* Posts by Hans Neeson-Bumpsadese

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Phone fatigue takes hold: SIM-onlys now top UK market

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Why do you need a MicroSD? They're unreliable and FAR slower than the flash built into handsets. These days, with cloud storage, there's no need for that much storage anyway

Strong enough case for MicroSD in my view...easy to load up a card with content (my entire MP3 collection in my case, other use cases exist) and take it from one device to another with minimal hassle.

Cloud storage is only as good as your network connectivity, and accessing it eats into your data allowance, whereas a MicroSD is available and free at point of use. Yes, MicroSD cards do fail, but you I'm sure you'd find yourself without network coverage more often than you;d find yourself with a knackered SD card.

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Loake Shoes admits: We've fallen victim to cybercrims

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Your commentary on their cyber security isn't as scathing as I expected - you could have really put the boot in.

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National Cyber Security Centre boss: For the love of $DEITY, use 2FA on your emails, peeps

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Re: Building those capabilities

I think your observation says more about Aldi than it does about GCHQ.

Something that I've noticed is that a lot of graduates (with no appreciable real world experience) have rather high-flying aspirations for salary...based on nothing more than the fact that they have a degree. My advice to them is to stop thinking that you automatically deserve a £30K+ salary the moment you graduate - take something more realistic, gain some experience, and earn the right to progress to a higher salary.

If you do happen to find someone like Aldo, who is prepared to be generous, then take advantage by all means, but don't use that as a yardstick by which to measure all job offers.

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Chainmail tires re-invent the wheel to get future NASA rovers rolling

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Actually, quite scary to think just how old that lunar rover tech is now.

Have these types of wheels ever been implemented on any terrestrial form of transport? I would have though that they could be better than standard tyres for things like dune buggies.

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Tesla launches electric truck it guarantees won't break for a million miles

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Re: @Zog

Did you hear a whooshing sound when you read the last bit of my comment?

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Re: Fnar, fnar

Instead of picking of on childish innuendo associated with the word "semi", people should focus on the fact that Mr. Musk is trying to sell an innovative concept. Grow up, and don't be too hard on him.

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It's artificial! It's intelligent! It's in my home! And it's gone bonkers!

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It has long been postulated that the main thought in any cat's head is "if I could operate the tin opener myself, I would kill you".

Given that any robotic cat could have the technical wherewithal to get access to its own food, I would fear for the future of mankind.

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RE: DavCrav

Sounds like someone needs to talk to The Toast Marketing Board

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BT boss: Yeah, making a business case for 5G is hard

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Re: 5G versus better existing services

4G is available in far more places than 3G ever was

That's because 4G needs to be available for the nationwide Emergency Services Network, and is being rolled out now.

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5G versus better existing services

I don't like the idea of networks investing in 5G until they've got better coverage for other Gs.

Like an earlier commenter said, I've never really found myself in a situation where I've been using 4G and really had a compelling argument that I should be able to get faster data rates.

Coverage for 4G is definitely getting better - even in fairly rural areas. However, I've recently returned from a few days in central Scotland and there were times when I was in reasonably-sized population centres and struggled to get even GPRS - more web page requests timed out than actually completed...and forget about trying to upload anything anywhere.

If the networks have money to invest, they should be improving availability of existing technologies. Finish one job before embarking on another.

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How about that time Russian military used a video game pic as proof of US aiding ISIS?

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I was a bit suspicious when I saw some footage of two moustachioed Italians helping to fix their plumbing

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Pastry in a manger: We're soz, Greggs man said

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Re: Everybody knows

//he's not the Messiah, he's a very naughty boy!

he's not the Messiah, he's a fatty meaty pie!

FTFY

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Howay in a manger

I think the real scandal here is that a sausage roll got to play the Baby Jesus - as any fule no, the truly devine comestible from Greggs is the Steak Bake

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Crap London broadband gets the sewer treatment

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Is there a security issue here about physical access to the data cables being easier?

For a regular underground cable, the potential point of physical access for a miscreant is at the (locked) green cabinet. Although conditions in a sewer are less than pleasant, it's not all that hard to pop open a manhole cover and go into the sewer to do something naughty to the cable.

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Sure, Face ID is neat, but it cannot replace a good old fashioned passcode

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Biometrics are always at risk of copying because they're not secret

Exactly - so when are the manufacturers going to realise that it's a blind alley as an authentication mechanism? As facial recognition mechanisms get more sophisticated they will demand more battery power for extra sensors and computation - battery power which is in short supply on a device like a smartphone, and could be better conserved for other tasks.

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Mm, sacrilicious: Greggs advent calendar features sausage roll in a manger

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I said to my wife "That sausage roll was good enough for Jehovah."

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Audio spy Alexa now has a little pal called Dox

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Not much use

the thing failed to wake up to its wake word, refused to set calendar invites, and, worst of all, broadcast Dire Straits whenever asked to play a song.

"Money for nothing"?

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Irish priests told to stop bashing bishops

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Re: Hic!

Did they ever solve the drink driving problem?

Would you rather just have a cup of tea? Ah...go on, go on, go on, go on, go on, go on, go on.....

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American upstart seeks hotshot guinea pig for Concorde-a-like airliner

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There are a couple of excellent documentaries on BBC iPlayer at the moment about Concord(e), one of which includes some material about the Ruskie version. I can't dig out the exact links to share here, because I'm posting from work, where the Fun Police dwell.

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We're not saying Uncle Sam has lost control on Twitter, but US Embassy in Riyadh just did a shout out for oatmeal

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New spin on an old issue

I don't think this is too different from someone being able to buy an expired domain name and then set up a new website of their own.

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No, Samsung, you really do owe Apple $120m for patent infringement

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Slide to unlock

I still don't get this one - I had that feature on a Nokia that I owned before the iPhone ever came to market

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Official Secrets Act alert went off after embassy hired local tech support

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Re: Curious...

The Red Army did not provide its soldiers with toilet paper during the Cold War. In contrast the British army has packets of bog paper in with the rations.

There was a story that eastern bloc personnel took to using old one-time pads as bogroll, because it was better than anything else they had at their disposal. Poor western agents then had the job of retrieving these used items so that they could be used for decrypting historic radio intercepts.

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Phone mast maker Arqiva: Oh, the £6bn float? Yeah, about that...

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Re: Please Clarify...

Can you please explain how you can claim the firm began in 1922?

My money is on it coming from a very half-arsed reading of the Wikipedia page for Arquiva.

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Donald, YOU'RE FIRED: Rogue Twitter worker quits, deletes President Trump's account

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"I have just launched a Nuclear Weapon against North Korea, THE TIME FOR TALK IS OVER"?

I remember an incident years ago, when Reagan was POTUS. He was getting ready to for an interview, and said something along the lines of "We have just agreed to outlaw Russia - we begin bombing in 20 minutes". He thought he was just saying something to let the sound tech set the mic level, but the statement was actually broadcast live to 'x' million viewers/listeners.

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Landlubber northern council shores up against boat-tipping

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"In boat heaven"

Did it keel over?

(sorry, that was a hull of a bad joke)

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Argh, my loafer just fell down the rope ladder! Yes, I'm in the Microsoft treehouse

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Re: Close...

There yew go

FTFY

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Future of Misco UK hangs in the balance – sources

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Re: I wonder....

I think the only company worse than Misco when it came to sending out catalogues was Inmac. Hardly ever bought anything from either company, but I got more mail from them than from anyone else.

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Uber begins appeals process to claw back taxi licence in London

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We have contacted TfL for comment

It's on its way now - be with you in a couple of minutes....

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Beware the GDPR 'no win, no fee ambulance chasers' – experts

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Re: At least we know now

What all the PPI firms will be doing next.......

I wonder how well they'll be securing their database of potential clients...

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Software update turned my display and mouse upside-down, says user

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Re: Now it can be told...

I remember a good-natured feud between a couple of developers here many years ago. It culminated on one of them hijacking the others machine and...

...hiding all the desktop icons

...switching the wallpaper to an image with the desktop icons on it

...swapping the left and right mouse buttons over

...changing mouse orientation so that moving it upwards on the desk moved the pointer roughly south-west on the desktop

...removing the ball from the mouse (yes, this was many years ago)

...and, IIRC, removing Control Panel

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Look! Over there! Intel's cooked a 17-qubit chip quantum package

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the device has to operate at 20 millikelvin, a snip above absolute zero and “250 times colder than deep space"

So the target market is Geordies with reasonably thick t-shirts?

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Sniffing substations will solve 'leccy car charging woes, reckons upstart

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Re: Access to the Open LV dataset...

Ohm my god, these puns are terrible

Punners gonna pun - resistance is futile

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Re: Access to the Open LV dataset...

Potentially (at least that's the current situation)

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BAE confirms it is slashing 2,000 jobs

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Re: Forward Planning

Reality is that the RAF and similar need a simpler air defence aircraft to tackle Russian heavy bombers and something simple, cheaper and robust for ground strike -preferably with a decent range

It sounds like you're describing the Tornado

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RE: "aeroplane company"

"I dont know why an aeroplane company is running a cyber security business, "

BAE aren't an aeroplane company - they are a many-tentacled defence contractor, e.g. they also do a nice line in nuclear submarines. Given the odds of the next world war being fought in cyberspace to a greater or lesser degree, then having a cyber security sector of the business makes sense.

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Foiled again! Brit military minds splash cash on killing satellites with... food wrapping?

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Re: Currently...

Currently, space junk is destroyed by firing rockets at it

Currently, more space junk is deployed by firing rockets at it

TFTFY

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NASA tests supersonic parachute, to help us land on Mars

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Nominative determinism

Given how often nominative determinism comes true, I do wonder about the logic of having a facility called Wallops

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Computers4Christians miraculously appears on Ubuntu wiki

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If the Christian OS ever crashes, does it just restart itself three days later?

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BBC Telly Tax petition given new Parliament debate date

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Re: If you have issues with the Telly Tax...

Worth the licence fee for Radio 4 alone

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Re: "back catalogue of programs"

Netflix would have paid handsomely for the material they licenced from the BBC back catalogue. However, that revenue stream goes into BBC Worldwide, and not Aunty Beeb, hence we still have to pay a licence fee.

It could be interesting to see how the numbers stacked up if income from selling shows overseas was used to offset not having a licence fee.

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Brit prosecutors fling almost a million quid at anti-drone'n'phone ideas

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Incarceration means the prisoners have plenty of time on their hands in which to think about ways to overcome whatever obstacles the Powers That Be put in their way.

Over here in the comments section we offer up come ideas based on a few minutes thought while reading the article while drinking a cup of tea.

Contrast that with someone who's banged up in a cell for hours every day with nothing better to do than think about how to improvise a phone charger out of whatever material they can get their hands on.

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Re: Easy answer

If you're going to select prison locations based on how rubbish the mobile phone reception, then I'm worried that someone's going to put in a planning application for a prison next door to my house.

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RE: BtB Phone

Presumably such phones have a ringtone that features bum notes?

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Dildon'ts of Bluetooth: Pen test boffins sniff out Berlin's smart butt plugs

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Re: Something's wrong!

What's happened to El Reg? Have their normal staff been kidnapped?

This article mentions "penetration testing" and "master/slave" relationships - and there's not a singlepun, snigger or innuendo!

Sounds like some sort of cock-up...I expect the powers that be will come down hard on whoever is responsible

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WTF do a buttplug need bluetooth for?

Quite...for what use it is, you might as well shove it up your a**e

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Nokia updates classic comeback mobe 3310

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Plenty of phones from Nokia (and other manufacturers) had web and email capabilities, and small screens. Not so much of a problem back in the day, but now web design has moved on (I'll leave it for you to decide if it's moved on for the better or worse) shoehorning all the content from modern websites into such a small screen could be a painful experience.

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Microsoft gives all staff a marked-up 'Employee Edition' of Satya Nadella's new book

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Cloudless logo

Microsoft said the new logo " [...] doesn’t include a cloud in it anymore"

Is this meant to be symbolic of downtime and unavailability?

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The Register understands the book is going down quite well inside Microsoft

To steal a line from Blackadder...the paper it's written on is soft, strong and incredibly absorbent

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EasyJet: We'll have electric airliners within the next decade

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Re: Well....

I was thinking exactly the same thing - I wonder if they could back in more passengers if everyone was on an exercise bike style contraption rather than a regular seat?

And I'm sure that Ryanair would find a money-making opportunity, like an extra £10 if you want a saddle.

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Kebab and pizza shop owner jailed for hiding £179k from the taxman

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Sounds like he was cooking the books...and based on my experience of kebabs, the books probably had more nutritional value.

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