* Posts by jaywin

208 posts • joined 21 Nov 2011


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


Freedom of speech doesn't really exist any longer, for example.

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.

Have you ever, ever felt like this? Have strange things happened? Is high-speed data going round the twist?


Re: Is it someones job at El Reg just to work on punny headlines?

Guess what theme song is going to be stuck in my head all day now...

Google actually listens to users, hands back cookies and rethinks Chrome auto sign-in



So it's apparently too difficult, will be too confusing and will clutter the interface to allow Chrome to use backspace to go back a page, like every other browser did and still does, but absolutely fine to quickly slap one in to stop this auto sign in?

Brexit campaigner AggregateIQ challenges UK's first GDPR notice


Re: retroactive lawmaking at it's finest.

Wasn't there some sort of protection against being prosecuted if there was clear evidence that the law you "broke" was invented *after* you committed your crime?

Yeah, it's called "not carrying on committing the crime". Tricky to comply with I know, especially when you're only given a couple of years warning it's going to become illegal.

UK.gov isn't ready for no-deal Brexit – and 'secrecy' means businesses won't be either


Re: Hmm

He already has - we just up sticks and deny we're members any more, ignoring any responsibilities we had as part of that membership and chanting Jerusalem back at anyone who disagrees.

It's only the remainers who are so blinkered by experts and laws and international bodies such that they can't see the unicorns, who think there might be any negative consequences of such a departure. If they'd only believe a little more strongly then the fairy's might liv, erm, actually, isn't that a children's book?

Surprise! VAT, customs likely to get a bit trickier in a Brexit no-deal world


Re: Can anyone

You've obviously missed all the usual suspects recently changing their lines from "we'll be better off out of the EU" to "nobody said we'd be better off financially". Not even the arch-brexiteers think average Joe is going to have a better bank balance as a result of this debacle (them, on the other hand, are going to see a nice big payday - and not fall foul of the new EU financial regulations that come in 2019 - strange that...).

Microsoft Visual Studio Code replumbed for better Python taming


Re: 'IntelliSense autocomplete system'

'#' has numerous "names" in different contexts. It's use as "sharp" in C# is purely whimsical, not due to any domain accuracy. As such, C-Octothorpe or C-Gate or C-Hash or C-Pound are equally valid whimsy (just not MS compatible whimsy).

That's all very nice, but '♯' only has one name in any context, and that's the symbol that is used in the official name. It's only for typing convenience that it's referred to as C#. From Wikipedia (go there for the citations)...

Due to technical limitations of display (standard fonts, browsers, etc.) and the fact that the sharp symbol is not present on most keyboard layouts, the number sign was chosen to approximate the sharp symbol in the written name of the programming language. This convention is reflected in the ECMA-334 C# Language Specification. However, when it is practical to do so (for example, in advertising or in box art), Microsoft uses the intended musical symbol.


Re: 'IntelliSense autocomplete system'

> C-Pound

Do you see pounds and flats in musical notation too?

UK 'fake news' inquiry calls for end to tech middleman excuses, election law overhaul


Re: Why are people getting their news from from Social Media?

Because it tells them the "news" they want to hear.

British Airways' latest Total Inability To Support Upwardness of Planes* caused by Amadeus system outage


Re: Phew

> How can knowing which platform a train leaves from be a security problem?

You're thinking security problem = terrorist problem. They're probably thinking security problem = person with cheap ticket getting on a peak time train.

Apple will throw forensics cops off the iPhone Lightning port every hour


So there's three of you who think that DJs use audio out from an iPhone instead of balanced output from a FireWire/Thunderbolt soundcard? Okaaaay

And here's another, except in my case I've worked with world class DJs and plugged up the 3.5mm jack to phono cable into the mixer for them. Besides, using a balanced out when going into an unbalanced input on a DJ mixer is a bit pointless dontyathink?

Select few to watch World Cup in 4K high dynamic range colour on BBC iPlayer


Re: 4K?

On it's way - the recent Winter Olympics had one event per day shot in 8K. And with 8K most of the standards were agreed years ago, so the roll out will be nothing as bad as for 4K (which was a 'standard' created by display manufacturers needing a new feature to sell more sets, and they all had a different idea about what 4K meant and how it would be delivered).

Facebook misses Brit MPs' deadline, promises answers on Monday


Doesn't FB constantly suggest following him in your newsfeed? Normally in the middle of a list of things you might actually be interested in following.

It's Galileo Groundhog Day! You can keep asking the same question, but it won't change the answer


Re: ???

Q1 > We will have access to the civilian level service, as we do GPS / GLONASS. We won't have control of that system, or the military grade high-resolution service.

Q2 > The overall project is being run by the ESA, but is being funded and managed by the EU. The security aspect of the whole project is controlled by the EU.

Q3 > Other third party states are involved in the project, but they don't have access to the secure aspects of the system and are not eligible to bid for work on those aspects. Once we are a third state, we will be able to bid for work on the same terms.

All of these issues are the exact same as we face with GPS - we can use the public system and we can bid for work that the US don't consider to be a security risk. The secure stuff, nope, that's for them to keep to themselves. If it wasn't for the whole Brexit malarkey, nobody would even bat an eyelid at these restrictions as the same thing happens all the time, all over the world. Chuck Brexit in to the mix and suddenly we have to blame someone for being unfair.

My PC is on fire! Can you back it up really, really fast?


Reminds me of the last actual fire when I've been working. Member of staff ended up with a disciplinary for ignoring the fire policy (evacuate the building (>500 drunk students), call the fire brigade, go and run through the signing in book in the car park while the building burns) when they decided to pick the rubbish bin up and take it less than 5m to a fire exit leading directly outside.

More Brits have access to 1Gbps speeds than those failing to muster 10Mbps – Ofcom report


Re: 10Mbps

You can get fibre speeds in some parts of Sheffield - I got mine switched on around 3 years ago! And from where I'm sitting, I can see the train station...

I know. There are houses about 50m away from my home (where there's insufficient demand) that have had it for several years. The difference? I'm inside the ring road, they're not.


Oh how I dream of a 10Mbps connection. Living, as I do, in the rural backwaters of Sheffield city centre. According to BT there's currently insufficient demand to upgrade ADSL speeds.

Reg writer Richard went to the cupboard, seeking a Windows Phone...


Re: Craptinuum - The Windows Phone Killer (App)

Use your phone to replace a desktop PC ... limited to crappy little "apps" the Windows store, and no serious software anywhere in sight.

But call it "DeX" and everybody's wetting themselves over how amazing it's going to be. Soon. Well, at some point.

Data exfiltrators send info over PCs' power supply cables


Re: Not really

Or a "power factor correction" box - basically a load of big capacitors - normally used to improve the power consumption of inductive loads, I expect it would also play havock with something trying to manipulate it's current draw.

Birmingham UK to Uber: Want a new licence? Tell us about your operating model


Re: Business Model:

Which is why there's a whole load of checks and balances in place to protect passengers and catch drivers who try to do such things.

Checks and balances that Uber have been caught deliberately delaying, avoiding and ignoring.

A smartphone recession is coming and animated poo emojis can't stop it


Back to basics

Maybe they should focus on making a phone which will last more than a couple of hours heavy use without needing a recharge?

Too many bricks in the wall? Lego slashes inventory


Re: The cost!!

I'm sure the FCC would disapprove.

Not sure the Federal Communications Commission would be bothered to be honest...

Huawei's Not Hot Dog is possibly the Worst Tech Promo Ever


Last year Mike Judge's HBO sitcom Silicon Valley satirised the hunger for, and the limitations of, machine learning. Jian Yang's Hot Dog identifying app (from "See Food Technologies") appeared to perform wonders – but the only thing it could identify was a hot dog.

Isn't this just a blatant ripoff of Mitchell & Webb's Cheesoid?


Fender's 'smart' guitar amp has no Bluetooth pairing controls


Re: As a practicing[0] guitarist ...

Of course most amateur guitarists would do well to leave effects alone - as Keith Richards notes of the Rolling Stones "We try every song acoustic. If it doesn't sound good acoustic, it won't ever sound great if we play it electric"

Alas, most amateur guitarists seem to believe 'if it doesn't sound good acoustic, I need to add more distortion pedals'.

Symantec ends cheap Norton offer to NRA members


Re: It's not like the movies.

Even a highly trained soldier will think twice.

Especially when they're on their own and not in any danger themselves at that moment. Asking members of the public to abandon their own safety and go hunting someone armed with an assault rifle with nothing more than a small handgun and an authoritative voice is simply not going to work.

And what happens when the attackers wise up to these armed teachers? Turn up with bullet proof vests is what. Although they're not guns so it'll probably be a breeze to ban any sort of body armour...


If you’re an adult (18) you can buy a gun. Pushing it to 21 makes no sense...

IMHO, if you're not old enough to buy a beer (or what passes for it on that side of the pond), you've no place buying a piece of equipment solely designed to extinguish life.

Intel didn't tell CERTS, govs, about Meltdown and Spectre because they couldn't help fix it


That meant the cabal felt none of the US government, the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team or the Computer Emergency Readiness Team Coordination Center would be useful in preparing a response to the mess it made.

Well, they're probably right. Government reaction would either be "ooh, more exploits we can use to spy on the public, er, dangerous actors" or "PAANNIIICCC!!!! TELL EVERYONE RIGHT NOW". Neither being constructive, or helpful.

Microsoft ends notifications for Win-Phone 7.5 and 8.0


Re: Lumia 630

> Android is a sinch these days, and the setup will walk you through everything. You can't really go wrong.

Really? When I recently switched to Android, as part of the set up it asked me to log in to my Google account, which I did. Now, I have two-factor authentication turned on, so the phone asks me to enter the code Google have sent me. Which they have. To the phone which hasn't yet finished set up so won't let me access any incoming text messages.

I've still not found out how to add contacts to the phone's contact list rather than sending them to the Google mothership. And why on earth do you need to give Google access to your entire life history and permission to monitor everything you do going forwards in order to ask the "assistant" what the time is?!

Anyone criticising the WP UI for being a mess *really* needs to cast a critical eye over the Android world, especially the non-stock distributions being sold by the likes of Sony / Samsung.

Stephen Elop and the fall of Nokia revisited


Re: Business Market Niche not spotted?

They tried, and probably would have succeeded, if MS hadn't taken a torpedo to each version of WP and restarted from scratch every couple of years. WP7 was a solid OS which just needed a bit more work to flesh out the features. WP8 ended up as a fairly solid OS which just needed a bit more work to flesh out the features. W10 (on mobile), well... no comment.

Take a bow, TalkTalk, Post Office, Vodafone! You win most-whinged-about telcos award


Isn't self serve where you have half the number of staff that you actually need for the call volume, therefore forcing your customers to try and sort things out themselves with a poorly designed website which will only get them 80% of what they want?

How many Routemaster bus seats would it take to fill Wembley Stadium?


Well you can carry it up the bloomin' stairs. I'm not doing it.


Transport for London disagrees...

For maintenance, LT used to have a "float" system, with extra busses that lived as parts in the garage and that could then be swapped around to make sure the full service allocation of busses were available. It meant that buses could be completely serviced in less than a day - when in reality it was a completely different chassis, engine, brakes and so on, with only the body (and it's licence) that came in. This may be where the discrepancy comes in - TfL saying how many buses they licensed for use, while the Routemaster Association are saying how many were actually constructed.

More info -> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aldenham_Works

Another round of click-fraud extensions pulled from Chrome Store


Users stung?

If all these were doing was generating clicks on ads, is it really the users that have been stung, or is it rather the advertisers / Google?

Airbus warns it could quit A380 production


It seems to me that part of the problem is they so heavily targeted Emirates to buy the aircraft, that other carriers have been forced into choosing a different strategy than simple capacity to try and compete.

Worst-case Brexit could kill 92,000 science, tech jobs across UK – report


Re: Loyal Commenter

You do know that "Let's fund our NHS instead" doesn't necessarily mean it would get the full £350 million you remainers have constantly misunderstood for the last year?

That's not what the banner Boris was stood in front of said...



Re: So one remainiac commissions a report from load of other remainiacs...

You do know that we haven't actually left yet?

Which is why the Brexiteers are so confident in telling us all the Remain stuff was lies because it hasn't happened.


Re: So one remainiac commissions a report from load of other remainiacs...

On the other hand, the brexiteers commissioned a whole load of reports, but for some reason they don't want to share any of the results.

Devs see red after not seeing Big Red on Stack Overflow database poll



Just because you don't have a ♯ key on your keyboard doesn't mean you get to rename the language. And, for the record, this - £ - is a pound.

Facebook folds fake news flag: We're not disputing that


Re: Sorry I must be living in a cave

> People ....want to get news...... from Facebook?

It's the same people who want to get it from hour long videos on YouTube.

Windows Store nixed Google Chrome 'app' hours after it went live


Re: snub the platform by withholding big-name apps like YouTube and Google Maps

They already did that with Windows Phone. Google blocked the (pretty good) MS supplied YouTube app because it wasn't written in HTML5. The Google maps website is pretty unusable on Windows Phone too.

How can airlines stop hackers pwning planes over the air? And don't say 'regular patches'


Once again...

... A story about "I hacked into a plane!" with no information about what they actually got access to, or if they were able to change anything.

It's one thing entirely if they were able to change the displays in the cockpit, or to alter flight plans. It's a completely different story if all they managed was to get read only access of the plane's current location, or the listings of the inflight movies.

'Sticky runway' closes Canadian airport


> Air France flight AF66, an Airbus A380, experienced an uncontained engine failure – that's an explosion for the non-aerosexuals among you

Or more accurately, the front fell off.

Give us a bloody PIN: MPs grill BBC bosses over subscriber access


Re: In the past, I would have cared about the BBC

> they've taken on the mantle of "Brexit Broadcasting Corporation".

Have a read of the "Have Your Say" comments to any Brexit article. The commentards there are constantly complaining about the pro-remain slant the Beeb put on Brexit. Most have a top rated comment along the lines of "And today the BBC's anti-British, anti-Brexit, pro-EU propaganda is...".

On the other hand, most of the commentards on those articles are even less-rational than an Apple fan who's been waiting outside for six days to get a new phone, so may not be a very good barometer of the Beeb's bias.


Re: How much better value the BBC catalogue is...

They have to buy in programming from third parties because the Government says they have to.

The fact that many in the Government over the years since this was brought in have been financially involved with the various production companies set to gain from a sharing out of the licence fee cash, is beside the point. It's the same thinking that's given us the god-awful "local" TV channels.

Forget One Windows, Microsoft says it's time to modernize your apps


Re: Fluent Design System

Hey, they've updated the W10 Calculator app with the fluent design system - it's not just flat anymore, but flat with some annoying animations every time you put your mouse near it.

Microsoft's foray into phones was a bumbling, half-hearted fiasco, and Nadella always knew it


Re: Here's where Microsoft went wrong....

> So there was nobody really writing apps for Windows phone, and that's why it failed.

But, there were.

Until MS decided to break away from the WP7 platform and introduce a whole new way of building apps with WP8. While many of the WP7 apps would still work on WP8, they couldn't interact with any of the new OS features, and various APIs stopped working (which in lots of cases meant you app was now useless). So the app developers, given the choice of rebuilding their apps from scratch or giving up, started giving up.

Then MS decided to break away from the WP8 platform and introduce a whole new way of building apps with WP10. While many of the WP8 apps would still work on WP10, they couldn't interact with any of the new OS features, and various APIs stopped working. So all the developers gave up.

The WP7 app store was developing nicely. MS killed it by moving the goal posts just as it was finding it's feet, not by getting rid of classic VB.


Re: Never listen to your fan base

In this case, maybe they should have listened to their fan base. They were telling MS things were pretty good, expand the functionality, bring back things that got missed in the initial release.

MS ignored all that, and decided to start from scratch and not have an upgrade path.

Then they did it again.

None of the fan base wanted or asked for UWP, apps to need rewriting, or even more functions to be forgotten. When even your fans are recommending not to buy your product, you've seriously messed up.

Google touts Babel Fish-esque in-ear real-time translators. And the usual computer stuff


Re: No audio jack

If they can waterproof the USB-C, I see no reason they can't do it to a headphone jack.

It's official: Users navigate flat UI designs 22 per cent slower


Re: Personally

Money. Channels pay for their positions in the Sky EPG, if you could just search for them by name, then they wouldn't need to.

And they'd all be called "!!!!!AAA__Aardvark TV"

CMD.EXE gets first makeover in 20 years in new Windows 10 build



The old colour scheme has two brightnesses of each colour - the new one doesn't - why? I don't think I've ever seen the murky brown used, but that's now been promoted to yellow, while the yellow (which is used *everywhere*) now becomes a slightly tinted white. Red now becomes pink, the two greens are the same, the two purples are the same and so on.

It's just fiddling for the sake of fiddling.


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