* Posts by Hans Neeson-Bumpsadese

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Now here's an idea: Break up Amazon to get more shareholder cash

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At what cost does AWS provide services to the retail business?

I came here to contemplate the same issue. Thanks for saving me the trouble - have an upvote

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First Boeing 777 (aged 24) makes its last flight – to a museum

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Feeling old yet?

Yes. Yes I am....

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The Reg talks to the only Brit on the Voyager team

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Great stuff

Excellent article, although my brain still struggles to cope with the scale of an mission like this. I think what makes it so hard to comprehend is how well it worked despite the massive scale and complexity, while all around me I see relatively trivial government IT jobs spiraling out of control and way over budget.

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The grand-plus iPhone is the new normal – this is no place for paupers

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Re: Typical Apple

Is that more than you paid for it, including inflation?

Yes

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Re: It's the Oxfam effect in action.

1789 and all that.

Probably quite an accurate prediction for the RRP of the next new phone from Apple

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Re: Typical Apple

Well...a luxury watch will at least hold its value over time, and maybe even appreciate if you buy the right one. An iPhone is just a piece of consumer electronics which will become outdated in a couple of years...you could probably chart its decrease in value on a month-by-month basis.

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Russia: The hole in the ISS Soyuz lifeboat – was it the crew wot dunnit?

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Re: Zero G

In space, no one can hear you ream

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@bombastic bob Re: I still think it was done by a Russian technician

Agreed. After all, who among us hasn't looked at a recently-completed DIY project, shrugged and uttered the words "nothing a little caulk won't fix"?

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UK.gov finally adds Galileo and Copernicus to the Brexit divorce bill

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Re: The punishment beating will continue

It's like 'wanting unicorns'

Indeed. Having unicorns seems like such an awesome idea until you find yourself spending all your time cleaning unicorn sh!t off the carpet.

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The Reg takes the US government's insider threat training course

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Re: Off topic...

you can give it a little time and see if it grows on you.

Sounds like advice you'd give to someone who suspects they have a case of thrush

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Guess who just bought Maplin? Dragons' Den celebrity biz guy Peter Jones

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Agreed. All the purchases that I can remember making from Maplin were largely because of convenience. However, they all tended to be fairly small, so even with Maplin's enthusiastic approach to pricing, the amount of pound coins passed over the counter was still relatively small.

Given the choice between paying £5 for a do-dah worth £2 and getting it now, versus going online and paying £2 for a do-dah worth £2 plus £2 postage/packing and a 2 or 3 day wait...happy to go to Maplin and pay their prices.

Multiply the value of the do-dah by a factor of, say, 10....then the online option and a wait time becomes more attractive.

To my mind, a large factor in Maplin's demmise on the high street was that there just weren't enough people in urgent-ish need of a plu/cable/adapter/whatever to bring enough cash into the business.

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First it was hashtags – now Amber Rudd gives us Brits knowledge on national ID cards

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Re: "people already hand over masses of info to private firms"...

I rather fear that the reality is that you have handed over more data than you think. I wouldn't be surprised if even the more privacy-conscious among us have had data taken by stealth. So many things we do - using a mobile phone, using a credit or debit card, etc. are practically unavoidable in this day and age, and all are opportunities for someone somewhere to scrape a bit of data about us....tans pis.

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Look at me! Phone industry contracts nasty case of 5g-itis

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the mobile phone industry is determined to let everyone knows that when it does, their 5G is going to be the best.

Do you know what would be even better than that? If they invested in providing some coverage - any coverage at all - in areas where I can't even get GPRS because they don't want to invest in infrastructure there.

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Guess who's still in charge of your gas safety, Brits? Capita

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HSE director of regulation Philip White claimed the winning bid was the “strongest on cost and quality”

The problem is that any vaguely skilled saleman can write a proposal that meets those criteria - following through on that is another matter.

For government contracts there should be a further set of qualifying criteria - if more than half of your last, say 10, major contracts have gone over budget by more than x%, been delayed by more than y% or generated more than a certain number of column inches of bad press, your bid is disqualified.

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Official: Google Chrome 69 kills off the World Wide Web (in URLs)

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Is there a 'www' TLD and is the 'www' domain available? Just wondering if I could register it and set up a website at www.www.www and have Chrome show users a completely nameless website?

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Thunderstruck: Azure Back in Black(out) after High Voltage causes Flick of the Switch

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Cloud storage

Don't know why,

There's no SAN up in the sky

Stormy weather......

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Re: Title should be

Since we're going musical I guess it's safe to say that MS has seen the clouds from both sides now?

That musical reference is off-topic - (big yellow) taxi for you

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Re: Title should be

Sensing some resistance to our AC/DC puns. Get it, AC, DC. Works on many levels.

Excellent punning - mho please

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Roskosmos admits that Soyuz 'meteorite' hole had more earthly origins

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An unnamed source reckoned that the employee responsible likely tried to cover up the mistake with sealant, which finally gave way last week.

Rookie error - should have used duct tape.

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5G can help us spy on West Midlands with AI CCTV, giggles UK.gov

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Initial plans for what to do with the new 5G network are said to include medical consultations being carried out over video link, "connected ambulances" fitted with video conferencing facilities for paramedics to get advice from hospital-based specialists, and live streaming of CCTV from buses.

All of them are valid use cases I guess, but they sound very similar to the use cases that were offered a few years ago as arguments for having 4G. If a 4G network is capable of supporting these tasks, is it really worth spending that many millions of pounds on 5G?

The AI angle is a new one, but not really relevant to whether the network is 4G or 5G. The clever AI stuff happens at one end or the other of a <x>G link, not on the network itself.

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No, eight characters, some capital letters and numbers is not a good password policy

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Wait, so Steve isn't trapped in Magaluf again...?

No, he should be on his way home - I sent him the money to cover the cost of his plane ticket. No worries though, as I've got a few quid coming my way from this Nigerian prince, so I can afford it.

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Keep yer plastic, says analyst: eSIMs aren't all they're cracked up to be

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It might even become as easy as it is to change electricity suppliers.

Regardless of whether it is easy or hard, the harsh reality of changing mobile phone providers is that it is identical to changing electricity suppliers - you simply move from one shower of sh*t to another.

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Don't mean to alarm you – but NASA is about to pummel the planet with huge frikkin' space laser

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Re: Keep Calm and Carry On

Yep plenty of room in a Pope's hat for a decent sized teapot on top of the head.

I should say so - the thing is a mitre high

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Re: I'm not worried...

What about laser breams?

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Somerset boozer prepares to declare its inn-dependence from UK

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Government by meat pie

There now follows a pasty political broadcast...

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Apple shocked, SHOCKED I tell you, to find gambling in its Chinese App Store

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Re: Sensor its service?

Being psychic, I sense your censure censor sensors

I have been psychic for longer...since yore I sense your censor sensor censure

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London's Gatwick Airport flies back to the future as screens fail

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Re: Nobody has yet asked the obvious:

Does Gatwick have an online departures board? You know, the sort of thing that people could access with those mobile screens that they carry around with them?

And was it affected by this outage, or not?

A good question but even if it was unaffected and available, I don't think it would have been a viable alternative.

As individuals, it's really easy for us to think rationally and come up with alternatives when things go wrong. However, one thing I've learned from years of air travel is that once you get more than a few people together in an airport they become collectively stupid.

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take advantage of the latest technologies

That's no bullsh*t. I've seen some photos, and let me tell you that's one modern-looking whiteboard that they're using.

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Self-driving cars will be safe, we're testing them in a massive AI Sim

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What puzzles me is who is daft enough other than Claire Perry to believe that the global CAV testing market will be worth £907bn by 2035?

It depends. If that figure includes indirect value then it's probably about right....£7bn for direct CAV testing, and £900bn for products and services associated with crash damage repair.

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I think you mean either Christmas Island or Bikini Atoll.

I did indeed - I was getting my religious holidays confused. Sorry - I'm in that Friday zone between "not enough coffee" and "might as well just start on beer"

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stated mission to make the UK the world's leading destination for testing autonomous vehicles.

As a pedestrian and road user, that sentence reads to me in the same way as saying that Easter Island was a leading destination for testing nuclear weapons.

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Google shaves half a gig off Android Poundland Edition

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It is pretty ridiculous isn't it? As an old dinosaur, I do feel quite sad at how easily devs can get their hands on resources from devices nowadays, and how profligate they are with them.

I wonder what that equates to in terms of height of a stack of punch cards....

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London fuzz to get 600 more mobile fingerprint scanners

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It's easy, I've seen it on the telly...

It's not that easy. There will be cases where the image is a bit fuzzy, and you have to say "enhance" out loud to make it clearer.

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Criminals a bit less interested in nicking Brits' identities this year

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My identity has already been stolen

I looked at the photo on my passport and my identity has been stolen...and replaced by some fat, bald and ugly old man.

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When's a backdoor not a backdoor? When the Oz government says it isn't

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Re: If Apple didn't knuckle under to the FBI

When they made a similar request for ONE phone, they sure as heck won't knuckle under to the Aussie government wanting this capability for every phone. I can't imagine they will have much more luck getting other companies that have encrypted messaging where they don't control the key redesigning their protocols to allow snooping.

Where those vendors are outside Australia, as it the case with Apple, I gues the Australian government's weapon of last resort would be to deny them a licence to import their products. Either comply, or say goodbye to your business in the country.

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Sysadmin trained his offshore replacements, sat back, watched ex-employer's world burn

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Re: Not in IT...

The little slime balls in HR usually worm a line into the employment contract about training new staff and how you are compelled to..

In my time I've known a few HR bods who were complete oxygen thieves but because they knew the nitty gritty of employment law, it was virtually impossible for management to get rid of them.

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Nah, it won't install: The return of the ad-blocker-blocker

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Re: Unpaid walking advert for someone else's company

recently arrested Malaysian PM Najib Razak was found to have over 400 Rolex watches

Is he now doing time?

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BBC websites down tools and head outside into the sun for a while

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Re: Scary

Talking about the test card made me think. It's interesting to consider that not all that long ago the sum total of available TV was...

BBC1 - not sure what time it started, but certainly not all that early prior to breakfast TV...ran through til around midnight when it shut down for the night

BBC2 - bulk of daytime was the test card. Late afternoon and evening programming, and shutdown around same time as BBC1. Maybe some Open University programming (very) early morning or late at night

ITV - Similar to BBC1 as I recall

Later, Channel 4 launched but it didn't come on until late afternoon, and also shut down at night.

Makes you realise why breakfast TV and the launch of Channel 4 were such huge events. Especially in the case of the latter they represented a significant increase in the overall amount of programming available..

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Sysadmin sank IBM mainframe by going one VM too deep

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Surprised no-one's mentioned "sharp" yet, as in the musical symbol which is almost - but not quite - the same shape.

Indeed.

I'm reminded of the TV advert from the 1970's for Harp lager "Harp stays sharp to the bottom of the glass" which wrote the name as #arp

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Either my name, my password or my soul is invalid – but which?

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Re: "Wrong" email addresses

"I do remember some years ago, that some sites where a bit "snobby" and not excepting users that had email accounts from the likes of Hotmail and Yahoo."

In my recent experience I found the exact opposite. I tried signing up to The Times website so I could read news articles and it utterly refused to accept my email address (I have my own domain). Seeing as it wasn't for anything particularly important I used a throwaway Gmail address and sign-up worked first time.

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Declassified files reveal how pre-WW2 Brits smashed Russian crypto

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Re: Find it difficult to believe

Users of a one-time pad are supposed to destroy each sheet after use so that even if the pad falls into enemy hands it can never be used to expose historic communications.

Which works unless your method of disposal is to re-purpose them as bog roll because your supplies of that has run out. During the cold war, western spies went fishing used paper from the sewerage systems under at least one eastern bloc embassy to get hold of used one-time pads.

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Official: The shape of the smartphone is changing forever

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Generally I agree with that - I could sacrifice symmetry though.

The thing that matters most to me isn't the aspect ratio so much as the overall size. My preferred resolution is 16:9, but I'd settle for something else so long at it was on a device that I can actually fit into my pocket.

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Heatwave shmeatwave: Brit IT departments cool their racks – explicit pics

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Re: I always like when people put flammable materials...

That's why you always know where the nearest fire extinguisher is. For example, mine is currently acting as a door stop to keep the fire door open for ventilation purposes.

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That last picture

I applaud your use of a cable, rather than the more traditional gaffa tape, to secure the fan in position. If, however, you accomplished this job whilst standing on a stepladder rather than balancing precariously on an office chair, then you have lost all respect that I might have had for you.

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Nissan 'fesses up to fudging emissions data

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rouge techs

Caught red-handed

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Cops suspect Detroit fuel station was hacked before 10 drivers made off with 2.3k 'free' litres

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Re: Pumping Hack Flash

As demonstrated by "Mythbusters" -- trying to get a gas tank to explode was hard work. Like you also said, it ended with more flame and less boom.

And, IIRC, fewer eyebrows at the end of the experiment than at the start

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Pumping Hack Flash

It's a gas, gas, gas

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Leatherbound analogue password manager: For the hipster who doesn't mind losing everything

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Re: User-generated obfuscation

My dear old mum worked for years as a secretary, and so was proficient in shorthand. At home she used that any time she wanted to write anything down that she didn't want my Dad or I to be able to read.

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Open plan offices flop – you talk less, IM more, if forced to flee a cubicle

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Re: Monasteries had it right centuries ago

OK, but apart from saving us from the dark ages, writing stuff down, preserving culture, developing efficient agriculture, translating science, improving metalworking and acting as universities....what have the monks ever done for us?

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