* Posts by 10forcash

113 posts • joined 21 Aug 2015


Why does that website take forever to load? Clues: Three syllables, starts with a J, rhymes with crock of sh...


Re: Every web site should...

'for analytical purposes'

Just wondering, what does this data include - and why is it useful? - other than the referer, number of hits and how long each visitor is on the page for, what use it? (not to the hyper-slurpers, that's obvious - they want a profile of saleable data for everyone and everything on the planet) I'm aware that 'social standing' can be approximated from location, browser, OS and referer etc. - does it really matter? There's a phrase i'm fond of using when people have them selves in a knot trying to resolve an issue - 'don't try and over-analyse things' and I suspect this is what manglement are doing with the wealth of data being slurped on their behalf. In the end, no-one benefits. (except Google & friends, obviously!).


Re: Count the domains

Not the largest i've seen but one I visit regularly is astronomy.com

uBlock origin on Firefox ESR reports:

26 elements blocked, 4 out of 15 domains connected

addthis.com -

ajax.googleapis.com -

d81mfvml8p5ml.cloudfront.net -

facebook.net -

fonts.googleapis.com -

google-analytics.com -

googletagservices.com -

gstatic.com -

kalmbach.com +

lijit.com -

mkt932.com -

pcrl.co -

quantserve.com -

scistarter.com +

Ironically 'lijit.com' doesn't appear to be!

Dratted hipster UX designers stole my corporate app


Automotive UI design:-

Range Rover (sport & Full Fat)

cabin temperature controls are rotary knobs, with the set temperature displayed either in the centre of the rotary knob or on the multi-function screen dependent on model and model year. if you want to change the cabin temerature on either side or both sides of the cabin, you reach out, turn the knob in the 'traditional' increase or decrease direction, theres a visual conformation and the temperature is changed to the one you set.

This system is 'familiar' to just about everyone, can be operated without taking your eyes off the road and (crucially for a multi-surface vehicle) can be operated no matter how bumpy the road - or lack of it makes the journey

Volvo (XC40, 60 & 90, V70 2017 onwards)

Large touchscreen in portrait orientation for all functions, cabin temperature displayed at bottom left & right *most of the time*, if not, press the hard key 'home' button first, then press the temperature display for the side you want to change (no option for master/slave config.), long vertical bar of temperatures pops up - note not all possible temperatures are displayed so you may have to scroll.... select the temperature you want, then close the screen by selecting another option or use the hard key - or repeat for the other side.... Now try that trundling down your gravel drive in the morning without breaking a nail on the screen, having to look at the screen to find where to touch, steadying your hand against the facia so you don't accidentally turn the fan to full or off - or crucially wiping out the gates at the end of your drive because you were going too fast for active city safety to cut in (actually happened - the log file, accessed with the owners consent, showed speed increasing due to throttle input despite the driveway only being 230 metres long with steel gates that would only be fully open in time if the speed passing through the sensor was 7mph or below and didn't increase once the gate opening was triggered, the owner had lived there for twelve years and the electric gates had been installed four years ago).


All models

The MMI dial control moves the cursor in the opposite direction to that expected - all bets are off.

Sometimes an updated UI isn't a great improvement in UX

Pandas so useless they just look at delicious kid who fell into enclosure


Re: In other news

No, definitely Hippo's - although I was chased on a quad bike once by a Rhino...

One click and you're out: UK makes it an offence to view terrorist propaganda even once


Re: Goodbye Youtube?

One mans freedom fighter is another mans terrorist - and Mandela (either of them) couildn't be described as whiter than white....

Yes, I know ;-)

The UK's Cairncross Review calls for Google, Facebook to be regulated – and life support for journalism


Re: On the subject of journo's...

Fair enough - the rest still stands, as does other 'mercanisms such as 'calling out', 'reached out to', 'hunkered down' etc. that media luvvies seem to think will endear them to the yoof if they use in their pieces to camera or webpage!


On the subject of journo's...

For a site in a 'UK' domain, claiming to be predominantly UK focussed, why can you not use '&' or 'and' instead of a comma in the headlines?

I know it originates in american dead tree editions to save space, why in 2019 does it persist in web pages? fair enough if the article is written by a US based journo about US based issues and they know no better but this 'news' originated in the UK

I find it very irritating and after spending most of the day gutting, scaling and pin boning three large Salmon,only to find the fish kettle was in the shed being a mortuary for four young mice, I felt I had to vent......

Google's stunning plan to avoid apps slurping Gmail inboxes: Charge devs for security audits


All this talk of walled gardens reminds me of 'The Herbs' (a childrens TV series in the 60's &70's) with ther regulators running around like Dill the dog...

If only there was a fenced garden (i.e. visibly open) that did the stuff we apparently need such as phones, email, search etc. Now this might sound mad (it did to me initially!) but why couldn't Amazon do this? - as far as i'm aware they don't sell or share user date outside of their own organisation and the advertisding I do get from them is comparatively 'light touch', unlike Apple, they want to appeal to everyone and seem to support a broad range of browsers, media and playback methods.

I'm not saying Amazon are knights on white chargers - far from it, they've done their fair share of snuffing out the competition and have questionable methods of complying with employment law but in terms of spaffing user data to the four winds of the internet, they currently seem to be the least worst of the bunch.

WeWork restructuring bites El Reg hacks where it hurts as afternoon brew delayed


Re: Bloody Vegans

Brass because it deforms easily to make the snare in the first place, not quite as easily as copper but the tensile strength is higher so less chance of the prey breaking free (whick, in UK at least, would make it an illegal snare if it could break away from it's tether and remain around the animal) also, it doesn't become brittle like steel wire. Locking snares are illegal in UK but are still used as they (can) prevent distress to the prey if the snares are not checked daily or if they are visited by other predators before they are checked & cleared. The locking part of the snare requires a wire that will deform easily so steel is out, as is copper for Hare, Fox etc.

I have seen snares used for Elk in some Scandanavian areas, not very common but can be more productive than tracking and shooting in winter. For Elk you absolutely would have to use a locking snare as they can be nasty bastards when caught....


Re: Bloody Vegans

Unless you use a locking snare.... in which case they will be very bloody until their (probably withered) heart gives out and the blood clots around the brass wire - fun fact: brass wire is sold in hardware stores in Sweden but not in Norway, very difficult to get hold of in an emergency!

Hungover this morning? Thought 'beer before wine and you'll be fine'? Boffins prove old adage just isn't true


Re: Beer?

It's a typo - should be 'larger beer'

Cop films chap on body-worn cam because he 'complains about cops a lot'. Chap complains


Re: How covert was it?

As far as i'm aware, individuals recording video and / or audio on private premises is not legal without the consent of ther subject - not sure if it applies to plod, whether 'invited in' or not - but i'm certain it applies to private individuals, for example, 'dashcams' are supposed to be removed, turned off or inhibited from recording prior to being taken inside a dealers workshop as the subjects of any recording do not have the opportunity to consent prior to the recording taking place. I can't cite the exact legalese however, I did witness a Service Manager being 'put straight' by a company solicitor of a large chain of car dealers after he had decreed that dashcams should not be turned off and some of the tech's took umbrage with his edict....

So i'm not sure how it was accepted as evidence in a tribunal without consideration for how the recording was made and concequences of making it public - presumably the recording was made on private premises without the subjects knowledge?

European Commission orders mass recall of creepy, leaky child-tracking smartwatch


Wrong in this context, potentially humerous in others... internet connected sex toys for example?

Furious Apple revokes Facebook's enty app cert after Zuck's crew abused it to slurp private data


Move fast & break things

Try that in a shop and you'll pay for the damages

Try that 'in public' and you'll pay for it in court

Try that on 'the internet' and you'll be paid for it...

Six Flags fingerprinted my son without consent, says mom. Y'know, this biometric case has teeth, say state supremes...


Re: Thank you!

"Since many visitors are underage for a driver's license or other state-issued ID, they needed something everyone has with them, regardless of age. The choices are fingerprints or facial recognition, and privacy advocates will (rightly) protest either."

How about going all retro and using a signature - like we did before photo's, fingerprint recognition, chip & pin etc. etc.. It meets the requirements in that the pass holds the data not the company and the passholder can irrevocably destroy the data (signature) when the pass expires.

Just a thought.

As netizens, devs scream bloody murder over Chrome ad-block block, Googlers insist: It's not set in stone (yet)


I suspect there has been some dabbling in the code already, On two installations of Opera X64, scriptsafe has become decidely flaky - letting stuff through that it has previously blocked with a message saying something along the lines of 'Scriptsafe has recently been reloaded'.... I was exclusively useing PaleMoon but that has become increasingly clunky and has broke some addins - particularly NoScript. Opera also takes a dogs age to load & invades RAM like the Germans did with France (in common with other Chromium variants). Since this announcement and using Googly derived products not sitting at all well with me, I've moved back to Firefox ESR, aside from the lack of migation help, it's fine. Loads faster, no fuckaroundery with addins and crucially (as far as i'm aware) no googlyness involved.

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


For us - as in Family, friends & colleagues, Viber works well, especially for international voice calls to the oldies

Holy crappuccino. There's a latte trouble brewing... Bio-boffins reckon 60%+ of coffee species may be doomed


Re: Umm... nope.

Seems odd to me that climate 'science' has not just ignored but tried to re-write the geological record (presumably as it would affect their funding) and excluded Geologists from their cabaal - no citation available, just first hand knowledge of conversations with several Geologists i've worked with over the last two decades or so.

Dear humans, We thought it was time we looked through YOUR source code. We found a mystery ancestor. Signed, the computers


Re: Many mysteries

"But currently we're one race (i.e. we can completely interbreed and there are no reliable genetic clusters that really point to long term population isolation.)"

Never been to Norfolk and seen the Norfolkers then?

Not so much a gene pool, more of a small puddle....

FYI: Twitter's API still spews enough metadata to reveal exactly where you lived, worked


Never mind all that 'big data' stuff, you can use it to track and hunt down the pack of rabid twatters that gave you grief over a perfectly reasonable comment you made seven years ago...

Or whoever it is that now lives in the flats and houses they rented at the time.

Happy new year, readers. Yes, we have threaded comments, an image-lite mode, and more...


Not a fan...

The new front page is too sparse, only seven article headlines visible on Opera (five on PaleMoon) without scrolling as opposed to thirteen with the older version (with Adblock, Scriptsafe & Stylish applied). The main article is just a black rectangle with the headline in it, even with Image lite (sic) applied.

The nested threads are a good idea but are too wide - makes my eyes ache to the point where I just select 'thread' to condense the width, even if it means more scrolling, I can't explain it any better, it just feels 'more normal'.

There's also possibly too much white space glaring at me, although it has caused me to turn down the brightness so battery life should be a bit better and i'd rather have white space than ads....

Oh Deer! Poacher sentenced to 12 months of regular Bambi screenings in the cooler


The herds need to be thinned.

Both of them.

My grandfather was a gamekeeper in the Kingdom of Yorkshire, we dined aplenty on Venison - that had been treated with dignity and respect in life & death. Trophy hunters do not deserve that respect.

Forget your deepest, darkest secrets, smart speakers will soon listen for sniffles and farts too


Until they (the listening devices) become mandatory - just don't buy one.

Problem solved, QED as my Dad would say.

In the meantime, prepare for 'off grid' living once the Cloud Overlords have successfully lobbied for the devices to be strapped to everyone at birth, a bit like 'out on licence' ankle tags but with microphones and probably by then, all six types of GPS receivers...

Tin foil sales will go through the roof.

Britain approved £2.5m of snooping kit exports to thoroughly snuggly regime in Saudi Arabia


Most likely they'll have a wing at RAF Valley dedicated to training the operators to save the embarrassment of having UK defence contractors on foreign soil - just like they do for the RSAF pilots


We need all the export business we can get now brex-pocalypse is almost on us.

Register Lecture: Right to strike when your boss sells AI to the military?


Maybe we've been under an illusion about Google, purely due to a typo

It's not 'Do No Evil'

the correct version is:-

'Do Know Evil'

Paraphrased from a CMT patch I saw somewhere sandy a good few years ago ;-)


It's not a real conflict unless humans are at risk on both sides eh?

Just to even things up, I suppose we should fight ethical wars where all sides have equal armament, resources and training so the real skill of winning comes down to tactics not technology and / or finances.

Lenovo tells Asia-Pacific staff: Work lappy with your unencrypted data on it has been nicked


Re: Lenovo takes the security of employee information very seriously

I'm fairly sure Lenovo have said that only once. Very recently.

Unless you've got it on repeat.

In 2018, Facebook is the villain and Microsoft the shining light, according to techies


The behemoth in the room?

Where is Google in all of this? surely they eclipse both Microsoft & Facebook? or is this another 'study' sponsored by Google?

I don't consider that Microsoft has improved in it's attitude towards ethical privacy, more that Facebook has sunk lower (undertaken?) Microsoft by several fathoms of slime. In other words, they're both bad, only now one is more worse than it was considered to be previously.


Re: How quickly they forget

"FB is bad, there's no doubt of that, but you don't have to use it if you don't want to & can block them if you want;"

It's the other way round - Facebook uses you, well, us. - Conveniently we don't even have to sign-up to be tracked & harvested, the web sites we visit happily feed Facebook (and others) all the info they demand and we are identified by association - sometimes by well meaning but naiive friends who have sold their soul (and other data) to Facebook in return for targeted ads....

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


Re: He’s not so bad

Join the ranks of Ben Shapiro and Mr. Beast to help win the war.

Who & who?

I wasn't aware there was a formal declaration of war - who are we fighting this time?

The only reason I can see for so many people 'following' the recorded meanderings of others on youtube is either morbid curiosity or hoping they capture the moment they auto-Darwinate themselves....

i have to admit to using some youtube content - the Canary singing master recordings are great for teaching our young ones to sing and (unless PETA get involved) are unlikely to be copyrighted this side of the next ELE

Awkward... Revealed Facebook emails show plans for data slurping, selling access to addicts' info, crafty PR spinning


Popcorn anyone?

So far in the last few days, reports of:-

Youtube shutting down 'because copyright'

Googlers in open revolt against their employer

Facebook doing things they said they didn't / wouldn't

What a time to be alive!

He's not cracked RSA-1024 encryption, he's a very naughty Belarusian ransomware middleman


"deliberately damage my sump plug in order to sell me an expensive repair"

Most likely the damage was done by over-enthusiastic tightening (as opposed to applying the correct torque) the sump plug at the last oil change, repairing the sump is never a manufacturer authorised repair so the tech would be recommending the correct repair if it was a franchised dealer. Obviously your vehicle means it's your choice, I have known repairs like that to be done as 'goodwill' if the vehicle has always been serviced within the dealer network - if the owner pushes enough....


"Or mechanics"?

Mechanics (or more recently, vehicle technicians) are seldom unethical, Service receptionists / advisers, call centre staff and Service managers under the cosh of performance targets generally are though...

My favourite 'unethical' service add-on, usually sold by call centres 'because bonus' is the 'emissions control service', 'oil & fuel treatments' or some such wording - not only are these 'treatments' prohibited by most vehicle manufacturers but can be harmful in some engines.

Fuel additives can negate the benefits of AdBlue or Eloys Powerflex and cause premature wear or failure of HP diesel pumps, oil additives / flushes can cause premature failure of 'wet' timing belts.

More than once, I have seen technicians directed to use these products against their will, just to put another £29.99 on the bill (and hopefully a HP fuel pump or DPF once the vehicle is out of warranty).

I think your 'or mechanics' should be replaced with 'and Service advisers'

Former headteacher fined £700 after dumping old pupil data on server at new school


Victim surcharge of £35

Is that each?

Q: If Pesky Pepper had a peek at patient papers, at how many patient papers did Pesky Pepper peek? A: 231


Explain this to me...

"Her role required her to look at some medical records – lawfully – to help doctors, solicitors and insurance companies."

Doctors, well obviously, yes - the others, when and how did I consent to that? And by someone who clearly has no understanding of 'patient confidentiality'

BTW, the first 'ex' refused to go to a Doctors Surgery just over a mile from the house because one of the receptionists there knew her and she didn't want her gossiping about her medical stuff the way she did about other friends... She went to one just over eleven miles away so she could be gossiped about by a stranger (some of here 'issues' were worthy of a listen over a dry sherry or two to be fair).

Washington Post offers invalid cookie consent under EU rules – ICO


Simple fix

Either the US media comply or prohibit by copyright terms of use 'Royal' photos, gossip & baby news from being published by non DPA(2018) compliant means.

That should sort it!

Personally, if I ever feel the urge to read anything published as 'news' from that side of the pond, I would probably look on the BBC website for it - can't say for sure as it's not an urge I've ever had, and at my age, I've had a few!

Analogue radio is the tech that just won't die


DAB is the IPv6 of radio

OK Google, why was your web traffic hijacked and routed through China, Russia today?


So basically people are complaining that traffic destined for Google may be stored, analysed and used for nefarious purposes by someone other than Google?

Google REALLY doesn't like competition does it?

Google logins make JavaScript mandatory, Huawei China spy shock, Mac malware, Iran gets new Stuxnet, and more


If the 'tiny' 0.1% of users were not significant to Google, they wouldn't be pushing Javascript as mandatory, I suspect that the 'tiny' amount has in fact grown to 0.1% and they are mandating Javascript in an attempt to prevent it becoming a whole number percentage...

From today, it's OK in the US to thwart DRM to repair your stuff – if you keep the tools a secret


Re: I'm guessing, but ...

"I'm guessing, but I suspect that when this all settles out "repairing" internal combustion engine ECUs and emissions control hardware may not be allowed on grounds of emission control. Likewise modifications to safety systems on gear that faces the public."

It's already the case that repairs and modifications to a vehicle 'Must not' compromise or allow the vehicle to conform to a lower emission standard than extant at its first registration date - despite the open sale of EGR blanking kits, DEF defeaters etc. As far as the likely penalties in law are concerned, they are just as potent as fitting a shonky airbag unit from China, fitting a second hand unit over 10 years old or fitting a termination resistor in lieu of any airbag / SRS device at all.... but it still happens.

'The inmates have taken over the asylum': DNS godfather blasts DNS over HTTPS adoption


Re: Another step

I'm starting to agree about Palemoon being a sub-optimal browser, I did look at Waterfox but after reading "Webpage data to Google’s SafeBrowsing service:

Learn more or read Google’s Privacy Policy. Opting out prevents Waterfox from warning you of potentially illegitimate or malicious websites."

I was reminded of why I went with Palemoon in the first place...

WRT 'Brave', well i'm not 'brave' enough to allow them to choose and curate my addons for me.

Oh, Waterfox also has an 'Awesome Bar' - last time I saw one of those, an American was having a drink in it.

Punkt: A minimalist Android for the paranoid


Re: Ffs

"but owns and drives a range rover V8 at the weekends"

Petrol or diesel?

Makes a difference ya know!

Uncle Sam gives itself the right to shoot down any drone, anywhere, any time, any how


Re: @jake

Darwinize It's Darwinate or Darwinating - as in to auto-~Darwinate, which hopefully will happen to the sub-branch of humans that apply 'ize' to proper words and assume it's now a legitimate 'new' word (same goes for anyone starting a sentence with 'So' followed by a pause....).

Rookie almost wipes customer's entire inventory – unbeknownst to sysadmin


Re: @Martin an gof

That would generally cause a DTC of 'commanded position unreachable' or something along those lines...

is your car PSA French or 'Diamond / Nissan' French - you have my sympathy in both cases, however you're more likely to get things resolved to your satisfaction if it's a PSA car combined with an appropriately motivated tech...


Re: @Martin an gof

Took it to the dealer (I know...read on) several months back, for [Takata] airbag replacement recall, and just a few weeks ago, discovered that the fog lights no longer turn on.

Two options here - either is likely as the other...

Firstly, the car was reloaded with the CCF stored at build for that VIN, these can sometimes get corrupted or the VIN can be misread by the OCR / barcode reader - what should happen is that the CCF is downladed from the vehicle prior to any work involving the potential for the CCF to be reloaded - it's actually stored in two places, usually the instrument pack and the central electronic module.

Secondly, it's possible that the CCF is correct from build but someone has upgraded prior to sale (again, the CCF should have been downloaded from the vehicle and stored locally), this usually happens when the dealer buys a load of 'base' spec vehicles then upgrades them prior to sale - charging the customer for 'extras' and getting a kickback from the manufacturer for hitting 'accessories' sales targets.

A prime example of this is Motab cars having PDC added as accessory fit - because safety!!!, even though the cost of factory fit is negligible (to the dealer) and is more integrated with the other vehicle systems.

Attempt to clean up tech area has shocking effect on kit


So in the UK you have to stand there breathing in the carcinogenic fumes from the evaporating petrol generated by the hot British sunshine ?


Most modern (post 2014) petrol vehicles have a capless filler neck and a seal that prevents fuel vapour from leaving the filler neck, this in turn allows the fuel vapour to be recovered to a carbon canister where it is then fed into the engine in a controlled manner.

This type of ORVR has had various revisions since it was devised in the 1970's.

TLDR: It's not warm enough in GB to worry about fuel vapour

Sync your teeth into power browser Vivaldi's largest update so far


New security features you say?

Based on Chrome/Chromium you say?

So backdoored by Google by the err... back door?

That'll be a no from me then - unless Im missing something - I know you can access the source code for Chromium, check it for phone home code and 'roll your own' browser, who has the time for that?

Braking bad: Mitsubishi recalls 68k SUVs over buggy software


Consumerreports.com has claimed the second bug puts pedestrians at risk.

SUV's don't kill pedestrians, mobile phone's do. - to paraphrase GLC


"Given the number of people who don't seem to know how to brake without ABS in winter driving conditions"

...or with...

Also, the %age of people that take their car to a dealer / garage because the TPMS light is on... rather than periodically* checking the tyre pressures or having a puncture repaired like in the old days!

Interesting** factoid:-

JLR TPMS trigger pressures are roughly 10% below the amount of pressure naturally lost by a tyre in a year to prevent owners calling in to dealers with a 'tyre fault' unnecessarily...

* periodically ~ once a month, tried to explain the reason why it's called that to a woman once...

** to me


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