* Posts by Snivelling Wretch

92 posts • joined 12 Oct 2012

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The Lord saw that man was wicked and sent a flood of storage news

Snivelling Wretch

All together now...

[singing] The bits they came in 1 by 1, hurrah, hurrah!

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Nationwide banking suffers its own Black Wednesday

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Re: Confusion

Oops, I withdrew my original message when I realised it was related to the UK, even though the Twitter feeds shown were mostly of the US bank. Also, are they actually "Nationwide Banking Group"? I thought they were very much a Building Society...

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Your emotionally absent pic-snapping partner's going to look you in the eye again

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Oh, you will know; you'll just know.

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Japanese researchers spin up toilet paper gyroscopes for science

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Never mind the health monitoring; if this can correctly attribute the blame to which of my kids uses up all the toilet paper, then sign me up.

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Teenagers think Doritos are cooler than Apple

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Is "cool" even cool?

I thought things were "book" for a short while, but are now more commonly "sick"? Or is "sick" the new "wicked"? Is it still cool to say "cool"?

I daresay I will find out soon enough as the wretchlings get a bit older. Laters...

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Robo-AI jobs doomsday may, er... not actually happen, say boffins

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Re: Lift

Telephone exchange operator?

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A mooving tail of cows, calves and the Internet of Things

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IoT?

I may be pedantic, but I'm not sure this actually uses the internet at all?

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New PayPal T&Cs prevents sellers trash-talking PayPal

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Re: not to mischaracterize PayPal as a payment method?

...and yet it goes on to say "you agree to treat PayPal’s payment mark at least at par with other payment methods offered.”

So by my reading, in one paragraph they seem to be saying they both are and aren't a payment method.

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Black horse blacks out: Lloyds Bank website goes down

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Re: TSB and Halfix too

Lloyds Banking Group includes Lloyds, Halifax and Bank of Scotland brands, so I'd expect all to be affected. Although TSB was spun out as a separate entity, it still shares a lot of the same systems.

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Rogue One: This is the Star Wars back story you've been looking for

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Re: Tape?

It's an advance on those old punched space-cards.

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BT tops Ofcom's broadband whinge list

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"It said BT’s main faults were due to service and provision issues; issues with billing, pricing and charges; and complaint handling."

So... that's basically everything?

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The wait is over: MoD releases latest issue of Ship Paint Monthly

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Coat

Re: Dezincification

Or as ze French say: "I zinc, zerefore I am". Sorry, coat, etc.

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Funny story, this. UK.gov's 'open banking app revolution'. Security experts not a fan of it

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Re: API

Another Pathetic Intervention?

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Chatbot lawyer shreds $2.5m in parking tickets

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Re: Automated Interface

Give me a piece of paper and a flow chart stencil.

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise hiring temps to cover for redundancies - sources

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Perhaps they figure that if you've applied for VR, then you're bound to leave anyway and they won't have to pay you off...

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Did Spotify hire Alan Partridge to run its Netflix-style video push?

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Oldfield's Old Fields

A property developer tries to force through a planning application for a new housing estate on green belt land, while Mike Oldfield writes letters of objection and organises a village protest.

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NatWest tightens online banking security after hacks' 'hack' exposé

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Headmaster

> "do ping us an email."

No, no and no!

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Aye, AI: Cambridge's Dr Sean Holden talks to El Reg about our robot overlords

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Games

Never mind Go; I'll be really impressed when a computer can play Mornington Crescent.

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This is why copy'n'paste should be banned from developers' IDEs

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I remember once foolishly choosing the variable name "TotalCount" - and would constantly mistype with profanity...

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Uber rebrands to the sound of whalesong confusion

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Headmaster

There/their

"Were there video available"

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Plan B hoovers up NZ-based cloud outfit ICONZ

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And didn't MC Hammer have his own search engine or something at one point?

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'Printer Ready'. Er… you actually want to print? What, right now?

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Re: Office Space

The "A" paper sizes are actually rather wonderfully thought out https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paper_size

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El Reg picked a pack of ace pic-titlers

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Erm, and the captions were...?

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Cyber security buck stops with me, says Dido Harding

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"Clearly there is a lot more we can and will do going forward."

Which also means there was a lot more you could and should have done previously.

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NetNames confirms easily.co.uk whacked by cyber crims

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Re: "Told punters yesterday", did they?

I received an email yesterday which was basically the same as this article, although it also included the following:

"However, none of the domain names that are registered to you were featured on the list that was accessed".

So perhaps there is a different communication for people whose domains were on the list?

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Ofcom spins out Wi-Fi checker app just in time for Christmas

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"Virgin Media takes an optimistic view of the capacity of the market to deliver universal coverage."

Oh? Then how have I managed to miss seeing all those Virgin vans installing cable up-and-down the country?

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Lights, power, action! Smartplugs with a twist

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Re: "Zuli can tell if you are near it" ?

For some of us, automatically turning the light off when we come out of the shower naked would be of greater benefit.

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French Playmobil heist: El Reg denies involvement

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Re: Perhaps time for a change of format?

I like Playmobil and I like Lego, but which is better? There's only one way to find out: FIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIGHT!

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No C&C server needed: Russia menaced by offline ransomware

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Amen to that, brother!

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Music lovers move to block Phil Collins' rebirth

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Don't blame him

If I'd had to spend time with my family since 2011, I'd be desperate to go back to work too.

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Meaningful gesture: Thalmic Labs Myo motion sensing armband

Snivelling Wretch

Certainly an interesting start, and I'm sure there are niche use cases. Perhaps surgery where the surgeon could perhaps zoom in on a camera feed, or move around 3D scans, etc, without having to touch anything?

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GCHQ's SMURF ARMY can hack smartphones, says Snowden. Again.

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Re: Smurf characters

As far as my wife's concerned, yes, that's what happened.

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What balls! India blocks 0.00008 per cent of web in anti-pr0n move

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Private perusal of pornography is perfectly permissible

Although "Private perusal of pornography is perfectly permissible" doesn't *quite* fit, I've now got "I am the very model of a modern Major General" going round in my head. I'm sure with a couple of tweaks a workable verse could be got out of it.

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Blessed are the cheesemakers, for they have defined the smidge

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Reg Standards

For anyone who is confused by this, a smidge is therefore 900 micrograpefruits, or 1.9 milliwalnuts http://www.theregister.co.uk/Design/page/reg-standards-converter.html

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We tried using Windows 10 for real work and ... oh, the horror

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HERE

Yes, I read it like that too, but then I remembered that "HERE" was Nokia's mapping software. There's a link to HERE here, so there.

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Canuck chump cuffed over helium balloon flying chair stunt

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Surely a pin on a stick is all you need for a reasonably controlled descent?

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No Silicon Roundabout U-Bend U-Turn: Build that peninsula boys

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Joke

"Opinions were canvassed through direct email to people whose Oyster cards showed they used the area, [...] Only 30 per cent of respondents were motorists while 79 per cent were tube users."

You don't say? Seems like this survey was incomplete. In fact, I would say it was only semi-conducted.

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Swordfish fatally stabs man after man stabs, fatally, swordfish

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Re: Hmmm...

Maybe that's why they called the fire department and not an ambulance?

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BUZZKILL. Honeybees are dying in DROVES - and here's a reason why

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Neonicotinoids

And don't forget Neonicotinoid pesticides...

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Self-STOPPING cars are A Good Thing, say motor safety bods

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Joke

Break vs. brake

"...you will be able to stop in time regardless of how quickly the car in front breaks."

...and if that's my Alfa, it often breaks suddenly and without warning.

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Swedish Supreme Court keeps AssangeTM in Little Ecuador

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I find this fascinating. What if someone (a member of the public) gained entrance and forcibly removed him? Presumably Assange could then be arrested - or would that be considered invalid? And what about the "kidnapper"? Since he's back outside the embassy, would Ecauador have to charge him and request extradition from the UK? Would he be liable for any charge in the UK?

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Where does this £10m cost supposedly come from?

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Chill, luvvies. The ‘unsustainable’ BBC Telly Tax stays – for now

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Actually, aside from being aged 75+, there are a couple of other exemptions/discounts for the blind and people in residential care https://www.gov.uk/free-discount-tv-licence.

The thing that I don't understand now, is that you can watch iPlayer or live streaming without a licence. Not *legally*, but it just asks you if you have one and you say "yeah, sure, whatever". I wonder if any research has been done into the number of people watching like this without a licence? Wouldn't it help the revenues to have to login to the site with a valid TV licence code? (Obviously various controls to limit abuse, etc, etc).

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iPhone case uses phone's OWN SIGNAL to charge it (forever, presumably)

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What's missing?

I think we need Stephen Fry to explain it, that's what.

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Brit boffins BLOW UP Li-On batteries and film the MELTING COPPER

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They're obviously worried enough about Li-ion batteries to wear safety glasses when talking to the camera.

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X-IO X-CFO X-Forwarded-For more time with her family

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Quality headline!

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SPY FRY: Smart meters EXPLODE in Californian power surge

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Erm, shouldn't fuses stop this sort of thing happening?

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