* Posts by shifty_powers

60 posts • joined 23 May 2011


No extra bank holiday for 75th VE Day, but the pub will be open longer


Re: I'm confused

No, it changed to allow the possibility of it, with permission still needed from licensing authorities to extend beyond the norm. (And lots of rules and regulations around locations and such like).

Google engineering boss sues web giant over sex discrim: I was paid less than men, snubbed for promotion


Re: I watched a documentary about that Chocolate Factory the other night...

Repeat after me:

"The plural of anecdote is not data".

Never let something so flimsy as a locked door to the computer room stand in the way of an auditor on the warpath


Re: Recalcitrant doors

"Nuke it from orbit, it's the only way to be sure"

Microsoft liberates ancient MS-DOS source from the museum and sticks it in GitHub


Re: apple keyboard

yes you do, can see it sitting here in front of me right now.

Brits pay £490m extra for mobes they already own – Citizens Advice


Re: Can someone please remind of the upsides of a mobile contract...

Because not everyone can afford the insane cost of even mid-range phones and the ability to amortise the cost across the contract length can be very useful?

And the 'you don't need an all-singing, all-dancing smart phone' argument is a red herring. YOU may not, other people will. And on such a subjective point, the only person who gets to determine the validity of what they need is the individual involved.

Brit spending watchdog brands GP Primary Support Care a 'complete mess'


"When outsourcing goes bad!"

What do you mean, when?

EE unveils shoebox-sized router to boost Brit bumpkin broadband


Optimistic thinking

So what would be the Venn diagram for 'poor mobile internet' and 'crappy fixed line internet'?

Adobe: Two critical Flash security bugs fixed for the price of one



Well at least this prompted me to remember to uninstall it from my main laptop.

Zombie … in SPAAACE: Amateur gets chatty with 'dead' satellite


Re: Finder's Keeper's

If you can go and physically claim it, sure...

Millions of moaners vindicated: Man flu is 'a thing', says researcher, and big TVs are cure


Expect better than this from the reg

No, it does not mean there is 'man flu'.

It means that a rather poor quality piece of research with methodological flaws has been picked up relatively unquestioned and presented as far stronger than it really is.

This the Reg, not the Daily Mail/Express etc..

This may be niave but at least THINK before you post a story.

(Ex-mental health nurse with strong distaste for poor reporting of science).

Edit: Even BBC morning news show managed to do this better than the Reg.... (They had two suitable experts to at least vaguely explain why).

Royal Bank of Scotland culls 1 in 4 branches, blames the interwebz


If you listen to Dan Carlin on Hardcore History, you'll find out that it comes from the Roman Army. They would execute one in ten of a given group for certain capital crimes such as desertion.


(Apologies for use of wikipedia).

Jingle bells, IBM tells more staff it is D-day ♫


Am I the only one who thinks of


everytime I read jingle bells?

Sci-Hub domains inactive following court order


Good Summary

Much as i often disagree with him, George Monbiot sums it nicely:


The scientific method is the best we have, the gold standard we should be working to. The scientific journal industry, on the other hand, is all kinds of fucked up.

User experience test tools: A privacy accident waiting to happen


Re: Designing software to create computer illiterates

Well, could just use noscript then.

Although will be grateful when noscript 10 is finally released for FF57.

Firefox 57: Good news? It's nippy. Bad news? It'll also trash your add-ons


Re: NoScript ?

Noscript already has a webex extension which works with the nightly/developer builds. it will be released to stable channel when 57 is released on the 14th. anyone with it currently as a legacy addon and disabled should get the webex version at the same time according to the developer.

Google Play Protect is 'dead last' at fingering malware on Android


Re: Ahn Lab coming first ...

Nope. They are simply in alphabetical order.

Google sued by Gab over Play Store booting


Yes you are. Everyone is a little bit racist.


UK infrastructure failing to meet the most basic cybersecurity standards


Re: Naturally all of these questions were answered in a completely honest way.

Legal? Yes. But morality, ethics and what is truly in the public interest are not necessarily the same as legal.

No, the cops can't get a search warrant to just seize all devices in sight – US appeals court


Re: Mess

In fairness, it did not say that he disagreed with the judge's ruling.

Marcus Hutchins free for now as infosec world rallies around suspected banking malware dev


Re: Blind support

A confession seemingly gained during interrogation for up to 24 hours without a lawyer present? Thanks but I'll err on the side of innocent until proven guilty.

GPU-flingers' bash: Forget the Matrix, Neo needs his tensors


Well duh.

"A Tensor is just a generalized definition of such mathematical objects, an n-dimensional object that follows specific transformation rules."

Well, obviously.

Glad we cleared that up O.o

(Any definitions for intelligent but non-mathematical people welcome)

Linux Mint-using terror nerd awaits sentence for training Islamic State


Re: USB cufflinks.

in fairness the article nor the commentard said they were wearing them...

Big-in-Japan AI code 'Chainer' shows how Intel will gun for GPUs


Comparison crap

Given that by el reg''s own article, https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/04/06/google_ai_chips_trounce_intel_nvidia/, TensorFlow is not designed for the training phase I am disappointed that they did not take that comparison to task as it is disingenuous to say the least.

Firefox 52 kills plugins – except Flash – and runs up a red flag for HTTP


Really? Funny how I am using nightly build of Firefox 55 with ghostery running just fine. Also, they are not getting rid of extensions. They are getting rid of NPAPI, a huge difference. Vast majority of extensions that people use will carry on just fine.

I don't agree with everything Mozilla do but it is right on this count. And it is still a decent browser and one where I at least have some confidence that their existence is not predicated on stealing all of my information for advertising purposes. (Looking at you Chrome).

Round-filed 'paperless' projects: Barriers remain to Blighty's Digital NHS


Re: 2018? Are you having a larf?

As someone who spent 10 years working and studying in the NHS I would say it very much depends on the trust. I have seen both ends of the scale; from still working with purely paper based notes to a nearly fully computerised system from end to end.

This is part of the problem though. The NHS is not one contiguous body. It is in effect a network of networks, only made worse by the constant meddling with structure; not least the last move from PCT's to CCG's. Every trust is just a little bit different and may have a different system. And there is no central person with the ability or authority to mandate a solution that is consistent across the system.

Frankly if they had any sense they would leave solutions alone. They would work out open standards for data structure/api's and so on. Have a legal requirement that all trusts use them but leave it up to them to get a solution that uses those standards. You'll NEVER have a central, consistent IT system in the NHS. But you might just be able to achieve some form of sensible data portability. This in and of itself would make life significantly better.

Corrupt NHS official jailed for £80k bribe over tech contract


Re: Seems about right

In fairness that is not specifically down to agenda for change, it is just a pay scale. If the trust chooses to be arseholes in what banding they put jobs, that is another story. Before I left the NHS, (after 10 odd years training and working as a nurse), one trust decided to rebuild a mental health hospital and make everyone reapply for their jobs whilst also downgrading the pay band for many of the specialist clinical staff....

Microsoft's Edge to flush Adobe Flash in Windows 10 Creator’s Update


Re: BBC take note

Don't know what you are watching on iplayer but I can use the html5 player on 99% of videos. The only exceptions are the occasional live stream/video on BBC Sport these days.

Top smut site stops Flashing, adopts HTML5


Actually a lot of iplayer content is now available in html5. (Not all of it mind). I no longer have flash installed in firefox and it hasn't stopped me watching my usual stuff via iplayer.

Apple: Crisis? What innovation crisis? BTW, you like our toothbrush?


Re: Analogue versus digital? FTW!

Well mainly because the annoying buggers didn't actually release any news of new macbooks. I would happily buy a new macbook if they could be bothered to release one the lazy gits.

US appeals court slaps down FTC, AT&T walks free, cats and dog living together, mass hysteria


Freakin' FCC


Family guy said it all for once

Please stop working and abuse your expense account at the beach


Re: Jet Lag

Or the fact that the hack in question has just come back from holiday and has posted an extra session to clear the mailbag. Or you could just read the article ;)

Maplin Electronics demands cash with menaces


Cheeky bastards.

Fuck Maplin. In fact fuck all companies that demand money from suppliers for upgrades and improvements. Is it only me that thinks this is completely insane? And the argument that it will grow both businesses is complete bullshit. If a supplier turned round to maplin and said, "We want to invest in R&D so give us more money as it will give you better products and make you more money", how would they react?

Maplin has for many years been only a step away from shopping in PC World in any case. But I still popped in occasionally as it was useful in an emergency.

This has just made up my mind to stop shopping there completely.

Michael Dell bought his PC biz for a bargain, must get checkbook out for stiffed shareholders


Re: On a related matter

Which whilst I always like a good snark is completely irrelevant to the point made as the share price was undervalued at the time the the buyout was made, not 4 or 5 years later.

Labour asks for more concessions on the UK's Snoopers' Charter


Must remember to renew my VPN subscription...

Exercise apps track you after you stop exercising


Re: Simple Answer

What, your mobile phone? Not very convenient solution that...

'I thought my daughter clicked on ransomware – it was the damn Windows 10 installer'


Slow update list


The guy in the article really should be using something like this.

Would make his life far easier.

T-Mobile US gobbles up another 2.2m customers


They only made $297 last quarter? Blooming hell, that is impressive O.o

Seagate says it's scooped the 'fastest ever PCIe drive' record


According to http://www.techspot.com/news/62129-ddr3-vs-ddr4-raw-bandwidth-numbers.html anwyhere up to 60 odd GB/s

90% of SSL VPNs are ‘hopelessly insecure’, say researchers



Coming from a medical, specifically mental health, background these articles really annoy me.

Quite apart from the fact that they are far to close to advertorials much of the time, the huge conflict of interest from the company whom is carrying out the "research" automatically makes me very wary about the quality. It will call into question the very methodology used and whether there is intentional or unintentional bias just for starters.

Can the register stop regurgitating what are close to press releases uncritically? If you are going to publish them at least have a decent analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the research and acknowledge the huge conflict of interest.

Otherwise this article and too many like them on the website come close to clickbait.

Hardly biting the hand that feeds it.

Elasticsearch cluster in a jiffy: Step by step


Is it possible to hive off part of the reg as dev ops and then leave the rest of us in peace? still not sure what it even is frankly. A pint to the first person whom can give me a sensible definition of it...

Florida cuffee surprised by pills in vagina


Re: Laughingly simple explanation really...

Heh, or someone will find a use for pain relievers and muscle relaxants in a male prison O.o

Working with Asperger's in tech: We're in this together


Interesting article.

As a mental health nurse myself I have worked with many people whom are on the spectrum. (I have also come to ascribe to the view that the 'spectrum' is in fact not distinct from NT experience; that everyone is on the same spectrum and that for certain characteristics it is simply how far along the spectrum you are. Everyone has 'traits' to some degree or another and I certainly include myself in that).

Something you did not mention in this article, (you may have before, did read the previous article but can't remember), is honesty. Nearly all of the people I have worked with have been almost brutally honest. I always enjoyed this about working with them and see it as a positive overall. However I know that it often caused them some interesting situations when interacting with NT people!

Run Windows 10 on your existing PC you say, Microsoft? Hmmm.


Re: Ha

"How are the screen drivers for Linux? Drivers for obscure peripherals?

Thought not."

As someone whom has used Linux pretty extensively, (and I probably shouldn't admit this but my wife was a UX designer for canonical; I know, I still haven't forgiven her...), I can say that the screen drivers work perfectly fine 99% of the time and it's pretty rare I find an obscure peripheral that does not work. Ironically Linux will be in a far better position for this than Windows 10 will be. (Also completely OS agnostic. Have used Linux and all versions of Windows pretty extensively, currently using OSX).


Re: Ha

Well seeing as the minimum requirements have been the same for Windows 10, 8.1, 8 and 7 then the last part of your comment doesn't really hold water.




Microsoft: Stop using Microsoft Silverlight. (Everyone else has)



"Microsoft said it will continue to support Silverlight for out-of-browser applications for the dozen or so of you who are using it for that purpose"

Try the several thousand mental health professionals in London NHS Trusts whom use RiO, provided by BT and running on Silverlight in IE. It's the unholy trinity I tell you! (And I'm sure there are plenty more as well). The mind boggles, it really does...

Termination charges drop smacks Vodafone and EE in the WALLET



I have to admit that the first thing I do with any phone now is root it and put a custom rom on it. Not only do I get rid of the crap put on there by the operator but I have far more control over the software on my phone, what I can do with it and far more frequent updates. (Must admit, XDA forums are a godsend).

As for EE they are ok as long as they leave me alone. I generally get the phone from Carphone Warehouse or similar and I avoid 4G. I still think it is a waste of time and I would rather have the battery life from 3G as the data rate is more than sufficient for what I want. On top of that it meant I could get unlimited minutes and texts with 3Gb of data for £40 a month, with the latest smartphone...

Good news for gamers who don't leave the house: SanDisk debuts 24/7 Extreme PRO SSD


Re: @ AC OP

"Yup, my 18+ month old SSD already runs at that speed, and it wasn't a new model then, so no progress in the last 2 years then!?"

Which shows that you have somewhat missed the point :P

The IOPS will have just as large an impact on performance for mot people as trhe headline mb/s speed.

I'd rather have a slightly lower mb/s speed and a much higher IOPS....

HTC One M8: Reg man takes spin in Alfa Romeo of smartphone world

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Duracell powers into cloud storage market


Re: How much for 2TB?

Kind of missed the point there haven't you? If you read the article then you get 2tb on premises and unlimited cloud storage. Not sure I buy the 150x faster cloud storage malarkey but nonetheless, it could be an interesting deal...



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