* Posts by HkraM

23 posts • joined 12 Nov 2013

ASA tells Poundland and its teabagging elf: Enough with the smutty social ninja sh*t


I'm trying to figure out how Twinings determined it was their tea bag.

There was a Twinings box behind the Elf in the original ad. An updated version removed the box.

User had no webcam or mic, complained vid conference didn’t work


Re: This one, every time

I even get Word documents containing megapixel photographs (not screenshots!) of terminal emulator windows. And it's usually TeraTerm that was being used, which has clipboard and buffer save options built in.

Don't panic, but.. ALIEN galaxies are slamming Earth with ultra-high-energy cosmic rays


Re: Life... Or"intelligent" life? Not the same thing.

Dolphins? And of course camels!

Forget trigonometry, 'cos Babylonians did it better 3,700 years ago – by counting in base 60!



The Babylonians knew a thing or two about copyright as well if the tablet is still protected after over 3000 years.

Fighter pilot shot down laptops with a flick of his copper-plated wrist


About 20 years ago I noticed a user from a different part of the company booting up his PC in the morning - he had to enter the date and time in when prompted. When I asked why, he said he'd been doing that for over a year, because his PC always forgot the date and time when powered off and IT couldn't find the fault - so IT had added date/time prompts into autoexec.bat.

As someone who was never afraid to do IT's job for them, especially if it had the potential to demonstrate how totally useless they were, I opened the case of this PC thinking that maybe the battery needed replacing, looked inside for less than 10 seconds, then removed the CMOS reset jumper that was still fitted. Problem fixed.

If only our British 4G were as good as, um, Albania's... UK.gov's telco tech report



The report makes it clear that the data used to rank countries is based on data from OpenSignal. Their data should be taken with a truckload of salt.

I've used OpenSignal's app on four phones and two networks and it just never uploads any test results; their data still shows no coverage near where I live on my network. I don't know how they can get away with publishing data collected from such an unreliable app.

UK.gov was warned of smart meter debacle by Cabinet Office in 2012


No thanks

My current electricity supplier don't bother to ever read my meter, so I have to do it for them. This is despite the meter being on the same external wall and 6 feet from the gas meter, which they do read.

And even then I do not want a smart meter, even if it did mean they can read the damn thing remotely.

Fleeing Aussie burglar shot in arse with bow and arrow


Would the alleged burglar be charged with stealing an arrow too? Or would that be deemed a gift?

Swansong for Rosetta as it lands on the duck-shaped comet

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This mission has been a great success and I've followed its progress for years. Lets hope we can have more discoveries like these.

Often forgotten is the fact that Rosetta wasn't originally going to visit 67P but comet 46P/Wirtanen instead. But after an Ariane 5 ECA self-destructed in December 2002, Rosetta's planned launch the following month was postponed and a new target had to be found; Rosetta launched over a year later than originally planned.

Narcissist Heidi Powell wants her dot-com and she wants it now, now, NOW!

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let's call her Narcissist Heidi

OK, I was planning to clean my screen today anyway!

BOFH: The case of the suspicious red icon


Re: 1bs

How about the users who know they don't know something and are prepared to ask... but they think they have a photographic memory so don't take notes, and end up asking the same question again a week or two later, and yet again another two weeks later. There's no point adding pages to the support FAQ list because these users always forget that exists! One user still didn't take the hint when I just kept forwarding an email to him containing all previous answers to his question.

Android's latest patches once again remind us: It's Nexus or bust if you want decent security


If you're using the nightly builds, Cyanogenmod gets the updates very fast. My CM13 phone got the July updates within a day or two of Google releasing them; I'm expecting the August updates to be similar. I am using the nightly builds though - the last "stable" build for my phone is 9 months old.

I'll never buy a new phone that doesn't have Cyanogenmod builds available. I had enough of manufacturers refusing to release updates after less than a year. (Motorola, Samsung, Sony have all done this.)

Lester Haines: RIP



I'm lost for words. I always enjoyed reading his articles.

Condolences to his family and friends.

I'll raise a glass later in his memory.

Ultra-cool dwarf throws planetary party

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"3 May 2016 at 11:20, Leicester Haines"

I see what you did there!

F-35s failed 'scramble test' because of buggy software



But they won't be flying with them by the sound of it.

Four hundred MILLION vulnerable Androids are out there


Unsupported devices still under warranty

I think I've had devices by Sony, Samsung, Motorola and Asus that all got one OTA update then became unsupported before the 1 year warranty even ran out. Two of them ended up running Cyanogenmod builds.

It seems to me that the manufacturers can't even be bothered to support their devices for 1 year.

NYPD anti-crypto Twitter campaign goes about as well as you'd expect


Stealing a hashtag

"But the NYPD is also facing allegations that it stole the #unlockjustice hashtag"

Since when could you steal a hashtag?

Game of Moans: Sky coughs to BORKED set top box BALLS-UP


There's another problem with the latest firmware on some boxes that Sky know all about but still haven't fixed - after a week or two they start to forget series links, but power-cycling the box brings them all back.

BT said to have pulled patent-infringing boxes from DSL network


I'm not sure my BT line could get any slower...

Range Rover to fit trendy new SUV with FRIKKIN' LASER HUDs


Re: Call me sceptical

"But there isn't a UK speed sign that says "70" or "60""

60s are in several places, particularly in Scotland. They're on the A282 southbound at the Dartford Crossing too.

70s I've seen around too.

Ill communication delays NHS England's GP data grab for six months


Implied consent

It's somewhat hypocritical of the government to use implied consent when it suits them (care data, summary care records, ISP adult filters, etc.), but they expect everyone else to use explicit consent.

Google Glassholes, GET OFF our ROADS, thunder lawmakers in seven US states


Wearable computer

A smartwatch is wearable computer, so will these be banned too?

Hyenas FACEBOOK each other with their ARSES: FACT


Re: Fecebook!

Or it could be Shitter?

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