* Posts by Bob Vistakin

1495 posts • joined 24 Dec 2011

Become a blockchain-secured space farmer with your hard drive

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And in practice ... ?

They are of course renting out their bandwidth too, but how good is the redundancy? I won't be too chuffed if I can't get at my accounts because little Johnny has turned off his PC for the night, or been capped because he's downloaded one too many GOT episodes that day.

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IBM to UK staff: Get ready for another game of musical chairs

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Re: Change, the only constant

There is one thing that stays the same with IBM though, as I first encountered many moons ago whilst holding my nose having been forced to deal with them at BT - they are just the same as all the others offering the same services, but charge 10x more. Backhanders and government contracts (there's no difference) at the highest level are all that keeps them going, so it sounds like the people involved are finally wising up.

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Your next PC is… your 'Droid? Remix unveils Continuum-killer

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Re: I remember when I pointed this out last year

Sure you didn't say your windows phone?

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Just finished your first TensorFlow app? Might be time for a rewrite...

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And by an amazing co-incidence

Last weeks new Android Things developer preview has a new demo app - TensorFlow with the camera recognising the objects and the new sound API speaking out what it sees. Yay!

https://android-developers.googleblog.com/2017/02/android-things-developer-preview-2.html

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Big blues: IBM's remote-worker crackdown is company-wide, including its engineers

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Re: IBM

True - and they are very good at it.

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Annoyingly precocious teen who ruined Trek is now an asteroid

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And Picard is now a turd

"Engage, number one!"

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Two new Raspberry Pi models emerge steaming from the oven

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Re: Missing specs

The Reg has ads?

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Jeremy Hunt pockets £14m through sale of course search website

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Looking forwards to another Radio 4 interview

They are really insightful and always tell the people like it is.

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Apple vs. Samsung goes back to court, again, to re-assess the value of a rounded corner

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Re: Ah, yes the Apple idea

Apple seems to think no-one can remember them apologizing already for this, then apologizing again for apologizing wrong.

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Is! Yahoo! dead?! Why! web! biz! will! rename! to! Altaba! – the! truth!

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Re: Never understand why advertising wasn't their focus

@Charles 9 - Yeah, and the thing I didn't bring up there was search - the ultimate source of traffic for most sites. Win there, and the rest will follow. Yet - Yahoo was founded way before Google. Better mousetraps I guess.

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Re: Never understand why advertising wasn't their focus

You are dead right, but missed my main point. Google shows no ads on its home page. I am talking about its real source of revenue - acting as a broker.

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Never understand why advertising wasn't their focus

It's not rocket science.

Google today makes 90% of its profit from advertising. That's so much it can even afford experimental loss making toy projects, recently spun off as Alphabet, without breaking sweat. Why was, and is, it the only player in town? Yeah, some other big names like Microsoft and Yahoo (and err... ?) have some token competing ad platform, but that's all. These ad brokers pay website owners to show their ads, the website owners can chop and choose instantly with the click of a mouse, or even run automated software which swaps between them itself for different visitors. Real competition would be healthy and serve the industry better. And still very profitable, even when shared amongst them.

Anyone every tried to create an ad publishing account with Yahoo? In the UK you can't. Full stop. For the last 10 years + you get the message "this service is not available in your region". #facepalm - this isn't even getting the basics right. For years now we've seen the reports of how Yahoo pissed away so many billions doing this, wasted it doing that, when all the while Google sits there owning the ad market quietly laughing at its antics. Their ad serving platform is only software. Microsoft too - what happened to "follow the money"? Was there something sinister going on in the early days stopping anyone but Google growing in this space? Today it must be impossible for anyone, even the top corporates, to get in due to their sheer market dominance, but it seemed the strategy of the others was to just pay lip service to it.

I'm annoyed Yahoo is about to vanish - their throw away email accounts have severed me very well for years.

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Yep. Bitcasa's called it quits

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Perhaps

They got Outsourceried?

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Google nukes ad-blocker AdNauseam, sweeps remains out of Chrome Web Store

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Come on

This software *actually* clicked ads without the users knowledge?

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Dotdot. Who's there? Yet another IoT app layer

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Re: Zigwhat?

Those would have been my words exactly - you beat me to it.

Oh, I usually add some microsoft piss take as well but seeing as they're further behind in IoT than mobile there's nothing relevant for me to go at.

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Florida Man sues Verizon for $72m – for letting him commit identity theft

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Re: The time has come .......

Yeah - President PussyGrabber has the credibility needed to stop all this.

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BlackBerry sees a rainbow just around a corner

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Only Microsoft tops them in the totally self-inflicted wound stakes

The 21st centuries mobile losers, in order of asshattery:

1. Microsoft. Imploded because it was too smug to think it could fail.

2. Blackberry: Sat on its corporate laurels for too long.

3. Nokia: Had the chance to go next-gen with Android which would have saved it, but instead believed Microsofts burning platform bullshit. About to fix that now it's free of the beasts evil clutches, which is still a big gamble but pretty much their only hope.

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Apple ordered to cough up $2m to store workers after denying rest breaks

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Re: Do no Evil!

You're going to the toilet wrong.

That's this lot.

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Microsoft says LinkedIn will make Trump, Brexit, voters feel great again

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Re: And this just in ..

Microsoft says buying LinkedIn was the key enabler for Jeremy Corbyn to become Prime Minister, a statue of Kelvin MacKenzie being erected at the Kop and David Cameron being made honorary president of the UK Pig Farmers alliance.

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Team Trump snubs Big Internet oligarchs

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Re: IBM?

Maybe he needs do draw on their experience as he formulates his plans for the Mexicans.

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Investigatory Powers Act signed into UK law by Queen

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Re: Here's the full list...

And when the tories have fully privatised the NHS it will be the health insurance companies who'll be using it to cherry-pick the most profitable citizens, and vastly inflate or even refuse those who they deem to be not so profitable.

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The Reg seeks online community manager

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Here's my CV

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/post/search/?q=bob+vistakin

When do I start?

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Is password security at just $1/month too expensive for most?

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Re: So they want me to trust an online service with all my passwords?

People really use throw-away hotmail accounts? What on earth for?

Back on topic - check out Password Safe - it addresses all these concerns. The db is encrypted and stored locally, but you can automatically sync via your preferred cloud service *if* you choose (Dropbox support is built in directly), the db never hits their servers, dunno how a limit on users could even be implemented when, as just stated, you can share the db anyway and of course its free and always has been.

This ain't an ad - it's just based on my experience of having to manage zillions of passwords which I have to change quite often.

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Salesforce rules out Twitter bid

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#idmissitlessthanlinkedfuckingindisappearingtoo

Am I trending yet?

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Virtual reality is actually made of smartphones

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Look up "Conflation"

Lot's of talk here about iPhones being mankinds saviour, and lots of talk about everyone using smartphones. Yet the iPhone market share continues to fall. Subtle. Is there some agenda here I missed?

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Google's Chrome cloaks Pirate Bay in red screen of malware death

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Extra Torrent

Hadn't seen that one before, thanks. Works fine with the tor browser - no scary big red warnings and the nanny ISP is no wiser, as usual. Any other PB backups you can plug?

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Windows 10 market share fell in September

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Re: ... we know mass enterprise adoption is still to come - ?

Correct.

Enterprises are just starting the Windows 8 rollouts. Windows 10 is years away.

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Good God, we've found a Google thing we like – the Pixel iPhone killer

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VR out of the box - something Apple will start innovating now

Once the Cupertino photocopiers have started up.

And the best judges you can buy in Texas for those retrospective comedy patents.

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Ludicrous Patent of the Week: Rectangles on a computer screen

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Dear USPTO

I am writing to you to inform you of a knowing voilation of patent D767,583 describing the ornamental design for a display screen portion with graphical user interface. The violator has placed content on a website using the square areas described in the patent, and cannot argue it was unaware of said patent because it granted it.

As of writing, this site is still online at USPTO but once word spreads of such a willful violation it might not be for long.

Yours

Whistleblowin' Bob Vistakin

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Microsoft warns Windows security fix may break network shares

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Re: Nothing to see it will be sorted

'Splain that to the hospitals, fire departments, police forces, airports, government bodies etc. Or is the best advice they just wise up and avoid all this shit all together?

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Revealed: The true horror of being a big CEO

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I heard word Hurds turd erred and blocked the John it was so large.

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UK copyright troll weeps, starts 20-week stretch in the cooler for beating up Uber driver

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I've not seen "The Company You Keep" - downloading now, thanks.

Let's see what all the fuss is about. Oh, then I think I'll point my torrents at a Streisand movie.

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Shopkeeper installs forecourt khazi to counter mystery Dublin dung dumper

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BAe internal mail

In the 1980's someone sent a manager a turd in a jiffy bag at BAe Hatfield through the internal mail.

With todays technology DNA tests might well have been used to find the aerospacial excreter. See? We can play that game too.

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Log leaving stool secreter

My God, you certainly know how to lay it on thick.

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Forgive me, father, for I have used an ad-blocker on news websites...

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Hats off to El Reg for leading the way by never showing any ads

Oh, wait ... that's what that APB thing up there means?

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Lack of Hurd mentality at Oracle OpenWorld: Co-CEO's cloud claims fall flat live on stage

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Too little too late

First it's getting its ass handed to it on a plate by Google in court after chucking its weight around, now its blabbing its going from zero market share to toppling AWS the leader in front of a live audience capable of telling it like it really is.

Here's humble Mr Ellisons answer to Steve Ballmer ridiculing the iPhone. This is why you have zero market share, asshole, and watching your desperate scramble to catch up is hilarious.

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Let's Encrypt won its Comodo trademark battle – but now fan tools must rename

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Let's boycott

Comodo

I only have 2 of their certs left now, registered last year before their Apple style delusions of grandeur kicked in. Until they expire that is, then they are no more.

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Great British Great Bake Off gets new judge

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The BBC is skint?

It's been hand-ringing with this irrelevant shite all week, and finally the bleeding obvious dawns on it.

Fun fact - the 450 presenters, engineers, bag carriers, emotional support therapists etc the BBC sent to cover the Brazil Olympics, all with first class flights/accommodation, cost more than the UK government spent funding sports in its entirety in the 4 years since the last Olympics.

Who's money is it again?

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$200k Android bug contest

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Whereas Apple, Facebook etc throw you in jail

Because they know best.

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

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iPhone7 - pay more, get less

Same as an iPhone6 but with a smaller screen and the headphone jack removed.

You can only buy headphones that work with it from, err, Apple, for $159.

That's thinking fucking different all right.

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Inside our three-month effort to attend Apple's iPhone 7 launch party

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You're applying for it wrong

Other media outlet take note - kiss Apple butt or become little people.

Never mind, the way things are heading it won't be a problem for long.

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Hollywood offers Daniel Craig $150m to (slash wrists) play James Bond

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Keith Vaz is about to have ample time on his hands.

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IBM swings axe through staff, humming contently about cloud and AI

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Re: The American Dream

IBM was a strange beast. Its products and services were no different to any others apart from the typically 10x higher prices they charged. How did they stay in business? Well, it was always the top corporates executives and governments they cozied up to. Very,very cozily indeed, if you get my drift. Lots of 2 week conferences in Bermuda, where the execs families were invited too for the half day spent watching powerpoints, that sort of thing. Not a sustainable business at all - once rumbled, never repeated..

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Making us pay tax will DESTROY EUROPE, roars Apple's Tim Cook

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You're taxing us wrong

Someone had to say it.

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Facebook replaces human editors with McChicken romping, Fox News faking AI bots

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David Cameron:

Wow, she's hot, I wouldn't mind a piece of that.

I suppose those who never went to Eton would find the girl pretty, too.

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UK.gov depts in post-Mad Frankie Maude landgrab over IT spending controls

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Nice pic El Reg, I get the jerrycan reference

What a star. Doubly so.

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Chocolate Factory exudes Nougat as Android 7 begins rollout

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Re: Bullshit, Nexus 5 can't run Android 7..

CM13 will almost certainly do it. I have a Nexus 5 so am hoping so.

I'm running Marshmallow on a Nexus 7 2012 (first gen) via CM12 and Jelly Bean on a Nexus One via CM7. Both are perfect and both were claimed never to be up to the job.

I even flashed a Moto E 2014 1st gen I got 6 months ago when a Tesco I was in were offloading them for £59 to CM12 the same day. I still don't know if that officially has Marshmallow yet - for the price that was criminal.

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Microsoft promises free terrible coffee every month you use Edge

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I've run out of ways to take the piss any more - it's no longer needed.

They are now beyond even the most extreme fucking parody of themselves you could possibly imagine.

They pissed away phones, pissed away all credibility in their desktop OS's since windows 7, pissed away their IE browser share market lead even though it was bundled by default with the OS everyone was using, and now want to pay people to use their new browser instead.

Like I've always said, when people have a choice, they choose not to use microsoft. Their entire history is based on the premise they could do what they wanted because their users had no choice.

Now they do. Bye.

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Oracle campaigns for third Android Java infringement trial

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Re: The never ending Story

Did whoever was bankrolling SCO ever fully come to light, I innocently ask?

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