* Posts by myhandler

227 posts • joined 8 Jan 2014


NHS contact-tracing app is best in the world, says VMware CEO... whose company helped build it


Re: Why the heck not a UK developed app?

*Union Jack tin foil hats are also available.

The iMac at 22: How the computer 'too odd to succeed' changed everything ... for Apple, at least


Re: Remember when *everything* was translucent "Bondi Blue"?

Yeah I had a modem in transparent blue plastic, it did 14,400 Baud and was for my Quadra 840.

These iMacs came along a good few years after the funky SGI boxes. My Quadra was contemporary to those.

Thanks Apple, but I went to Windows just after the iMacs arrived. Macs, even the big ones, were too slow for 3d rendering (plus the 3d software for Macs sucked).

As Brit cyber-spies drop 'whitelist' and 'blacklist', tech boss says: If you’re thinking about getting in touch saying this is political correctness gone mad, don’t bother


White is the colour of death in China and red is the colour of good luck and energy.

Forget tabs – the new war is commas versus spaces: Web heads urged by browser devs to embrace modern CSS



Custard yellow to express my excitement.

So how do the coronavirus smartphone tracking apps actually work and should you download one to help?


Re: Maybe I have missed the point

The thing is countries should have opened new factories to manufacture this stuff, PPE in particular. They haven't. (Yes I know there's a big lead time on injection moulding).

However when every country needs the same stuff at the same time, in large quantities, there are going to be *lots* of problems.


What's inexplicable about a Chinese user's phone suddenly going Red in the middle of the day when at work?


Someone else just got marked infected, the coordinate records show the two had been in close proximity.

NASA's classic worm logo returns for first all-American trip to ISS in years: Are you a meatball or a squiggly fan?


Re: I worked for that outfit for 33 years

Nothing mean spirited or trivial about it - it's very bad communcation to use two different logos on one thing. Shouldn't use two diffferent logos at the same time either.

Brand identity has knock on effects. Using two logos clearly displays that the organisation is NOT a single integrated, coordinated entity.

It's time to track people's smartphones to ensure they self-isolate during this global pandemic, says WHO boffin


You had a cold not flu.


Re: But I don't have a so-called "smart" phone.

Who going to want to contact him?

Freedom of Information coverup clerk stung for £2k after deleting council audio recording


I bet someone else put her up to it and the spineless toe rag agreed. Clearly not fit to hold that position and must now resign.

London's top cop dismisses 'highly inaccurate or ill informed' facial-recognition critics, possibly ironically


On another occasion an old guy in the East End who was carrying a table leg wrapped in cloth. He was taking the leg home to repair it. They thought it was a gun.

Researchers trick Tesla into massively breaking the speed limit by sticking a 2-inch piece of electrical tape on a sign


Re: Sigh.

Great until car in front slows unexpectedly and you drive into it.

After just one phone, Essential Products ascends to the great venture capitalist in the sky


How much money did they burn through and whose money was it ? VCs?

Just curious..

Feel free to use the Bozo approved term 'spaffed' in any reply.

This AI is full of holes: Brit council fixes thousands of road cracks spotted by algorithm using sat snaps


They just need to nip over to Blackburn now. They were told about those holes 50 years ago.

Iowa has already won the worst IT rollout award of 2020: Rap for crap caucus app chaps in vote zap flap


Re: Don't blame the users for the app failure

Tell that to Labour UK and their process to pick Jezza's replacement. But I s'pose automatng it takes all the fun and potential candidate cock-ups out of it. Bozza ya knobhead - how about it?

SF tech biz forks out $146m in fines, settlements after painkiller makers bribed it to design medical software that pushed opioids to patients


There must be one or two doctors involved who'd signed the Hippocratic oath.

And the bastards are going to take over the UK in all manner of chlorinated ways. FFS.

Thunderbird is go: Mozilla's email client lands in a new nest


FYI: FairEmail app for Android is good as a mobile client if you want to avoid the great beast Goog-it-up.


Re: I've stopped using it

TB stores your email text so that a stemming algorithm can search it looking for word roots.

If you search for 'Weds' hoping to find Wednesday abbreviations it will also show 'wedding'.

If TB simply added a verbatim option it would make it much more usable. The filtering on search results is also very clunky. I have 10 years of emails and it's a pain to find anything without 20 clicks. Other than that TB is very good.

Stiff upper lip time, Brits: After bullying France to drop its digital tax on Silicon Valley, Trump's coming for you next


Re: He's threatening Italy as well

Which rather highlights the problem of having the one size fits all economic policy, as dictated by single currency Euro. I'm a remainer but the problems aren't going to go away anytime soon.

Windows 7 back in black as holdouts report wallpaper-stripping shenanigans


Re: I went to the bank on Saturday...

You can still do it for free though... it accepts W7 keys


Re: yes, yes...

My screen is ok but it's a default blue MS thing. Got 10 on a dual boot SSD but can't bring myself to make that jump yet. Maybe tomorrow. Fuck tiles.

You're not Boeing to believe this: Yet another show-stopping software bug found in ill-fated 737 Max airplanes


Re: Isn't THIS why we've got to teach 2nd-graders how to "code", rather than how to think?

Almost all degrees used to do this - including arts and humanities. It's the modern vocational degrees that tend to forget the 'why' question.

Step away from that Windows 7 machine, order UK cyber-cops: It's not safe for managing your cash digitally


I consider myself a power user and switching is really difficult. As a Mac fanboy from 1988 to around 1998, the s/w I needed was Windows only so I moved over.. and recently doing a project requiring a Mac has been a pain. There's nothing I like about the experience. I even asked some Mac experts I know for usability tips but it was "Oh, no, I don't think you can do that."

Privacy activists beg Google to ban un-removable bloatware from Android


From what I've read Google are keen on Android One being taken up - a clean base install with minimal bloat - just the one utility app on my Nokia - and it makes it easier for Google to roll out updates. Only a few Motorola and the Nokai range on it I think - but of course still Google's own bloat on there.

The Nokia 3.2 is a phone your nan will love: One camera's more than enough, darling


Nokia 7.1 is available *new* online for £120 - it must be unsold stock but meh. A little older than this but much better spec all round - works for me.

Blackout Bug: Boeing 737 cockpit screens go blank if pilots land on specific runways


There's a video online of it burning in the night sky as it comes down. Big fire on board.

From Soviet to science fiction icon, the weird life of Isaac Asimov 100 years on


Re: He certainly wasn’t misogynist in his science fiction..

You "read" EE Doc Smith? - I gave up on chapter two of whatever book it was - absolute trash.

Google security engineer says she was fired for daring to remind Googlers they do indeed have labor rights


Re: Companies have no God-given right to exist

And here you are invoking a straw man on " businesses will find ways to not employ people, or not operate in your jurisdiction/market, or at all."

Hate speech row: Fine or jail anyone who calls people boffins, geeks or eggheads, psychology nerd demands


I always remember being called "Einstein" in a broad Hampshire twang as I pushed a broom around a factory. Quite proud of that.

If you want an example of how user concerns do not drive software development, check out this Google-backed API


Re: No Chrome,...

Sadly this is how things work on the www - one player comes to the top and everything else falls by the wayside. The web accelerates the creation of monopolies.

Being able to operate with impunity across borders means the majors can evade much legislation.

Without state interevention we, the public, are stuffed, done up like a kipper and hung out to dry.

Brian Eno's latest composition: A giant Christmas card with Julian Assange on it


Re: A bit unfair, IMHO...

A *bit* unfair? - it's a nasty piece of writing when it refers to Eno - he's made an enormous contribution to music and produced what are seminal albums.

Richard Currie shows how ignorant he is when all he can do is make jokes about ambient and Roxy Music. Perhaps you can look up Wikipedia next time?

Irish eyes aren't smiling after govt blows €1m on mega-printer too big for parliament's doors


Re: Details

Are we sure that's a digital printer? That ain't a printer - it's an industrial press.

Looks identical to an offset litho press - I used to work in print.

Each lump of that thing will be printing one colour, the fifth lump will be for a fancy Pantone colour or spot varnish.

Mind... you should see a magazine /newspaper press if you think that's big.

Android dev complains of 'Orwellian' treatment as account banned after 6 years on Play store


Re: Absolutely not...

Correct - and just today I spoke to a real human at Microsoft to cancel and get a refund for my son's XBox account, which he's had enough of.

The real human was careful, listened well, gave me the refund, asked if there was anything else he could help with. The hold queue to get through to this human was all of 40 seconds.

That call cost Microsoft at least 5 minutes of time for a £50 refund to a consumer.. and Google can't be arsed to have a real contact line with real humans ??

Arrogant bastards with the ethics of rattlesnakes.

Surprise! Copying crummy code from Stack Overflow leads to vulnerable GitHub jobs


Re: Dumb community

Tradiontal forums were so much better in that you'd know which posters were expert. SO is a lottery. The fact that many posters want upticks is madness.

Context and discussion is critical - but it's verboten on SO.

It's ace that UK.gov 'in 2030 will be joined up, trusted and responsive' – but what about now?


Re: Rulez for Government IT Projects

You forgot "award contract to Crapita"

Google age discrimination case: Supervisor called me 'grandpa', engineer claims


Performant? Que?

Right-click opens up terrifying vistas of reality and Windows 95 user's frightful position therein


Re: Taking the Trash

Gor blimey trousers is where it's at you young'uns.

Apple blinks on iPhone repairs, touts parts program for independent tech mechanics... sort of


And what wil the trainingg cost be for the "Apple certified techicnian"?

Timpson's Shoes had a guy who fixed the battery on my daughter's iPhone 5 - a tricky operation by all accounts.

Time off for training? not worth it for many small places.

This does nothing. Sell the damn parts at a reasonable price too.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson moves to shut Parliament


Re: So, to sum up. . .

That's hilarious - 411 votes - sorry how many? did you say four hundred and eleven?

Versus 1 million seven hundred and two..

(at 28 8 2019 23.10)

Web body mulls halving HTTPS cert lifetimes. That screaming in the distance is HTTPS cert sellers fearing orgs will bail for Let's Encrypt


Re: IoT

Wood pellet stove you can control from your phone? Henry David Thoreau rolls on floor..

Plusnet holds off spirited charge from Vodafone in broadband complaint charts


So.. a direct correlation between annoyingness of TV ad and crap service.

Scots git for BT broadband

Sodding karaoke for the subsidiary.

cPanel unleashes price hikes on its most dense customers


Is there no monopolies commission in Oakley Capital's country of origin?

Owning Plesk as well, however horrible it is, is cornering the market.

Biz tells ransomware victims it can decrypt their files... by secretly paying off the crooks and banking a fat margin


You think that's a good way to do business?

Gaze in awe at the first ever movie of a solar eclipse from recording long thought lost forever


Great . but if they've restored it and retimed it, they may as well stabilise it too.

There's a scarily good 'deepfakes' YouTube channel that's quietly growing – and it's freaking everyone out


Brunner also predicted mass migration of the desperate poor trying to get in to Europe from Africa - I can't reclal which of those two it was in either!

AI can now animate the Mona Lisa's face or any other portrait you give it. We're not sure we're happy with this reality


That Mona Lisa one is hilarious

So I said to Leo, I said "Get on with it, I ain't got all day, need to nip out fer a bit, pasta tonght alright, darlin? - then you're off to see the boys, yeah?"

Parents slapped with dress code after turning school grounds into a fashion crime scene


What's wrong with a satin bonnet? I had to Googl it to see what it was - just a big satin beret for those with bushy hair. Could be seen to be anti those with bushy hair.

NPM apologizes for ham-fisted handling of recent staff layoffs


Re: The blessing and curse of centralized software module sites

All you needed to say was " left-pad should have been a wake up call..."

Apple disables iPad for 48 years after toddler runs amok


Re: Three year olds can't read

You might find the novel The Last Samurai by Helen De Witt amusing. It's about a somewhat similar kid.

The curious case of a WordPress plugin, a rival site spammed with traffic, a war of words, and legal threats


Re: Oh what a tangled web...

eh? it's server side PHP



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