* Posts by Andy E

159 posts • joined 27 Jul 2010

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Gov digitisation plans happening too slowly, say IfG policy wonks. Hear that, GDS?

Andy E
FAIL

I'm confused...

How does this comparison work then?

"The success rate in verifying individuals is just 43 per cent. In contrast, the current online identity Government Gateway portal has 50 million accounts."

One has a success rate of 43% and the other has 50 million accounts. What are the comparable success rates in verifying individuals and how many accounts does the Verify ID portal have?

You're comparing apples to oranges.

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Sources: Misco SOLD to Hilco Capital, care home for the distressed

Andy E

Paper catalogues

I used to look forward to receiving the Misco paper catalogues. Never knew there was so much stuff I didn't want or need.

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TRAPPIST-1's planets are quiet. Quiet as the grave, in fact

Andy E

Re: We won't be living on alien planets.

While I don't disagree with you, I do wonder how orbital colonies shield the colonists from the suns radiation. Here on earth we have the earths magnetic field which does a nice job of shielding us most of the time. How do you envisage we replicate the magnetic field or do we use something else?

Just wondering.....

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Favored Swift hits the charts: Now in top 10 programming languages

Andy E

iOS Only

Swift is the perfect choice if you are developing for iOS. There's bugger all help if you are trying to develop swift apps for macOS. God help you if you are trying to develop swift applications for outside of the Apple eco-system.

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Nest Cam: A compelling piece of hardware-software

Andy E
FAIL

You mean like this: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/11/17/hackers_mac_pwning_expedition_help_ive_got_too_many_shells/ ?

The hacker got into the chaps Mac and then had access to his Nest CCTV amongst other things. It's actually a frightening article if you have heavily invested into the IoT stuff for your home. The more you have the more they can mess with.

Personaly I have an electric door bell that rings a chime when someone presses the buzzer. I'm in to minds over whether to revert to the good old physical door knocker.

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Microsoft flips Google the bird after Windows kernel bug blurt

Andy E
Holmes

But why?

Can someone explain to me why Google employs engineers to find security bugs in another company's software?

Is it so they can make the world a better place or so they can inflict reputational damage?

Just wondering......

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Linus Torvalds says ARM just doesn't look like beating Intel

Andy E

My view (which is probably wrong)

I generaly think of ARM as dedicated systems for a specific purpose and in the case of mobiles a relativatly short operational life. Once the ARM device has been built and shipped there is very little reason or incentive to upgrade the software. It has (hopefully) all the features it needs to do its job.

Linux on the other hand as a general purpose platform is constantly evolving to add new features or to re-engineer for security or optimisation. I would have thought it would be easier to do that with a large eco system that promotes compatability.

Just my view...

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Apple puts on its grey suit: Firm, 40, keen to meet corporate types

Andy E
FAIL

Re: As much as I despise apple,

I honestly can't see this happening with Apple. All of thier focus seems to be on iOS devices and the desktop systems are the unwanted step child. Try finding anything about programming Swift on MacOS for example. (I prefer the name OS X). Apple seems to think the only role for the desktop is to host iOS development environments.

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Epic Games forums breached, salted passwords nabbed

Andy E

It is probably a comment on thier own sysadmins.

Password managers are good but only if they support all the platforms you are going to use to login to all those web sites/applications. The days of just using the one PC at home are long gone.

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Oracle Java copyright war latest: Why Google's luck is about to run out

Andy E
Unhappy

Re: If Oracle win... what then?

I have to admit I'm struggling to understand what - other than a cash payout - Oracle are hoping to achieve here. Does Oracle see Android as a threat to Java? Are they trying to protect thier Java related revenue stream? Or are they looking for a cash injection to hide poor financial results?

I'm confused by the whole thing to be honest. It would seem to be in everyones interest for Google and Oracle to reach a settlement even if the terms of the settlement were not disclosed. Of course there are at least two teams of lawyers who are doing very well out of this who might not agree with me.

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NASA to begin first asteroid sample mission: Seeks 'pristine' specimen

Andy E

Re: Take me along

When it says 5 football pitches I presume they mean what the US folk call Soccer pitches. These can be anything from 90 to 120 meters in length. Five pitches could be 450 to 600 meters. The margin of error could be more than a football pitch. Oh....

Can't we have something a bit more precise?

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Some Windows 10 Anniversary Update: SSD freeze

Andy E
Flame

Re: Why doesn't Win10 support multiple drives better

I wholeheartedly agree with you on this. I want the OS & applications on the SSD and the users data on a HDD. That is how I have three home PC's setup but its a pain to do it.

Incidentaly all three systems are running Windows 10 Aniversary Edition with no problems. Am I just being lucky ?

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Reactive? Serverless? Put to bed? What's next for Java. Speak up, Oracle

Andy E
Meh

Re: Gartner nonsense

There's probably a Gartner report on the types of opinions people have of Gartner. It might help you place yourself in the right quadrant.

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Londoner jailed after refusing to unlock his mobile phones

Andy E

Re: Petty crime

I don't understand why sentences are allowed to be served concurrently. How is this a punishment when you are already serving time for something else?

Reg - that last paragraph isn't really warranted. You have covered it multiple times in other articles.

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Windows 10: Happy with Anniversary Update?

Andy E
FAIL

Contana app search

I have a windows 10 PC mostly used for web and games. I saw the idiocy of Contana web search when I entered "Calculator". All I wanted to do was use the default calculator that comes with Windows. It was the only one not listed in the returned search resultes.

Having said that, there's quite a bit about Windows 10 I do like.

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Not enough competition in payment processing tech, thunders regulator

Andy E
WTF?

Cost to business

I have worked in the processing side and the one thing that struck me was how much they were stiffing small businesses. Upto 20% of a transaction could be the processing fee. Outragous.

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Ex-Citibank IT bloke wiped bank's core routers, will now spend 21 months in the clink

Andy E

Re: Amateur hour, makes all of IT look bad

I can see where your coming from but the rate of change in the IT Profession would mean any standards would be out of date the day after they were published.

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Microsoft dangles code candy in front of iOS devs

Andy E
FAIL

Missed the boat

There's a big switch away from Objective-C to Swift for iOS development.

The only hold out for Objective-C is OS X on the Mac and thats because the only training materials you can get for Swift are iOS centric.

If there were more OS X based training materials available for Swift I think it would quickly replace Objective-C on that platform to.

Andy

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Apple Watch craze over before it started: Wrist-puter drags market screaming off a cliff

Andy E
Thumb Down

Re: I do wear watches but...

My experience is similar to your. After a number of Timex watches (almost as cheap to replace the watch as the battery) I opted for a Citizen eco-drive solar powered watch. It nicely does the job of telling the time. I also have an expensive (to me) dress watch for formal occasions.

I can see a use case for smart watches for people with medical conditions or those sporty people who want to monitor some bodily function. They could also be a replacement for pagers I suppose.

I've no experience of smart watches but I'd be interested to see how it works with e-mails. My personal e-mail addresses have lots of rules to filter out the spam and junk. But these run on the PC. My work e-mail on quiet days has about 100 e-mails a day. How you makke sense of this on a small screen of a smart watch with no filtering capability is something I would like to see.

I guess the use case to compell me to buy a smart watch just isn't there yet.

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Space station to get shiny new ringpiece for automatic penetration

Andy E
Alert

Testing?

How do you test that your allegedly IDA compliant craft is actualy IDA compliant?

Just wondering...

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Holy kittens! YouTube screens go blank

Andy E

Re: Why is it

Perhaps its the "trained" bit they are objecting to....

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You lucky creatures! Mammals only JUUUST survived asteroid that killed dinosaurs

Andy E
Coat

Re: Researchers from the Milner Centre for Evolution of the University of Bath

Is the University of Bath being evolved then?

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Microsoft buys LinkedIn for the price of 36 Instagrams

Andy E

Reserved for optional title

I must admit that after reading the various Sat Nad quotes I too got the impression that they are just buying a resource they can use to data mine to target sales activities. Seems a bit on the expensive side.

I'm going to update my CV to include Age of Empires. It might just be the trigger Microsoft's automated data mining needs to reboot the series.

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Mars satellites show remains of massive tsunamis that ravaged Red Planet

Andy E
Stop

Re: Isn't it time to start thinking in terms of Human Mission Support?

I think we would need to equip and prepare the proposed landing site with supplies before the crewed mission got there. There should be a couple of missions just to test out the robotics and feasibility before we send astronauts. Any failure resulting in deaths would set the program back years if not decades.

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NASA's stadium-sized sandwich bag overflies Oz

Andy E
Coat

Presumably there's a choice of sandwich filling; cat or kangaroo.

I'll get my coat.

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NASA 'Kilo-Kitty' Super Pressure Balloon goes aloft at last

Andy E

Would that be the metric or imperial Goodyear Blimp?

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Node.js releases version 6.0. Yes, yes, LTS

Andy E
Unhappy

Version?

I'm not familiar with node.js but does "Version 6 also debuts equipped with the V8 JavaScript engine 5.0", mean that to run v6 node.js requires release 5.0 of the V8 JavaScript engine?

I like to know what is being used to infect my PC.

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Google reveals own security regime policy trusts no network, anywhere, ever

Andy E
Thumb Up

Re: I quite like this

I quite like the idea too. We need different approaches to security to reduce the number of security related incidents that occur. There seems to be a lot of effort going into removing bugs from software (including OS's) that facilitate security attacks which is a god thing. Where I don't see much in the way of developments is introducing new security features. How many OS's support data classification for example?

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Amazon to bad cable slingers: USB-C yourself out

Andy E

And in the UK?

Will this be rolled out from head office to the regions?

I'd like to think they are going to curb dodgy vendors on amazon.co.uk.

Wishful thinking.....

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Legal right to 10Mbps broadband is 'not enough', thunders KCOM chief

Andy E
Mushroom

Crap service anyone?

My parents and friends live in 'ull and have an appallingly bad broadband service from KCOM. They have had for years but with a local monopoly they have no other provider to choose from. It might improve with the fibre initiative but I bet they have to pay a lot for it.

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PC World's cloudy backup failed when exposed to ransomware

Andy E
FAIL

Re: Backup Vs Archive

I think the problem here is that off-line backup requires somebody to do something; either plug in or unplug something. It's generally done for the first week or so and then gets forgotten as people just don't see the value in doing it. That value only becomes evident when they are hit with the virus.

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Stevie Graham: Why I hack mobile banking apps

Andy E
Alert

Banks have just been given the green light to remove the human element from some aspects of the customer experience. If you need general advice you will be directed to a web site or deal with a multiple choice phone system. Its part of a cost cutting exercise apparently and shows that the banks don't value you they value your money (or debt).

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Silicon photonics boosted with UK fabrication research

Andy E
Coat

Re: 10 Years only?

I was thinking the same thing. Do we now have to start tracking the deployment life of the CPU's so we can plan for the expected failure after 10 years?

The Reg ran a series of articles on very old equipment that was still in active use because it continued to do the job. In most cases it was impractical to replace the kit due to lack of working knowledge or modern equipment being unsuitable.

In the early days the performance of CPU's regularly doubled as the clock cycles got quicker, the on board caches got bigger and they became more efficient. This seems to have calmed down with new CPU's becoming less power hungry but offering more core's, better efficiency and better support for VM. This will probably mean that the usefulness of older CPU's will be extended as it will be hard to justify the upgrades on a cost/benefit approach. 10 years expected lifespan might become 20 years.....

I'll get my coat. It's the one with the ZX Spectrum in the pocket.

Andy

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Airbus' Mars plane precursor survives pressure test

Andy E
Alert

Forward view

Looking at the photo in the article it appears that the pilots have a very limited forward view. How do they get it down onto a runway with such a limited view?

Just wondering....

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NASA funds new supersonic airliner research

Andy E
Meh

Re: Now if there was a way to talk to people in far away places...

I might be missing your point here but the type of runway required doesn't have a bearing on your main point that the skies are full. Once flying boats are airborne they need to be channeled into the routes used by passenger aircraft which as you rightly point out are very congested.

Andy

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Microsoft scraps Android Windows 10 bridge, but says yes to Objective-C compiler

Andy E
FAIL

Re: Objective C ??

I was about to say this too. Certainly for app development on iOS, Swift is the preferred language. It is being pitched as being easier to learn and understand than Objective-C. Why isn't MS concentrating on Swift? Objective-C bridge looks like legacy code support to me and iOS apps don't tend to have a long shelf life before they are replaced by the next better, newer one with more features.

As an aside, if you look for any training or tutorials for Swift it is 99% iOS development. Bit of a pain if your trying to learn to write Swift programs for OS X.

Andy

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Estonian vendor sparks Li-Fi hypegasm with gigabit demo

Andy E
Alert

Headaches anyone?

Presumably the traffic is undetectable by the human eye which perceives a continuous level of light with no flicker. However, once the Luddites get wind of this there are going to be people who develop headaches and claim they can't work in buildings that use the technology. It happened with WiFi. Whats the optical equivalent to a tin foil hat?

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Apple supremo Tim Cook rules out OS X fondleslab, iOS merger

Andy E

Hang on a min...

I've been using MacBook Pro's for years and we also have an iPad knocking about that gets a lot of use. However, my daughter recently got a Surface Pro 3 for her collage work and I have to admit it's a nice bit of kit. Yes, to use it for serious work you need a keyboard and mouse but nevertheless you can use it. With the add ons it cost somewhere between the top end iPad and a MacBook Pro.

I don't think it's the final solution for a portable computer though as you need to take a keyboard and mouse with you. We need different input methods which are at least as efficient as the keyboard and mouse but don't need any additional kit for that to happen.

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Court KOs irate Apple iMessenger woman's bid for class-action face off

Andy E
WTF?

Re: Next Case...

I'm not sure that's correct. The blurb on iMessage says it only works over WiFi and defaults to SMS if WiFi is not available for one of the parties. I have seen this happen when sending texts to someone who I know has an iPhone.

Secondly its possible to de-register your phone number from iMessage if you are leaving Apple land.

Have I missed something?

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Epson: Cheap printers, expensive ink? Let's turn that upside down

Andy E
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HP Officejet 7410

I bought this printer over 10 years ago and its still going strong although it only gets used once or twice a month these days. In the early years it was being hammered for reports and presentations. Yes the ink cartridges are expensive (£25 & £26) but these days they last ages unless the kids start printing pictures for their homework. The only downside was driver support which after a nightmare with Vista was sorted out for Windows 7. It's not very well supported on OS X though which is a bit of a surprise. It was quite an expensive purchase initially but has worked consistently well. At the moment I use it for printing labels for beer bottles but it has been used for printing photo's on A4 sized paper and they do look good.

If your prepared to pay the initial price for a good quality printer then you can expect it to last, depending on usage of course.

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PLUTO FLYBY: Here's your IT angle, all you stargazing pedants

Andy E
Mushroom

Duck

I wonder if there's someone on Pluto thinking "Everybody duck, someone's shot a missile at us!"

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Apple Watch sales in death dive after mega launch, claims study

Andy E
Joke

Grow the market

I've noticed and I bet someone at Apple has too that people only wear one watch even though they have two arms. Assuming the market for iWatch is nearing saturation one possible option to increase the market is by getting their adoring fans to grow another set of arms.

Just wondering....

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TfL to splash £400m on networking deal, despite GDS opposition

Andy E
Facepalm

It's a blame game

I always thought the advantage for Government departments to outsource IT services was it moved the blame when it all goes wrong (and it will) from senior civil servants to the suppliers. It protects their pensions.

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Q: What's black and white and read all over? A: E-reader displays

Andy E
Stop

And another thing....

The reader is only part of the solution. You need something to manage the library.

I have an old Kindle keyboard and having a hobby as a book review, I read lots of books. The Kindle's not perfect, but it does the job. Anyway, the problem I have is the poor interface for managing a large collection of books. Given how bad it is on the Kindle I use Calibre on a Mac which is a very nice piece of software. Unfortunately it always seems that Amazon don't want you to use it or any other library management tool. This makes it very difficult for the developers who are always having to try and workaround Amazon.

I expect this problem will get worse as the storage capacities of the e-readers get bigger.

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Abort, abort! Metal-on-metal VIOLENCE as Google's robo-car nearly CRASHES

Andy E
FAIL

Deadly incident?

"the fear that a more deadly incident will soon occur has been heightened."

Deadly to who? The phrase "more deadly" implies there was some measure of deadliness in the incident. I've read it twice now and can't see any. Is this a new El Reg measure of deadliness that's to small for us mere mortals to see?

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Chrome on Mac sucks (electrons), says Google, so we'll fix it

Andy E
FAIL

Not better than Safari.

It seems they don't want to make Chrome better than Safari, they just want to make it a little bit better than it is at the moment.

I think I'll stick with Safari.

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Apple to tailor Swift into fully open-source language – for Linux, too

Andy E
Thumb Up

Significant lean towards iOS

I have played with Swift writing a couple of demo applications on OS X. The problem I had was that at least 95% of the information out there is about writing code for iOS. While there is much in common there are substantial differences between the two operating systems particularly the UI.

Having said that I do like Swift as its easy to write half decent code.

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Easy ... easy ... Aw CRAP! SpaceX rocket ALMOST lands on ocean hoverbase

Andy E

RyanSpace

With RyanSpace oxygen will be an optional extra not covered by the initial ticket price.

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AMD opens kimono on chip futures a little more

Andy E
Flame

Re: *tips kimono*

With a 200-300 W thermal design thats some heater....

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Blockhead fugitive Snapchats himself into police custody

Andy E
Holmes

Re: I can't stand burglars

I'm wondering why there was enough space in the cupboard for him to hide there. Had he been burgled?

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