* Posts by Bloodbeastterror

534 posts • joined 16 Oct 2013


Go, go, Gadgets Boy! 'Influencer' testing 5G for Vodafone finds it to be slower than 4G


If it wasn't tested on a 5G phone (are there any?) then what's the point?

Bad news for WannaCry slayer Marcus Hutchins: Judge rules being young, hungover, and in a strange land doesn't obviate evidence


Why in the name of god...

...would any sane person go to the US these days? Every day it gets closer to a banana republic, particularly in the legal field.

I was there 15 years ago and loved it. The people were lovely, driving was a pleasure (people in Las Vegas in the late evening allowed me to cross five lanes of traffic without a beep), but over the past few (two?) years it's just become a hellhole, the laughing stock of the civilised world of which it's no longer a part.

Hold horror stories: Chief, we've got a f*cking idiot on line 1. Oh, you heard all that


@Loyal Commenter

"did it deliberately?" No. I try to cut people slack and am unkind only when at the end of my tether. This guy had a long history of dimwittedness, though he was a very nice bloke.


True story. I worked in a sales office a very long time ago with an intellectually-challenged individual who had on the phone a customer who wanted to speak to me. He put his hand over the phone, told me who it was, I shook my head, and he told the customer "He says he's not here."


Not cool, man: Dixons spanked over discount on luxury 'smart' fridge with wildly fluctuating price


Re: 4k for a fridge?

"mechango"? Manchego? :-)

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


Re: Comparison

No, the evil and stupid thing about this is that Americans are being put out of work in order to force American taxpayers to fund this ludicrous manchild's infantile promise that Mexico would pay for the wall.

Sticking with one mobile provider gets you... Oh. Price rises, big exit fees, and lovely, lovely lock-in


Re: One word...

The thing about Giffgaff is that they have *no* contract. You buy a month's "goodybag" (I know, right...?) and if you don't like it you can change the next one to a more expensive or cheaper one, or even just cancel and not pay. I've been with them for over five years and the service has been flawless. It's the model that every consumer should be following so that these greedy scum firms don't have the possibility of defrauding their customers.


One word...


A Christmas classic: Cloudera founder asks staff to stay another day


In the early nineties I worked for a national supermarket which took over a smaller chain, involving massive rewrites of the systems to enable a smooth merger. The smaller chain's employees worked long days and weekends to meet the deadlines, knowing that their jobs would be gone by the time they finished. Consummate professionals - I had enormous respect for their ability and dedication.

I was in the coffee room one day with a senior manager who brushed their work aside. He never offered any bonuses or even thanks to this great team.

Once a company has shown its true colours, there is no benefit in continuing to support it. Get out while you can.

What a meth: Woman held for 3 months after cops mistake candy floss for hard drugs


The American "justice" system...

...is a complete joke, the laughing stock of the world. A third-world country on its way to being fourth-class. I've said it before and I'll say it again - the people who put men on the moon are diminishingly few...

Shocker: UK smart meter rollout is crap, late and £500m over budget


"for you and I" FFS!

I'd like to read this article to reinforce my prejudice, but I can't get past the sub-headline.

For god's sake, is it too much to ask that a professional writer has at least a minimal understanding of grammar? "for you and I"...? Really?

This is the result of a failed desire to be seen as educated - emulating Queen-speak. Unfortunately the Queen does have a proper education and would never make this gross error.

"My husband and I went to the beach. The crowds saw my husband and I on the beach."

I think not. The simple test is to remove the other party, in which case the second sentence above would become "The crowds saw I on the beach." The Queen is not a Rastafarian, and I doubt that the writer is, so the sub-headline is garbage. As is the English of the author.

Rant mode off...

With the 6T, OnePlus hopes to shed 'cheeky upstart' tag and launch assault on flagships


Why the front-facing camera hullaballoo?

I'm still running my ancient Nexus 6 - close to four years old now. Stereo speakers, great QHD screen, NitrogenOS Pie, battery still lasts all day. It has a substantial head and chin, but the large 6" screen is at least a perfect rectangle.

I've asked myself many times over the past year why manufacturers make such a big deal of the front camera. I've used mine maybe half a dozen times over the past four years and I'd be very happy to buy a phone with all the 6T specs without the camera ruining the screen. I'm not so obsessed with my gob that I have to keep photographing myself all the time - that's why we have mirrors, for Pete's sake.

But crucially there are now rumours of through-display cameras, where the camera under the screen can "see" through the display. That for me is the best solution, so given that I'm fortunate in having an excellent device I'll be waiting for the Oneplus 7 or even 7T...

Facebook names former Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg head of global affairs


He killed the Lib Dems...

... let's hope he can do the same for FB. He should slot right into that pit of vipers. Scum.

Pixel 3 XL reveals innards festooned with glue and... Samsung?


Re: "replete with a hidden ribbon cable"


"Dictionaties exist for a reason."

Ha ha ha... I take that one on the chin. Bad proofreading... :-)


Re: "replete with a hidden ribbon cable"

The usage is wrong, as is simply shown by replacing the word with its definition:

"the 13.2Wh battery ... fully or abundantly provided or filled with a hidden ribbon cable".

I don't think so. "Replete" implies "containing" (the battery does not contain the cable), whereas "complete" includes external components too.

"I am replete" means "I've had enough". How does this apply to a battery and cable exactly?

Language is important and I expect professional wordsmiths to use it properly.


"replete with a hidden ribbon cable"

Dictionaties exist for a reason. They prevent people wanting to appear clever from making mistakes.

"complete with a hidden ribbon cable"


Shortages, price rises, recession: Tech industry preps for hard Brexit


And all we can do...

...is press our local MP to demand a second referendum to prove that this nonsense actually is the will of the people. Not the people I know. Not in my name.

Sunny Cali goes ballistic, this ransomware is atrocious. Even our IT bill will be something quite ferocious


That headline

Yawn. Doesn't even scan.

Trump's axing of cyber czar role has left gaping holes in US defence


This fits in well...

...with the rumours of kompromat. I guess I'd like to be strong enough to call the bluff and allow the release of the pee tapes. I know for sure that Trump isn't strong enough and prefers to risk his country rather than his reputation.

Deliveroo to bike food to hungry fanbois queuing to buy iPhones


"£1,499 for the 512GB model"

Maybe I read the comments too quickly and missed it, but has nobody really commented on the price? WTF? Just how gullible are these morons?

Brits pay £490m extra for mobes they already own – Citizens Advice


There's a term for this...

..."theft by deception".

They continue to take money for an item which has been fully paid off and is no longer their property. They take that money with the intention of permanently depriving its owner of it. Theft.

UK getting ready to go it alone on Galileo


The morons "in charge"...

...hark back to the Victorian era and still dream that the UK is a world power {and the populace are just walking wallets). It isn't. We're on an insignificant dot on the map.

OnePlus 6: Perfect porridge? One has to make a smartphone that's juuuust right


Re: Qi Charging

Check this (others available):


My son's G5 has one and it works very nicely, hidden under the back case.

'Facebook takes data from my phone – but I don't have an account!'



I run an Android custom ROM (LineageOS 15.1), rooted, and on the back of this article I performed a search using Root Explorer for "facebook", expecting to find nothing - after all, I'd done many full wipes and haven't had a stock ROM for a long time. I was amazed to find around 30 references in various apps. I've nuked them - if the app fails because of a missing Facebook reference then it's not an app I want to use anyway.

The sooner this dangerous foul application is closed down the better. What a shame that so may people continue to sleepwalk towards 1984... (and yes, I do appreciate the irony of using a Google device).

You've been Zucked: Facebook boss refuses to face-off with Brit MPs


When are we Brits finally going to recognise that we're a dot on the map and no longer a world power? All this posturing and posing and outrage that a citizen of another country refuses to fly over here to repeat a performance that these MPs could watch on Youtube is ridiculous and further diminishes what little status we have remaining.

Prez Donald Trump to save manufacturing jobs … in China, at ZTE


Just how much longer will America tolerate this incompetent blundering fool trying to destroy the world?

Super Cali upstart's new rocket test approaches, even though the size of it won't launch a Tesla motor


Super Cali...


Enough already...

Intellisense was off and developer learned you can't code in Canadian


I had never realised (sic) that Canadians are illiterate(*) too... :-)

(*) "Illiterate? Don't know the meaning of the word."

The Gemini pocket PC is shipping and we've got one. This is what it's like


Ribbon cable?

I loved my 5MX and gave up on it only when the ribbon cable between the body and screen broke with too much flexing. I hope this one has a better mechanism - when the bugs are ironed out I might well get one just for the (modernised) trip down memory lane.

No sh*t, Sherlock! Bloke suspected of swallowing drug stash keeps colon schtum for 22 DAYS


"preventing this from being resulted"

Say whut...? That's not even English. No wonder the CPS has problems.

Accused Brit hacker Lauri Love will NOT be extradited to America


"He's committed espionage"

I guess you're a Yank?

From what I've read of the background, Love is more likely to have been doing it for the technical thrill, not to spy in order to sell secrets or betray anyone. Unless you know different, in which case cite your sources.


@ Phil W

"They also wouldn't try and have him killed..."

The very fact that this comment occurred to you (one with which I totally agree, having just watched "The Trials of Henry Kissinger") is a demonstration of the reason that this judgement is correct. The US justice system is a worldwide joke, and the election of The Orange Baboon has accelerated America's plunge into total decline. Love would have had no chance at all in that hysterical idiocracy.

Bigmouth ex-coppers who fed media MP pr0nz story face privacy probe


Re: What confidentiality?

"your statement is incredibility naive"

I can understand some of your points as a normal difference of points of view, but "naive"...? No, that one I totally reject, because the alternatives are that our representatives are in office to maintain the normal (IMO unacceptable) status quo or to make it worse, and I doubt that this is the proposition that you intend...?

(P.S. "incredibility naive"? Check your spellchecker).


What confidentiality?

Is it breaching a burglar's data protection rights to publish his appearance in court, even if he's found not guilty? Green is a public servant and was (in my view) abusing the time and resources that I pay for in order to ogle naked woman. He can damn' well do that on his own time, not on the time that he should be spending working on making my society better. I know from personal experience at work that a person caught visiting iffy websites on his work computer was out of the building, pass revoked, the very same day.

The police are absolutely right to make this public as a service to the electorate.

HMS Queen Elizabeth has sprung a leak and everyone's all a-tizzy


"shaft gland packing"

Eeh, that sounds reet disgusting...

Damian Green: Not only my workstation – mystery pr0n all over Parliamentary PCs


"I'll just pop into my boss' office...

...and get my daily fix of porn."

Oh please, do me a favour...

Drone collisions with airliners may not be fatal, US study suggests


Re: "may not be fatal"

"I suspect logic is not their forte"

I suspect vocabulary is not their forté... :-)


"may not be fatal"

And the simple corollary is "may be fatal"...

Nationwide UK web bank and app take unscheduled nap


Re: Works for me

Same here - working fine on my Android phone at 11:29 GMT.

ATM fees shake-up may push Britain towards cashless society


They just never give up trying to screw me for my own money. So the benefits go to whom? The shareholders who already have so much already that they have enough spare to invest? Just how many bloody speedboats do you need to waterski?

Google's phone woes: The Pixel and the damage done


Re: Bring back Nexus!

My son is still using my old £279 Nexus 4 and loves it, especially as I upgraded it to Nougat. Pigs will fly before I spend nearly a grand on any phone. Ludicrous.

Submarine builder admits dismembering journalist's body


"Very Bad Things"

I watched this movie, a Christian Slater psycho showcase, just the other day, and this submarine story reminds me of it a lot. Accidental killing of a woman during a stag party in a Vegas hotel, Slater pushes his mates to cover it up, kills hotel security guy, dismembers both and buries them in the desert. And downhill from then on, which I reckon is the way this will go.

For an inventor he's piss-poor at inventing a believable story...

If you say it loud enough, Uber will sound atrocious: Super Cali juristic discrimination process


Can you stop with the "super cali" stuff now? You'll never better the original Sun, and it's beginning to appear desperate.

How much for that Belkin cable? Margin of 1,992%?


Enough is enough...

It's time that we faced the reality of the nonsense and chaos that's going on and cancelled our exit from Europe (the stupidly-named "Brexit"). It's clear to the meanest intelligence (now)* that it's going to isolate us in our nice little poorhouse ghetto - such a pity that the double-first graduate who got us into this mess couldn't specify a minimum 60% agreement to exit rather than the unbelievably stupid 50/50. Duh.

* And I say "now" because it was mean intelligence (i.e. morons who hadn't a clue what they were voting for, as in "I didn't want to support Cameron") that got us into this appalling mess.

Dropbox thinks outside the … we can't go there, not when a box becomes a 'collection of surfaces'


Is the logo actually different? Looks familiar to me...

Brit broke anti-terror law by refusing to cough up passwords to cops


Martin Niemöller

@AC - you beat me to it...

For those who don't read German, because it's an important quotation:


First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out —

because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out —

because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out —

because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me — and there was no one left to speak for me.

Welcome to the future: Bluetooth jackets you can only wash 10 times. Gee, thanks, Google


I thought I'd heard it all...

...but apparently not.

"Google's connected textile platform"


HP users moaning over 10-minute login lag during 'Win 10 update'


In case anyone reading this is suffering, the (temporary?) solution is to use services.msc to disable App Readiness.

Sacre bleu! Apple's high price, marginal gain iPhone strategy leaves it stuck in the mud


Re: £1,149

"Assuming Face ID is as well implemented as Touch ID"

Well, I think that the demo showed just how well the face recognition works - i.e. it doesn't.

Apple can bleat on as long as they want about how wonderful a feature it is, but it simply isn't - it's a gimmick, and one that has already been shot down in flames by any number of people today alone. Compared with a fingerprint reader it's total cack, and unreliable cack at that. It's another solution looking for a problem which was cracked a long time ago with a proper PIN solution.


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