* Posts by matjaggard

127 posts • joined 22 Apr 2015


Proof-of-concept open-source app can cut'n'paste from reality straight into Photoshop using a neural network


Re: Unintended consequences

I'm assuming the OP was referring to the Americanism of a "Rest Room" being a sensible location for a "Comfort Break" as opposed to a toilet, stall, crapper or whatever where you go for a piss.

However, the whole concept is ridiculous. If you stop people making things easy just because they might get used for bad stuff, you'll prevent every possible kind of progress in the world.

Broadcom sues Netflix for its success: You’re stopping us making a fortune from set-top boxes, moans chip designer


Re: Why not sue Youtube too?

Because Google has enough patents that Broadcom might or might not have infringed to fight back. Netflix as a newer company has fewer patents.

BT's Wi-Fi Disc ads banned because there's no evidence the things work


Re: Standby for downvotes!

To get the MW3 and MW6 to work, just pair them with the MW3 as the primary node then plug the MW6 to the router. As soon as you turn off the MW3s the MW6 becomes primary. Having said that, when I did this the whole network of them needed restarting once a week or so due to speed dropping down to under 0.2mbps.


I've just sent my Tenda boxes back because I had to restart all of them manually once a week or so when the speed dropped to less than 0.2mbps.

*David Attenborough voice* And here we have, in the wild, a rare glimpse... of what may be... a positive IBM quarter


Izzit cos I left?

No regrets.

Are you getting it? Yes, armageddon it: Mass hysteria takes hold as the Windows 7 axe falls


Re: Ah, Git ...

I don't mind marmite.

Amazon slams media for not saying nice things about AWS, denies it strip-mines open-source code for huge profits


Re: "that they make a tremendous contribution to open source software."

What exactly counts as "money making code" if Google couldn't run without FOSS?

GlaxoSmithKline ditches IR35 contractors: Go PAYE or go home


Re: Killing the Goose that lays the Golden Eggs



Re: "or to complete or terminate your existing contract"

Possibly they're allowing them to opt out early if they find another contract or get a proper job?

Apple's credit card caper probed over sexism claims – after women screwed over on limits


Re: Sad but true...

OK boomer

IT contractor has £240k bill torn up after IR35 win against UK taxman


Re: I cannot understand why HMRC pursues contractors so much.

No, HMRC are trying to find out how to apply a difficult bit of law. People are still paying less tax by being long term contractors which is what this legislation was trying to stop. Unfortunately, writing legislation is really hard - also shown by the Amazon example above.

Microsoft sees sense, will give Office 365 admins veto rights on self-service Power tools


Re: It's a start...

What complete nonsense. Why should Microsoft allow IT to stop you buying extra software when almost every other software company in the world would allow a purchase with a credit card? I would be breaking policies by using my company card to buy Adobe Creative Suite for example but I wouldn't expect Adobe to stop me!!!

You've got (Ginni's) mail! Judge orders IBM to cough up CEO, execs' internal memos in age-discrim legal battle


Re: IBM -- India Business Machines

Why's that relevant? There are young and old people in most countries!


Re: Young people

Young people mostly don't go and work there, they work for cooler companies that IBM buys.

Tesco parking app hauled offline after exposing 10s of millions of Automatic Number Plate Recognition images


Re: "A technical issue with a parking app"

Yes, and they took the complaint seriously enough that they're potentially losing money. Very refreshing.


Re: Bastards

"Pretty sure you could just ignore the fine... private fines not enforceable... only fines issued by companies on behalf of the council are enforceable I think. But, INAL... so might be talking out my arse."

You are indeed talking out of your posterior. There was a case recently where someone kept ignoring invoices for parking without a ticket in a private car park and in the end the court made them pay the whole lot. As someone who is responsible for a 6 car car park, I'm actually very pleased that these invoices can't just be ignored forever.

Want an ethical smartphone? Fairphone 3 is on the way – but tiny market share suggests few care


Re: Cost is the killer

So it's fine for people to be exploited as long as your phone is cheap?

It's a facial-recognition bonanza: Oakland bans it, activists track it, and pics taken from dating-site OkCupid feed it


If I visit a .co.uk site, at least tell me if the content is not relevant

"Find out if there’s cameras near you here." - but only if you're in the US.

For pity's sake, groans Mimecast, teach your workforce not to open obviously dodgy emails


Re: you could do that, but...

No internet access is almost what my firm has done. Far from making them more productive, the impact on not being able to look at documentation and user groups is immense, especially for developers.

When customers see red, sometimes the obvious solution will only fan the flames


Re: Dolt

If your company has produced software with a (for example) timing bug which can't be reproduced at will by the user, you're still responsible for fixing it. Just because you can't reproduce it doesn't mean it's not a major PITA for your customers.

Crowdfunded lawyer suing Uber told he can't swerve taxi app giant's £1m legal bill


Re: Who is ultimately responsible for collecting/paying the VAT

I don't think an out-of-court settlement would do anything here. He (clearly) doesn't care about his £1, he wants to make Uber pay VAT.

Linus Torvalds pulls pin, tosses in grenade: x86 won, forget about Arm in server CPUs, says Linux kernel supremo


I did the same and for us the bugs lay 80% in the higher layer and 20% in the lower ones at all layers. 80% in the Java code, 20% below that. Of those, 80% in the JVM, 20% below that. Of those, 80% in the OS, 20% in the architecture.

Well Holby damned! We've caught a virus: Brit medical soap operas team up for 'cyber' episode


It's all over when the researcher finds the kill switch

Google: All your leaked passwords are belong to us – here's a Chrome extension to find them


Re: Which password manager to plump for?

Chrome. Trivial to use. Just have to trust Google a little.

Mobile network Three UK's customer details exposed in homepage blunder


Re: Testing?

You can't be blamed for not testing when it's been put live accidentally. I also doubt it's CI/CD because pipelines don't click the wrong button and end up with a test version live.

Facebook cuts off independent political ad reviewers, claims security concerns


Re: How is this done ?

Security. The web browser has to be able to stop a rogue script clicking on a "new window" link, but allow the user for example. Once you've done that then there's a way for the website to determine if a click was by a user or not. I'm not saying that's how it's done, but there's no point in hiding the source of a click if there is a way to find it out.

Whats(goes)App must come down... World in shock as Zuck decides to intertwine Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp


Re: Telegram

WhatsApp's encryption is message level, not just transport level. Read the whitepaper on how it works. I'm not saying they perform zero analytics in the app but I do believe that individual messages are not readable by Facebook or anyone else. The current benefit for Facebook is the immense value of knowing who communicates with who and how frequently.

xHamster reports spike in UK users getting their five-knuckle shuffle on before pr0n age checks


Re: Great Britain encapsulates itself not only against the EU, but also against 90% of Internet cont


IBM insists it's not deliberately axing older staff. Internal secret docs state otherwise...


Re: So Ginni should watch out.

Wasn't Langley Senior VP or above?

Oh my chord! Sennheiser hits bum note with major HTTPS certificate cock-up


Re: @AC

Was the code written in C#?

Huawei Mate 20 Pro: If you can stomach the nagware and price, it may be Droid of the Year


Re: It may be a £899 phone

Downvoted, I'm sure many people would pay more than £2.99 not to use that UI

DBA drifts into legend after inventive server convo leaves colleagues fearing for their lives


Clearly not a Windows user.

Mourning Apple's war against sockets? The 2018 Mac mini should be your first port of call


Re: 2GB?

I think this was fixed by the time I looked, I was more confused the the OR. Do you want RAM or storage?

UK data watchdog fines Facebook 17 minutes of net profit for Cambridge Analytica brouhaha


They use the device ID don't they? It probably tells them more in the app than the browser would give away. I don't understand the surprise here. I also don't understand the problem - targeted adverts are just part of life on the free-to-use web, what's the issue?

Xiaomi waggles Mi MIX 3, the first smartphone packing 10GB RAM



But do they sell an umbrella under the Mi umbrella brand?

SQLite creator crucified after code of conduct warns devs to love God, and not kill, commit adultery, steal, curse...


Re: I have a code of conduct

I can't tell if that code of conduct is intentionally humourous or accidentally. It's such a common mantra now that I'm going to guess the latter.

The secret history of Apple's Stacks


Re: Workspaces

Unless I've missed something, they're utterly different.


Re: "Renewed"????

I'm going to assume your description of patents refers to American patents. Other countries do better.

Convenient switch hides an inconvenient truth


Re: Heaters are the bane of our lives

I think it was the cleaner in our office who broke almost literally every unused socket by plugging in the vacuum cleaner.


Re: stairs and hallways lights...

Yes, but when you fall off the chair with the bulb in one hand and the other hand in your pocket, you have no way to catch yourself.

On the third day of Windows Microsoft gave to me: A file-munching run of DELTREE


Yes, but have you seen the prices Amazon charge for retrieving from Glacier. Presumably I can just forward the invoice to Micro$oft

Day two – and Windows 10 October 2018 Update trips over Intel audio


Re: Edge? Snorting?

It might have been Kool-aid.


Re: rushed

Ah, Bob, I've not seen your capital letters for a while. Have you been away or have I been reading different articles?

Groupon to pay IBM $57m after getting money off e-commerce patent settlement


What are the patents?

Does anyone know what patents are involved with this? Do smaller shops need to start talking to IBM?

Cookie clutter: Chrome saves Google cookies from cookie jar purges


How is this even a story

Button that tells you what it does, does what it says it will. Shocker.

It deletes all your cookies and the logs you back in like it promises too, how is this a problem? Surely anyone who cares is not logged in to a Google account anyway?

Contractors slam UK taxman's 'aggressive' IR35 tax reforms


Re: The people behind HMRC squeezing contractors...

That's not a self-inflicted wound. Having an arbitrary difference in taxation for those who can work out the paperwork to be paid via a company would be a wound to a fair economy.


Re: It's time...

I don't disagree with your opinion on the direction of the country as a whole but cutting down on unusual tax situations is absolutely reasonable. If you're an employee then use PAYE - contractors that are really employees are so common.

You're alone in a room with the Windows 10 out-of-the-box apps. What do you do?


Re: Not turn them in to apps.

Notepad++ takes too long to start. Notepad is fast, really fast. I always replace notepad with notepad2 because it is also fast but handles line endings, large files and some syntax highlighting.

You'll never guess what you can do once you steal a laptop, reflash the BIOS, and reboot it


Re: Again,

The problem for me is not boot time but remembering WTF I was doing before I left for the pub on Friday evening.

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



"iPhone 8 prices started at £699 or £849"

Well which is it? It a price can't "start at" two values!



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