* Posts by Roj Blake

1167 posts • joined 7 Aug 2013


Brexit text-it wrecks it: Vote Leave fined £40k for spamming 200k msgs ahead of EU referendum

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Re: Interesting dilemma

Guido Fawkes makes the Daily Mail look like a bastion of journalistic integrity.

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Re: What I don't understand

So you would do away with the Welsh Senedd then?

Because the referendum on whether or not to create it was only narrowly passed.

TalkTalk kept my email account active for 8 years after I left – now it's spamming my mates

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Re: Wooden Spoon company

You think that's bad, try BT.

They continued billing me for five years after I cancelled my account with them - only they didn't actually send me any bills. The first I heard about it was when the debt collectors contacted me.

God DRAM, that's a big price drop: Memory down 30 per cent, claim industry watchers

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Still Some Way to Drop

Bear in mind that even though this is a substantial drop, prices still have quite a way to go before they reach the levels seen in the Summer of 2016.

Spooky! Solar System's Planet NINE could be discovered in the next NINE years (plus one to six), say astroboffins

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Re: Future name?

Ix. It has to be Ix.

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Re: What?

If Pluto's a planet, then so are Ceres and Vesta - meaning that Pluto would be the eleventh planet.

We'll ask you one more time: Where's our DRAM money?

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Re: Karma?

You don't seem to understand how supply and demand works with respect to commodity prices.

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DIMM prices have certainly come down over the last 3-6 months.

Apple reseller Solutions Inc pulls down shutters, calls in administrators

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Healthy companies always file on time, so that everyone can see that they're healthy.

Cut open a tauntaun, this JEDI is frozen! US court halts lawsuit over biggest military cloud deal since the Death Star

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Re: Blakes 7

I came here to say the same thing.

But as Doctor Who would say, "Live long and prosper"

'Occult' text from Buffy The Vampire Slayer ep actually just story about new bus lane in Dublin

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It's the wrong season for this story. It would have been better to run it in the Summers.

Use an 8-char Windows NTLM password? Don't. Every single one can be cracked in under 2.5hrs

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Re: Easy to remember

Just as long as one of your songs isn't YMCA.

Roses are red, we've received about fifty. Google's next trick? Pixels for the thrifty

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Re: Can I correct the subheading?

Roses are grey,

Violets are grey,

I'm a dog,


Q. What's a good thing to put outside a building of spies? A: A banner saying 'here we are!'

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They will no doubt report that it can be deployed in as little as 45 minutes and reach as far as Birmingham.

Ivan to be left alone: Russia preps to turn its internet into an intranet if West opens cyber-fire

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Re: Kasperskaya and ruexit

Kaspersky (the company) may have Russian origins, but I'd wager they have offices and servers in other countries as well by now.

From Red Planet to deep into the red: Suicidal extrovert magnet Mars One finally implodes

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Re: I was wrong

At the risk of spoilers, that's a bit like the miniseries Ascension.

Hungover this morning? Thought 'beer before wine and you'll be fine'? Boffins prove old adage just isn't true

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Re: Beer and wine don't go together

Or as I was told as a youngster - "never mix the grape with the grain"

So you can have beer and whisky in an evening, or wine and brandy, or even cider and wine as apples are more grape-like than grain-like.

But you can't have beer and brandy, beer and wine, wine and whisky, or beer and cider.

This at least explains why snakebite is so lethal.

What a smashing time, cheer astroboffins: Epic exoplanet space prang evidence eyeballed

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Mercury also has a massive core for its size.

Trolling in the Reg's forums... we mean, er, 'working' on the train still rubbish thanks to patchy data coverage

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Re: London

It you're travelling during the rush hour, then it's possible that local cells near to the railway lines are being overwhelmed when a train with 1,000+ commuters trying to change their Fantasy Football team goes past.

I say this because coverage on my own route into London (from the Hampshire/Surrey border) is awful during peak times but pretty decent at other times.

German competition watchdog tells Facebook to stop combining user data without consent

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Re: the fierce competition we face in Germany

There was a German back in the 30s who famously said something along the lines of "if you're going to lie, make it a whopper."

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

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Re: Left to their own devices

They probably would.

You got a smart speaker but you're worried about privacy. First off, why'd you buy one? Secondly, check out Project Alias

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Re: you could simply not put the creepy things in your home

Only if he's free.

Openreach to heap faster broadband on UK's media-heavy hubs

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Re: ooop north....

There's no way LBRUT is 40 miles long.

40 miles is the diameter of the M25 at its widest point.

FTC gets back to work: Now, where were we? Break up Facebook and fine it $2bn, you say?

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Re: He Speaks!

"Lessons will be learned!"

They never are.

Amazon's titchy robots hit the streets, Waymo starts a self-driving car factory...

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Self-Driving Car Factory

A car factory that can drive itself down to the shops? Impressive.

Starship bloopers: In touching tribute to Tesla shares, Musk proto-craft tumbles – as Bezos' Blue Origin rocket lifts off

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Re: stamp duty on your Kensington mansion

They don't even pay that.

The mansion will most likely be owned by an off-shore company which is in turn owned by the individual.

When they want to sell the house they will sell the company, which will not be liable for stamp duty because it's registered in a tax haven.

Fake broadband ISP support scammers accidentally cough up IP address to Deadpool in card phish gone wrong

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Re: Deadpool

Batman is a 1%er who enjoys beating up people with mental health problems. They then end up in a privately-run mental home with dubious standards.

We did Nazi see this coming... Internet will welcome Earth's newest nation with, sigh, a brand new .SS TLD

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Re: initials

I recall Jurgen the German doing something very similar in London during a Harry Enfield sketch.

NHS England digital boss in hot water over 'puff piece' written about her future employer

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The amount the average UK citizen pays in to the NHS during their lifetime is a fraction of the cost of comprehensive health insurance in the US.

Dixons Carphone still counting cost of miserly mobile phone sales

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Re: It's not Dixon's fault..

No, it pretty much is their fault.

Their shops are horribly laid out and their staff are more interested in selling extended warranties than in helping the punter make the right choice.

And the prices don't help much, either.

Ever feel like all your prayers go unheard? The Catholic Church has an app for that

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Re: Was it written in...

There's definitely no Python involved.

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Re: No point

Prayer is a form of meditation, and can help to focus the mind.

Pray for guidance before going to bed, and voila! By the next morning your subconscious will have furnished you with some suggestions.

The Iceman cometh, his smartwatch told the cops: Hitman jailed after gizmo links him to Brit gangland slayings

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Re: "Massey died in a fusillade of bullets"

Actually, a fusillade is a simultaneous and continuous firing from multiple firearms at a target or group of targets. The fire does not need to be returned.

Slack to fend off the collaboration competition with... a new logo

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Not so bad.

In fairness, it's not as bad as the short-lived OGC logo of a few years back.

Or London 2012 for that matter.

German competition watchdog toys with ban on some Facebook data-slurps

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Federal Cartel Office

I'll bet that the FCO have a monopoly on policing cartels.

NHS England's chief digital officer goes full digital, ditches health service for GP app biz

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Re: LinkedIn

There was a typo in my earlier post. Bauer got that patient governor gig in November 2015, not 2016. She was then apparently sufficiently qualified for her senior NHS position in 2016.

My apologies for any confusion.

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A quick browse of Bauer's LinkedIn profile (yes, I took one for the team), reveals her first healthcare-based job was November 2016 (and that was as a patient governor).

Before that she'd had a range of short-lived jobs, mainly in marketing.

How do these people always end up with the plum jobs?

Oh, she went to Marlborough College (that's one of the top private schools in the country that will admit girls).

So basically, she's another Dido Harding.

Americans are just fine with facial recognition technology – as long as they get shorter queues

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Re: actually, we say "lines", not "queues"

It's about time you learnt to speak the Queen's English then.

Begone, Demon Internet: Vodafone to shutter old-school pioneer ISP

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Sad News...

...but the reality is that Demon ceased to exist years ago.

It's a shame, because they were really good back in the day.

Amazon Mime: We train (badly) an AI love bot using divorce bombshell Bezos' alleged sexts to his new girlfriend

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"will remain friends after their divorce"

The lawyers desperate to get their slice will make sure that doesn't happen.

Typical! You wait ages for a fast radio burst from outer space, and suddenly 13 show up

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Re: 'Something big'

Some things can be really small but really massive.

Cambridge Analytica sister firm pleads guilty, fined £21k for failing to obey UK information commish

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Re: a bunch of letters demanding that I make all the data available to them

If they send you a letter demanding the info, politeness dictates that you should send them the information in letter form as well.

A printout in a non machine-readable font should do nicely.

Real-time OS: Ordnance Survey gets snuggly with Intel's Mobileye

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Re: Ripe for the picking

They converted it into a Ltd company in 2015, so yes, it's just a matter of time.

Reg Standards Bureau introduces the Devon fatberg as coastal town menaced by oily blob

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Re: In an Eton Mess Age, a Boris Spider is Sure to Pontificate and Venture

Brontosaurus has Greek roots, so brontosauruses is the correct plural.

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Re: Back in the 90s

Back in the 90s the water companies were still either publicly-owned, or newly-privatised.

I would not be surprised if at some point in the last twenty years a bean counter has worked out that shareholder value can be increased by decreasing the frequency of routine inspections.

You can blame laziness as much as greed for Apple's New Year shock

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Re: It really is as simple as

I think it's the application for EU nationals to stay in the UK after Brexit.

SpaceX's Crew Dragon shows up at pad 39A, nearly 8 years after the last Shuttle left

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Re: Simon Harris Excellent stuff!

It takes balls to do it well.

Stormy times ahead for IBM-owned Weather Channel app: LA sues over location data slurp

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Re: Yes

Not allowing the app to send the data is a great idea.

But if you want a weather forecast for where you are (or directions to somewhere from where you are, etc etc), you kind of have to tell them where you are.

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