* Posts by davemcwish

292 posts • joined 9 Sep 2010


Facebook cuts off independent political ad reviewers, claims security concerns


Re: How long...

Indeed. There also the Facebook Research VPN app that managed to slip though into the Fruity App Store.

Happy new year, readers. Yes, we have threaded comments, an image-lite mode, and more...


Re: How long...

I suspect quite a few the back-end Vultures know what we're like; let's try anyway...

In Space, Still: 20 years since Russia hurled first bit of floating astronaut hostel into orbit


Oh look there's the ISS

As with Michael H.F. Wilkinson it is an amazing achievement. Sadly I can't see in my light polluted part of East London. I do however go a camping event every year and it's a joy to stand outside and spot the ISS with the naked eye.

Bruce Schneier: You want real IoT security? Have Uncle Sam start putting boots to asses


6 years (and counting) for a fridge

@h4rm0ny is lucky, my £600 one lasted 3 before getting a leak and discharging the coolant. I was quoted £300 for a re-gas with no guarantee it would even work. It's now in landfill.

I wouldn't be surprised manufactures use built-in obsolescence along with new shiny shiny to keep the profits rolling in. As for IOT a similar would apply. Sorry but that standard is now obsolete you need to buy the new product as we're not going to let you do a s/w upgrade.

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave me tea... pigs-in-blankets-flavoured tea


Re: Sprouts

I thinly slice mine before frying with porky goodness and butter; no need for ruining by microwave either. Those that have more time on their hands and/or wanting to emulate Heston, the chef not the place on the M4, can separate the leaves individually.

Self-driving cars may not have steering wheels in future, dev preview for PyTorch 1.0 is here, etc


Johnny Cab

Is this like they have on Mars using a yoke and if I'm suitable enraged, and physically endowed, have a manual override by removing the robot figure, which is only there for psychological reasons, from the vehicle ?

TSB goes TITSUP: Total Inability To Surprise Users, Probably


Re: How long...

@Valeyard Or that there is one that is significantly better

Southport: Come for a round of golf, stay for the flesh-eating STIs


Kielbasa Fest

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FFS - Another reason to use a VPN. S***e GDPR blocking.

Your Twitter app stopped working? Here's why


Advertiser Pressure & Monetisation

Suspect these are the reasons as I don't recall getting many or any ads on TweetDeck; I'm buggered if I'm going to use a broswer when an app on my Macbook works just fine. Having said that, although this is my primary social media platform, Facebook is just there for seeing what friends are up to and hobbies (Geocaching).

I'm not willing to pay as much as £108 pa + x to use another provider on my phone so I suppose between a level that high I'll just use the native app and select "I don't like this ad" every time it appears with increasing prevalence. What I do on my Macbook with no native app remains to be seen...

Wasted worker wasps wanna know – oi! – who are you looking at?


HP Fruity Sauce

Having done a study a couple or weeks ago when I was camping with friends in the West Riding of Yorkshire, we discovered that Irn-Bru was no use. The effective solution, albeit coupled with a wasp trap was diluted HP Fruity Sauce. Vespula Germanicae in other parts of the UK may have different tastes.

ReactOS 0.4.9 release metes out stability and self-hosting, still looks like a '90s fever dream


Re: 3D skeuomorphic design

@bombastic bob

And lo Saint Jony of Ive came forth and looked at the form of the tablet. Unto all men and women he speaketh with a clear intent "Thy visual ornamentation displeases me greatly". And all responded with a single voice "Skeuomorphism is dead, praise be to flat UI"

Leatherbound analogue password manager: For the hipster who doesn't mind losing everything


Re: Captain Scarlet: Name > website / Phone No. > password


LassPass works fine for me, either browser plugin or the app, syncing automatically with my iPhone and Win 10 PC.

IBM memo to staff: Our CEO Ginni is visiting so please 'act normally!'


The boss is coming, quick act normal and busy.

Wah, encryption makes policing hard, cries UK's National Crime Agency


Re: Vocalising your thoughts

Just don't do anything negative/sarcastic in response to a Police post, apparently that can be classed as a malicious communication

Blame everything on 'computer error' – no one will contradict you


Ely Cathedral

Dabbsy must have been really unlucky. I was at Ely Cathedral last month, staying on a boat. No problems at all with the Cathedral queue, it was a walkup for me. Went all in on the trours as it was a treat for the Mrs, payment was a quick swipe.

The 2 tours were very good although the Mrs didn't like the West Tower so much.

No top-ups, please, I'm a millennial: Lightweight yoof shunning booze like never before


Yoof drinking

In my case it was Diesel (Snake-Bite & Black) at < £2 a pint. Latterly I matured to Stout / Newky Brown / Cider as tastes changed.

Icon - I'll give the cheapo gassy lager (Tennants) a miss.

Boring. The phone business has lost the plot and Google is making it worse


Re: Form factors

Try Caterpillar. They have a range from £50 feature phone to this years all singing and dancing £800+ s61.

Also this retailer. (No affiliation)

IT peeps, be warned: You'll soon be a museum exhibit


Museum piece

The first system I supported as a fresh young thing at my current employer is now at The National Museum of Computing. I'm not aware of any plans that will see me follow....

Apple to devs: Code for the iPhone X or nothing from April onwards


Cheap "no nonsense" iPhone 8

@DougS £699 for the 64Gb model is 'cheap' ?

ASA tells Poundland and its teabagging elf: Enough with the smutty social ninja sh*t


Re: How long...

@waldo kitty

The original Elf/teabag/woman image had the product box shown.

It knows where the gravel pits and power lines are. So, Ordnance Survey, where should UK's driverless cars go?


User Case pt 94

Arterial road, by name not designation, changed it's contraflow overnight recently from the westbound to eastbound carriageway. I'm guessing that the AV would just follow the correct traffic or would it get confused wit potentially incorrect mapping?

Additionally I'm guessing OS bean counters are working out how to provide daily electronic mapping updates and to appropriately monetize.

Here we go again... UK Prime Minister urges nerds to come up with magic crypto backdoors


How did this incompetent, brainless, insipid excuse for a human being become prime minister?


She is PM as she became leader of the governing party during their current term of office and IMHO was viewed as the least worst.

Why did I buy a gadget I know I'll never use?


Re: sprouts cannot be fried

This is not only wrong, but IMHO the only way to eat them; gently sauted in a pan with lardons

Jocks in shock as Irn-Bru set to slash sugar and girder content


Hangover cure of the gods..

When coupled with a square sausage in a morning roll.

Can get all three versions of the fizzy ginger quite easily down south here in East London. I kinda like XTRA ; the Sugar Free one doesn't taste of much really TBH.

How much will Britain's next F-35s cost? Not telling, says MoD


HMS Obvious Target

@Warm Braw

No, this is precisely the reason a small renegade force should attack, watching us spend another £3.1bn, another round of UK Defence Spending navel gazing and angst amongst the media.

HMS Queen Elizabeth has sprung a leak and everyone's all a-tizzy


Re: Optional El Reg measure?


Try this


El Reg Units?

For the confused, 200L is:-

Walnut 2387

Chicken's Egg 1091

Grapefruit 382

Bulgarian airbag 347

Bulgarian funbag 117

Football 35

Olympic-sized swimming pool 0.0001

or more simply 17 x 12L (97p @ B&Q) buckets' worth an hour - not a great deal tbh.


Re: Plenty of spare time to sit around and drink tea

@EastFinchleyite I'd like to think they'll do something meaningful in the next 3 years, prior to operational capability.

UK.gov needs help getting folk to splurge on full fibre and 5G


New Shiny Sparkley

HMG seem to want to spending our money on what we think we need rather than what we want; the opposite of Henry Fords maxim. Apart from HS2, where IMHO a better approach would be to upgrade the local/regional infrastructure, 5G seems to be HMG looking at the potential revenues and media headlines rather than rather than addressing the areas of the country where current mobile and broadband provision is unequal.

What will drive our cars when the combustion engine dies?


Re: "special" people

@Phil O'Sophical

Correct; and those "special" people will pay a "special" price to have their "special" batteries changed at their local dealership.

The End of Abandondroid? Treble might rescue Google from OTA Hell


Re: deny accesss to Google API services

My suspicion is that the manufacturers will see this as a way to continue, so far successfully, upselling a new phone in this scenario by blaming Google because a customers phone has suddenly 'stopped working' as opposed to admitting it's the vendor layer lock preventing updates.

It's this dog's breakfast of Android O/S support that's held me off from switching ecosystems. My 2013 vintage iPhone 5s is still supported by the latest version of iOS. I can't think of a similar age Android handset that runs Oreo.

@Peter Gathercole - This and the increased cost of a handset/sim deal with a network provider is why I'll always choose sim only deals. So far my handsets, including the one I passed to the missus have been 2nd hand and worked just fine. Really can't see a significant use-case to do anything different.

'The Queen' is showing Geneva how to be polite on public transport


Re: Tesco reduced veg

Sounds like @WallMeerkat's area has the wrong kind of shoppers.

I'm my local Tesco Superstore they have a queuing system and a barriered section, albeit the flimsy kind, for the sale of reduced produce such that the row is 1 person deep. Despite this my observation suggests that this works with the regulars politely waiting till the appointed time. I suspect but can't prove that it's self-policing.

Super Cali's futuristic robo-cars in focus – even though watchdogs say they're something quite atrocious


Headline scansion

Super-Cali's Robot-Autos, watchdogs say Atrocious!

This work @Stevie ?

Dumb bug of the week: Apple's macOS reveals your encrypted drive's password in the hint box


Re: Apple responding to ElReg / Vulture

Given the spate of non-overtly positive articles recently (EFI, High Sierra, iOS11, Apple Watch LTE, Beats Headphones, iPhone X notch, iPhone general gripes), I thought that Team Vulture had given up and gone full scavenger.

The fact that they got something from an 'Apple spokesperson' is odd; I can only surmise this was an off-day and they caught an intern who was trying to be helpful. Why Apple's email system hasn't yet got a domain rule set to put these requests in a 'pending' folder aka 'Deleted Items' or auto respond with 'No Comment' is also strange.

UK Prime Minister calls on internet big beasts to 'auto-takedown' terror pages within 2 HOURS


Re: Poor Requirements Specification


"Developing technological solutions which prevent [terrorist online content] being uploaded in the first place"

Given that, apart from China's Great Firewall, there is no single jurisdiction over Web content, who defines what's classed as terrorist content, and how the algorithm runs ? Given that one country's freedom fighter is another's terrorist, who has the casting vote, 5 eyes TLA orgs?

On the "within 2 hours", achieving this would necessitate the organisations massively ramp up their resourcing to have a review process otherwise, simply having an automated script to delete the offending content would easily be gamed by those that wish to censor stuff I don't like'.

Boffin wins (Ig) Nobel prize asking if cats can be liquid


Re: Cats are neither a solid nor a liquid. @Aladdin Sane

Or we could get the soon-to-be-hired cheese tolerant intern to have a crack.

Huge Apple news confirmed. Software deal with Accenture is official


El Reg finally received an invite to WWDC?

No. Kieran's coat still doesn't have an Apple invite.

Taken a while but finally here's the first proper smart-home gizmo


Re: First "proper" smart home gadget?

@Ian Watkinson

"Stress reduction. I can set it to turn off all the lights when no one is home. Which will stop me yelling at teenagers that they've left every fricking light in the house on as they leave for school."

Mrs W insists on leaving the landing light on during the sometimes bright and warm daylight hours that we occasionally get in Blighty.

Oh no, EE! More UK mobile customers face sluggish roaming abroad


What about the UK?

I've looked up where I and a couple of thousand people are going to a week long event next year. It's not in the arse end of nowhere, only just off the A1(M) but EE's coverage is listed as:-

2G - With a fair wind you should be able speak to someone and get a text

3G - Ha Ha Ha ha Ha. Just No. Now bugger off

4G - We'll give you 1 bar signal standing outside if we feel like it

The ultimate full English breakfast – have your SAY


Re: Abomination in the sight of God

I used to have vegetarian leak sausages in a certain purple-hued city center hotel chain. Quite nice they were too and better than the porky ones. Until that its they went to the dark side and went to Quorn branded ones. Other tasteless meat substitute products are available.


Bubble & Squeek or Chips

My local has this option but I think that's too many carbs. On sausage, and being a Jock, I'd prefer mine to be square and not long and thin covered in an edible case.

Cuffed: Govt contractor 'used work PC to leak' evidence of Russia's US election hacking


confessed to reading and printing out the document, despite having no permission to do so

I'm confused, the report appears to suggest that as far as access control, whatever the NSA currently have is inappropriate. In my, non government job, access is only granted on a legitimate business need. How did this miscreant have sufficient network privileges to view material she shouldn't.

Unless of course that's the NSA's plan all along to entrap their own staff.

UK ministers to push anti-encryption laws after election

Paris Hilton

Re: Clueless govt...

"UK companies will have to make two versions of their products and might as well throw away all security for the UK version as basically the UK govt says it wants to rape and pillage your data, however nobody will ever trust a UK technical product as the correct assumption is that its now 100% insecure."

Hmm. So if someone resident in the UK has a non-locked down client device, what's stopping them from buying or otherwise acquiring and using the non-UK Govt approved application and using it?

Like um pgp in the early 1990's. Don't they learn from failed historical examples ?

NY court slaps down Facebook's attempt to keep accounts secret from search warrants


Films that predict the future

Have you not seen Idiocracy ?

UK Home Sec: Give us a snoop-around for WhatApp encryption. Don't worry, we won't go into the cloud


Re: How long...

She watches Sherlock you know so has probably suggested that to the spooks.

Mines the one with the wrong "A-Z" in the pocket just to confuse them.

'Clearance sale' shows Apple's iPad is over. It's done


Re: Edd China

Aw c**p, that was the USP of the series. Along with James May on The Reassembler, he made the technical aspects engaging to watch and was a good foil to Mike Brewer

UK to block Kodi pirates in real-time: Saturday kick-off


Real cost of sports subscriptions

Re: @Gotno iShit Wantno iShit comments

Has anyone done an analysis of the cost of Sky/BY/Virgin subscriptions assuming that wendyball/a.n. other sport subscribers paid the full rights costs themselves and weren't subsidized by other pay TV subscribers and BT/Virgin line rental/call costs ?

BT splurges £1.2bn on securing Champions League rights, Sky heads for an early bath


Re: How long...

@wolfetine "I mean, I've too much money as it is and struggling for ways to spend it."

Once youi're married, may I suggest a small child. Nursery fees for me are 1.7x the mortgage

ProtonMail launches Tor hidden service to dodge totalitarian censorship


Re: How long...

@paulnick2 Any how long will you be able to trust [VPN Provider] assuming that you can do already and that their 'no logging policy' is real ?

Huawei Mate 9: The Note you've been waiting for?


Who uses IR comms in this day

My m8 who uses his Sammy to play around with friends TV's


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