* Posts by Cederic

94 posts • joined 22 Dec 2014


Samsung pulls sheets off costly phone-cum-fondleslab Galaxy Fold – and a hefty 5G monster


Re: So funny

My expensive toy has been my primary computing device and daily camera for three years, including trips to 30 countries on six continents.

It also lets me make phone calls.

Expensive, but good value for the money.

Data breach rumours abound as UK Labour Party locks down access to member databases


Re: Nothing new

re: "The problem is also that the parties aren't that well funded"

The problem has nothing to do with funding and everything to do with the major parties being corrupt evil organisations that do their utmost to exploit the British people to perpetuate the wealth and power of their leaders.

If there has been a breach of privacy then I hope that Labour and their former MPs are hauled into court and given a demonstration of why these things matter.

New claim dogs Oracle: After $11m of sales, I was unfairly axed before next big deal – because I am a 64yo woman


Re: Hmm

Of no consequence perhaps but the $11m in 5-6 years did strike me as surprisingly low too.

I mean, hell, I've been directly involved in Oracle deals that would make that in a single deal.

Twilight of the sundials: Archaic timepiece dying out and millennials are to blame, reckons boffin


Re: Innovative sundials?

"Dad, I'm cold. Can we go in? My fingertips are turning black and I can't see the sundial anyway."

Yep, it's winter.

Accused hacker Lauri Love loses legal bid to reclaim seized IT gear


Re: Is this how far we have sunk?

The judiciary however win by being fair and delivering justice, not by convicting people.

Magistrates often allow extraordinary leeway to idiots. Sadly they also send you to jail if you rightfully call them a cunt.

source: a relative is a magistrate

WWW = Woeful, er, winternet wendering? CERN browser rebuilt after 30 years barely recognizes modern web


Re: No https for you

At least the BBC now offer a one paragraph description of what's in the video. When that's their sole reporting of a topic/issue/incident then it at least gives me enough information to find out more from a real news source.

I had to complain multiple times when they were publishing just a headline and video.

Next on my hitlist: BBC news channels (inc. BBC Worldwide) spending a quarter of their time telling me to go to the BBC news website for more information, thus missing the obvious point that if I had access to the internet I wouldn't need to rely on their shitty TV programming to catch up with current affairs.

UK spy overseer: Snooper's Charter cockups are still getting innocents arrested


Fortunately human rights issues would go to ECHR, which will still be available in April.

Intel confirms it’ll release GPUs in 2020


Re: Always good to have competition to rein in that nVidia/AMD duopoly

I had to read it three times to be sure, but he's actually talking about cost.

It would be lovely to know how Tensor stacks up on the processing capability front.

Android users: Are you ready for the great unbundling?


Re: Most people think Chrome is the ONLY browser...

I find the Samsung browser very usable. Terrible home page options but works well and their response to "Please allow us to open new tabs in the background" was adding that feature in the next update.

Supports ad blocking properly too.

Just don't use it as an embedded browser inside the email client. That's bad.

nbn™ ponders a gamers' gate to throttle heavy wireless users


Re: Wanking load of #$%@^$&()(_*()+_!!!!!!

You seem upset and a little selfish. Your need for an ISO is no greater than someone else's need for Netflix or listening to the radio.

I can't get the Las Vegas police radio live on the FM receiver in my car (which is my only radio) and they don't record it and ship it on CDs over the internet. Which is an option likely available to you.

Maybe you should use a different server and/or software that automatically retries, leave it running while you had your dinner and stop worrying so much about everybody using bandwidth they've paid for.

GDPRmageddon: They think it's all over! Protip, it has only just begun


re: if I was to resurrect this site

Despite the answer you've already received I think there is a grey area here.

Are you as a website owner responsible for the behaviour of adverts that you aren't hosting, if they're rendered in a browser tab that's also rendering your webpage?

The spirit of the law says yes. The letter of the law may not (I'm not sure, and it's a pain in the arse to check, but I'm guessing not).

If they're not ads, they're just social media buttons - letting someone hit 'like' on Facebook for instance - then it would be a brave court that rules you responsible for Facebook privacy invasions.

Technically there's no difference between a Facebook 'like' button and an advert served by Facebook's ad slinging network. There's no real reason there'd be a difference legally either. They both render in your brower, and the request to serve them is used to feed into Facebook's big data set, and they can both set cookies to track you across multiple sites.

So I think this is an area that's going to need some deeper exploration, likely via the courts. In the meantime, just host your own ads and don't abuse your users' data, and you'll be fine.


Re: HSBC not wanting to comply with GDPR

Barclays online banking already offers a 'download CSV' feature.

Although to be fair, it only offers the past few weeks of transactions. If I want everything from the day I opened my account with them they'd probably have to retrieve paper archives.

Although, now that I've had that idea..


Re: And it's down!

For the record (and because I can't sleep for some ungodly reason) it's still giving that error at 5.31am.

Max Schrems is back: Facebook, Google hit with GDPR complaint


Re: Not quite so fast....

people have forgotten what non-frictionless trading is like, we forget about the paperwork

That's weird. You mean the UK doesn't trade outside of the EU at the moment?

I must be getting old, I could have sworn we have global trading relationships. Maybe the new EU one could work like the ones we have with China, or America, or Canada, or Australia, or Papua New Guinea.

There't not a single credible piece of analysis that says we will be better off outside of the EU.

What makes you think I care about whether we're better off? The economy wasn't the primary factor in my preference to leave the EU.

MPs slam UK.gov's 'unacceptable' hoarding of custody images



next spring you should have the DNA database back.

Next spring will not change the UK's commitment to the European Convention on Human Rights and will thus not change our need to comply with rulings made by the European Court of Human Rights.

Any more misinformation you'd like to ignorantly share or are you all out for today?

As Tesla hits speed bump after speed bump, Elon Musk loses his mind in anti-media rant


Re: unexpected honesty

the Mail encourages hatred, racism, misogyny, intolerance and blame; whereas the Guardian speaks for inclusivity, freedom, equality, openness and understanding

I've read far too many anti-white and anti-male articles on the Guardian's website to believe that one for a moment.

London's Met Police: We won't use facial recognition at Notting Hill Carnival


Re: What's to stop Google / Facebook


You've got to be kitten: Vet recruiter told to pay £1k after pinching info from ex-employer


Re: LinkedIn

The correct answer is: Do not accept the LinkedIn invites from recruiters.

Always assume IT recruiters are immoral unethical corrupt scum and keep them at a safe distance.

Biometrics: Better than your mother's maiden name. Good luck changing your body if your info is stolen



So basically in order to take the exam you have to do something that should automatically fail it?

Did you even sweat, tho? Plaintiffs told to amend claims in Apple headphones suit


Re: "lost faith in their ability to rely on... marketing"

The legal term 'puffery' would likely be wheeled out.

However, in America.. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/11155731/13m-lawsuit-proves-Red-Bull-doesnt-give-you-wings.html

Brit ISPs get their marker pens out: Speed advertising's about to change


Re: Virgin Media

I was told Vivid 350 didn't exist but upgraded to Vivid 300 (at lower cost than my 200Mbps connection).

Current download speed: Varying between 398 and 400Mbps, sustained for 6GB. Steam game downloads are far more honest than speedtest sites.

I got 257 problems, and they're all open source: Report shines light on Wild West of software


re: best to use closed source

No, I suspect the intended message here is, "Buy our software that will help you manage open source software"

I'm a few months out of date on Black Duck though, so wont comment on their capability or suitability.

Agile development exposed as techie superstition


Re: Thank the heavens

I've seen agile methodologies work properly in multiple companies. Every time I've seen them fail, it's because they weren't being done right.

It may well be fair to state that this makes them fragile. I'd phrase it differently: They're very high discipline, and require intelligence and capability from the people using them. People that think about their development process, challenge and optimise it, and focus on delivering working software stray towards agile approaches whether that's the policy or not.

I don't think that means agile methodologies are broken at all. I think it means teams (and managers) need better self awareness, understanding, autonomy and a broader skillset than knowing language syntax.

Good software engineers use agile methods, crap software engineers fuck up whatever methodology they're using then blame management for imposing it on them.

You have GNU sense of humor! Glibc abortion 'joke' diff tiff leaves Richard Stallman miffed


Re: you do things to children

I happily admit that I do things to children when they don't want me to. The little shits are getting educated anyway. They're going to bed before it's the next day. They're wearing clothes to the shops.

Why would I find your statement offensive, let alone libellous? The only offensive thing you've said is that the concept of abortion is offensive. I find that a ridiculous viewpoint but fortunately for you I'm intelligent enough to accept that some people hold it.

If you can't make jokes about abortion then you can't discuss it, because the human brain sees humour everywhere. But you seem the sensitive sort so I'll avoid the obvious joke here about candidacy for a post-natal implementation.

Incidentally, Stallman wasn't going for a cheap laugh. He was using the medium of humour to make a very serious point, one in which he has such strong beliefs that he's literally changed a global industry to pursue them. Whether you find his joke funny or not, don't go pretending that he doesn't treat the topic seriously.

Scrap London cops' 'racially biased' gang database – campaigners


re: all ducks are birds

Creatures that float on ponds : 3800 possible gang members

Ducks : 3000 (rounded) black people are possible gang members

Birds: Over 1 million black people live in London

Seems the birds aren't being treated like ducks at all.

Project Lightning, you say? Virgin Media's fibre rollout is pretty glacial


in defence of VM

I dropped my monthly charge with them and in return they're providing a link that gives me sustained 388Mbps.

By sustained, I mean I just downloaded around 47GB without it dropping below 40MB/s at any time, and rarely that low, which during daylight hours I consider acceptable.

Admittedly I'd trade half that download rate to double my upload, but shrug.

(Yes, I just reinstalled Sniper Elite 4 just to see how my bandwidth is doing. Oh well, guess I'd best shoot some nazis now)

ServiceNow goes for more Now, a bit less Service


roots not in itsm

ServiceNow's roots are in online workflow. ITSM was the applied use of the workflow engine that brought them investor support to grow the business.

Now the business is established it makes sense that they exploit the underlying technology.

Texas residents start naming adopted drains


Re: Tut tut

Shrug, I'm not the person that says comparing people with certain skin hues to great apes is racist. Apologise to them, not me.


Re: Tut tut

Am I allowed to find it ironic that so many people that profess to hate Trump both blame his alleged racism then refer disparagingly to his skin colour?

DevOps: Social, cooperative... It's gotta be really diverse, right?


Re: VW, Uber et al

It's interesting that you cite these as issues with technical professionals.

Step back a bit and ask which engineers ran Enron, decided the strategy at Monsanto, led the marketing campaigns in Africa for Nestle, opted to create fake accounts at Wells Fargo or indeed any of the hundreds of other examples of corporate misbehaviour.

Maybe it's a corporate thing and sweet FA to do with the industry.

So yes, I have a third argument. It's that by far and away most people working in the IT industry are lovely people, dedicated professionals, well balanced, accepting and motivated, and also fed up of being demeaned and sacrificed at the altar of diversity. Tech's ethics are if anything greatly superior to those of many other industries, and it's only a tiny slice of the tech industry that are even misbehaving.

So focus on corporate malfeasance and address that, and hopefully you'll also be able to improve the culture at the most toxic company I've ever encountered. It's a multinational travel company that has very different demographics to the tech industry, and trust me, even Uber management would've been ringing for help to escape that place.


Re: Not just about the fluffy stuff

Thanks for a pleasantly fact-dominated, dogma-free piece on this topic.

Except for declaring over 50% of the population a "minority".

Does your daughter's talk on implicit gender bias in STEM careers include medicine as a STEM career? Just that male nurses face very explicit discrimination, there's nothing implicit about it. Did she also cover the hiring biases that make it harder for men to compete for jobs? Perhaps she explored the various scholarships that provide financial support to only one gender.

As for boys electing to proceed with maths, maybe it's because that's one of the very rare subject areas in which it's still possible for them to overcome the education industry's sexist biases.

I don't know the author of this article and will happily assume she's acting in good faith, and trust that her credentials and experience qualify her to write about DevOps. That's partly because she's writing for El Reg and isn't based out of their San Francisco office, and partly because I'm too trusting - but has absolutely no bearing on her gender. But please, don't go pretending this article has no dogma. It's very explicitly pushing for greater female participation in IT careers.

Which is fine, if they want that. Just don't perpetuate lies and demonise IT professionals as "t-shirted sociopaths". Trust me, if you want sociopathic behaviour just look to the Sales and Marketing teams or senior management. People working in technology are often socially awkward but that's no excuse to introduce the social estrangement and bullying that pushed them towards that career in the first place.

Drone 'swarm' buzzed off FBI surveillance bods, says tech bloke


re: net gun effectiveness

Don't be so sure. I mean, these guys have superior projectile speed to a net gun - but also a significantly smaller projectile:


More Brits have access to 1Gbps speeds than those failing to muster 10Mbps – Ofcom report


Re: The devil is in the details

Yeah, there's not really any point in me going for a one gig service, I only get around 700Mbps sustained through the wifi.

Mind, getting 700Mbps upload to Youtube might make 4K movies viable at last.

Javid's in, Rudd's out: UK Home Sec quits over immigration targets scandal


Re: a foreigner as home secretary...

For what it's worth, delighted to see the upvoting on your comment and the downvoting on the one to which you replied.

Such a lovely change from the idiocy elsewhere on the interwebnets.

Under-fire Silicon Valley to gain new copyright 'safe harbour' in EU, fume critics


Yeah, I have over 1000 videos on Youtube and around 98% are monetised by the music cartels. Several are blocked or muted.

All of my videos were recorded live at events that had incidental music in the background. The music had already been paid for three times, but no, the music cartels then want to monetise my fucking videos too.

It's a scam and I really want it stopped. I make no money from my videos, I can't legally commercially exploit them (irrespective of the music) so why the fuck are the music cartels getting to leech like this.

Sort that problem out, EU. Go on, break that musical monopoly.

We put Huawei's P20 triple-lens snapper through its paces


Re: The camera looks good, but...

My camera will backup from one SD card to another. Or you can set it to just capture to both in the first place.

I probably ought to do that, I have SD cards sized for shooting video through a full day event so even a two week holiday doesn't fill them with still images.

Happy 100th birthday to the Royal Air Force


sod the technology

On 7th September 1940 the Luftwaffe attacked London with a force of over 950 aircraft. Scrambled to intercept the raid was 43 Squadron of the Royal Air Force. To quote Stephen Bungay from 'The Most Dangerous Enemy',

"following past practice, three of them climbed in order to hold off the 600 fighters and the other six headed for the 350 bombers."

That's what the RAF does for us.

Google to 'forget me' man: Have you forgotten what you said earlier?



I'm not sure the law would prevent Google from doing one of two things:

1 - delisting 'cricket + forget_me' as well, so that forget_me is permanently unfindable on the 'net. Have fun explaining that one

2 - delisting 'fraud + forget_me' but adding a note saying, "Search results relating to the crime of fraud have been omitted at the request of forget_me'

Me, I'd do 2 until a court told me otherwise, then I'd list the court injunction instead.

Trump’s immigration policies costing US tech jobs says LogMeIn CEO



So he's complaining that his company now have to be more honest about the nationality of the people they hire?

Good. If you want to employ cheap foreign labour then go for it, but don't go pretending you're a US company.

If you want to employ Americans, hire Americans. Train them, treat them well, reward them well and they'll even stay working for you. It's not hard.

After repeated warnings Facebook bans Britain First for 'inciting hatred'


Re: How are sharia courts any different

Because they're sexist and heavily biased against people that don't profess to hold a specific set of superstitious beliefs.

Sharia law is wrong and should not be permitted in the UK.

Oracle UK's profits have more than halved


re: venting anger

Yeah, sounds like an ideologically compromised DBA that shouldn't be allowed to participate in recruitment and probably needs some training in basic soft skills.

I'd rather have a good DBA than a twat, even if they do have experience with Oracle. Shit, especially if they have experience with Oracle - hate the company all you like, but they do have some very nice technology.

MPs lay into UK.gov's planned immigration data exemptions


Re: Don't solve the problem, hide it.

Does an appeal being 'allowed' mean that the appeal was successful, or that the individual was allowed to appeal?

In which case, how many appeals even succeeded?

The Gemini pocket PC is shipping and we've got one. This is what it's like


Re: it's too big

Sure. I'll sew a six inch long pocket onto my trousers, add a flap to stop things falling out, fit some sturdy plastic to stop it deforming and look like a right twat just so that I can carry this thing around.

Or I could carry more portable devices and use a bag for shit that's too big. But see my previous comment.


it's too big

It wont fit into my pockets, so it'll have to go into my bag.

If I need to get it out of my bag I may as well just grab my Surface Pro with a decent sized screen and even better keyboard.

I just don't have a use case for this, awesome as it otherwise appears to be.

Careful with the 'virtual hugs' says new FreeBSD Code of Conduct


Re: geek feminism code of conduct. Are you fucking kidding me?

To be fair, you never need to complain about reversims.

Just point out the blatant sexism, racism and prejudice against people because of their sexual preferences.


self-defeating CoC

A problem with this is that "Comments that reinforce systemic oppression related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, neurodiversity, physical appearance, body size, age, race, or religion" constitute harassment.

Well the entire fucking code of conduct reinforces systemic oppression related to neurodiversity as people with Aspergers haven't got a fucking hope of complying with it.

So could the people that wrote and voted to accept this code of conduct please acknowledge that they've already broken it and leave the project.

Putting the urgency in emergency: UK's delayed emergency services network review... delayed


Re: Hang on a sec

Looks like she's actually the Chief Digital, Data and Technology Officer (CDDTO). Wonder who chose that job title?

Europe's Unified Patent Court fate in the balance amid German probing (yes, Brexit is in the mix)


this has made me wonder

If the EPO is not subject to national laws, does that mean that employees are similarly not constrained by the law in their work?

This surely means that it's legal for an EPO employee to provide lethal feedback to the management team?

Maybe someone should ask Battistelli if he's sure he wants his organisation to have immunity from national laws.

New Google bias lawsuit claims company fired chap who opposed discrimination


Although it's interesting to note that an individual with the same name is referenced in the Damore/Gudeman case - page 21, then Exhibits B 16, 26, 40, 44, 46, 83 and 86.

(see https://www.scribd.com/document/368692388/James-Damore-Lawsuit )

Talk about a MINER offense! Crypto-cash crafter clashes with T-Mob US in hipster haven


Re: Your tax dollars at work

Tax dollars well spent from the sounds of it. Identified the issue, sought sensible resolution, took proportionate action.

Nice to see the FCC doing good things for once ;)


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