* Posts by Stephen Wilkinson

51 posts • joined 21 Jun 2007


Open plan offices flop – you talk less, IM more, if forced to flee a cubicle

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Re: DeMarco & Lister coding wars

Peopleware was required reading on my software engineering degree!

RAF Air Command to take on UK military space ops

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Surely the space equivalent of Biggles is retired RAF Group Captain Timothy 'Tiger' Clinton who stared in W.E. Johns science fiction stories?

Techies! Britain's defence secretary wants you – for cyber-sniping at Russia

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To be honest apart from the being killed bit which always put me off the armed forces - far less I would hope in this role - being a metalhead and having had long hair since I was 16, I'm damned if I'd join something that would want me to cut my hair.

Data watchdog fines Brit council £120k for identifying 943 owners of vacant property

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The FOI team is also likely to be based in the council's legal department and not necessarily that IT savvy.

2001 set the standard for the next 50 years of hard (and some soft) sci-fi

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I'm far more of a reader than a watcher and I far prefer the book to the film.

Totally agree with why hasn't Caves of Steel been made into a movie but as they'd probably ruin it...

Less than half of paying ransomware targets get their files back

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According to the South West Regional Cyber Crime Unit who presented at a conference I attended a couple of weeks ago, if you pay you may or may not (same odds were given) get your files un-encrypted but you definitely will get your details passed around as someone who paid to other ransom ware controllers, who of course will then target you even more.

Will the defendant please rise? Utah State Bar hunts for sender of topless email

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Sadly I'm no longer a Member of the British Computer Society, I'm now a Member of the BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT :(

10 PRINT "ZX81 at 37" 20 GOTO 10

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I started with a ZX-81, then a Commodore Vic-20 and then a Commodore 64 before going out to work doing data entry on a IBM System 360.

Then off to uni to study Software Engineering and a career (employment more like!) so thanks very much Clive, it's all your fault! :D

I didn't think the Commodore 64 Programmer's Reference Guide was bad, I've still got mine although I don't refer to it anymore.

Back to the ZX-81, absolutely loved Mazogs and 3D Monster Maze but 3D Defendr was virtually impossible to play - great times to be growing up.

UK Home Office grilled over biometrics, being clingy with folks' mugshots

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Won't this fall foul of GDPR?

UK exam chiefs: About the compsci coursework you've been working on. It means diddly-squat

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Re: When I were a lad

I wrote a text based adventure program for my "O" Level project, I'm impressed with what you did!

Oregon will let engineer refer to himself as an 'engineer'

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Re: iamanidiot let me guess

You can have a BSc and be a Chartered Engineer, I certainly am as the BSc(Hons) in Software Engineering I did was BCS accredited and the BCS still do Chartered Engineer status - http://www.bcs.org/category/16268

Lord of the Rings TV show shopped around Hollywood

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will there be lots of walking?

Commodore 64 makes a half-sized comeback

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Far better keyboard than the crap modern one I have to put up with at work these days

You've been baffled by its smart thermostat. Now strap in for Nest's IoT doorbell, alarm gear

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My front door has frosted (well, wavy rather than clear) glass - I can see who it is without opening the door :)

Google parks old pay-to-play auction in front of European Commission – reports

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Re: Curious to see the answer of the EU

Yes, Autotrader is especially poor for this. Living within 30 miles of South Wales if I search on Autotrader I get loads of vehicles from there even though it's at least 120 miles of driving to get there because of the Bristol Channel!

It's August 2017 and your Android gear can be pwned by, oh look, just patch the things

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my update is downloading right now. :)

Marcus Hutchins free for now as infosec world rallies around suspected banking malware dev

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Re: OMG, the horror!!!

I'm sure Milwaukee is probably just like Slade so okay in parts

It's 2017 and Hyper-V can be pwned by a guest app, Windows by a search query, Office by...

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Re: The Mythical Man Month - legit free download

It was required reading on my degree course over twenty years ago

This week's top token gesture: Google Chrome chokes energy-hungry background tabs

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Re: re: this is about extending battery life

The last time I was more than an office away from a phone charger was the first morning a couple of months ago when I forgot my Google Pixel phone charger and discovered that absolutely no one else had a usb-c charger!

Connected car in the second-hand lot? Don't buy it if you're not hack-savvy

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Re: Now ask me why ...

While the environmental output of the engine isn't anywhere near as good on classic vehicles, not building a new car is even more environmentally friendly!

UK.gov flings £400m at gold standard, ‘full-fibre' b*&%*%£$%. Yep. Broadband

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I bet as I live in a village 10 miles from the nearest town and currently get 1-2mb, it won't get any better

Adjust your Facebook, Twitter privacy settings, judge tells jurors in Oracle-Google Java trial

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Re: What also floats?

What duck?

NASA funds new supersonic airliner research

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Must admit I miss seeing Concorde go over us of an evening when I was growing up in North Devon and breaking the sound barrier. I don't remember anyone having a particular issue with it

Bone-dry British tech SMBs miss out on UK.gov cash shower

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What % did the South West get?

BBC risks wrath of android rights activists with Robot Wars reboot

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Sadly my line manager hates flying

He and one of my other work colleagues built Clawed Hopper but he hates flying (not that it would be easy to have a 200lb robot as hand luggage) so the move from making the program in Birmingham to Glasgow mean that he won't be taking part in the new series.

Ruin your co-developers' life with Mimic, the Unicode substitution tool

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we amended one of our developer's keyboards so part of the bottom row read C U N T

Oh dear, Microsoft: UK.gov signs deal with LibreOffice

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Working in local government, I was saddened when Central Government mandated .odt for file collaboration for the mandarins but didn't force LGA's down that route too.

An opportunity missed.

Amazon Fire HD 8: Mid-spec Nokia Lumi... er, MediaTek slab

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I really like my Fire 7 HDX and it seems a bit sad that the newer ones are worse spec than the previous.

Hurrah! Doctor Who brings us a bootstrap paradox treat in Before the Flood

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Cheap sunglasses are fine with me, after all ZZ Top dedicated a whole song to them!

WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

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I can see Peter Capaldi in these, they're a million times better than a sonic screwdriver

Windows 10 Edge: Standards kinda suck yet better than Chrome?

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Developer Tools

Much as I hate to say it, IE's Developer Tools seem to be more useful than Chrome's these days

Marshall wants to turn your phone UP TO ELEVEN

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I would have hoped that it would have it's own version of iRig enabling the phone to be used with a guitar rather than just for playing music

BPI fiddles with music consumption figures while revenues burn

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I'd replace/buy albums I don't already have if they were say £3 a download for an album produced in the 60's or 70's rather than £7 or £8 quid

Doom, Mario, Pac-Man level up to video gaming's Hall of Fame

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No Jetpack, Manic Miner, Attack of the Mutant Camels?

Win Phone to outgrow smartmobe market for next four years

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Re: Ringtones

Actually this may be the really crucial bit -

"Make sure that the custom ringtone is being copied from the computer to the correct folder on the phone. It cannot be copied from the SD card on the phone."

As I copied the file to the Music section and then moved it using "Files" on the phone.

Stephen Wilkinson

Re: Ringtones

Will try again over the weekend.

I bought the phone because I thought (being Windows) I would just be able to drag & drop and not have the hassle of Android struggling with WMA names of bands and songs which it does sometimes.

The file that I currently have in the Ringtones folder doesn't show up in the list of ringtones in settings which is where my frustrations come from!

Stephen Wilkinson

Much prefered my Samsung Galaxy SII to my current Lumia 735. Everything is a total pita! I haven't even managed to create ringtone following the instructions here http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/how-to/wp7/start/create-ringtones that will appear in the list of ringtones available.

All I had to do with the Android phone was choose "set as ringtone", didn't need to format the file in anyway.

Alfa Romeo MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde: Less fun than it should be

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You think you had it bad, I had an 80's Guilietta 1.6, massively ugly and definitely the worst car I've ever had. No performance and drank fuel like it was going out of fashion!

Google cracks down on browser ad injectors after shocking study

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Re: Unwanted ad injectors aren't part of a healthy ads ecosystem

That's basically my viewing and listening any way so perfect


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Oh if only I was a Steven...

I'd be working on far more interesting stuff!

Microsoft: Hey, don’t forget Visual Basic! Open source and new features coming

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MVC has finally forced my hand

Having learnt to program in BASIC on the ZX-81, followed by variants of Commodore (VIC-20 and C-64) and BBC (both Electron and BBC), then QuickBasic and VB for DOS, then moving into the internet world with asp, then VB.net I do like the it.

MVC has finally forced my hand, while I could code it in VB.net I decided that I would finally move to C# as that is the industry standard.

Both languages have good points and bad points but it's only a language at the end of the day.

Bono apologises for iTunes album dump

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Not got iTunes (preferring Android and Amazon) but the wife has being a Apple fan (iPad and iPhone) so we listened to the album on iTunes.

It's really poor, let's face it if it had been on the quality of the Joshua Tree, Rattle and Hum or Achtung Baby nobody would be moaning about a free copy but sadly it's not.

Gov.uk's broadband boast: Superfast fibre piped to 1 million Brits

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Think I might have a bit of a wait: Apr 2016 – Sep 2016!

Your postcode and cabinet are still to be evaluated by Connecting Devon and Somerset. Your exchange is within the programme. However, decisions on which cabinets get upgraded off the exchange will depend on the outcomes of pending detailed surveying.

Redmond slips out temporary emergency fix for IE 0-day

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Re: The reason it is still in use IMHO

you are sent a usb device that the key goes into to allow you to add funds to it.

very clever apart from the fact that you couldn't use the latest version of IE in it (still can't for that matter) which wasn't so bad as it worked in IE mode in Firefox.

sadly it doesn't any more so you have to roll back to an earlier version of IE to get it to work.

Applications to run more white-space Local TV stations invited

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Barnstaple? ha!! We don't even have a local office for ITV here any more!

Six things a text editor must do - or it's a one-way trip to the trash

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I've used EditPlus for at least 10 years and even bought my own licence for it for use at home as I liked it so much.

I use Visual Studio as my IDE on a day to day basis but I still use EditPlus alongside.

Jackson’s Hobbit becomes a trilogy

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There, a load of extra stuff to make Hollywood more money, and back again!

Ofcom: Now's your chance to make Local TV for Local People

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Re: Web TV

If ITV couldn't get regional television to pay properly - well it used to but now the local area that used to be Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and a bit of Dorset seems to run all the way up to Swindon, I don't see how "local" TV is going to pay.

Work from home, find a new hobby, buy a fountain - UK.gov

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I walk to work

and would save nothing - don't they take into consideration wear and tear on shoes?

Ford Focus 2011

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Problems with keyfob/central locking

My mother in law has just got the new C-Max as her mobility car and in the first week they were locked out of it twice because there is a problem with the keyfob and the central locking but so far Ford haven't managed to find a fix for it.

It's a very common problem with them.


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