* Posts by Wilseus

353 posts • joined 8 Sep 2011


Accused hacker Lauri Love loses legal bid to reclaim seized IT gear


"We've never had full freedom of speech in the UK, there have always been restrictions and repercussions if you decide to engage mouth before brain e.g. libel."

I am categorically NOT talking about things like libel and slander, which are civil matters, not criminal. I am also not referring to things like incitement to violence, or actual, genuine hate speech.

I'm referring to the fact that, just as an example, you can be slapped with a fine, or even a prison sentence, and end up with a criminal record for criticising a religion for its stance on things like homosexuality.

A more specific example is Count Dankula and his dog. The prank was in very poor taste, but it was a joke nevertheless, and no way should that have resulted in a fine and criminal record. There are plenty of people who are far more liberal than I am who agree on that point.


"I was under the impression that it was an innocent until proven guilty system."

So was I, but laws in this country have moved in a rather frightening direction in recent years. Freedom of speech doesn't really exist any longer, for example.

Scam alert: No, hackers don't have webcam vids of you enjoying p0rno. Don't give them any $$s


Re: Too bad I haven't gotten one

"I'm one of those weirdos with a password manager and no passwords are re-used, so if I see a password, I can tell you exactly where it was gathered from..."

Same here. I now receive quite a bit of spam at asda@<mydomain.co.uk>, make of that what you will!

On the first day of Christmas, MIPS sent to me: An open-source-ish alternative to RISC-V


Re: Interesting

I can't really see why compilers don't like it much, back when I used to write games for the original PlayStation I wrote a bit of hand crafted MIPS assembly and coding the delay slot was ridiculously simple, you can usually just swap the branch with the last instruction that comes before it. I can't see why that would be difficult for a compiler to do.

Townsfolk left deeply unsatisfied by Bury St Edmunds' 'twig' of a Christmas tree


Agree, but minus one point for "council's"

Roughly 30 years after its birth at UK's Acorn Computers, RISC OS 5 is going open source



I don't think it matters, because as far as I understand it, RISC OS 6 isn't a more advanced version, it's a fork.

Salesforce dogged by protests, leaked emails, and guerrilla blimps on first day of Dreamforce


Re: Wait, what? Did I miss something?

"I'm not into metal, but even I know that they are were one of the best in the business of their genre"


Contractors slam UK taxman's 'aggressive' IR35 tax reforms


Re: It's time...

"It's got to the point where there is no incentive to run your own business anymore. In fact, if you do, you'll be PENALISED for it."

The thing that really gets me that this is under a "Conservative" government. I'd expect this sort of behaviour from Labour, not from the party that always used to champion free enterprise.

Shouting lager, lager... Carlsberg's beer AI can now tell pilsners apart



I can see the UK Carlsberg brewery from my bedroom window. In Northampton we call it the fart factory. Well I do anyway.

Relive your misspent, 8-bit youth on the BBC's reopened Micro archive


Re: Made do with a C64, really wanted a BBC micro

"The cost thing was a real problem. They were justifiably expensive, and all the stuff that went into them to make up that expense is what made them interesting, but their comparatively high price put them way out of reach of many people."

While that is true, all of the programming features being mentioned on here were also available on the Electron, which was half the price.

User spent 20 minutes trying to move mouse cursor, without success


Not too long ago

I was at customer the customer services counter at my local supermarket asking them to add some points onto my loyalty card. They can't scan the card there, they have to key in the long serial number.

"Sorry we can't do this today, the number keys have stopped working, We can't understand it!"

I asked, "have you tried pressing the Num Lock key?"

That's all it was.

Android users: Are you ready for the great unbundling?


Re: Google & Contacts

"You should NOT have to create/use a Google (email) Account to use an Android phone."

You don't have to. One of the guys who works for me uses an Android phone that is not linked to Google.


Re: EU not content

"plug a phone into a base-station and use a full-size keyboard and mouse"

The Motorola Droid Bionic had this capability.

President Trump broke US Constitution with Twitter bans – judge


Re: Off with his head!

"And that is just another of the increments by which the US turns from a liberal democracy into an authoritarian state."

Well it's about time that they caught up with the UK.

Every major OS maker misread Intel's docs. Now their kernels can be hijacked or crashed


Re: I'm impressed

"16 instructions, and a debate over whether to include Multiply..."

I never thought it was as few as 16 instructions, but I think you might be right if you don't count all the condition codes, other flag bits and intrinsic shifts which on many other CPUs would be separate instructions.

As for multiply, all commercial ARMs had it, no debate! It was divide that didn't come until later.

Typical cynical Brits: Broadband speeds up, satisfaction goes down


"My father used to be a Tiscali customer who were taken over by Talk Talk. Its now impossible for him to speak to anyone because their systems can't recognise Tiscali customer accounts. Bunch of useless *****"

Computer says no. *Cough*


Call back?

I wonder why ISPs don't have their customer service department automatically call you back like Amazon do?

That would solve the problem of long waits on the phone.

'Your computer has a virus' cold call con artists on the rise – Microsoft


Re: Re "putting the phone down is almost always the right thing to do."

"Oh no it's not. Leading them down a long alley for 20 minutes while pretending to be a dimwit is the right thing to so."

This. This is exactly what I do.

Scissors cut paper. Paper wraps rock. Lab-made enzyme eats plastic



Kaga, the old name for Taxan sounds like "caga" which means "to shit" in Spanish.

My PC makes ‘negative energy waves’, said user, then demanded fix


Re: qotw

"These people readily pay £2k per metre for speaker cable etc."

What exactly do you mean by "these people?"

I'm a regular on a number of Hifi forums and I certainly wouldn't pay that even if I could afford it. I have a relatively expensive system linked together with pretty much the cheapest cables I could find. My speaker cable was I think about 50p a metre. There probably is merit in things like keeping cables away from each other as much as possible, and it probably wouldn't hurt to give a decent system its own mains spur, but it's not something I would lose too much sleep over.

You do get a small number of people on there who have more money than sense and come out with silly nonsense, but they're in the minority.

2001: A Space Odyssey has haunted pop culture with anxiety about rogue AIs for half a century


Wasn't Chocky a tetrahedron?


"They clearly copied the idea of using The Blue Danube from the docking music in Elite."

The original version of Elite on the BBC had no music. I always disliked the music on other versions because I felt that it cheapened the game somehow.


Re: "the monolith is a representation of a wideframe cinema screen rotated 90°."

I've read some very interesting theories about this, one essay I read makes a very convincing argument that the film (but NOT the book) tells another, different story on a different level to the obvious one about an advanced alien intelligence. In several scenes for instance, there is Illuminati style "pyramid/all seeing eye" imagery: a perspective shot from below of the monolith with the sun/moon above it, the shape of the desks in the lunar meeting room with Floyd at the head, and lots more.

Also, supposedly the whole ending sequence is not what it seems, it's a dream sequence, Bowman's realisation that so much in the world is not what it seems.

It's a fascinating read if you have the time, click here

Mind the gap: Men paid 18.6% more than women in Blighty tech sector


Re: apples with oranges again

"Even that Reg headline above is jumping on the mendacious bandwaggon. "Men paid ...more than women". The lie starts there. Tell the truth. Here's some: "Women earn less than men". See the difference?"

Is anyone surprised? In recent years The Register's reporting has become more and more in line with that of a red-topped tabloid newspaper as time has gone on.

Is there alien life out there? Let's turn to AI, problem solver du jour


Re: Dead Red

"Given the number of Red Dwarf with planets around them found in recent times, and not all are sure of how they became RED, either they didn't make it in getting hot enough for a bright star or they had burned out already.

Firstly, red dwarfs aren't red, any more than a halogen light bulb is.

Secondly, we know exactly how they formed: in exactly the same way our Sun did, they just didn't accrue as much gas as the Sun did.

Thirdly, a red dwarf is not a burnt out star, that would be a white dwarf.

2 + 2 = 4, er, 4.1, no, 4.3... Nvidia's Titan V GPUs spit out 'wrong answers' in scientific simulations


Re: Shades of the Pentium floating point bug?

Anyone remember the old joke?

Q. What do you call a series of Pentium FDIV instructions?

A. Successive approximations.


Conformance Tests

Assuming this hardware supports APIs such as OpenCL, there are conformance tests which exist in order to detect just this kind of thing. I find it difficult to understand how these problems weren't discovered by Nvidia long before now.

Perusing pr0nz at work? Here's a protip: Save it in a file marked 'private'


Re: The real story

"Yes, you and 6 other people seemed to have missed the "Joke Alert" icon."

The icons don't show up on my mobile phone's browser.

Shopper f-bombed PC shop staff, so they mocked her with too-polite tech tutorial


Re: The worst customers...

"Going even further off-topic, I heard from a friendly PC once about the new Chief Constable turning up at a local police station, and trying to walk into the back areas without presenting ID, taking the "Don't you know who I am?" line to the desk Sergeant...."

A vaguely similar thing once happened to my ex. wife. At the time she worked on the gate of a prison. The rules say that everyone entering is to show their ID, every time, regardless of who they are or how many times they've been in before.

On this particular day, the local MP was visiting and he took great exception to being asked to show his ID.

"Don't you know who I am?"

'Yes sir, I do, but no one is exempt from the rules.'

The MP in question is fairly well known for being a bit of a dick I think.


Re: The worst customers...

The company I work for used to share a reception desk with the head office of a well known UK consumer electronics company. One day, instead of calling the technical department or contacting his retailer, a customer decided to bring his defective item into reception and harass the reception staff until they fetched someone to deal with his problem.

When they firmly told him that wasn't possible, he said that they should treat his problem more seriously because, and I quote, "I drive an Audi."

Apple: iPhone sales are down (but they've never been more lucrative)


"Here's hoping the trend continues until people realise they've bought an empty box for $2000 and start a revolt."

It's already stating to happen. My brother, a die hard Apple enthusiast has bought his last iPhone as he is fed up with their bullshit. The lack of the headphone socket was the last straw for him, but that was the last in a long line of things. He uses a midrange Android now.

Several other people I know have done the same thing.

Plusnet slapped with £880k fine for billing ex customers


Re: How can you not notice?

I had a similar issue to this with a Virgin (ex NTL) account quite a few years ago. They were billing me too much month after month. It was about 18 months before they finally fixed the problem, but like the OP's case, they were "unable" to refund me further back than 12 months.

Alas I couldn't use the Direct Debit guarantee as I'd cancelled the Direct Debit long before in order to stop them taking the wrong amount out of my bank account.

Ecuador tried to make Julian Assange a diplomat


Re: Forget everything else - it's just the bail jumping.

OK, I agree with all that, but what on Earth has Farage got to do with it?

Memo man Damore is back – with lawyers: Now Google sued for 'punishing' white men


The last straw

The Register has gone to shit over the last couple of years, and this article is possibly the last straw for me. Is The Inquirer any better?


"I've often gone to the pub with Muslims, they either drink soft drinks or non-alcoholic Becks."

That's funny, as I've been to bars in Tunisia where Muslims happily drank beers, wines and spirits.

Meltdown, Spectre: The password theft bugs at the heart of Intel CPUs


Re: Intel CEO

If it's not a coincidence, wouldn't that constitute insider trading?

(Genuine question)

French gov files €10m complaint: Claims Amazon abused dominance


Re: ..filing the complaint was a "strong and unprecedented action"

"The French have always regarded EU rules as something that only applies to other countries"

I've often heard this, but is it really true? And if it is, why the hell didn't our government do the same occasionally? It might have changed the referendum result or even avoided it altogether (although as a eurosceptic, and notwithstanding my reluctant remain vote, I'm not going to be particularly sorry to see the back of it.)

Ey-up, mardy Rochdale council has dropped plans for ban on swearing. Thank f$ck!


Re: Simple solution

"bring back free parking if they want to attract more people to the town centre"

Northampton Borough Council has introduced that at weekends.

'I knew the company was doomed after managers brawled in a biker bar'


Re: RE Gearbox

"it was possible to get a 1.7 diesel Corsa to wheelspin in second gear in a PC world loading bay at the rear of the store..."

That's because even modest diesels have crap loads of torque.

Car insurers recoil in horror from paying auto autos' speeding fines


Re: Write your MP about policy for profit.

"As the years go by it becomes more and more obvious what an utterly clueless narcisstistic liar this man was, and I feel embarrassed to have been taken in by his lies and shallow showmanship back in 97. The gullibility and naivity of youth I suppose."

Really? Long before the '97 election it was manifestly clear to me exactly what sort of a person he was.

Footie ballsup: Petition kicks off to fix 'geometrically impossible' street signs


Re: But but but...

Could a football entirely made of hexagons exist in hyperbolic space?


A national embarassment

Rather like our national football team then.

Dyson to build electric car that doesn't suck


Re: You miserablists

"Confirmed by a trip to the tip (sorry, Community Recycling Centre) where Dysons seem to be disproportionately-well represented."

Dyson are the best selling vacuums in the country so of course there will be more of them at the tip.


Re: You miserablists

"[Dyson] seems to me to be primarily an egotistical businessman like Branson (and Edison) who produces overpriced goods heavy on style and light on durability."


I have owned an early Dyson for nearly 20 years, which from memory cost me about £170. In that time it's never given me any trouble, save for an internal hose which split (and they sold me a new one for about £4) and the cyclone unit broke which cost about £40 to replace. That's pretty much all it's cost me for 20 years of service.

Apple’s facial recognition: Well, it is more secure for the, er, sleeping user


Re: Like fingerprints

"Yet marketing each is if Apple were first."

They've been doing that kind of thing for decades, such as when they proudly proclaimed that their new Power Mac was the first RISC home computer.

No it fucking wasn't.

New Amiga to go on sale in late 2017


Re: Just remember...

"oh my god. are we going to necropost about ST vs Amiga?? just for you kids...the whole fanboi thing is not new. Amiga vs ST arguments were loud and abusive all over the playground in 1985 onwards i think. the ST had better sound. but the Amiga was the better machine."

LOL. It's a moot point 'cos the Archimedes was better than either of them ;)

They say we're too mean to Microsoft. Well, how about this... Redmond just had a stonking year. And only 8% tax. Whee!


Re: Thoughts on tax avoidance

"tax avoidance is immoral"

I'm not sure I'd agree with that. As Peter Hitchens wrote a few years ago,

"A greedy, slovenly state forces you to hand over roughly half your money every year, by threatening to send you to prison if you don’t.

Then it shovels that money carelessly down a huge hole. The Government is bad at almost everything it does. If you sent it out to buy you a loaf of bread, it would come back a week later with stale cake, and pretend it had lost the change."

Who here wouldn't pay less income tax if they had the opportunity to do so?

May the excessive force be with you: Chap cuffed after Star Trek v Star Wars row turns bloody


Re: Snowy

"Just watching B5 again after the death of Jerry Doyle (Garibaldi)."

I watched all of B5 for the first time a couple of years back when they repeated them all on one of those "Ten Quid TV" channels. Might have been Watch, I can't remember. The whole story arc over series 1-4 was awesome, much better in many respects than Star Trek.

I never got into it at the time, I think because I was a student and didn't watch much TV.

I really hope that someday, someone re-renders all the CGI in high def and releases them on Blu ray.

Nationwide banking suffers its own Black Wednesday


Re: are they still around?

Although I find them pretty good on the whole, I had a similar but more serious issue with them a few years ago when I was unemployed and my mortgage insurance came through a day too late one month. The mortgage payment didn't go out but I didn't notice because it was Christmas time.

In fact I only found out I was in arrears nearly a month later when I received a letter telling me so along with a £20 "fine." I phoned them up to complain for not telling me earlier and they said "we don't send out a letter for bounced mortgage payments because if we did you'd have been charged £20!"

So I ended up being charged £20 anyway, and got a huge black mark on my otherwise perfect credit file, which ended up with my credit card company reducing my credit limit to 1/10th of what it was and doubling my interest rate.

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


Re: News to me

"Funny. I watch it on FreeSat and I don't have a licence. I live in the RoI, and I guess that many Europeans can pick up the same signal without paying anything. Same with C4, which also gets some of the licence fee, AIUI."

Not any longer, sadly. You used to be able to pick up the BBC, ITV etc even in the south of Italy with a modestly sized dish, but you can't pick up any channels worth watching very far outside the UK/RoI any more.

Anywhere outside Iceland, the north of France, Belgium and the Netherlands and you're out of luck now: Click for coverage map


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