* Posts by Steve Button

358 posts • joined 21 Jun 2007


Apple hardware priced so high that no one wants to buy it? It's 1983 all over again

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Re: Workstations

Yeah, the Lisa probably did light a fire under Steve Jobs to go and develop something better, as a skunkworks project after he got kicked out of the team.

The Xerox visit may have been a casual thing, but they really "opened up the kimono" and Steve Jobs as well as Bill Gates were quick to see the potential, and then go away and copy it.

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Re: Just plain embarrassing

Before you put a subject like "Just plain embarrassing" you might want to work on your spelling (It's Xerox, not Zerox) and your grammar (Apple trying to rip of the faithful)

The last one is being picky, but with the history of PARC and all, spelling Xerox wrong should be, erm, embarrassing.

CES flicks the off switch on massager award… and causes a buzz

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They fail to have grasped the point

Probably just as well in a nudist restaurant.

Peak Apple: This time it's SERIOUS, Tim

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Re: Not quite

You are kind of taking the joke literally, and really missing the point.

Linux reaches the big five (point) oh

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Guess he's from Norfolk then?

And he's lost a digit.

High Six!

More nodding dogs green-light terrible UK.gov pr0n age verification plans

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Re: Just like buying a magazine.

I guess you aren't a parent. Or perhaps you've got a single child with two parents who can share the responsibility.

It's a negotiation, and the child holds all the cards!! (but most of them don't realise that yet). ;-)

Have you not watched the excellent documentary "Outnumbered" ?

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Re: Just like buying a magazine.

Yes, but sadly there ARE parents who 'just don't care'. And really, they should not be having children. But they do, and it's society's job to protect those children, which means the government. As the parents can't manage to.

These are edge cases, the vast majority of people manage just fine, and don't need this kind of protection.

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Re: Just like buying a magazine.

yes, good point. And I totally agree with you. However, the point I'm trying to make is that there IS still a problem (or is there? Perhaps not) and it's not a one-sided debate like almost everyone here seems to think.

Personally I deal with it as a parent by talking to my kids (and explaining to them that I can view the router logs any time I want to), but I can imagine there are some parents who don't give a shit.

I'm not saying any of the solutions proposed are any good, and I'm not arguing that they should go ahead, which looks likely. I'm just saying that there is a problem, and as technologists we should be suggesting ways to stop the problem, whilst still retaining our own freedoms as adults. There must be some way to do that? (but I can't readily think what it would be)

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Re: Just like buying a magazine.

"All kids should be supervised when using the internet."

Seriously? ALL kids? At ALL times?

Also, these tools that are available most people just don't know about and aren't technical enough to figure out how to set them (or they just don't care)

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Re: Just like buying a magazine.

That's a different argument. Make the age for viewing porn, the same a for sex.

But what about a 10 year old child, who gets to see stuff that just wasn't readily available when I was growing up. I guess by all the thumbs down, people think that children of any age should be allowed to watch anything they happen to stumble across? So, there's not a problem to be solved so just move along?

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Re: So...

Well that's a bit of a straw man, don't you think?

Are children being exposed to naughty audio on a regular basis? And as for text, if young children don't have the imagination or knowledge to work out what they are reading, it's probably not doing them much harm, is it? so, in general yeah, it's probably OK.

Isn't that a bit like when someone complains about "knife crime", you come along and say "What about fork and spoon crime". Perhaps it's a thing, but it's a very small thing compared to the one we're actually talking about.

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Just like buying a magazine.

I think the idea behind this, is that you have to be 18 to buy a porn magazine from a shop, and therefore you should have the same protection for children.

I know there are many problems having to submit age verification, but it's also not right that children are exposed to this kind of stuff so easily. The Reg seem to be pretty one-sided on this, and I can see it's a tough one, but there is another side.

Happy new year, readers. Yes, we have threaded comments, an image-lite mode, and more...

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If only...

... you could also have popular comments bubble up to the top.

Wait, what!? It does that too (if you select the option). Sweet. Happy new year.

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

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Re: Something doesn't fly right with this story

Because they usually have bright green and red lights on them, so are pretty easy to see.

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Re: I wonder if...

Yes, agreed. This sounds like more than just some stupid kids* messing around. To fly for that amount of time, you'd need several batteries. Also, it's the middle of the night. And pouring with rain. And there's several of them. This is a bit more co-ordinated, and therefore worrying.

I guess by this time next year, all airports will have drones with nets to catch the drones which aren't supposed to be there.

* I say kids, but TBH it's always boys really. Or young men. We are definitely the stupider sex.

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

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Nobby Holder would be proud.

That is all.

Q: If Pesky Pepper had a peek at patient papers, at how many patient papers did Pesky Pepper peek? A: 231

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an eastern county in the UK (for US readers)

You mean...

an eastern county in the UK where many of the inbred local people have 6 fingers and webbed feet. (for US readers)

There, fixed that for ya.

OK Google, why was your web traffic hijacked and routed through China, Russia today?

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Re: Cue Bono?

I suspect even the amazing Bono would not be able to solve this one.

And how does one get hold of him anyway, shine a light in the sky with the Bonosignal?

My hoard of obsolete hardware might be useful… one day

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she'd never allow an Apple product to cross her threshold?

That's because it says IN the house.

It's been a week since engineers approved a new DNS encryption standard and everyone is still yelling

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Re: Tough

"Users are free to use it if they want to"

Wrong. Most users aren't going to notice when Firefox or Chrome automatically start using DoH first (if available) rather than your defined settings, and will only fall back to standard DNS if DoH fails.

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Re: Doh.....

... and how exactly are you going to stop that? shut down Https?

AI clinician trained to save humans from sepsis – and, er, let's just say you should stick to your human doctor

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The Wright Brothers

I guess it's good that The Wright Brothers didn't listen to people like you, and decided to plough on despite the massive rate of failure. Of course you wouldn't rely on these machines NOW, but surely this (AI) is the future of medicine? (and transport, and warehousing, and retail, and ...)

Or do I just read too much sci-fi and can't wait for a time when AI can solve many of our pesky squishy human problems?

Silent running: Computer sounds are so '90s

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Re: LLAMA is your friend. (Why the thumbs down!?)


This was 3 years ago, but I'm pretty sure iPhone users don't have anything like this.

... or do you just blindly downvote anything which criticises your precious beautiful expensive toy? :-P

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Re: LLAMA is your friend.

We already have it. It vibrates differently if you are getting a call, or if it's in Google Maps and you've nearly reached your next turn (for example).

Or did you mean custom vibrator? When the first iMac came out with the clear plastic, I remember mock adverts for the iBrator which was a see through vibrator. I'm sure Apple brand police hated that anyone would think such unpure thoughts, but it made me chuckle.

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LLAMA is your friend.

Location aware settings for your phone. So, between 8 am and 4pm while I'm at work set the phone to silent. If I go out to the shops, or for a walk put it back onto normal volume.

But wait, is that an iPhone I see you holding? Sorry my friend, no cigar for you.

Powerful forces, bodily fluids – it's all in a day's work

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Re: Monitor

It's a bit like when I go to the fridge looking for, I don't know, a packet of ham or something. Often I'll just close the door, and then check again (or my wife will check for me) and without doing anything else... Voila! It's appeared right there on the shelf in plain sight, when it definitely wasn't there before.

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave me tea... pigs-in-blankets-flavoured tea

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It's fucking October ffs

I mean seriously sainsbury's give it a rest.

On the seventh anniversary of Steve Jobs' death, we give you 7 times he served humanity and acted as an example to others

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"oh boy"

There goes your ticket to the press events, just when they were thinking of letting you back in. Really Reg, this was quite beyond your normal level of snark. And totally true.

On the other hand, the company did make many amazing things under his leadership and has made nothing revolutionary since. They are still living off Steve's legacy, and aren't brave enough to bring out even one truly new thing (which might cannibalise their existing business).

Yes, he was a total arsehole but he did bring us the Mac, the iPod, the iPhone and Toy Story. Not on his own, but none of these things would have happened without him.

Still, good article and it needs to be said.

How an over-zealous yank took down the trading floor of a US bank

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what about the STOP key?

Seems very unlikely that unplugging the keyboard would cause a panic, and even plugging it in again the panic does not just "go away". It's possible that it caused a hang, in a similar way to the STOP key on a Sun workstation IIRC. And plugging it in again, might well un-stop the workstation.

Russia: The hole in the ISS Soyuz lifeboat – was it the crew wot dunnit?

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Re: Shutterstock!

Thumbs up from me too.

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Re: Shutterstock!

yeah, that was sarcasm. It bothers me.

But I guess it's just me. I'm sure going back 3 or 4 years the images were much more appropriate to the story, and not stretching some metaphor to death from the title. But perhaps I've just got more grumpy. :-)

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It's like The Reg are paying a small fortune for a shutterstock account so they have to make the best use of it, and always come up with these shitty fucking condescending images.

Not that it bothers me.

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Interviewed on Russia Today...

... the so-called Astronaut said he was not really an Astronaut and was only there as a tourist, as was just trying to get a better view of the lovely cathedrals back down on Earth.

First it was hashtags – now Amber Rudd gives us Brits knowledge on national ID cards

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But we DO need protecting.

Unfortunately we need to be protected FROM the Government, not by the Government as it should be.

Google sets Kubernetes free with $9m in its pocket for expenses

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And with all that money they can choose where to prioritise, so for example developing tools which work with the largest cloud provider (AWS) first... oh wait, it's not money. It's GCP resource.

I'm sure this probably won't make one jot of difference to anything, will it? Who owns Kops? Is that independent or from CNCF? Perhaps I'm being too cynical.

Amazon, ditch us? But they can't do without us – Oracle

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Re: Of course they're still spending...

Obviously you should root for the underdog, and not the giant evil behemoth.

oh dear.

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Amazing news!

The surprising news is that Amazon still rely on this technology in 2018 from such an un-friendly and price gouging company.

Sysadmin trained his offshore replacements, sat back, watched ex-employer's world burn

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Re: was it for RBS

Is that RBS the "substantial publishing company" ?

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Re: This smells like BS.

yeah, granted.

But "large-scale PAT testing" smells wrong.

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This smells like BS.

Really when has anyone worked at a data centre where they shut down the servers and switch to DR site, so that an electrician could PAT test the servers (or the equivalent).

Also, how the fuck can you "shut down every data centre in every location in the world"

This seems like wishful thinking and someone living in fantasy land.

Having said that, I have seen outsourced contracts making a complete hash of things many many times!

Yakety-yak app HipChat whacked in Slack chat chaps' tech snatch pact

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(foreveralone) ?

(aww) But but, what about the emoticons on HipChat? (sadpanda)

Slack is just not the same. (dealwithit)

(motherofgod) (mindblown)


How a tax form kludge gifted the world 25 joyous years of PDF

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Re: Flow

Aye, there's the rub.

Do you want Jobs style beautiful exact placement on the "page" or be able to view things on many devices.

The eyes have it: 'DeepFakes' bogus AI-meddled videos outed by unblinking gaze

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Re: Repudiating democratic norms

Imagine a fuzzy video of naked Donald Trump pissing all over a Russian prostitute. If that comes out in 2020 and goes viral it could swing the next election (assuming it's close). It wouldn't matter if he was blinking 17 times / minute really. It's a pretty disgusting image to have in your head, and would be hard to un-remember. Regardless of if it's fake or not.

Actually, I'm struggling to un-imagine it now, and I wish I hadn't started typing this post. Ewww.

Keep your hands on the f*cking wheel! New Tesla update like being taught to drive by your dad

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Re: The autopilot is not an autopilot ?

Sorry but people will do that. No point being pedantic about it, if people get into the habit of thinking the car is driving for them, some people will forget they might need to take over. Call it what you like, but many people WILL confuse autopilot for autonomous drive.

That's why we have guards on heavy machinery. Some people will get overconfident and stick their hands in at the wrong moment while the machine is working, thinking they can quickly remove a blockage or something. People WILL do stupid things, guaranteed. It doesn't do much good to say after the accident "We told them not to do this in the manual, so they weren't doing it wrong".

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Re: Auto-crash-pilot

brake? Not quickly enough as for 1/4 second or so you are thinking "is it going to brake? Am I supposed to take over? Oh shit it's not doing to stop"

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Crash Test Dummies.

It's shocking really as Tesla are doing a massive beta test with this software, and someone has died as a consequence. And they then try to blame that person.

Inevitably when you have autopilot engaged you will start to lose concentration and start to learn to let the car do the driving. This will happen even if you've got your hands on the wheel and you are looking straight ahead. You will start to get complacent and trust the car. At this point you will lose valuable time, if the car doesn't do what it's supposed to and you need to take over. You will have to re-focus and evaluate the situation around you, which you probably aren't prepared for.

Just better hope there aren't too many fatalities before the software gets good enough. And by good enough, I mean something like 10x safer than a human.

Even when it's 10x safer, you are still going to be rightly upset if one of your loved ones gets killed by mis-behaving software.

Still, once we get over this hump it's going to be super safe and everyone will forget what all the fuss was about.

Aussie bloke wins right to sue Google over 'underworld' images

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Re: Hold on


Your real name is not Anonymous Coward?

You are one of the busiest people on this blog and they don't make you use your real name?


Ex-staffer of UK.gov dept bags payout after boss blabbed medical info to colleagues

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When asked for comment.

The DUP said "I don't see what all the fuss is about. It's only chlamydia for heavens sake and can be easily cleared up with a course of antibiotics. ... oh wait, hang on. Are we on the record here?"

HMRC opens consultation to crack down on off-payroll working in private sector

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Re: "most contractors would go permie"

"average contractor is probably on a lower total package"

What? Really? In what universe?


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