* Posts by Roq D. Kasba

614 posts • joined 3 Jun 2015


World's first robot hotel massacres half of its robot staff

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Re: I've stayed at one of the Tokyo ones.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4ONhC6PnpI I see two human-styled robots, plus one raptor.

Who wouldn't want to be checked in by a raptor?

I'm just not sure the computer works here – the energy is all wrong

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Re: Memories

There's a classic aviation joke that a cockpit could be staffed by a pilot and a dog. The dog is there to stop anyone from touching the controls, the pilot is there to feed the dog.

Techie basks in praise for restoring workforce email (by stopping his scripting sh!tshow)

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I learnt to test my WHERE clauses on a DELETE with a SELECT first

The hard way.

'Year-long' delay to UK 5G if we spike Huawei deals, say telcos

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Re: Marconi

You mean dotcomboomandbust1.0?

The Palm Palm: The Derringer of smartphones

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Re: Price

£75 with an ePaper screen, just take my money! I wanted a YotaPhone for the epaper screen, but not for the rest of the phone. It would be ideal to compliment my snazzy top-end awesome flagship, somewhat limited video abilities, rudimentary framing etc for the camera, tiny pocket convenience, 4 weeks battery, bloody awesome.

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Waiting for the unbranded knockoff priced right

I'm sure you can get this 90% right for £50, and someone will.

Pencil manufacturers rejoice: Oz government doesn't like e-voting

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Re: Use a pen!!!!

That Tom Scott video ought to be a public information film.

OM5G... Qualcomm teases next Snapdragon chip for phones: The 855 with a fingerprint Sonic Screwdriver, er, Sensor

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Re: It's all about the bass

So loud you have to repeat yourself, in fact ;-)

Blockchain study finds 0.00% success rate and vendors don't call back when asked for evidence

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Re: Blockchain is perfect

Stable genius.

Giraffe hacks printers worldwide to promote God-awful YouTuber. Did we read that one right?

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Re: Get me a babysitter

Nathan Barley incarnate.

Microsoft: You looking at me funny? Oh, you just want to sign in

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Far too few NONCE gags here in the comments.

Boom! Just like that the eSIM market emerges – and jolly useful it is too

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Re: cold day in hell

I thought that for a couple of iterations, but suddenly spotted a great carrier subsidy-based deal where the flagship phone was bundled. The SIM-only contract for the same data/calls/texts was £27/month, the package just £30, so it made a heap of sense to pay 24months x £3 for the device.

But at the contract end I'll be quite open to going SIM only again...

Dot-com web addresses prices to swell, thanks to sweetheart deal between Uncle Sam, Verisign

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Re: Can someone explain this to me?

@Mongo I think you mean "repopulate the swamp"

Imperial bringing in budget holograms to teach students

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There's no more to say

Which scientist should be on the new £50 note? El Reg weighs in – and you should vote, too

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How about John Snow?

The discover of epidemiology and avid collector of pump handles.

Samsung’s flexible phone: Expect an expensive, half-bendy clamshell

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Re: I still think a bifold device will be a market failure

>>>porn is in 16:9<<<

that's a 69 with a spare prick.

Spent your week box-ticking? It can't be as bad as the folk at this firm

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I had the opposite experience

Big company had an outsourced payroll system which required a server on the corporate network to have a very special (poorly locked down) configuration, and for the outsourced payroll company to use a shared login to access it monthly. Terrible topography, unforgivably bad, but that's what happens when you let HR manager their own IT and bring in their own contractors.

Anyway, this thing was badly out of date, a massive security risk, and the company (a very, very big computer company) main IT security branch were on the warpath having a tidy up after a lot of lines of core product code were stolen. The hardware was on expensive extended warranty, the server took loads of rack space and needed attention. Turned out this "critical" system was just to allow a few thousand people electronic access to their payslips. Many would anyway print a copy on the company's printers.

For less than the price of the warranty, security violation special monitoring, rack space and power let alone license fee and development time, I worked out that we could print and post all the payslips directly to everybody's homes each month. This was turned down for appearances sake for a tech company!! They would rather pour money into a shit old system breaching all security guidelines, create extra policy work for everyone, all sorts out of embarrassment.

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Re: references

Yes, the beauty of feint praise to condemn

Enigma message crack honours pioneering Polish codebreakers

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Re: Polish contributions

They've always been present in my understanding of the affair in the UK, perhaps in the circumstances UK and Poland have a lot of shared history regarding WW2...

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Re: Missed opportunity

She may be less physically sprightly then she was 75 years ago, in fairness.

Presto chango, crypto buyo: You're travelling like El Reg's gang of nerds

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Really? This is bizarre.

I hope this actually is a joke, I did even check if it was a ¡Bong! article.

So I am invited to use pay pay to pay for a thing, which I then use to pay for a thing.

2018's Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon laptop is a lovely lappie

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Re: US$2,579.00

I was reading through thinking "Hmmm, well maybe it's time for a new lappy, battery's a bit flakey on this one..." and that thought was cut short with an out loud "fucking hell".

Bitcoin's blockchain: Potentially a hazardous waste dump of child abuse, malware, etc

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Re: Potentially?

> In other news, the price of Bitcoin - has not dropped at all since this story appeared.

This is good for Bitcoin. Don't you read the BTC forums and subreddits? Everything is always good for Bitcoin.

Birmingham UK to Uber: Want a new licence? Tell us about your operating model

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Re: Business Model:

"whataboutism" is the Trump method of debate.

There's more to blockchain than dodgy cryptocurrencies

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Re: Of course there is, until

"Digital Esperanto" - very good.

Screw everything! French swingers campsite up for sale, owners 'tired'

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I tried to tell a Frenchman that I was an overweight homosexual

He thought I was tired.

Hubris, thy name is Oracle: So, cloud is still totally for nerds, right?

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Rounding error

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Re: Modern Data

Yes, a good RDBMS will keep a tidy dataset tidy and healthy until it's dying breath (and many petabytes thereof - I remember MSSQL Server demonstrating an 8TB instance back in the 90's with satellite images of the world just as a demo project).

Which is great if your data still fits the same shape you define a decade beforehand, but it never does, and so surgery is needed. Those modern key pair data buckets suit unstructured and messy data, which suits startups well as they add add remove features. Personally I find key pair data storage quite ugly and unruly, but it's the better bet for some projects.

Cali cops' Clue caper: Apple technicans, in an iPhone repair lab, with the 1,600 silent 911 calls

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Anyone remember 0990 premium numbers?

In the UK, 0990 was a common prefix for national numbers for a while, such as vehicle hire companies central call centres.

At the same time, pulse (rather than tone) dialling was still being phased out of common usage, but legacy phones still used it. 1 pulse for a 1, 2 for a 2, 10 for a zero. And some legacy phones were a bit crap.

And so so we come to the perfect storm that was my wife phoning a national van hire company and asking for a minibus, for tomorrow, to hold 12, with an a concerned 999 operator asking my confused wife to clearly state if she wanted an ambulance or not. The phone had malformed the leading zero of the 0990 number meaning the exchange "saw" 9990-xxxxxx, and connected the 999 to a valid number with the remaining pulses going into the void.

Due to Oracle being Oracle, Eclipse holds poll to rename Java EE (No, it won't be Java McJava Face)

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Re: Lame name options IMHO

Spiced pumpkin extra sugar latte coffee flavoured milk drink

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Microsoft aren't using J++ any more

Or J# for that matter. Just for the irony.

Morrisons launches bizarre Yorkshire Pudding pizza thing

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Yes, without gravy, looks quite nice actually

I mean just for science's sake.

You. Apple. Get in here and explain these iOS slowdowns and batteries – US, French govt reps

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Pass the popcorn, this'll be fun

Those questions cut to the heart of the issue, well done France.

Maplin Electronics CEO ups stakes for steak house

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Re: RIP Maplins...

There's practically nothing on the components front left - I got a 50p connector for £3 the other day because I needed it, but resistors, capacitors seem to be sold in multipack bags for £ouch too.

They're taking the route of The Gadget Shop, to a similar event horizon I'm afraid.

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Re: Can I be a CEO in my next life?

Use phrases like "differentiated technology retailer", and you can be.

Whizzes' lithium-iron-oxide battery 'octuples' capacity on the cheap

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Re: Dear Mr Musk....

@Flakk, why are you getting downvoted for this? It's not like it's not public knowledge that he has HUUUGE public money subsidies - calculated to nearly $5 BEEEEEELION. Billion, not Million. Billions are very very big numbers. A million seconds is 11 days, a billion seconds is 31 years. Billions are BIG.

<<Tesla Motors Inc., SolarCity Corp. and Space Exploration Technologies Corp., known as SpaceX, together have benefited from an estimated $4.9 billion in government support, according to data compiled by The (LA) Times.>> http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-hy-musk-subsidies-20150531-story.html


Brazil says it has bagged Royal Navy flagship HMS Ocean for £84m

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Re: Whats in a name

On the other hand "Big Liz" is a great name.

Uber Cali goes ballistic, calls online ads bogus: These million-dollar banners are something quite atrocious

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Quality title

Intel is upset that Qualcomm is treating it like Intel treated AMD for years and years

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Re: Qualcom

I've no strong preference, although I've certainly no arguments that Qualcomm make great soc's. I do, however, back them in this spat because Intel have happily shown shitty behaviours in the past and having a monopoly on all platforms is even worse than on a single one.

Oh my Word... Microsoft Office 365 unlatched after morning lockout

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Re: Please explain to me ...

>>how running an important application ''out in the cloud'' is better than running on your own machines ?<<

Totally depends how you measure "better" - cheaper, more accessible, lower system maintenance, all good points, compromised availability, security risks downsides.

If something is truly that important you do it in-house, and if it's really, really important you do it redundantly, replicated across multiple sites, paying for dedicated lines and real 24/7 dedicated support...

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Three nines, five nines, bunch of nines...

The only people who seriously deserve to discuss "five nines" uptime are people prepared to pay for massive redundancy required. Five nines is one hour downtime per DECADE. Some shitty line of business reporting app used a few hours a month does not require that level of availability. It shows cowardsly/lazy specifications when "two nines best efforts during core business hours" is what they really want to pay for.

Fancy fixing your own mobile devices? Just take the display off carefu...CRUNCH !£$%!

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I was ever so wary of opening this beautiful former flagship device - curved screen, high performance camera, etc., but I needed to polish out a lens. I got up courage after seeing a YT vid - my god it's the easiest to open/fix device I've seen. Not even silly screws or warranty-void stickers on screwheads, just in, unclip motherboard and peripherals, and you're done. First time I was in in 10 minutes, second time mere seconds. It has convinced me to go LG from hereon in, and there's no indestructible OEM software preloaded either - delete what you don't want.

Lordy! Trump admits there are no tapes of his chats with Comey

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Re: There may yet be tapes

Spoliation of evidence I suspect too.

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Re: Still don't understand this bullshit

>>We have to have Clinton personal assassinations PLUS the documentation from the Elders of Zion now. Things have bigged up.<<

Kicking up dust and pointing in every direction but the one under discussion is playbook for an indefensible position. Look at Conway and her tedious employment of this technique.

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It's either an outright bluffthreat or spoliation. My hunch is the latter pretending to be the former, but either is possible

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Re: The Truth?!

Considering he will lie about the weather in front of many, many scores of inauguration attendees and many more on TV watching live, there is clearly no filter or reference to fact whatsoever in his head.

Ex-NASA bod on Gwyneth Paltrow site's 'healing' stickers: 'Wow. What a load of BS'

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Re: There's nothing wrong with wearable stickers

These are special, protective stickers. Wear one and stand in the middle of the road, cars just bounce off.

Live blog: Fired FBI boss spills the beans to US Senate committee

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Re: Question.

Read my tweets

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Re: I'm sorry, but...

Thank goodness you used the joke alert icon, I was going to get all pompous on you.

Does Microsoft have what it takes to topple Google Docs?

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Re: Publisher?

No, although a 365 sub gets you the latest downloadable if you want it :)


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