* Posts by Steve Gill

154 posts • joined 31 Jul 2007

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'Clearance sale' shows Apple's iPad is over. It's done

Steve Gill

Re: ipad/whatever copy

"Now, if someone could do something a bit like an oversize psion series 5 where I can use a touch screen and then a keyboard for those email messages and put it on a desk, and ... you get the picture."

You mean like coughing up a tenner for a Bluetooth keyboard, maybe a touch more if you want a stand built in?

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King Battistelli's swish penthouse office the Euro Patent Office doesn't want you to see

Steve Gill

He's doing a great job of pushing the boundaries and proving where the flaws in the system are by exploiting them for his own profit

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Watt the f... Dim smart meters caught simply making up readings

Steve Gill

Re: There's more to it that that...

>> Maybe, but your washing machine/tumble drier/dishwasher all have selectable 'wait X hours' modes which do allow for this kind of usage.

Yours may have but my ten year old washing machine and tumble drier definitely don't unless I use an alarm clock to tell me to go down and press the start button

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Trump signs 'no privacy for non-Americans' order – what does that mean for rest of us?

Steve Gill

Re: Yet ANOTHER Trump story?

Cheers for that. Yup, zooming in confirms lots of space at the back of each of the sections as reported but the image also demonstrates why the Donald would view it as full from his point of view

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Canadian rotter abducts giant Playmobil fireman

Steve Gill

Just don't get it too accurate in case of incriminating yourselves

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Google to unleash Android Pay on UK shoppers within 'months'

Steve Gill

Re: Android Pay on millions of un-updateable devices...

For extra convenience don't even bother looking at your bank statements

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Oh, sugar! Sysadmin accidently deletes production database while fixing a fault

Steve Gill

Probably thought he was doing a test restore but had the wrong database active

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You say I mustn’t write down my password? Let me make a note of that

Steve Gill

Re: stick notes ?

Why does the mind boggle? Many people struggle to remember things, even things they use every day for years. I have a friend who can't remember his wife or kids' names, drives him nuts but he just can't do it.

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First OS X ransomware actually a scrambled Linux file scrambler

Steve Gill

Malware developers go full service

It looks like they're trying to make sure all options are available for their customers

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Brits still not happy about commercial companies using their healthcare data

Steve Gill

Re: No, just no.

>"Councils make money flogging their (compulsory) electoral register"

>Do you mean you didn't opt out?

Which sadly means nothing as the scumbags can still access your records from the registers taken prior to being able to opt out

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Outsourced Virgin Media techies botched this infosec bod's Poodle fix

Steve Gill

I've always found it to be that way too

Every time you get put through to the outsourced centre you get a script monkey with zero-to-dangerous knowledge and no intention of being helpful

Every time you get through to the UK based centre you get someone who is knowledgeable about the subject and helpful

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Everything bad in the world can be traced to crap Wi-Fi

Steve Gill

Re: "... to blow its secretive mates ..."

Given the following reference to heavy petting I'd presume it was correct first time

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ICO fined cold-call firm £350k – so directors put it into liquidation

Steve Gill

Having 'bought' the hardware on the cheap in the liquidation sale

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Between you, EE and the lamppost ... this UK cell network is knackered

Steve Gill

Re: But I'm more curious, if they're so shite, why you're with them after five years?

In oh so many areas of the country they're the only network available as the others 'focus on' (i.e. only cover) dense metropolitan areas so they can claim, quite honestly, that they cover over 90% of British homes.

The last 5% have little to no chance of ever getting a signal off anyone except O2.

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Stylish Vaio biz mobe is flying this way – ah, it's got Windows 10 inside

Steve Gill

Re: As a 950 XL user

Only had one for a couple of weeks but very happy so far

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Steve Gill

Agreed on the big improvements recently, a few more of those and it'll be great

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Steve Gill

Wonder how much they've 'updated' the software, could be interesting

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Bank fail: Ready or not, here's our new software

Steve Gill

With banking it's even worse though.

As a customer I need to be absolutely sure that everything works perfectly. Any glitch, bug or issue will reduce my confidence in the bank as a whole rather than just the software.

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BT broadband is down: Former state monopoly goes TITSUP UK-wide

Steve Gill

From the beeb

"It is true that we are down at the moment. We are aware of the problems and are working on them as fast as we can."

"Sorry if your [sic] are experiencing network problems. Engineers are on site now. We will keep you updated,"

@BTCare

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Safe Harbor crunch time: Today's the day to hammer out privacy deal

Steve Gill

Re: It should never have exsted!

Except that still wouldn't work as according to US law the US govt and state authorities have access to any data held by a US based company.

The only way to make the data safe enough for EU laws under current the current US laws would be to store the data in Europe on servers owned by wholly European companies. Those big US companies would have to spin-off all their European activities into totally independent entities.

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Steve Gill

Re: Easy Peasy

^[ The opinions expressed above are not necessarily those of the author ]^

Simply an expression of the truth

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Chip company FTDI accused of bricking counterfeits again

Steve Gill

Re: Are these really "counterfeits"?

Except the whole root of the issue is the counterfeits are dependent on FTDI drivers

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Hell, high water, and ice: Facebook's Dublin data center choices

Steve Gill
Headmaster

Ouch

I'm sorry, but I just couldn't finish the article.

Are the editors on strike or was this a case of publishing the first draft?

"Tech firms jobs, local spending and taxable revenue to a region for governments."

"In Europe, The Ireland is favored by many ..."

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Nest thermostat owners out in the cold after software update cockup

Steve Gill
Facepalm

Surely there should be a mechanical backup that prevents the temperature going beyond an acceptable range. You know, just in case.

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North Wales Police outsourcing deal results in massive overspend

Steve Gill

Typical Result

When will management and the bean counters learn that there is rarely any real saving from outsourcing?

Yes, it allows them to move the location of the costs on the balance sheet but the final result is so often the same - more cost and a poorer service.

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Windows 10 won't come to old WinPhones until some time in early 2016

Steve Gill

Re: Almost as good

Had my 1020 since release and still very happy with it.

Best small camera I've ever seen and it has a perfectly well-behaved phone attached :)

Not quite sure what wizardry Nokia put into the battery management that allows it to outlast new phones from other manufacturers even though it's well over 2 years old now.

I will be very sad when it needs replacing.

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FAA introduces unworkable drone registration rules in time for Christmas

Steve Gill

Re: The US govt are more concerned by illegal drones than guns?!

Drones might kill people so have to be regulated just in case

Guns definitely kill people so their owners are too scary to regulate

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Steve Gill

Re: Excuse me...

We don't need no steenking consistency (or silly SI rules)

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Turning SSD deployments into the next 'Death Star'

Steve Gill

Iron Men

Is it a requirement that there is a chance of having your name mistaken as Tony Stark to be on the panel?

(Tony 'Dr Stats' Lock, HPE's Tony Stranack)

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Help! What does 'personal conduct unrelated to operations or financials' mean?

Steve Gill

Re: ???

Surely both sexual harassment and bullying in the workplace have operational relevance as they impact the efficiency of the affected team members.

It has to be something that could embarrass the company, or could worry investors, but did not happen in the workplace.

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Spanish village mounts Playmobil extravaganza

Steve Gill

Re: El Reg well and truly trumped by the Catalan dioramists!

I did specify only for emergencies - meaning specifically Playmobil shortage type emergencies

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Steve Gill

Re: El Reg well and truly trumped by the Catalan dioramists!

More Playmobil is always good

(Lego can be used in emergencies)

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Typo in case-sensitive variable name cooked Google's cloud

Steve Gill

Re: Why wasn't this noticed by the compiler ....

Even if it was compiled the compilation might have been completed before the real error occurred - the change to case sensitivity in the API. Everything coded prior to that point would have to be retested (and obviously wasn't). That should have been a red-flag kind of change (not “a minor update to the Compute Engine API”) - alert everyone and make sure you have a pro team on standby for the implementation.

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Enraged Brits demand Donald Trump UK ban

Steve Gill

Re: There are two points of view

It goes all the way back to Woodstock at least

Sheesh, the youth of today ... ;)

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Samsung Gear VR is good. So good 2016 could be year virtual reality finally makes it

Steve Gill

Re: I think this assessment of likely uptake is wildly optimistic

People talk, to each other, while consuming programming? What is this crazy talk sir?

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Aircraft laser strikes hit new record with 20 incidents in one night

Steve Gill

Excellent tie-in between the two there sir :)

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Virgin Media whines about Sky's customer service claims, ad watchdog agrees

Steve Gill

Re: Sky v Virgin Customer Service

I've heard this quite a few times but never experienced it - every time I've called Virgin they've been helpful and the issue has been fixed within the next few hours.

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Linus Torvalds fires off angry 'compiler-masturbation' rant

Steve Gill

*2) we live in an age where 24 inch wide screen monitors have been the standard for any office for at least the last 10 years.*

I wish, At most of the sites I've worked at in those same 10 years large monitors are only for managers and users - developers have to make do with the cheapest 14 or 15 inch monitors available :(

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Work from home when the next big Windows 10 installation arrives

Steve Gill

Hmm, my xbox never asks me if I want to 'share' things, maybe because I don't have Live Gold

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Want to self-certify for Safe Harbor? Never mind EU, YES WE CAN

Steve Gill

Re: Cloud CRM providers

You can't absolve someone of legal liability.

That's like shooting someone and then saying you're not guilty because your mate Jim said it was OK.

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Noughty by nature: Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection and Rock Band 4

Steve Gill

I can see your point if you're new to the genre but I already have most of those tracks for Rock Band ;)

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Steve Gill

If Rock Band 4 can take the genre back to where it was with Rock Band 2 before adding in new complexities it'll be on a strong footing going forward. Simply returning the campaign mode is a huge help. As much as many of us liked the hyper-realism additions to Rock Band 3 many more found it frustrating and felt that the the fun had been removed.

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Whoever hacked Uber's driver database wasn't our CTO, says rival Lyft

Steve Gill
Thumb Up

Re: "Lyft denies any wrongdoing by its employees."

Robert is correct

"1. This also stands as #13 of the The Seventy Maxims of Maximally Effective Mercenaries."

Quoting Schlock is always the correct answer :)

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US Treasury: How did ISIS get your trucks? Toyota: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Steve Gill

Everyone knows the Toyota Hilux is the combat pickup of choice the world over

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Virgin Media's SPAM-AGEDDON 'fix' silences mailboxes

Steve Gill

Re: Er Guys...

Like most here, I assume, I have a different primary email but the stuff I route through NTLworld / Virgin seems to been coming through OK so far

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Is the world ready for a Raspberry Pi-powered Lego Babbage Engine?

Steve Gill

Is the world ready for a lego babbage engine?

Yes, yes, I really hope it is :)

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Microsoft sabotages own Lumia smartmobe flagship launch

Steve Gill

Re: Nice to see...

Odds are 2TB MicroSD cards will be pretty cheap in six months time

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Hands off, Apple! Irish dev studio sues over alleged iWatch infringement

Steve Gill

Re: Hold your horses there Sparky

Didst thou miss the enlightenment of this issue within yon article - "Apple has placed an advertisement with Google to link to its wristjob when users search for the "iWatch", presumably to catch the eyes of novitiate fanbois not yet to fully au fait with the wristjob's true branding." ?

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Microsoft puts arm round Salesforce, pair skip gaily into the cloud

Steve Gill

There are no English language standards any more, it's just a random collection of 'close enough'.

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