* Posts by Oh Matron!

128 posts • joined 28 Nov 2013


Most munificent Apple killed itself with kindness. Oh. Really?

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Re: Look it's really quite simple.

My Mum's 13" MacBook Pro 2008 is still going great guns (well, once I'd swapped out the HDD for an SSD), and my 15" MacBook Pro 2012 is still getting software updates. You can't blame Apple for making fantastic products.

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

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Re: And another old name is discarded...

Via Mannesmann, IIRC

Orange were truly innovative. Line 2 was excellent and whilst everyone was still doing 9.6kbps dialup, Orange has HSCSD which did 28.8k. All you needed were a few AT commands and off you went :-)


The glorious Brexit uncertainty: The only dead cert on data rules for tech biz in 2019

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Re: It's all just smoke and mirrors.....

You forgot Arms...

Not need to be anonymous... as you're probably right.

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Re: My prediction is...

We got the Brexit we deserved, not the brexit we wanted

What happens when a Royal Navy warship sees a NATO task force headed straight for it? A crash course in Morse

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Marine engineer mechanic. My Bro was one on HMS Endurance in the 90s

Apple iPhone X screen falls short of promises, lawsuit says

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Re: You left out the worst claim in the suit!

<quote>But given that Apple has a return policy that includes a full refund...</quote>

Came here to say this....

As much as we complain about UK law, I do love how you have to prove that you have suffered loss as a result of something in order to be able to bring a lawsuit...

Equifax how-it-was-mega-hacked damning dossier lands, in all of its infuriating glory

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"We are deeply disappointed that the Committee chose not to provide us with adequate time to...

spin this into something positive..."

Lenovo tells Asia-Pacific staff: Work lappy with your unencrypted data on it has been nicked

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Re: Lappy?

Journalists? Don't get that word mixed up with blogger. Those who can't, don't forget, blog.

Talk about a GAN-do attitude... AI software bots can see through your text CAPTCHAs

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GAN see through

Shame how AI can't teach you how to proof read, though!

Douglas Adams was right, ish... Super-Earth world clocked orbiting 'nearby' Barnard's Star

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Re: Shame the em drive never worked out

The fastest thing there is is not the speed of light in a vacuum, but a hire car. Any fool knows this... :-)

Windows XP? Pfff! Parts of the Royal Navy are running Win ME

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I look forward to...

The deep blue sea of death

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I've windows 3.11 workgroups on floppy if you ever need it. All 8 of them :-)

ZX Spectrum reboot scandal firm's original directors rejoin

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Re: Massive-

Which is exactly what happened to my copy of Chequered Flag. Some idiot flicked the polarity switch the wrong way on my cassette power adapter, means the tap unspooled itself into the cassette deck. Took me ages to fish it out.

Chequered flag would only then load if:

It was a tuesday

The wind from from the south east

The ice cream van had already been

the FTSE had lost more than 0.2% for the day

International politicos line up to get shot down by Facebook

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Re: Simples

I honestly think that if that happened, there'd be a similar result as what happened at the end of the Truman Show: Everyone will go back to their lives before Facebook turned up, as if it never happened.

Apple replaces boot-loop watchOS edition with unconnected complications edition

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Re: 176 Mb

Facebook Messenger on iOS is 145.1MB. For a single app. 175MB is nothing :-)

(it is 21 times bigger than my first ever RAM upgrade, however.....)

Mobile ops and Wi-Fi set to scrap for spectrum in the glorious 5G future

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Re: 5G hype has become ridiculous

"Cars need massive amounts of bandwidth". Just low latency / high speed

"Complex multi paths" shouldn't be a problem either, as the data has to travel only very small distances

"bunch of metal cars" : by the time 5G is realised, many cars will be composite, not metal

Russia inches closer to launching a crew again while NASA waits for a delivery from Germany

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In the event it has to be de-crewed, can I suggest we send Elon up in a Tesla to house-sit for a year or two?

Fixed it for you.

Apple boss decries 'data industrial complex' while pocketing, er, billions to hook Google into iOS

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"Alex Stamos, former CISO of Facebook and presently an adjunct professor at Stanford University in the US, took the opportunity to point out a longstanding inconsistency in Cook's position, specifically Apple's desire to do business in China, where authorities have legal support to obtain just about any data they might want"

Of course he did... Whilst there may be an inconsistency, it's better than allowing access to ALL data, something Stamos seems to have forgotten with the whole Cambridge Analytica

BT, beware: Cityfibre reveals plan to shovel £2.5bn under Britain's rural streets

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Re: Rural streets?

According to the Environmental Trust, 49% of the London boroughs is green space... That's "almost" rural :-)

Microsoft yanks the document-destroying Windows 10 October 2018 Update

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wait, wait, wait, wait.....

Where's the backup? Mine's the coat with the 256GB external SSD drive in the pocket...

Fallover Friday: NatWest, RBS and Ulster Bank go TITSUP*

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Why would Elle....

Have her date of birth in her twitter handle?

Raspberry Pi supremo Eben Upton talks to The Reg about Pi PoE woes

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Re: Hats off to 'em...

Too soon... :-)

People's confidence in orgs holding personal data is... on the rise?

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Not customers of BA.....

What? Too soon?

Russian volcanoes fingered for Earth's largest mass extinction

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Good post. Part of the problem is that the evidence no longer exists. Take Lake Baikal. It exists as part of a rift valley complex. Rift valleys are normally spreading centres between two plates (like the rift valley in Africa, the mid atlantic ridge, etc, etc). There's no plate boundary, however. There might have been, but due to subduction, etc, etc, we'll never know.

The time scale, however, does coincide with the break up of pangaea, however...

Apple tipped to revive forgotten Macbook Air and Mac mini – report

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Current MacBook Pro: USB-C with Thunderbolt 3, 4 ports, all daisy chain able. That's more than enough for me

And as for the external GPU that can even drive the INTERNAL display....

Yes, not the cheapest thing in the world, but neither is an Aston Martin: And we all know which one you'd want...

'Can you just pop in to the office and hit the power button?' 'Not really... the G8 is on'

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Re: Long ago.

Happier days.... Still know my way around AT commands (which phones *Used* to support) as used to have a similar setup

iPhone 8 now outsells X, and every other phone

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Re: Never take a first batch product

I have the same ethos when it comes to beta versions: Under no circumstances should you ever install the first beta of anything.

However, I have to say, I've loved the X. Same screen size as the iPhone 8 plus, same camera, etc, etc, but same size as the iPhone 8. Happy to pay extra to have that convenience.

Also, I've had the phone a few times in the lakes of sweden, doing videos of the fish. You'd have called me mad a couple of years ago, if I'd have suggested that

Yes, I am a bit of a fanboy, but the X has yet to fail me in any way

Airbus windscreen fell out at 32,000 feet

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Paris Hilton

Blown or sucked....

Been sat here trying to work out if something would be blown out or sucked out. High to low pressure would suggest blown, but I'm not sure

Paris because, well....

Apple grounds AirPort once and for all. It has departed. Not gonna fly any more. The baggage is dropped off...

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Re: What happens to Time Machine?


RIP: Sinclair ZX Spectrum designer Rick Dickinson reaches STOP

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Who doesn't remember programming Mahler's Death March.....


Software gremlin robs Formula 1 world champ of season's first win

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Fool me twice....

This may come back and bite LH / Merc in the ass twice. With only three engines for the season, having run the engine in party mode for some time, this may have increased the chances of LH's engine doing a 'honda'....

La, la, la, I can't hear you! Apple to challenge Bose's noise-proof cans

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Re: I've always found

I've had many iterations of Bose Quiet Comfort X

The sound, to me, always sounded a bit flat, and, well, dull.

So, after flogging my QCx, I bought the Parrot Zik 3.0. What a revelation....! Simply brilliant :-)

Astro-boffinry world rocked to its very core: Shock as Andromeda found to be not much bigger than Milky Way

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Re: Films / TV-shows ever dramatize the collision of galaxies?

I'm not aware of anyone more ignorant of science than Michael Bay (with the exception of Trump, of course)

Morrisons launches bizarre Yorkshire Pudding pizza thing

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Beer based batter, then deep fried....

Apple whispers how its face-fingering AI works

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Re: Works for me

A week in and it's just as slick as TouchID

It fails every single morning when I wake up and squint at the phone because I'm so short sighted, but it fails in that instance because it's meant to.

If the feds want you to unlock your phone by looking at it, just keep you eyes closed and it will prompt for a PIN :-)

User asked help desk to debug a Post-it Note that survived a reboot

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Problem in chair, Not in computer

'Sticky runway' closes Canadian airport

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Isn't Gander still available? Landed their in 2005 ish, IMMSMC, due to a medical emergency between MCO and MAN. In december. In the middle of a blizzard. 5 hours on the tarmac, as the refuelling bowser had got frozen to the tarmac.

Vodafone, EE and Three overcharging customers after contracts expire

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Re: Yeah - Whatever!

"wherever possible..."

They have their phone number, FTLOG!

'Open and accessible' spambot server leaks 711 million records

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Horse bolting....

However, I'm going to start using emailaddress+websiteofinterest@domain.com for email addresses.

Let's take a fictitious email


You can use bob+anythingyouwant@bob.com and it should still get to bob@bob.com

May help a little

New York Police scrap 36,000 Windows smartphones

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Re: On the plus side...

She'd do well in the MoD....

Brit voucher biz's signup page blabbed families' details via URL tweak

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Indeed. GDPR next year would have more bite... What's that...? We've leaving Europe, you say....?

Microsoft ctrl-Zs 'killing' Paint, by which we mean offering naff app through Windows Store

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Windows 3.11

I haz on floppy if anyone is desperate for a copy of paint...

I've got a verbal govt contract for Hyperloop, claims His Muskiness

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Unusually, I'd prefer that we didn't sit and talk about it for twentyteen years (I'm looking at you, UK.Gov), and just let him build it. Sometimes you have to eat a pot noodle in order to realise just how merde it is.

Openreach asks UK what it thinks about 10 million 'full fibre' connections

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Agreed. Was stood on top of Lanrigg Fell on sunday with full 3G good enough for video calls.

Has been good enough in the past to work from home also.

You don't want full fibre, move along please...

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

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Kill Google AMP before it kills the web

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Re: Oh, meant to say - the Reg site is really slow on mobile

Try using Lynx: http://lynx.browser.org

Does the Reg *really* need such large pictures on every article?

China's first large passenger jet makes maiden flight

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5,5000 km! That's a hell of a range! Around the world with 1,5000 to spare! Yay!

Home Office accused of blocking UK public's scrutiny of Snoopers' Charter

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Re: Exactly...

That *used* to be Europe, but, well...

Gift cards or the iPhone gets it: Hackers threaten Apple with millions of remote wipes

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Enabled 2 factor auth. Painless and adds another level of security.

Why is the Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega+ project so delayed?

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Re: Mmmmmmmmmmmm

"I'd buy that for a dollar!"

But only a dollar, mind...


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