* Posts by Tromos

952 posts • joined 23 Sep 2013

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Get ready for laptop-tab-smartphone threesomes from Microsoft, Lenovo, HP, Asus, Qualcomm

Tromos

$10/month data plan

Should just about be enough to handle the monthly critical patches.

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Huawei Mate 10 Pro: The unfashionable estate car wants to go to town

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Joke

18:9 displays are 10 a penny these days...

...I'm holding on for 36:18.

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Report: Underwater net cables are prime targets for terrorists and Russia

Tromos

Easy answer

Trained patrol sharks. Yes, of course they'll have frikkin' lasers.

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Ads watchdog to BT: We say your itsy bitsy, teeny weeny Ts&Cs too small for screeny

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Useless toothless ASA

Yet again an advertising campaign that finished months ago is banned from being repeated in the same form. BT (and the rest of them) just move on to the next crock of shit in the next campaign.

Ban them from all advertising for 3 months initially, doubling the length for each infraction thereafter.

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UK.gov told to tread carefully with transfer of data sets to NHS Digital

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Insufficient anonymization

I will not grant consent for any of my medical data to be shared while a full postcode is part of the data. I understand location is useful for certain things such as tracing spread of infection, but a postal sector (postcode without last two characters) is more than sufficient for this. Given full postcode, gender and age decade, anonimity has largely gone down the plughole.

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Fresh bit o' Linux to spruce up that ancient Windows Vista box? Why not, we say...

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I'll give it a go

I will dig out my venerable Acer netbook this evening and give Q4OS a spin. The netbook has been gathering dust for a while as it had W10 installed for me to try out and make decisions on future OS direction. The decision arrived at was to maintain W7 on all systems and slowly move to dual-boot with Mint, with a view to totally moving across before end of life for W7. Q4OS sounds like it may prove to be another contender especially on some of the older hardware (this is why the netbook is such a good testbed, W10 was struggling, if Q4OS runs reasonably well on this, it should be fine on anything else that I haven't chucked out).

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Credit insurance tightens for geek shack Maplin Electronics

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Re: Electronics Today International (ETI)

The Henrys catalogue was a gem. Costing 7shillings and six pence and containing five 2 shilling vouchers each redeemable when spending a pound. I remember going into the Edgware road shop and asking for an Akai 4000DS tape deck and 18 catalogues, which would have got me just over two pounds discount (and a lot of couponless catalogues to give away outside the shop). In the end I was given a fiver off and just the one catalogue. To put that in perspective, that fiver would then have (and probably did!) purchased more than 25 pints of beer.

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HMRC's switch to AWS killed a small UK cloud business

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Flame

£9 million funding

I don't care about the vulture capitalist, but I'm incensed (see icon) to hear that local authority money is going into things like this. What right have they to gamble with ratepayer's cash while reducing refuse collections, closing libraries and generally not providing the services they're meant to?

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Sick burn, yo: Google's latest Pixel 2 XL suffers old-skool screen singe

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Joke

Re: Back in the way?

Of course, I did it my day.

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Google and Intel cook AI chips, neural network exchanges – and more

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Don't tell me, let me guess.

"The Partnership of AI, which includes Amazon, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, DeepMind, and Apple and several other companies"

Would AI be Advertising Industry?

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Vodafone, EE and Three overcharging customers after contracts expire

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Vermin Media

While chatting with an elderly neighbour, she told me that she had come to the end of her contract with Virgin Media and worried about being cut off she went to a shopping centre where she knew they usually set up a stand. She didn't want a new phone, it had taken her most of the contract period to learn how to use the one she had. She came away re-assured and grateful that all she had to do was to carry on paying and she would be allowed to continue using the old phone and would keep the same number.

Next time she goes to that shopping centre I've offered to go with her and I reckon I can get twenty quid a month off for her. Either that or a PAC to switch to a fiver a month GiffGaff which would be more than adequate for her requirements.

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SpaceX gives free ride to replacement for Facebook's fried satellite

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Joke

As Robert Heinlein once (nearly) said...

...There's no such thing as a free launch

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Phab-u-lous, Mate: Huawei's business phabs go upmarket

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FAIL

"crunching 16-bit floating point numbers"

16 bits is inadequate for integers in many cases. For floating point it is laughable.

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SCARY SPICE: Pumpkin air freshener sparks school evacuation

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Coat

Re: Mince Pies

I refuse to have anything to do with Christmas until Boxing day.

Mine's the one with the bag of humbugs in the pocket.

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Microsoft silently fixes security holes in Windows 10 – dumps Win 7, 8 out in the cold

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Wake-up call

MS need to realise that many of the people running 7 just do not want 10 and if forced will go to Linux Mint or similar. Once they've gone, they've gone for good. They might not stick with the distro they initially choose or even switch to a totally different system, but the one certain thing is that they will never go back to Windows. I think most reg readers will know of one or more people who departed the MS camp when XP support ended, the same will happen soon with 7.

I've already migrated 75% of the way and I'm working to a target of fully switching over the next 15 months (except for one system running FSX which will be disconnected from the net).

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Dumb bug of the week: Apple's macOS reveals your encrypted drive's password in the hint box

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Joke

Re: Indian...

Looks more like cowboy coding to me.

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Patch your Android, peeps, it has up to 14 nasty flaws to flog

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Joke

Flaws affect Android 4.4 to the current version.

Good job I'm still on 3.2 then.

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Life began after meteorites splashed into warm ponds of water, say astronomers

Tromos

Why highlight meteorites?

The article mentions 2000kg containing carbon compounds, therefore somewhat less than 2000 depending on the percentage content. The meteoric contribution pales into total insignificance when compared with dust providing 60000000kg of carbon compounds annually.

Either the quoted figures are wrong or the seeding of life should be credited to interstellar dust rather than the headline's splashing meteorites.

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In a surprise to no one, BT and TalkTalk top Ofcom's whinge-list

Tromos

Regulator needs to damn well regulate.

Make the worst provider each quarter refund all customers 50% and the second worst 25% (and no hiking the prices to compensate). If that doesn't bring about some improvement, nothing will.

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EasyJet: We'll have electric airliners within the next decade

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Joke

I'm not buying one of those planes...

...unless it has replaceable batteries and an SD memory expansion slot.

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Chairman Zuck ends would-be president Zuck's political career

Tromos

Philanthropic efforts

The most philanthropic act he could engage in would be to shut down facebook.

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Blame Canada? $5.7m IBM IT deal balloons to $185m thanks to 'an open bag of money'

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Joke

Could have been worse.

'Over the past 18 months, "thousands" of employees have experienced problems including not being paid or getting less than they were owed.'

At least nobody seems to have experienced problems with getting more than they were owed?

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Falling apart at the seamless: Inside Apple's LTE Watch fiasco

Tromos

Dick Tracy style

I don't quite see where Tracy comes into it.

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Manchester plod still running 1,500 Windows XP machines

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Re: I still have two XP instances

100% XP compatibility.

Wake me up when Linux/wine can run Flight Simulator X properly. Until then, the MS partition on the disk is safe.

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Mad scientist zaps himself to determine the power of electric eel shocks

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Joke

960 Ohms

You can tell by the white, blue and brown bands on the eel.

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Facebook fails in bid for streaming sports rights

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Makes no difference...

...which of those two get IPL rights. I'll do without rather than use either of them.

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Some positive news: LG, Hitachi, NEC charged $65m in li-ion battery price fixing shocker

Tromos

65 Meeelions...

...should be enough to pay the lawyers in full and a compensation of 10 cents to each of the plaintiffs.

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Ad blocking basically doesn't exist on mobile

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Needs more work

"About 43 per cent of mobile display ad impressions are fraudulent"

Disappointing. We must aim to get this up to at least 98%.

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Lottery-hacking sysadmin's unlucky number comes up: 25 years in the slammer

Tromos

Way too harsh

25 years? Did the article miss out a few kidnappings/serious assaults/attempted murders/rapes/etc? Most of those don't get sentences that long. I hope he's paroled after about 5 to 7 years as that seems more than adequate punishment for the harm done.

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German court reveals reason for Europe-wide patent system freeze

Tromos

"a specific date for the decision is presently not foreseeable"

I think I can predict the date. Remind me. When is Batistelli's term up?

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UK.gov to treat online abuse as seriously as IRL hate crime

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Race, religion, sexuality, etc.

So it's still OK to have a right go at people who choose the wrong operating system or phone.

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Ads regulator raps PC repair biz for massaging malware infection rates

Tromos

Ditto

At least 6 Internet-facing machines running with Win 95 initially and on Win 7 today. No AV other than Microsoft Security Essentials. No viruses or malware ever activated in 22 years. That comes to over 30000 machine days, so it would require 10000 idiots downloading naked celebrity screensavers to get the claimed level of statistics. I don't for a moment doubt that there are ten thousand idiots out there, but I suspect there must be enough careful and savvy people around too that make the one per three days figure look almost as ridiculous as the wrath of the ASA. They'll probably just move to claiming 2 infections per week which is a different advert and will take the ASA over a month to respond to.

BT got stopped from claiming the most powerful Wi-Fi, so they've just moved to claiming the best coverage which is equally bollocks.

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She's arrived! HMS Queen Lizzie enters Portsmouth Naval Base

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Joke

iPad in two years time

He's right. Most people don't know what they'll be doing with it. They'll have replaced it with a proper doorstop well before then.

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Samsung drops 128TB SSD and kinetic-type flash drive bombshells

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My Compukit UK101 (circa 1980) took pairs of 2114 chips for each kilobyte of upgrade. At £4.50 apiece that came to £72 for just 8k. £9million for a gigabyte (not to mention the cost of a 5 volt 64000 Amp supply to power it!)

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Flash fryers have burger problems: You can't keep adding layers

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Joke

How many layers are too many?

From a quick glance at the photograph, I would say take out all the veggie layers and substitute bacon for three of them.

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Uneasy rest the buttocks on the iron throne. Profits plunge 14% at Sky UK and Ireland

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Devil

“We will continue to identify opportunities to reach new customers..."

Translation:

We'll see what's popular on free-to-air then snap it up exclusively and charge a packet for it.

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Authorities go hard on coffee maker for stiff Viagra-powered brew

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Joke

Iced coffee?

On a hot summer's day, there's nothing like an ice-cold fappe.

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Google G-Suite spotted erecting stiff member vetting tool

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Joke

Google has also launched a recruitment tool called Hire

Google developers now starting work on Fire.

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One-quarter of UK.gov IT projects at high risk of failure

Tromos

OK, that'll be 25% at risk of failure and a further 60% where there is no risk, they'll definitely fail.

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Brickbat unwraps in lap of crap Snapchat yap app technocrat brats after stock splat mishap

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Peak register

You know, there is such a thing as trying TOO hard.

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May the excessive force be with you: Chap cuffed after Star Trek v Star Wars row turns bloody

Tromos

No contest

My vote for best goes to Bab5.

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TfL, WTH is my bus? London looks up from its mobile

Tromos

Re: timetables

www.londonbusroutes.net

Timetables and just about everything short of the driver's names.

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Tromos

Aren't printouts of the timetable displayed at bus stops?

In many cases, no. You often get times of first and last buses and then a frequency for a range of times such as '10:00 - 16:00 every 15-20 minutes'. Unless you actually caught a glimpse of the previous one disappearing down the road you've no idea if the next is along in a minute or you have a quarter of an hour or more to wait. The complex technology exists, I see no reason to restrict usage to necessities. Anything that can make life a little more pleasant helps.

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Brit prosecutors ask IT suppliers to fight over £3 USB cable tender

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Re: Not just restricted to governments

At a property of mine in Greece I had phone/broadband provided by OTE which was a government monopoly at the time. Shortly after some competition was allowed, I moved to one of the new providers. There was a matter of half a euro to be refunded for line rental as I made sure the cancellation would go through a couple of days before the next billing period. Was this refunded directly to my bank using the same mechanisms as the bill payments? No. I was invited to pop around to their headquarters with various proofs of identity and other paperwork, queue for probably hours and then receive a sum that wouldn't get a cup of coffee. Of course I didn't bother to go. Two months later another letter came with the exact same info. More than 12 years have elapsed and there have been 75 letters! I'd like to think I'm slowly bankrupting them a stamp at a time.

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Re: And these are the guys negotiating Brexit ?

It's obvious that we'd, near as dammit, get the best deal by ordering Brexit from Amazon.

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Brit teen accused of running malware factory and helpdesk for crims

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@Doctor Syntax

Just like I usually read "Uniformed officer" as "Uninformed officer". It often makes more sense that way.

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Google DeepMind trial failed to comply with data protection – ICO

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My bad.

I was under the assumption that the very essence of data protection lay in keeping your data away from Google.

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Virgin Media to close flagship Oxford St store in August

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Joke

Presumably...

...the one-way fare to Mexico works out much cheaper than statutory redundancy.

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Florida Man to be fined $1.25 per robocall... all 96 million of them

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WTF?

Good luck with collecting that fine.

How is it that fines that stand no earthly chance of being paid are handed out to individuals like this, yet when a massive corporate misbehaves it usually results in something that can come out of petty cash?

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BT problems impact Department for Work and Pensions services

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Joke

Child Maintenance Service

Have you tried switching it off then on again?

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