* Posts by Nifty

690 posts • joined 13 Sep 2012


Brave claims its mobe browser batt use bests whatever you're using. Why? Hint: It begins with A then D then V...


Re: sigh

It's is scientifically proven that watching ITV, 20% of the power goes in the advertising content.

There's a skip button on my ancient PVR which I do like. But for online catch-up viewing of Channel 4 and ITV there is of course no FF or skip button. I just find something else to do 'just like the old days' before VCRs/PVRs. Will admit though that a lot of web and phone ads are more intrusive/annoying. I boycott certain sites if they've gone beyond the pale.

Bun fight breaks out after devs, techie jump ship: Bakery biz Panera sues its former IT crowd


A nontrivial core of the business with everything from daily ordering of supplies to payroll to accounting included.

What's the frequency, KeNNeth? Neural nets trained to tune in on radar signals to boost future mobe broadband


"CNN scored 0.097, and the traditional energy detectors reached 0.084. A perfect classifier has a score of 1.000"

Come again?

Samsung pulls sheets off costly phone-cum-fondleslab Galaxy Fold – and a hefty 5G monster


Is that a Fold in your pocket or are you...


WWW = Woeful, er, winternet wendering? CERN browser rebuilt after 30 years barely recognizes modern web


Re: but.. what? how?

From Ur to Rome....

Using WhatsApp for your business comms? It's either that or reinstall Lotus Notes


Horses for courses

Notes - With the boss

Slack - With the team

WhatsApp - With the team about the boss

Amazon tried to entice Latin American officials with $5m in Kindles, AWS credits for .amazon



I tell them the old joke about the man who asks a girl if she will sleep with him for a million dollars. Of course, she says yes. He then offers her two dollars and she slaps his face, saying, ‘What do you think I am?’ He answers, ‘I know what you are. We are just haggling over the price.’

Dozens of .gov HTTPS certs expire, webpages offline, FBI on ice, IT security slows... Yup, it's day 20 of Trump's govt shutdown


About this new wall

So drugs are flowing across the current Mexican border defenses. This new wall, will it be drone-proof?

IBM insists it's not deliberately axing older staff. Internal secret docs state otherwise...


Early professionals are even being priced out of cities and don't much own cars to get to the out of town office parks that companies like IBM favour. So good luck with the EP hiring push.

My 2019 resolution? Not to buy any of THIS rubbish


Re: Any IoT device

It's now on my wish list, was already looking at it and you seem to have supplied the seal of approval.

China's loose Chang'e: Probe lands on far side of the Moon in science first, says state media


"Congratulations to China's Chang'e 4 team for what appears to be a successful landing on the far side of the moon. This is a first for humanity and an impressive accomplishment!" NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said.

Had this been a USA landing the 'what appears to be' would be omitted.

Was the bias unconscious or official?

A few reasons why cops haven't immediately shot down London Gatwick airport drone menace


Re: No gumption

"A lot of these objections amount to a lack of gumption. Nothing is without risk."

Hey! No Brexit references allowed on El Reg forums.

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


1 original drone and 10 lasers projecting drone shapes or dron-like LED patterns onto the runway at crucial moments...

Boffins build bugged bees bearing backpacks


This reminds me of a nature doc that showed how Aboriginals locate a beehive high up on a cliff face. By hooking a small feather to the bee, then watching its now visible route home.

For fax sake: NHS to be banned from buying archaic copy-flingers


"she should not use her phone to take pictures of people to use in things like church magazines"

(Not GDPR compliant because of cliud storage, etc)

Or use one of the many camera apps that store only on your phone unless you take a specific action to store them in your photo library and thence to cloud.

Funnily enough, China fuming, senator cheering after Huawei CFO cuffed by Canadian cops at Uncle Sam's request


Presumably this means any Huwawei employee can now be arrested in any country that has an extradition treaty with the US. The crime being that you work for an allegedly sanctions busting company. Fascinating when you take this to its logical conclusion.

Now you, too, can snoop on mobe users from 3G to 5G with a Raspberry Pi and €1,100 of gizmos


3 years ago I watched a demo that was broadcast on live German TV. A woman from the studio audience was invited to send a text to her husband. A man with a laptop and a GSM card then proceeded to read it out to her.

Black Friday? Yes, tech vendors might be feeling a bit glum looking at numbers for the UK


What goes around...



Re: Maybe the UK isn't the best exemplar, right now.

"I may have missed a best-seller with a "Brexit Countdown Clock" that reaches zero on 29th March 2019"

Did you meant this one, that's guaranteed to stop when an actual real Brexit is reached?


Microsoft sysadmin hired for fake NetWare skills keeps job despite twitchy trigger finger


Doctoring of CVs by agencies? It had never occurred to me till reading this comment thread. Now I know how I got the job I've been in for the last 10 years.

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


Doesn't China already own half of Africa's infrastructure?

Bloke jailed for trying to blow up UK crypto-cash biz after it failed to reset his account password


Who else thinks there's more to this story than meets the eye?

While everyone coos at the promise of 5G, UK network Three asks if it can tempt you with 4G+


Re: Interesting...

"There are a couple of places around where I live that no operator seems to get a signal inL

Like Waterloo station and environs anytime between 16:30 and 18:30?

Budget 2018: Landlords could be forced to grant access for full-fibre connections


So I proactively chased Virgin via their 'Project Lightning' initiative about why they weren't cabling 2 recent large developments of flats where I manage a couple of the tenancies. One of the buildings is 2.5 metres from a Virgin cabinet. Potential for 150 new customers in these buildings.

Virgin gave me a bit of flimflam about local planning permission then stopped replying.

Stroppy Google runs rings round Brussels with Android remedy


Re: UK needs the EU

"crappy wages, lack of jobs and lack of productivity"

Well, 2 out of 3 ain't bad.

Watch Series 4: What price 'freedom'? About as much as you'd expect from an Apple product


I'd still like to see a stainless steel Apple Watch strap that doesn't instantly come loose as soon as your shirt cuff catches it slightly.

Tech to solve post-Brexit customs woes doesn't exist yet, peers say


Re: How does this work?

Estonia has had a mostly electronic border with Russia for a while now.


All working smoothly.

A bad case of 'not invented here' syndrome?

Trump pulls trigger in US-China tit-for-tat tariff tiff: 10% slapped on $200bn of imported kit


I'm tarrified.

Euro bureaucrats tie up .eu in red tape to stop Brexit Brits snatching back their web domains


Re: Very petty indead.

Tsk. Why didn't the Remain campaign tell us that if we voted leave the kitten gets it?

Google keeps tracking you even when you specifically tell it not to: Maps, Search won't take no for an answer


Whats wrong with this picture?

In Googles reply to the Reg, "that when they (the users) disable the product, we continue to use location to improve the Google experience when they do things like perform a Google search or use Google for driving directions."

USE but not STORE?

I do wonder.

Top Euro court: No, you can't steal images from other websites (too bad a school had to be sued to confirm this little fact)


Re: how exactly were the school to know of the copyright in the first place?

"All images are copyright and you must obtain permission to use them. If you don't know who owns the copyright then you still can't use it."

So where are we with incidental images?

During news and documentaries on TV there are street posters, book covers in shop windows, street art, etc. These images feature as background on TV all the time. Does the TV station have to seek approval from the image or installation creator to shown them on TV incidentally?

What if the the image is the main topic - something as banal as the side of the Brexit bus?


Click this link and you can get The Register banned in China


Re: Depends on your view.

"...lack of plane wreckage, perfect shaped hole on the interior wall of the pentagon, film during an interview showing a building still up..."

Hadn't you heard of the medias tendency to grab old stock images and clips when they can't get real images in a hurry? Some of which will have been taken from movies.

Boffins build a NAZI AI – wait, let's check that... OK, it's a grammar nazi


Re: Commas and clauses

"My experience of reading junior engineers' English"

Do we have to call in the 'use of the noun 'engineer' in Anglo-Saxon culture police in?

Or would that be the same engineer that fixes the taps in our washrooms?

Your phone may be able to clean up snaps – but our AI is much better at touching up, say boffins


Re: How about the audio equivalent?

There was a compression standard called MP3+ which replaced everything above about 11 kHz with bursts of white noise of the same duration of the original full spectrum sound. It turns out that our ears/brain are tone-deaf above a certain frequency, only caring about duration and phase if stereo. OK, trained musicologists mileage may vary.

The codec was used by online radio stations for a while. Not sure if AAC+ uses similar tricks. Anyway the empirical result was very good.

Hence I was thinking that a similar reconstruction would potentially work well. Concerning the info that is buried in old recordings: I don't just mean audio info, they have implied human language or knowledge about musical instruments. AI can cross-reference to language and music knowledge bases to help the reconstruction.


How about the audio equivalent?

Much effort has been put into cleaning up old audio recordings. But I’ve yet to hear of any project that uses AI type algorithms that can restore or enhance missing sibilance in speech by learning from speech examples in the same language. Maybe even a similar idea with old orchestral recordings is possible.

Tech team trapped in data centre as hypoxic gas flooded in. Again


Hydrogen peroxide

This does remind me of an office I worked in, building was a kind of factory hall. We started noticing a 'sharp' smell that no-one could quite place. Occasionally a very strong whiff of it would hang around certain spots of the building. It became quite concerning. Management ignored the issue until we researched/guessed that it was a biogas and that was nasty stuff to breathe and highly flammable too.

The cause? They'd raised the roof some years back by making the building walls taller. Trouble is, the sewage breather stack was left inside the building. Not a problem until a combination of cold weather and a change in the loo cleaner to a strong disinfectant had caused anaerobic digestion to begin in the cess pit.

Tech support chap given no training or briefing before jobs, which is why he was arrested


Re: Back in my day

"you shouldn't take a drive apart outside of a clean room"

This reminds me an incident with expensive minicomputer disk platters.

The manager of the local 400-stong workforce of a company I worked for walked the floors smoking his trademark cigar. One day he was showing visitors proudly around the minicomputer room while waving said cigar around. He exhaled nice plume of cigar smoke and almost immediately in front of our eyes (ears) the platter of one computer started screeching. They were £3000 a pop in the money of those days IIRC.

Infrastructure wonks: Tear up Britain's copper phone networks by 2025


The local streets analogy

So local authorities own/commission the maintenance of the local roads. Funded through council tax. The transport itself is bought from service providers (carmakers and the public transport system that the roads put in reach).

For some strange reason this model is non-controversial.


LAs own the local last-mile parts of fibre, commissioning the maintenance funded through council tax. Service providers do the backhaul and value-added from junction points where several competitors can interconnect, i

That idea is thought to be highly controversial.



"it would be quite feasible to get a significant workforce from the ranks of the unemployed"

Nah, the the seasonal turnip pickers from Eastern Europe would just switch to the fibre-laying season.

Galileo, here we go again. My my, the Brits are gonna miss EU


Re: HS2 and the Galileo replacement

"When Airbus, BMW, Nissan, Honda, Toyota, Hitachi, all the Financial Institution in the City and a host more all leave our sinking ship because of BREXIT"

BMW, Nissan, Honda, Toyota, Hitachi will all want to stay manufacturing in the UK so as not to be penalised by the tariffs that the USA and others place in EU built cars, in retaliation for the 10% EU car tariffs that we are currently bound by. But needn't be going forward.

As for he Financial Institution in the City:


If the EU had been on a trajectory to genuinely freer trade and a socially viable set of intra-EU migration rules, we could easily have stayed in. It was not to be.

Ex-Rolls-Royce engineer nicked on suspicion of giving F-35 info to China


Re: There was something the Chinese didn't know already?

“not sure why military types of each generation believe that they can combine high and low altitude performance, stealth, speed and agility, short take off, heavy weapons capability, long endurance, land & maritime capability etc all in one airframe“

Same mentality that resulted in the ‘sports utility vehicle’

Uber 'does not exist any more' says Turkish president


Instanbul - the one place that NEEDS Uber

There is a breathtakingly crafty scam among Istanbul taxi drivers. I think they give each other training on it.

- Your friendly, English-speaking driver wants to drop you off at a busy intersection or narrow street near, but not at your actual destination.

- An irate traffic queue instantly builds up behind the taxi and starts sounding their horns.

- When you pay (flustered), he uses sleight of hand (it's very good) and switches your largest note for a small value one, thrusts this back at you and claims he has not received full payment. You've little option but to pay again.

The 2nd time this trick was performed we were ready and watching but could still not spot the switch. We stood our ground and he drove off disgusted.

So if there is anywhere in the world that needs a fully trackable system like Uber, maybe it's Istanbul.

UK has rejected over 1,000 skilled IT bod visa applications this year


Re: Visas and skills gaps

On which planet?


Won't downvote this one but it's naive. We actually need vocationallly trained people, not more Phds.


And us to (finally) have freeer access to theirs?

Fixing a printer ended with a dozen fire engines in the car park


It was in the 80s where I worked that someone, as a prank, placed on a colleages desk a shoebox with a large ticking alarm clock in it and lots of bright red curly wires sticking out.

The building was evacuated of a couple of hundred people and management was not impressed.

Google's socially awkward geeks craft socially awkward AI bot that calls people for you


Implication for voice recognition banking security?

Where you get asked some simple questions by the bank system, and it uses your previously trained voice print to validate your access.

Twitter: No big deal, but everyone needs to change their password


So all websites store your plaintext passwords for batch-hashing later on?

I’d always naively thought that passwords are hashed at moment of creation, leaving no opportunity for them to be stored on a website or database unhashed. I thought that hashing & salting was a one-way process and the result is only usable for matching. Where was my naive assumption wrong?

Or: Due to a coding bug, a logfile was being written in plaintext of all passwords being created. And this logfile had been left running for years and years, long enough to acquire millions of plaintext passwords? Colour me skeptical.

Blighty stuffs itself in Galileo airlock and dares Europe to pull the lever


Re: £14 billion

“money will no longer be controlled by a bunch of unelected MEPs (yes really), it will be controlled instead by the intelligent honest qualified professionals who inhabit the house of commons”

Ones who can be booted out by their local constituents.

Birds can feel Earth's magnetic fields? Yeah, that might fly. Bioboffins find vital sense proteins


Re: How would it feel?

Is this about lay lines?


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