* Posts by zb

221 posts • joined 10 Nov 2010


Automated payment machines do NOT work the same all over the world – as I found out


In Sicily I loved the automated payments - compared with the alternative. The petrol pumps were automated on one side and "assisted" on the other. Spivvy attendants spot the rental cars and wave them into the assisted side where the perol costs 25% more.

The other gotcha is when filling the tank prior to returning it at the airport. The car has to be returned with a full tank but the automated system demands that you prepay for the amount of petrol you need. You have to sort this out with the aforementioned spiv watching and smirking.

5 reasons why America's Ctrl-Z on net neutrality rules is a GOOD thing


Re: @dan1980

Financialist? Wikipedia, the fount of all wisdom says:

Did you mean: financials

The page "Financialist" does not exist.

And that is one of the more enlightening web sites. Are you making this up?

Home Sec Amber Rudd: Yeah, I don't understand encryption. So what?


Don't confuse me with the facts

I already have my opinions.

US government: We can jail you indefinitely for not decrypting your data


Ridiculous, has anyone here ever heard of someone forgetting a password?

Which reminds me, I recently came across some old text files encrypted in vim. Can anyone tell me how to read them before the feds knock down the door.

Sysadmin bloodied by icicle that overheated airport data centre


Re: Welcome to the UK

Not just the UK, in my brand new apartment in Brazil all three showers had drainage points in the highest part of the floor. Must be something to do with being in the southern hemisphere and what Brazilians thinks of as down is really up

They did it on the balcony floor too!.

Huge ransomware outbreak spreads in Ukraine and beyond


Re: The next stage

Mathematically impossible, baseball bats pshaw! The politicians think that they can solve any problem with a new law.

Gordon Ramsay's father-in-law gets six months for hacking sweary super-chef's computer


Well pled.


Re: Yeah but...

I am shocked by her suggestion. Pulling out is not a good method of contraception. She should be ashamed of herself.

Sexbots could ‘over-exert’ their human lovers, academic warns


Re: "you're probably not going to be that bothered about human sex"

Reminds me of the old millionaire's adage:

"If it flies, floats or F***s: rent don't buy

'Upset' Linus Torvalds gets sweary and gets results


Safe space

I am not sure if kernel development will be able to continue when the millennium generation arrive, they will faint at the first message from Linus and demand a safe space

Wi-Fi baby heart monitor may have the worst IoT security of 2016


So the solution is to monitor your baby with a webcam, they have good security ... err ... I'll get my coat.

Boy, 12, gets €100k bill from Google after confusing Adwords with Adsense


Putting on my pedant's hat: yes a minor can enter a contract but not all are enforceable. Only contracts for necessities are binding.


Ludicrous Patent of the Week: Rectangles on a computer screen


Rounded corners

I hope it does not have rounded corners, Apple already invented them.

British bloke bailed after 'hacker plunders Pippa Middleton's iCloud'


He makes me proud to be British

At least it wasn't one of Putin's cyberlackies :)

Great British Great Bake Off gets new judge


Re: The BBC is skint?

It is probably a bit drastic to move to Brazii just to get good sports TV. I can get the golf majors, Tour de France, F1, Wimbledon, most important rugby internationals, loads of European soccer including live UK Premiership matches and loads more. Over half have commentaries in English too. Pity I don't get most Brazilian footie :)

WikiLeaks uploads 300+ pieces of malware among email dumps


Re: Peices

If you talk like Prince Charles hice is singular.

Google had Obama's ear during antitrust probe


Wow, Google have a hot line to the White House. Who would ever have thought that?

By 2040, computers will need more electricity than the world can generate


No big deal

Electric cars will be using all the world's electricity long before 2040 so plan to get rid of your toaster, computer, lights etc and live in the car.

The Reg Coding competition – 10 times as hard as the last one!


What about BASIC?

Huawei: Our fake phone camera pic shame


I would think that the people involved would know about EXIF data and be clever enough to edit it if they were trying anything dodgy. So my verdict is they are guilty of sloppiness rather than dishonesty

Russian government hackers spent a year in our servers, admits DNC


Hillary's mail server

I bet they hacked that as well.

The web is DOOM'd: Average page now as big as id's DOS classic


Google got lighter?

If you look at the source of their home page you will wonder how it got as big as it is. The statistics were:

266 Lines 42018 words 194,501 characters and 194502 Bytes.

All that to show a graphic, a few icons and a dozen or so words. Yes, I know it is a bit more complicated than that but ....

What's wrong with the Daily Mail Group buying Yahoo?


Re: Yahoo

"Curious - that's me too, and it's been like that for years. Anyone else?"

Does anyone use it any other way?

Mac hinge may change


Re: Whale oil beef hooked

You mean you will be unhinged?

Linux command line mistake 'nukes web boss'S biz'


But this all contradicts everything

we have been told about data security.

There are gazillions of web pages telling us how to safely dispose of hard drives. Everything from multiple overwrites to break them into a thousand pieces, heat them to 1000 degrees, grind them to powder and put it all in a safe for the next thousand years.

Now it seems that all one needs to do is run rm -rf as root "you just nuked your entire company.”

Did you know ... Stephen Fry has founded a tech startup?


Re: Cruel and viscious.

I think he meant 'viscous'

It's 2016 and idiots still use '123456' as their password


I think I had better upgrade my password from password. How about Passw0rd Job done :)

Your taxes at work: Three hours driving to turn on politician's PC


Re: Really - there wasn't a cleaner or anyone else in the building...

You should try living in Brazil where pull is 'puxe' which is pronunced 'push'.

Ireland moves to scrap 1 and 2 cent coins


Two cent coin

I wouldn't give two cents for one of those

Just my 2c

Elderly? Disabled? You clearly need a .38" Palm Pistol


One for the doctors

I can see why they are trying to get this treated as a medical device: the doctors will be very keen to drum up a bit of extra business dealing with gunshot wounds.

EMC chief Joe Tucci to score monster pay-day in Dell deal – analysts


Yes, but every EMC product and service offering sold is paying for that.

That is a a very old chestnut and virtually without foundation.

The company will sell its products for what the market will bear and as long as the costs of production show a sufficient margin the product will be made and marketed at a price. If a company's overheads are so high or its turnover so low it cannot make an acceptable profit it is ready to be sold, reorganised or wound up.

It would have been much more accurate to say:

Yes, but every shareholder is paying for that.

Top VW exec blames car pollution cheatware scandal on 'a couple of software engineers'


Re: Somebody In Management Had To Know

"We'll happily take our 8Bn U$ as a fine since we made 20Bn U$ in sales we otherwise wouldn't have made"

That's what Ford thought when they did a cost/benefit analysis and decided that it would be cheaper to kill a few people than fix the design fault in the exploding Pinto. They were wrong.


Can you imagine an American jury deciding on punitive damages against a foreign company fraudulently selling a product (diesel engined cars) that American manufacturers don't make? How many zeros would you like? BP are handing over 50 billion to avoid the jury lottery and legal costs.

Time will tell but I very much doubt if VW are forced to pay at least the last ten years' profits earned in the US.

Assange™ offered 'plans for escape by flying fox to Harrods'


Re: Just the sort of objective «reporting»

"Everybody writes something so cringingly crawley about Assange or full of vitriol.

I have yet to meet anybody who doesn't hate him however"

I think of him in the same way that I think about Margaret Thatcher. Lots of good work done in the early years before they went mad

Indianapolis man paints his ball every day – for FORTY YEARS


Re: Well, a hobby is a hobby

Profit? hmm. Maybe the boffins posting in this thread can work out the cost of the paint. While they are at it calculate how long before it explodes/collapses/bursts into flames.

Is domain overlord ICANN the FIFA of the internet? We'll know this weekend


Excellent article which has opened my eyes.

Sadly not even El Reg readers seem to care much. So far 13 comments and none of them upvoted more than ten times. It is going to be very hard work to persuade anyone of any importance to take up the banner.

Alcatel Idol 3: Holding its own with a pretty decent 5.5 inches


Re: Stick your 5.5"..

Spoken by someone under the age of 50. I recently started to collect my pension and for years have had trouble using small screens. They only reason for me to buy a 5.5" screen is because I cannot find a bigger one.

Incidentally I was all ready to order the Idol 3 based on this review until I saw the last paragraph. If I wanted a fixed battery I would have tried a iPhone. My wife is never without two spares for her Galaxy S3.

Your security is just dandy, Apple Pay, but here comes Android


Re: Convenience?

Yes, like all the tech love expressed here for Google Glass


Re: Convenience?

You forgot to mention taking finger off screen :)

I am NOT a PC repair man. I will NOT get your iPad working


Re: Jam...

I don't know about using Marmite as a lubricant but Vegemite has its good points when used as thermal paste



Re: It wouldn't matter what you tell 'em...

Reminds me of a pal who is a consultant gynaecologist. His reply, when asked for free advice at a social event his reply is:

'I could not possibly answer without making a thorough examination, if you could loosen your clothes and lie down on the carpet I will do what I can'

TrueCrypt hooked to life support in Switzerland: 'It must not die' say pair


How about calling it

Crew Tripped

China puts Windows 8 on TV, screams: 'SECURITY, GET IT OUT OF HERE!'


That is ridiculous.

""The US has a law that requires anyone that has this data to report to the government ..."

Of course they don't, they don't need laws, don't need anyone to report anything the NSA, CIA and friends just barge in and take whatever they want. I doubt if China behaves any differently.

Spanish village called 'Kill the Jews' mulls rebranding exercise


OMG! They killed Kenny!

Oracle's Larry Ellison has the biggest public pay package


The really rich and cool bosses just take $1 pa just to show how trivial a few million is.

Buffet, Page, Bezos etc

Android engineer: We didn't copy Apple or follow Samsung's orders


In the words of mandy Rice-Davies

Well he would, wouldn't he?

Never mind the HORSE MEAT, trading standards cuts'll hurt IT crowd, too


Warm and cuddly

FAST should be congratulated for being so worried about protecting children against dangerous toys and horsemeat. It is a calumny to suggest that they are at all concerned about the revenue of its members.

Nominet bins Optical Express' appeal against 'It ruined my life' website


Re: Sarcastic Panel

It was a case of who blinked first.

Vint Cerf wanted to make internet secure from the start, but secrecy prevented it


Re: Irrelevant

I think they are happy with the current deadlock


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