* Posts by Tromos

924 posts • joined 23 Sep 2013

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

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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

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"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

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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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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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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

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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

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No contest

My vote for best goes to Bab5.

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

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Re: timetables

www.londonbusroutes.net

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

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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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Child Maintenance Service

Have you tried switching it off then on again?

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Now you can 'roam like at home' within the EU, but what's the catch?

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The old sayings are the best...

Roam wasn't billed in a day.

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BT's Ryan Reynolds helicopter Wi-Fi ads 'misleading', thunders ad watchdog

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Directional?

Personally, I prefer a Wi\Fi setup that propagates signal outwards rather than upwards.

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We're not saying we're living in a simulation but someone's simulated the universe in a computer

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Wouldn't it be neat if...

...dark energy = dark matter times the speed of dark squared?

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Event horizons around black holes do exist, say astroboffins

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Promotion?

General Relativity has performed so well that I recommend promotion to Field Marshal Relativity.

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Bitcoin exchange Coinbase crashes after Asian buying frenzy

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"Legal tender"?

There's quite a difference between legal tender and simply legal. Somehow I don't see the local corner shop being compelled to accept Bitcoin for a packet of crisps for some time to come (if ever).

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Huawei Honor 8 Pro: Makes iPhone 7 Plus look a bit crap

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FAIL

"Honor mini-site for full specs"

If those are indeed the full specs, I'm not impressed. No Wi-Fi or GPS? I assume it actually must have both of these but I went to the site to check if 5GHz Wi-Fi is supported and which GPS constellations are handled plus details of other sensors and found zilch. Can't even download a PDF manual for the device in case there is more information there. It does, however, offer a manual in Estonian for an earlier model. If the website is indicative of the support being offered, I'd look elsewhere.

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Beeb hands £560m IT deal to Atos. Again

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I concur

"The placement of the contract with Atos presents us with a series of opportunities and challenges which I am certain we can jointly deliver and overcome."

I see no problems with this. I'm sure they will overcome all opportunities and deliver a multitude of challenges.

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Huge flying arse makes successful test flight

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Re: the HMS Callipygean

But the popular vote will go with 'Arsy McBumface'.

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Oh snap! UK Prime Minister Theresa May calls June election

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Feeding children properly

I agree. But what to?

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Apple nabs permit to experiment with self-driving iCars in Cali

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Am I too late for a design patent for a car with rounded corners?

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Bankers to get 1Gbps free Wi-Fi in City of London deal

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"ran out of coke and hookers"

Typical spoilt banker. Anyone else would settle for Pepsi and a prop forward.

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Why do GUIs jump around like a demented terrier while starting up? Am I on my own?

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Re: BBC stupid Breaking news.

Block 'polling.bbc.co.uk'.

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US visitors must hand over Twitter, Facebook handles by law – newbie Rep starts ball rolling

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Re: But

I only have antisocial media accounts. This one being a prime example.

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Brexploitation? Adobe gets creative with price hikes

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Vote for Bugxit

Expunge every last trace of Adobe Software and rejoice in vastly improved system security.

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Openreach appoints former TUC head to independent board

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TUC?

They must be crackers.

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Northumbria Uni fined £400K after boffin's bad math gives students a near-killer caffeine high

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300 cups of coffee

Wow! A weeks worth all in one go!

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Verizon waves its IoT credentials, boasts of adopting US-centric one

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NHS wearables.

I'm not sure the smart truss will really achieve success.

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One BEEELLION dollars: Apple sues Qualcomm, one of its chip designers

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If Apple were to get the billion...

...would they be passing the money on to their customers? I suspect it would just add to their already bloated margins.

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Wi-Fi for audiophiles: Alliance preps TimeSync certification program

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Joke

Opens up a new market for gold plated oxygen-free Wi-Fi routers.

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Microsoft goes retro with Vista, Zune-style Windows Neon makeover

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Re: At least they're trying!

Extremely trying.

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Not OK Google: Tree-loving family turns down Page and pals' $7m

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Worth a lot more than $7m...

...as soon as the advertising hoardings for Bing go up all round the border.

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Huawei Mate 9: The Note you've been waiting for?

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GPS?

Most reviews (especially Reg ones) totally skip the GPS, which to me is more important than the camera. How good is it at acquiring (and holding onto) a fix? How many and which of the satellite constellations are supported? Does it even have a GPS? Given the number of apps that use location, it can't be only me that wants to know.

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Surprise, surprise. BT the only Universal Service Obligation provider in town

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Re: Nationalise openreach

That's all we need.

"National cable apologises for the cancellation of your broadband service. This is due to leaves on the cabinet."

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Adobe fined a whole million dollars for 2013 mega-breach

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Damage limitation

At least there won't be any damage to Adobe's reputation for security. They don't have one.

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Smartmobe made 'intermittent bright flashes and a hissing noise' in Biz class seat

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Re: My phone gets switched off before boarding

"Good thing they don't have internal batteries. Ah......."

And, yet, the Kindle has not acquired a reputation for living up to it's name.

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Whinge on: T-Mobile US docked $48m for limiting 'unlimited' data plans

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Wrong!

"When broadband providers are accurate, honest and upfront in their ads and disclosures, consumers aren't surprised..."

Not so. I for one will be bloody amazed if the day ever comes when broadband providers are accurate, honest and upfront in their ads and disclosures.

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Coming soon to smart home devices? Best Before labels – with patch cut-off dates

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Re: C-Bus

I disagree. Internet fridges are a great idea. Just one question. How do I upload and download my food?

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Re: It's insidious

Presumably because the IoT controlled alley lighting has been pwned.

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