (and rarely, if ever, sell anything) so they can then sell in every other shop at a "50%" discount.

Pizza proffer punctures privacy protection, prompts pals' perfidy

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Re: Everyone is missing the important issue here...

The inventor of the Hawaiian pizza just died

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Re: Everyone is missing the important issue here...

Yeah, anchovies? No deal!

Voyager 1 passes another milestone: It's now 138AU from home

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Has it left the solar system....

a) again?

b) yet?

Like others, I remember the Voyagers launching, the photos coming in over the years and it's still gobsmacking that we are still getting live, valuable data from them.

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Re: Relay?

"Also bear in mind that the particular trajectories used for the probes was only possible due to a planetary alignment. "

IIRC, from the time of the solution to the maths problem, it was realised the "grand tour" had a fairly short window of opportunity and no suitable alignment would occur for a further 175 years or so.

Apple frees a few private APIs, makes them public

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Re: Which APIs

I was thinking along similar lines. Without a list of "don't go here", how is one supposed to know if you are doing something not allowed by Apple? Doing something new, unique or just different is primary part of making your work stand out from the crowd

Ever wonder why those Apple iPhone updates take so damn long?

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Childcatcher

plug your [i]phone in and forget about it for 30 minutes.

Aww....is diddums worried they might miss a farcbork update from their friends?

Seriously?!?!?! 30 minutes is a concern? Do iPhone owners never sleep or charge their phones?

French firm notches up 50km unmanned drone inspection flight

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Re: Flight Corridor

That flame-thrower drone was interesting. The operator seemed a bit unsure of how to land it considering his confidence demonstrated in burning off the debris though.

France and UK want to make web firms liable for users' content

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"The Register's article is disgracefully and lazily worded. Government and police don't and won't decide what's acceptable, the law does. And that is set by MPs voting on our behalf. So it's content that we as a population object to that's being talked about. It's what you have said should be illegal."

You mean like the anti-terror laws, despite objections to the poor and wooly definition "will only be used to combat terrorism". Like Icelandic banks, parents applying for out of area schools with an incorrect home address or putting the wrong kind of rubbish in their bins? Those kind of terrorists?

It's called "feature creep", you may have heard of it. It's designed-in to all modern legislation even if not actually a new phenomenon. Sometimes know as bloatware.

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