* Posts by Allonymous Coward

151 posts • joined 17 Feb 2012

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Mozilla to Thunderbird: You can stay here and we may give you cash, but as a couple, it's over

Allonymous Coward

Re: dominate corporate email client is Outlook.

I use DavMail Gateway daily with Thunderbird. Works pretty well with our corporate Exchange via EWS.

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PC repair chap lets tech support scammer log on to his PC. His Linux PC

Allonymous Coward

Re: I'm missing out

> Like really what have I done to not get that? Who do I have to kiss?

Take out service with TalkTalk. That should do it.

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Rich professionals could be replaced by AI, shrieks Gartner

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Facepalm

However in 5 years we could have triage AI in many different aspects of professional work. For example in healthcare, this could keep GP load and A&E load lower, which will help the NHS greatly.

NHS tries deploying futuristic not-quite-here-yet technology. What could possibly go wrong?

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Farewell Unity, you challenged desktop Linux. Oh well, here's Ubuntu 17.04

Allonymous Coward

Re: Nemo ... Files ... pah!

> This may have changed since

Guess it depends what your aggravating sticking points are. I run Ubuntu MATE all day at work and find it to be excellent. It also tracks "main" Ubuntu very closely - I heard somewhere that there are only 30-odd packages different between the two (no, I haven't checked).

Might be worth another look.

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Hundreds of millions 'wasted' on UK court digitisation scheme

Allonymous Coward

Re: "we have come to value ... Working software over comprehensive documentation"

This, 1000x this.

I work in public sector "digital" and it's a constant source of dismay how many projects try to disguise a lack of getting the fundamentals right (be that understanding requirements, senior-level buy-in, having a PM who understands what they're doing, whatever) behind the veneer of "Agile".

The reason these projects fail often has little to do with the methodology they employ, and a lot more to do with the people involved.

It's nothing new - ten years ago everyone in the public sector blindly applied PRINCE2 and hoped for good outcomes as well.

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BDSM sex rocks Drupal world: Top dev banished for sci-fi hanky-panky

Allonymous Coward
Childcatcher

Can you use a different picture please?

Or at the very least, not stick the story+image as the main feature on your front page.

Not being prudish about the photo, but some of us read El Reg at work and could do without that sort of thing unexpectedly showing up.

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Don't believe the hype: UK's £455m Government Digital Service lacks a clear role – fresh audit

Allonymous Coward
FAIL

And the nineties and noughties. A short history of government digital strategies.

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User jams up PC. Literally. No, we don't know which flavour

Allonymous Coward
Windows

Re: jam

Because it's Friday, an "any" key cartoon (and not XKCD for a change).

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More Brits' IDs stolen than ever before

Allonymous Coward

Nope, I'm Richard IV and so's my wife.

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Allonymous Coward
Stop

Oh for goodness' sake

It's a tech story. Can we park the IndyRef/Brexit/whatever politicking somewhere else please?

Someone should reformulate Godwin's law with respect to referendums (referenda? Dunno, don't care, tired of it already).

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User lubed PC with butter, because pressing a button didn't work

Allonymous Coward

"Designing marketing materials"

OK, I think I see the problem here.

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BOAR-ZILLA stalks Fukushima's dead zone

Allonymous Coward
Terminator

I, for one, welcome our new swine overlords

Can't believe I got in first. You lot are all for the (pork) chop when the boars take over.

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Brit ISP TalkTalk blocks control tool TeamViewer

Allonymous Coward

Re: Would have helped but

TeamViewer isn't worth moving house for

Getting away from TalkTalk is.

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Royal Navy's newest ship formally named in Glasgow yard

Allonymous Coward
Pirate

Re: HMS Forth

Or perhaps some sort of PFI initiative where the RN will pay for offshore patrol missions as required. But the oligarch will own, manage and maintain the vessel and also provide training facilities and some personnel. They will also be able to earn extra revenue by using vessel for commercial operations when not required by the RN.

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That CIA exploit list in full: The good, the bad, and the very ugly

Allonymous Coward
Big Brother

What depresses me about all this

Is the fact that, once again, Richard Stallman has been shown to be right instead of just a toejam-eating, tinfoil-hat-wearing nutcase.

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Facebook shopped BBC hacks to National Crime Agency over child abuse images probe

Allonymous Coward
Childcatcher

Re: Answer

Why the Facebook HQ is not raided by the police is something I do not understand.

In this case, and as suggested by another commentard, the BBC should have reported the images to the police themselves. And also reported the fact they'd notified Facebook, who'd taken no action.

This would have hopefully led to the sanctimonious Temple of Zuck having an uncomfortable session with Plod. Which would have been a good outcome.

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MP brands 1,600 CSC layoffs as the 'worst excesses of capitalism'

Allonymous Coward

Another thing

Oftentimes, the UK GOV senior management responsible for managing the contracts have come from private sector consultancies themselves. Sometimes, they end up back there.

Draw your own conclusions about whether that counts as cronyism. But at best it probably constrains them to certain ways of thinking. So it's not entirely surprising UK GOV contracts end up like they do, and it's not entirely surprising UK GOV doesn't always seem to particularly care.

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Skype-on-Linux graduates from Alpha to Beta status

Allonymous Coward

Re: Skype has been on the decline ever since Microsoft bought it.

PulseAudio causes all kinds of problems on my^H^H any system

There, FTFY.

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Raspberry Pi gives us all new 'Pi Zero W' for its fifth birthday

Allonymous Coward
Joke

Re: Android Things?

After doing all of that, it will DDoS Twitter.

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The Psion returns! Meet Gemini, the 21st century pocket computer

Allonymous Coward

Re: Does this niche still exist?

Thing about the original Series 5 was the physical form factor working well with a great set of bundled software. It was better than the sum of its parts. I could get some kind of keyboard for my generic Android blower, but by the time I pair it, find out which apps don't work properly etc I'm not sure how good it would be (keeping an open mind, maybe it'd be excellent).

Likewise with this. The form factor looks nice, but if they stick some janky never-updated version of Android on top that'd pretty much ruin it. If on the other hand I could see the appeal if they get, I dunno, a slick LineageOS or Debian install where everything Just Works.

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Nokia's 3310 revival – what's NEXT? Vote now

Allonymous Coward

Re: Gotta be the Psion

> tell that to the Navy beancounters

Perhaps my original post should say "non-negotiable for anyone with a sane, non-multi-year, procurement process".

For all we know, they decided network connectivity was actually really important. But their supplier said, "You do realise that'll be a £10M change..."

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Allonymous Coward

Re: Yes, definitely the Psion Series 5...

> Not sure what OS to put on it, though - a customised Linux, or would Android be the inevitable victor?

I like to think of the Psions as devices that valued function over form. So in this someone-makes-a-new-S5 fantasy realm, I'd like to see a proper Linux on there. Perhaps MeeGo or one of its successors. I may be a bit biased because I think the Series 5 form factor would be brilliant for a little carry-it-around SSH client.

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Allonymous Coward

Re: Gotta be the Psion

Yeah, you may be right. But I think some sort of simple network connectivity is probably non-negotiable these days. If my 5mx had that, I might still be using it.

Perhaps something like Bluetooth pairing with a smartphone would be better for battery life. Or ditch the AAs (boo) and put in some sort of higher density bespoke module. Removable, of course.

This is all theoretical anyway, because there's no sign there'll ever be an updated Series 5. Sniff.

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Allonymous Coward
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Gotta be the Psion

Great keyboard, excellent software, brilliant runtime off a couple of AAs, OK display for its day.

I still have one somewhere. If they launched a new model with some hardware updates (Wi-Fi, SD card slot, perhaps a colour e-ink display) I'd be sorely tempted.

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Global IPv4 address drought: Seriously, we're done now. We're done

Allonymous Coward

Re: IPv6 usage soaring?

I have a very new Plusnet router which I think is basically a rebadged BT one. It says the same thing.

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Grumpy Trump trumped, now he's got the hump: Muslim ban beaten back by appeals court

Allonymous Coward

Re: Right wing hypocrisy.

> she could work from home

She can see Russia from her house!

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RAF pilot sent jet into 4,000ft plummet by playing with camera, court martial hears

Allonymous Coward

Re: Low level loss of concentration

> Various fields around West Germany, the odd one further away like Somerset.

There was apparently a (fairly dark) West German joke that the cheapest way to get a Starfighter was to buy a bit of land and wait.

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Allonymous Coward

Re: Low level loss of concentration

> The only time I recall an RAF aircraft hitting a light civil

That makes me feel so much better about the Hawks, Hercs and Tornadoes that've come stonking through the general proximity of our circuit over the last year. Perhaps another accident would make people (not necessarily just the RAF) pay closer attention.

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Allonymous Coward
Unhappy

Re: Low level loss of concentration

> 'I'm surprised we've never had any fatalities tbh.'

> What makes you think we haven't?

We have: https://www.gov.uk/aaib-reports/3-2000-raf-tornado-gr1-za-330-and-cessna-152-g-bpzx-21-january-1999

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Coming to the big screen: Sci-fi epic Dune – no wait, wait, wait, this one might be good

Allonymous Coward

Re: Make something new

Snow Crash. Now *there's* a book I'd like to see done well as a movie.

No idea how you would though.

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Google mistakes the entire NHS for massive cyber-attacking botnet

Allonymous Coward

Google has prior form

I remember a few years ago, they didn't recognise nhs.uk domains as valid when trying to register with Analytics and the like.

Questions on the Google product support [sic] forum went unanswered. It took social media pressure from a bunch of p'ed off NHS web types to get them to fix the issue. And even when they did, Google never admitted there'd been a problem.

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Free smart fridges! App stores in fountains! Plus more from Canonical man

Allonymous Coward
FAIL

The Canonical business plan syllogism

Again...

https://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/containing/2003988

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'Exploding e-cig cost me 7 teeth, burned my face – and broke my sink!'

Allonymous Coward

basin it

I see what you did there.

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Google proudly regards dented shovel as Flash lies supine on the floor

Allonymous Coward

Re: Chrome will run the auto-play video ad ...

it'll be on by default and the switch will be buried deep in the configuration options where you'll need a torch and dungeon map to find it

Beware of the leopard.

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Plastic fiver: 28 years' work, saves acres of cotton... may have killed less than ONE cow*

Allonymous Coward
Coat

Which reminds me

I really must sign that Investigatory Powers Act petition.

I'll get my coat and leave the outraged veggie masses to it.

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Amazon's Netflix-gnasher to hit top gear In December

Allonymous Coward
Flame

Re: Once again, I was ahead of the curve ...

Thumbs up for (rightly) putting the boot into Tesco's terrible online experience.

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Mac book, whoa! Apple unveils $300 design tome

Allonymous Coward

Corollary: if you can afford iStuff, you can probably afford this.

And if you're a true fanboi you'll probably think it's a great idea too.

I expect to see copies adorning coffee tables in the reception areas of design agencies, Silicon Roundabout startups, etc etc.

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WileyFox Swift 2: A new champ of the 'for around £150' market

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Thumb Up

This comments section has pretty much made me decide to replace my 2013-era Moto G with a G4 rather than a Swift or Swift 2.

So not an entirely wasted read even if the article itself is a bit hagiographic.

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Apple drops dongle prices to make USB-C upgrade affordable

Allonymous Coward

Re: How on earth

[T]his whole notion of being so proprietary in every facet of what we do has really hurt us. And again, the management and vision we had encouraged that. Encouraged people to go reinvent the wheel out there our own way. And yeah, it might be 10% better but usually it ended up being about 50% worse because there are a lot of smart people that don’t work at Apple, too.

-- Steve Jobs, WWDC 1997

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

Allonymous Coward

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

Ditto KeePass(X). Offline but syncable, and cross-platform without having to use WINE or whatever.

It supports a "key file" as well as/instead of a password. This can be used to get a sort of poor man's two-factor auth. I have it set up to use Dropbox, with a strong password on the database file and an additional key file that never touches the cloud.

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Brit ISP TalkTalk scraps line rental charges

Allonymous Coward
Flame

TalkTalk are unethical slimeballs

As this snippet of jQuery in their account login page demonstrates:

$(document).ready(function(){

var timer = 5000;

if (isiframe == false) {

$('#outer-box').html('Checking your details...');

$('#inner').animate({width: '100'}, (timer/3), function() {

setTimeout(function() {

$('#outer-box').html('Loading your account settings...');

window.setInterval(function(){

$('#outer-box').html('Fetching your bills and usage details...');

window.setInterval(function(){

$('#outer-box').html('Loading your special offers...');

window.setInterval(function(){

$('#outer-box').html('Preparing your dashboard...');

<snipped for brevity>

While all this "retrieving your information" is going on, they show you ads for their latest whatever-it-is-they're-pushing.

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Death of 747 now 'reasonably possible' says Boeing

Allonymous Coward
Paris Hilton

Re: Last Chance To See

Would the Air France employs lurking on the El Reg comments section please stand up?

Oui! It is I, LeClerc!

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Smartphone lost on QANTAS 'began hissing, emitting smoke and making orange glow'

Allonymous Coward
Coat

Re: just immobilise the seat

> the new 50,000 mA-hour cells

On the bright side, with that battery you'll be able to get *at least* two hours of talk time. And the operating system manufacturer will get a least a day's worth of tracking-you-around-the-place time.

Mine's the one with the Nokia 5110 and tinfoil hat in the pocket.

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Big Software is the next, er, big thing

Allonymous Coward
Coat

Read it, reread it

Nope, still don't understand what it's saying. It's just random words all strung together.

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Two Sundays wrecked by boss who couldn't use a calendar

Allonymous Coward
Joke

Re: 80% the work I do is pointless!

> honesty, it's depressing

Sure is. Give me dishonesty every time ;)

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Kneel before Zod! OpenText claims mighty Documentum from Dell

Allonymous Coward

Loyal^H^H^H Locked in

FTFY

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'Oi! El Reg! Stop pretending Microsoft has a BSOD monopoly!'

Allonymous Coward
Big Brother

Re: recent

I recently did a couple of flights to/from Singapore. The outward leg on a slightly older 777 was definitely Linux - got to watch the boot process on a layover. The return flight was on what looked to be an almost-new (or at least recently refurbished) 777. Didn't see a boot screen, but some of the iconography on the touch UI looked very Android-ish.

So I guess it's not just 787s. Also I guess Google now know what movies I watched, what my in-flight meal was etc.

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Edward Snowden's 40 days in a Russian airport – by the woman who helped him escape

Allonymous Coward

Re: Elections

> I think it'll be a direct metric as to how pissed off this country is

We had an adventure a few months ago when the British population got the chance to quantify at the ballot box just how pissed off they were.

It's been... an interesting ride so far. Good luck.

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Tesla driver dies after Model S hits tree

Allonymous Coward
Flame

Re: standard operating procedures

Maybe time's less of a problem for milk floats and mobility scooters, and the fire service can afford to wait for it to burn out or the manufacturer to show up.

After all, it's not like a milk float really goes fast enough to "plough into a tree". So you're less likely to have a trapped/dead person inside.

I've no idea really; this is speculation. But as a potential EV buyer myself, how the emergency services deal with them is something I've wondered about.

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