* Posts by JoshOvki

177 posts • joined 8 Nov 2011


London's Gatwick airport suspends all flights after 'multiple' reports of drones


I am wondering if there is a drone (or a few) that is landing when the airport is closed, but has a pilot using a radio to listen to air traffic control. As soon as they are going to reopen the airport they send a drone up and make is visible. A few drones and you could cause mayhem for hours, and not have to worry about battery issues.

Doom at 25: The FPS that wowed players, gummed up servers, and enraged admins


Re: iddqd



Why millions of Brits' mobile phones were knackered on Thursday: An expired Ericsson software certificate


Re: Days like today are when I'm thankful

> What job do you work in where you can stand to lose so much without data for 1 day?

Certificate management for Ericsson?

Total Inability To Support User Phones: O2 fries, burning data for 32 million Brits


Re: My work phone is on O2!!

Depends if your local has WiFi. Seems like a legitimate reason so setup camp.


Re: Quite expected.

> I quite like satellites, I'll try not to take them out :)

Not even for a swift pint which inevitably results in them falling over?

Millennials 'horrify' their neighbours with knob-shaped lights display


Re: Well done students...

1 months termination comes and goes. Only people that can legally tell you to sod off is a judge. There is little protection for long-term lets which is a massive issue, but if you a student then you often plan to leave after a year anyway.


Re: Well done students...

None of the ones I ever signed as a student (or since) included any clauses that would cover this.

Also just because you break the agreement it doesn't mean the landlord can say "pack your bags". They have to issue a section 21 (basically we want you out), go to court and have a judge agree (they are the only people that can say you HAVE to go) and get county court bailiffs (only people that can throw you out). Looking at a good 7 or 8 months for the full process. Same rules apply if you don't pay rent or break any other clause, if they don't have the specific clause in the contract the judge might not even agree with them. One of the good things about the UK is the protection tenants have.

(I own my own house now but have always taken an interest in tenency law)


Re: Well done students...

It would be interesting to know what legal means the landlord would have to evict them that quickly? Considering they haven't broken any standard letting agreement.

DBA drifts into legend after inventive server convo leaves colleagues fearing for their lives


Re: But can I get F1 on my BT account

Find a different job then

The 'roid in Spain drills mainly on the plain: Plucky Brit Mars robot laps up sun, sand and, er, simulated science


Re: One thing Brexit won't hurt

ahhh, so it is more about Westminster not bending the rules

GitHub.com freezes up as techies race to fix dead data storage gear


Oh go do one Saishav!

"Can you restore your service already?" software dev Saishav Agarwal

FFS does this guy think the GitHub people are just sat there thinking "oh well, we could get it working by pressing Enter... But hey let's wait a while until someone asks. We get it all the time when something is down "Can't you just get it back up?!"... Oh that is what we are supposed to be doing. fsck off

UK getting ready to go it alone on Galileo


Re: goodbye and good riddance

Is that what the Europeans are saying about the UK?! Kind of makes sense.

Not a joke, but mine is the one with the useless blue passport in the pocket

Now you can tell someone to literally go f--k themselves over the internet: Remote-control mock-cock patent dies


Re: Insert smutty joke here...

Yours might be a big hard disc, but mine is always a solid state.

Get drinking! Abstinence just as bad for you as getting bladdered


Re: Is correlation causation....?

> Highly dubious study if you ask me

Shut up, shut up, shut up! The powers that be might hear you and try to put an end to drinking. Finally we have published evidence it is good for us

It's Pi day: Care to stuff a brand new Raspberry one in your wallet?


Re: Rats...

I had one in my "shopping basket" on Sunday but never go around to buying it. I am glad I forgot to click the purchase button! Just ordered a new one to play with Mycroft

Apple's top-secret iBoot firmware source code spills onto GitHub for some insane reason


Re: Own fault

"I naively assumed this place was populated by adults, not adolescents."

What in the world have you that impression?! You have a silver badge and should know better.

Google sinks cash into more submarine cables, plans more data centres


Re: Guam?

"So, if the the fat boy with the bad haircut gets tired of life"

Which one?

If Australian animals don't poison you or eat you, they'll BURN DOWN YOUR HOUSE


Re: Australian wildlife

The spiders are the reason for the fires in the first place. Only way to make sure they are well and truly dead. Burn everything in a 100mile radius.

Digital Entrepreneur Awards help UK tech cop an eyeful of... WTF?


Re: So many tiggered....

"I am a bloke and wouldn't want to work in an industry full of nerdy twats and manginas either."

Then go and find another career instead of bringing ours back into the gutter, bellend.


Well fortunately we are moving forward all the time to make equality a thing. However there is still a way to go. This is more about a time and a place for such things. No one is trying to ban people not wearing very much dancing, but this is not the time for it. It might have been a few years ago but we have since progressed passed that (although no where near as far as we should have, i.e. women having to wear heals in work, in some places)

As you have your eyes open, try looking forward, things that were okay even a few years ago, are not okay now, it is called progression. Think of it as v2017.11 of software if you shall, better than v1960.10 but not as good as v2020.01

On a second note: "However, move along now, I've seen behind your curtain too many times to alert to the wolf cry."... wtf are you even talking about?!


Okay time to stop frothing from the mouth and think about this for a moment. Can't you see why burlesque dancers could be considered a bad choice? Why did they need scantily clad dancers at all? Fricking hell man, open your eyes.

Submarine builder admits dismembering journalist's body


"Kim Wall: Decapitation videos 'found on suspect's hard drive'"


Another day, another cryptocurrency miner lurking in a Google Chrome extension


Re: draw your blood

They are in crypto currency not marketing!

Tell us what you're doing in DevOps, Containers, and Agile


Re: Ok...

Required xkcd (times 2)



Why the Apple Watch with LTE means a very Apple-y sort of freedom

Paris Hilton

Re: Virtual ?

"Hint: Virtual servers aren't run in bags of gas, you know"

Surly if they are in the cloud?!

Boffins: 68 exoplanets in prime locations to SPY on humanity on Earth


Re: If there was something here they needed...

We already could be!

Red panic: Best Buy yanks Kaspersky antivirus from shelves


needed to run a dubious exe file...

Come on, spill. It was iTunes wasn't it?!

UK not as keen on mobile wallets as mainland Europe and US


Re: Implants


Edinburgh Uni email snafu tells students they won't be graduating


Re: three or four years of sex, booze and drugs...

Thank you! All of the sex, booze and drugs made for a really a fun 4 years.

Now lets talk about why you keep taking money out of my pay slip every month? What is all that about, I thought people like you paid for it?! What you didn't have to pay for your degree at all? I guess it is actually people like me that are not paying for yours too.

Nest leaves competition in the dust with new smart camera


"Just another paperweight as I believe it requires a $10/m subscription to be able to access your recordings."


The Register's guide to protecting your data when visiting the US


Re: Don't accept it, act on it

"then I'd be on the first train out-of-town to P45 land"

I am lucky that travel isn't part of my contract, so they would have issues firing me for refusing to travel. America is on my list of no-go places recently.

The top doc, the FBI, the Geek Squad informant – and the child porn pic that technically wasn't


From my law lectures you can still use the trojan defence, but good luck proving it.

Fitbit picks up Pebble, throws Pebble as far as it can into the sea


Re: Shit

Most expensive watch I ever bought was my pebble steel, and it is perfect for me. I hope it isn't impacted too much once the pebble servers are turned off.

Information on smart meters? Yep. They're great. That works, right? – UK.gov


Re: Consistent at least...

Red, white and blue Smart Meters!

‘Alan Turing law’ to give posthumous pardons to 59,000 men for 'gross indecency'


Re: no restrictions on homosexual behaviour

"Consensual homosexual S&M practices are illegal in the UK."

Slaves... did I say slaves?!


Re: Warning - Full Rant mode...

My slaves are always consenting and are never able to run away -->

Samsung to Galaxy Note 7 users: Turn it off. Now


That! --->

USB-C is now wired for sound, just like Sir Cliff Richard


Great another fricking adapter. Just what we are missing in our lives.

Google GPS grab felt like a feature, was actually a bug


I found the bug!

"no location data reached Play services" it wasn't that it was requesting the location that was the bug, it was that it never got back to google!

Helpful airport robots


"Drop your water bottle. You have 15 seconds to comply."

If the developers are from the same company I work for the result would be a count down:







What's Brexit? How Tech UK tore up its plans after June 23


Re: All it will take is one big company

But Wales also did very well from EU Handouts and voted to leave, which still shocks me!

Netflix picks fight with internet exchange industry


Unless you travel to America and use a computer when they can only show you the US library. It is location specific, not users registered location.

For what it is worth I do agree that I would rather be able to use a VPN to the country I am registered in. I used to have my router configured to a VPN in London (being UK based) but had to remove that after the restriction came into play.


I am sure Netflix would much rather not spend the extra money on the VPN! Why would they want to limit content, I am sure if they had their way everyone would be able to access everything, making it attract more people = more money. Instead the content providers are saying you can't show it in X,Y & Z countries.

Yes it is annoying (I was part way through Suits using an American VPN), but I can hardly begrudge Netflix for it.

CIA says it 'accidentally' nuked torture report hard drive


"I live in North Wales. Could you explain this phenomenon?"

It is that thing that happened once in 1964, caused localised panic and the weather stone was dry for the first time in recorded history.

First successful Hyperloop test module hits 100mph in four seconds


Re: Los Angeles to San Francisco route comes in at $6bn

"What happens when it fails, and passengers are trapped in a vacuum with the next car hurtling towards them at Mach 1? How long does it take to plasma cut them out?"

As opposed to a plane which will just fall out of the sky.

IT glitch causes 'nationwide' Post Office outage


"only some"

"However, a Post Office spokesperson said only some of the group's 11,000 branches were affected..."

10,999 I imagine, that 1 branch was probably Dores (near Inverness)

Google, Honeywell put away Nest patent knives


Re: Nah

"No-one needs Nest. "

For a moment I thought this was a tech site . No-one needs have the tech in there house. Kettle... use the hob, toaster... use the grill, washing machine... use the sink.

I know I don't need 3 tablets, 2 laptops and a desktop, but I am a geek. I like gadgets.

E-cigarettes help save lives, says Royal College of Physicians


"Leave OUR cars out of it - we don't tell you want you can and can't do in yours."

You might want to give this a read:


Furious customers tear into 123-reg after firm's mass deletion woes


Re: I Ran A CRON Job On My Bank!

Better off than with HSBC!

Would you let cops give your phone a textalyzer scan after a road crash?


> Strictly policed speed limits I also find dangerous as it is easy to engender road-rage for travelling below the speed limit and blocking those behind who may have cruise control...

Laziness is no excuse. Remember it is a speed LIMIT not a speed TARGET. Drive at 3kmh below the LIMIT then you have that bit of flexibility, everyone is a winner ay. Although it may take you an extra minute (heavens forbid) to arrive at your destination.

Further more if you have cruise control on and notice you are approaching the car in front drop down the cruise control a couple of KPH, you will hardly notice the difference (3km/h is half of walking speed after all).


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