* Posts by Irongut

1446 posts • joined 9 Jan 2012


My 2019 resolution? Not to buy any of THIS rubbish


Re: Hospitality sector had it coming

Last time my employer required flights to be booked through a travel agent (~10 years ago) it always took more of my time than if I did it myself online. It was almost impossible to book next day flights unless I looked the times up on the airline website and phoned the travel agent with the exact details of the flight I wanted. Sometimes they still could not put me on the correct flight and it always cost more.

Until now, if Canadian Uber drivers wanted to battle the tech giant, they had to do it in the Netherlands – for real


Re: Always the Netherlands?

Double Dutch with an Irish chaser most likely.


Re: Uber is a ponzi scheme

Personally I think its a money laundering scheme rather than a ponzi scheme but either way it is illegal and should be shut down.


Re: Judgement of Justice Feldman.

Working for a company that obeys the law and pays them a decent wage.

It's 2019, the year Blade Runner takes place: I can has flying cars?


Re: I have written to my bank

How do you know he used "it" to refer to a person? The article is about Blade Runner and mentions artificial life, he could have been referring to a replicant.


With the 6T, OnePlus hopes to shed 'cheeky upstart' tag and launch assault on flagships


The teardrop notch almost looks attractive, almost.

But no audio jack and not waterproof = no thanks. A swing and a near miss.

Official: IBM to gobble Red Hat for $34bn – yes, the enterprise Linux biz



Magenta is red so red + blue can't possibly = red.

Red + blue = purple as any 4 year old knows.

Stealthy UK startup drops veil on next frontier of speech wizardry


I wonder what it would make of my Glaswegian accent or my Geordie mate's.

London flatmate (Julian Assange) sues landlord (government of Ecuador) in human rights spat


Re: Lets Get Real @SkippyBing Silver badge

Repeat after me, London is not part of Sweden or the USA.

So the Embassies being foreign soil or not makes no difference.

Your RSS is grass: Mozilla euthanizes feed reader, Atom code in Firefox browser, claims it's old and unloved


RSS is a really simple format that is easy to code, several orders of magnitude simpler than html, javascript, css, etc. I find it really worrying that a spokesperson from Mozilla would describe it as difficult to maintain or bring up to modern coding standards. Either Mozilla have lost all their skilled programmers or he's lying.

GDPR stands for Google Doing Positively, Regardless. Webpage trackers down in Europe – except Big G's


I'm not really surprised because the common Google provided cookie dialog doesn't actually have a way for you to opt out. It only allows you to dismiss the dialog or go to a page describing what Google claim they do with the data. I'm waiting for the EU to realise this and hit them with the massive fine stick.

Send up a satellite to zap space junk if you want Earth's orbit to be clean, say boffins


Re: Idiots

"Am I the only person with an intuitive enough understanding of GCSE physics... You're all a bunch of fucking innumerate idiots."

Or perhaps we took Orbital Mechanics while doing Physics at University and understand that your GCSE Physics is bullshit, you should ask for a refund. Oh you might want to get a refund on your GCSE Maths too because 60 milli Newtons is 0.06.

That syncing feeling when you realise you may be telling Google more than you thought


People who willingly use Chrome complaining about Google data slurpage? ROFL

You did it to yourselves morons!

Buried in the hype, one little detail: Amazon's Alexa-on-a-chip could steal smart home market

Big Brother

What a great way to ensure I never buy one of your products.

They may be acceptable to the dumb masses but I will never allow one of these spy devices in my home. A colleague got an Alexa for Xmas last year and brought it into the office, strangely it died before it could record any of my voice. He was warned.

Equifax IT staff had to rerun hackers' database queries to work out what was nicked – audit


"attackers to execute approximately 9,000 such queries – many more than would be needed for normal operations"

What total bullshit. At the very least a time period is needed to put those 9k queries into perspective and preferably an idea of the normal rate to make any sense out of that statement. 9k queries in 6 months is nothing, 9k queries in 6 minutes could be a lot but I'd hazzard a guess that Amazon or Google wouldn't think so.

The off-brand 'military-grade' x86 processors, in the library, with the root-granting 'backdoor'

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"GOD MODE UNLOCKED: hardware backdoors in some x86 CPUs"

This kind of sensationalist bullshit is not helping the security industry. Every bug, exploit or malware is publicised as if it is going to cause the end of the world. Any reasonable person reading that tweet would expect the problem to affect chips from Intel and maybe AMD, no one is going to think "you know what I bet this is those chips VIA bought from Cyrix."

This is why the rest of the world doesn't listen when a real problem is found and thinks OS updates are just a pain in the ass to be avoided if at all possible.

Encryption doesn't stop him or her or you... from working out what Thing 1 is up to


Not to defend IoT security but...

"a user walking through a smart home will activate lamps and motion sensors in a sequence that tells the researcher where they went, even without decrypting payloads"

I can deduce the exact same results without even detecting payloads and for a home with no IoT devices at all, just watch the windows and look where the lights come on. I know IoT security is crap but that is needless scaremongering.

ZX Spectrum Vega+ blows a FUSE: It runs open-source emulator


Jonathan Who?

As an old Speccy head I don't recognise the names of any of the games listed or the dev so I Googled him. Turns out his first games were written in 1989 and published for free on the covers of Your Spectrum and Crash magazines. I read both at the time & still don't recognise him or his games so clearly they weren't even decent as free games.

He contunued to make Spectrum games into the 2010s but none of them are published by a real publisher. I found an article about him that showed a screenshot of Egghead "his most successful game" (probably because it was included on the cover of Crash) which looks exactly like the first level of Manic Miner.

I therefore conclude that the games included are cheap knockoffs of existing games that few will have ever heard of because no one ever bought them. So, so glad I didn't buy into this cynical attempt to cash in on my childhood.

Almost 1 in 3 Brits think they lack computer skills to do their jobs well


I've got news for them

Outside the IT dept its more like 3 in 3 people lack the IT skills to do their jobs.

Exposed: Lazy Android mobe makers couldn't care less about security


You're complaining about a 4 year old phone and a 4+ year old tablet. How long do you continue to do work for a customer after they paid you once? I'm guessing much shorter than 4 years.


Not always the manufacturer

"El Reg can vouch for this first-hand. One of our offices has an Android 7 Samsung Galaxy S8 handset that, despite being "up to date," can't fetch any security patches since August last year."

Well that is not down to Samsung. My S8+ was updated to 8.0 recently and has the March 2018 security updates. Perhaps something to do with operator branding?

Samsung Galaxy S9: Still the Lord of All Droids


"For the first time that I can recall on a Galaxy, I wasn't prompted to download Google Play Services."

I've had multiple Galaxy S devices since the original and I've never had to download Google Play Services on any of them. The only time I have downloaded it was on the MS Visual Studio Android Emulator.


Re: Fingerprint sensor position

When moving from my S6 Edge to an S8+ I found the fingerprint sensor psoition awkward for about a week. After that it was such second nature that I find it difficult to operate my S6 Edge now lol.

Facebook scandal: EU politicians should aim for straight answers, not star witnesses


Re: Get the engineers in

Just because you think all engineers are some kind of socially awkward autism sufferer does not make it so. I'm a software engineer and I can lie, bluff and tell half truths with the best of them.

It's April 2018, and we've had to sit on this Windows 10 Spring Creators Update headline for days


Fake news

Several of my coworkers installed SCU earlier this week from an ISO. I've seen them using the new features.

Google's not-Linux OS documentation cracks box open at last


Lots of people in this thread don't understand the difference between the Google Play Store and Google Play Services. The former is a place to buy apps and can be sideloaded or replaced by alternatives from Amazon, Samsung, etc. The latter is a massive library that provides a lot of the functionality that you think of as Android. It is not open source and it requires signing a licensing agreement with Google to include on a phone. That is what cheap knockoffs and Fire are missing which causes problems with a lot of apps.

Crypt-NO-coins: US city bans mining funbux on its electrical power grid


Re: Wrong lake

I bet that's an application of Propane that even Hank Hill hasn't seen before!

The Ataribox lives, as a prototype, supposedly



"WA cartridge slot that takes original 2600 and 7800 games would be welcome, as would pin-compatible, faithful reproductions of the original joysticks (terrible as they are in comparison to modern controllers)."

That is what I really want from Ataribox too. I still have my 2600, cartridges, joysticks and even paddle controllers so I'd jump at some modern hardware that would let me use them with a modern TV.

Star Paws: Attack of the clones


Finally a PETA policy I can agree with!

The YouTube crackdown on fake news: Promoting bonkers Florida school shooting conspiracies


"That would point to an organized effort by a large number of fake user accounts to click on this video, and similar videos promoting the same and related conspiracies"

How do you know they were fake accounts and not real accounts? Between stupid people who would believe the claims, stupid people who would think it funny and the NRA they could probably create enough clicks to get a video trending and once it's on that page the rest is self-fulfilling.

Now that's sticker shock: Sticky labels make image-recog AI go bananas for toasters


Re: Great

Clearly it's a female aadrvark.

Brace yourselves, fanboys. Winter is coming. And the iPhone X can't handle the cold


"planning to attempt a fix with an upcoming iOS firmware update"

Running Coinhive in the background to keep the phone warm?

Why are we disappointed with the best streaming media box on the market?


Re: Which country?

At the top of the article it says: "By Kieren McCarthy in San Francisco 28 Oct 2017 at 13:56"

Do you need a link to Google Maps to tell you which country San Francisco is in?

Also what cave have you been living in for the last 20 years if you have never heard of HBO? Ever watched an episode of The Sopranos?

A picture tells a 1,000 words. Here's about 750 on Facebook using pics to school AI translators


Computer translation is terrible

"Computers are getting pretty good at translating the world's languages."

No, they really aren't. I regualrly use Google translate to read a German language website and have to use domain knowledge and my terrible school German from almost 30 years ago to re-translate what Google provides into the correct English. I'm not talking about cleaning up the grammar here, I'm talking about correcting sentences which are either total garbage or say the opposite of what was written.

"it’s nowhere near as good as Google Translate nor Facebook’s translation system"

Facebook translate is so good it translates "good morning" into "attack them": https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/oct/24/facebook-palestine-israel-translates-good-morning-attack-them-arrest

Wanna exorcise Intel's secretive hidden CPU from your hardware? Meet Purism's laptops


Re: Disabled? Yeah, right...

So how does this external firewall know that the HTTPS traffic to/from PayPal or your bank is a virus in the IME and not you in your browser of choice? The source and destination IPs are the same and the encrypted traffic is unreadable.

Or do you propose to temporarily disable the firewall every time you want to do banking? If so how do you protect yourself from IME nasties during that time?

Malware hidden in vid app is so nasty, victims should wipe their Macs


Re: Macs and PCs aren't so very different

"and while you're at it....what's the iair-speed velocity of an unladen swallow?"

Sorry can't calculate iair-speed, I'm on a PC.

Samsung to let proper Linux distros run on Galaxy smartmobes


I'll probably install this and play around with it when it is available. I may even find something useful to do with it but that won't be coding on a 5" screen. I won't write code on a laptop if I can avoid it, two 24" screens is my minimum setup for decent productive work; more and larger would be preferred.

FCC Commissioner blasts new TV standard as a 'household tax'


Re: generations

My parents are 84 and 81, they own an Android smartphone, two tablets, two Kindles and a desktop PC. They regularly watch streamed content without any help from me; I'm 250 miles away. Their service of choice would be BBC iPlayer though, I can't imagine them finding ANYTHING worth watching on YouTube since I can barely find anything other than game or movie trailers myself.

So not all old timers are ignorant luddites.

Apocalypse now: Ad biz cries foul over Apple's great AI cookie purge


I've had 3rd party cookies bloked since.... well, since before Firefox existed. It doesn't require any AI machine learning gubbins, doesn't allow them for 30 days (wtf would I want that?) and doesn't break the Internet in the slightest.

Storm meet teacup.

Equifax mega-leak: Security wonks smack firm over breach notification plan


I think they're the ones with the idiot who thinks providing them with his personal and financial details for free makes checking his credit score some sort of game. Or that could be Experian, they're basically the same tbh - privacy invading leeches who hold records on you without your consent and provide no service in return (to individuals at least).

HSBC biz banking crypto: The case of the vanishing green padlock and... what domain are we on again?


worrying that I had clicked on a bad link from Google

What kind of idiot has to Google the url for their bank? Especially when it's the obvious hsbc.co.uk. I could have guessed at that one and I've never been a customer.

Stealth, lightweight Android breaks cover


"Android Oreo 7.0 "

7.x is Nougat

Oreo is v8.0

Ten new tech terms I learnt this summer: Do you know them all?



Teledildonics is a term that has been around for a long time, with the same meaning even. It was in an episode of The Big Bang Theory several seasons ago so it is quite mainstream, you really should have heard it before now Dabsy.

Insert coin: Atari retro console is coming back


I still have my 2600, which is in fully working order, and some games. I bring it out of the cupboard every couple of years for a fun gaming session. If they bundle a bunch of games I don't have with it I could be interested in some kind of retro Atari console.

Android Studio 2.0 preview gives developers instant preview of code changes


From my experience of Android dev tools...

What Google says: The Android emulator is now faster!

What Google means: We upgraded our dev machines since the last time we used the emulator.

MS Future Decoded conference, or The Empire Strikes Back


Re: This is why I love El Reg!

I wanted to join the open sores community but decided that leprosy was going too far. ;)

Opera Jon's sparkling Vivaldi proves the browser isn't dead

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Re: I like it

Yet another Chromium browser? No thanks.


Re: Welcome back

You don't need to worry about being the product, you need to worry about your reading skills. The business model is in the article:

"It’s not only adopting the Opera ethos, but also it’s business model. He’s confident that with a few million users the search and affiliate fees will pay for the development team."

Star Trek to go boldly back onto telly, then beam down in streams



On which planet was Lens Flare Trek well-received? Certainly not this one.

If MR ROBOT was realistic, he’d be in an Iron Maiden t-shirt and SMELL of WEE


Re: Movie OS @Destroy All Monsters

"Who writes code with a headset on?"

Me. On the rare occasion I'm in an office I need the headset so I can still listen to music without annoying the hell out of everyone else with my choice in thrash, industrial and jazz, and when I'm working from home I need it to speak to my colleagues.


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