* Posts by tiggity

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Lloyds Banking Group to splash £3bn on tech

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Re: How much of that spend...

@ Anonymous Coward

"somewhere in S. Asia where all our highly skilled IT Jobs are heading at a great rate of knots these days"

I'm noyt convinced the S. Asia jobs are all high skilled - outsourcers just charge as if they were.

BTW, you neglected to mention the increased chances for fraud / customer data leaks

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RIP, Swype: Thanks for all the sor--speec--speedy texting

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tips & corrections

you need a non email method to tasie them!

"Nuance would subsequently bundle Skype with its own Dragon voice dictation system."

Surety Swype not Skype...

Mods.. feel free to delete this comment when typo fixed!

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The YouTube crackdown on fake news: Promoting bonkers Florida school shooting conspiracies

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Who on Earth

Regards YouTube popular items as credible /authoritative news sources?

Whenever I visit the site I subconsciously interpret the name as a Scottish insult ("You tube!" i.e idiot) - which always reminds me it's full of lots of dross & I should not trust it.

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Samsung left off Google's new official Androids-for-biz list

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Re: Another lawsuit in 3....2.....1

At least on Android other app stores / sideloading is easy, a lot more of a pain on an Apple device

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Re: MDM & Android

.. precisely sums up the problems - the overpaid and inept make big mistakes and walk away with huge payoffs .. and into another job where the pay is much more than their "talents" deserve.

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Farewell, Android Pay. We hardly tapped you

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Cash

Is king (or queen if you prefer).

Works for me, almost untraceable (bank may have serial numbers of notes they give me, but once I spend some of that cash in a shop / venue then any notes / coins I get in change are essentially not traced)

So my random shop purchases are not logged against a card / wallet, so my spending on shoes, booze, auberginess, petrol or whatever remains private

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Brexit to better bumpkin broadband, 4G coverage for farmers – Gove

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EU rules do not prevent things like improving rural broadband

Indeed, EU launched a strategy to improve rural broadband FFS!

IIRC UK won one of the best broadband project awards recently, and over teh years EU has injected plenty of cash into UK for improving rural broadband.

Even by MP standards of lies, this is plumbing new depths when it's so easy to prove Gove wrong just from memory without even needing to google for confirmation.

Disclaimer - I live in the sticks and have some farmers as neighbours so tend to find out quickly via word of mouth when cash gets pumped into local rural broadband & other infrastructure improvement schemes. One of the (quite new) mobile phone towers nearby even has a plaque mentioning EU funding help on it!

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Rock-a-byte, baby: IoT tot-monitoring camera lets miscreants watch 10,000s of kids online

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web cams, baby monitors etc

Have historically being a security nightmare

It will be a news story when one does not have mega security flaws.

@ Nick Ryan

Those baby monitors are useless, relative of mine used one to monitor ill relative when she was asleep (ill relative in separate room with various medical kit, she was in different room to sleep when not caring for him) - idea being if he moaned then baby monitor amplified noise would wake her (as she had slept through his actual calls on a couple of occasions with his voice being weak and rooms a few m apart.

She occasionally got woken by baby noises from nearby house that would sometimes interfere and be received on her monitor.

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London Mayor's chief digi officer: 'Have faith and give us a chance'

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..sshh

Talkie Toaster might hear you

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We've built a 4G drone tracking system, beams Vodafone

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@ Ken Hagan

GPS blocking / overriding

The tech is very common - plenty of commercial drivers with GPS trackers in their vehicles mysteriously stop sending GPS location when in good GPS and mobile signal areas e.g. taxi doing an "off the books" run.

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Australia joins the 'decrypt it or we'll legislate' club

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Re: @ bazza

I do my banking in the branch.

I have not got phone or internet banking - as that does not meet my idea of secure enough.

Plenty of people take the same approach.

Phone / internet banking is cheap[er for banks (and easy to blame customer for fraud / hacks) so they promote it.

Just say no & talk to a person, get a signed receipt of teh transaction and you are covered against any screw ups the bank make

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Re: @ bazza

@Headley_Grange said:

"If it's good enough for my banking details to be available in plain text somewhere then the same applies in spades to pictures of my cat"

But what about the people who have totally different pussy pics on WhatsApp (or whatever). Lots of people have something to hide - it may seem stupid to have compromising unclothed pics of yourself / partner but plenty of people do.

Although we are close, we are not yet in a state where the expectation of privacy is zero.

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iPhone X 'slump' is real, whisper supply chain moles

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A grand and no headphone socket

Certainly does not sell itself to me

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UK local gov: 37 cyber attacks a minute but little mandatory training

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No chance

Of decent cyber security in many councils when too many jobs are obtained via who someone knows - " a good word put in on their behalf" rather than actual competence - far too often it is jobs for the boys (and girls) with the right connections rather than the best candidate.

Caveat, I'm sure there are some councils somewhere that are not a cesspit of corruption - just that I have never lived anywhere with a "decent" council

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Japan's Robo-Bartenders point to a golden future

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I hope that was an oversized glass

As head was huge.

A proper bar person asks what type of head a customer wants - preferences vary a lot. Some people like a frothy head whilst at teh other extreme others like a flat pint.

.. though in my days of bar work I worked in a traditional boozer, and it was bitter drinkers (of which there were many, rather than lager philes) who cared about head.

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Capita data centres hit by buttload of outages

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Re: Capita is "too complex"?

But most of these CEOs dont know / care how to manage a business. It's all short termism as their bonuses are typically tied to short term targets.

Until there's a delayed gratification approach - in that long term improvement is rewarded, then things won't change (& no chance of that - can you see a CEO waiting 5 years for a bonus based on long term genuine value added improvements to a company)

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A print button? Mmkay. Let's explore WHY you need me to add that

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strange choice

Using Morlocks and Eloe

As, in the book as far as Morlocks were concerned, Eloi were just food

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Microsoft ends notifications for Win-Phone 7.5 and 8.0

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developers, developers

MS did not endear themselves to mobile phone dev folk.

Back in the day original windows phones ran Win CE 5, then later Windows mobile 6 and 6.5 - these were all code compatible (worst case a recompile).

Later versions of windows phone were not code compatible and a non trivial code rewrite was required - alienating lots of the "early adoptier" devs who wrote apps for first incarnations of WM.

Many of those devs decided against massive rewrites and as essentially it was code again from scratch, changed to competing mobile platforms

.. and then MS wondered why there was a shortage of apps!

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Google reveals Edge bug that Microsoft has had trouble fixing

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JS

Given its a bug in JS engine then Edge users would presumably be safe if they disable JS...

Caveat, not an edge user as avoiding Win 10 as long as possible, but I would hope its possible to disable scripting!

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*Wakes up in Chrome's post-adblockalyptic landscape* Wow, hardly anything's changed!

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unsurprised

As obviously who would have guessed that ad slinger in chief idea of what constitutes obnoxious ads / web page behaviour would be very different to the average web surfing punter.

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UK.gov's Brexiteers warned not to push for divergence on data protection laws

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Re: All thats missing

5Ps?

Surely yo mean 6P?

P**s Poor is compulsory in the UK version

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Kentucky gov: Violent video games, not guns, to blame for Florida school massacre

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One of the most depressing things is that in many US schools it's now routine to have training in what to do in the case of a school shooting incident.

Such things include throwing books / anything at hand at the murderer - things that gain a few seconds, the aim being to reduce the killing rate until "help" arrives.

If the murderers were not armed with guns that make mass slaughter very easy then the death rate would be far lower.

Amidst all the arguments about guns are for sport not killing people. What form of "sport" needs anything like a semi automatic rifle? Any sporting test of marksmanship shoud all be about only needing 1 shot to hit each target - not about spraying multiple shots in a brief period of time so almost impossible to miss.

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Reinforcement learning woes, robot doggos, Amazon's homegrown AI chips, and more

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Re: The first use is always porn

Theres already stuff like DeepFake that superimposes celebs (or whoever) onto existing video

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Helicopter crashes after manoeuvres to 'avoid... DJI Phantom drone'

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Dash cam equivalents

For aircraft might be useful.

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HomePod, you say? Sex sex sex, that's all you think about

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Norwegian wood

plenty of that at the Winter Olympics (those athletes have plenty of partying to attend to as soon as their event(s) are over)

disclaimer: Other nationalities of wood are available

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Chrome adblockalypse will 'accelerate Google-Facebook duopoly'

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@ Ledswinger

I do not blame some users.

Lots of naughty ads.

e.g. a page appears to have finished rendering and user goes to navigate the page intending to click on some content...

"KAPOW" an ad renders just where they have their focus and receives an undeserved click.

This ad behaviour seems especially prevalent on mobile (where I'm guessing users less likely to have ad blockers than on desktop)

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Should AI get to choose a topping in a two pizza team?

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glass half full

approach in this

"AI can be used to determine subsets of test cases that are predicted to run for an incremental commit on the source code. He says this should reduce the overall test cycle time and the speed of deployment"

Nearly anyone who has done software dev will be aware of changes in areas A bizarrely breaking area C that nobody expected.

It's always safest to run all your tests (even on supposedly minor changes that are seemingly very limited in scope) - yes, it takes longer, but if you don't run your tests every time may as well just do hack and hope coding.

Seen classic screw ups with JS jockeys, someone blithely uses a new version of a framework as its got some new "must have" feature (hint - you really do not need it) but that same framework has deprecated some other functions / changed method signatures and so lots of other JS in other areas now breaks.

Remember, just say no (to JavaScript) whenever possible

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Arrrgh! Put down the crisps! 'Ultra-processed' foods linked to cancer!

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full disclosure

The study sounded really vague.

However, when getting a quote from a nearby rent a quote scientist, a bit of full (or even limited) disclosure on them might help people evaluate their comments.

.. e.g. how many million Tom Sanders has received from Tate & Lyle.

Obviously, massive funding from companies involved in all things sugary, does not necessarily mean a scientist is (knowingly or subconsciously) influenced, but transparency is a good thing.

(Govt is notoriously poor on funding basic research these days, so often industry has to be a cash source for scientists, though that carries risk of been seen as mouthpiece for sugary / fatty/ whatever food company gives you funding)

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Bloke sues Microsoft: Give me $600m – or my copy of Windows 7 back

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Good on him

Win 10 update totally borked a PC of a relative of mine.

Given their uses were just a bit of web, email, graphics, word processing and I only get to visit occasionally I just ended up putting Linux on (crappy OEM machine with no install discs, just had (originally) win 7 part installed so on punter first use install completed with user able to add their username , password, wifi password etc))

No hassle since then.

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Re: Re:Figure out your next step...

@ Adam 52

Your examiner is not fit for purpose if word and some precise formatting is compulsory for anything.

Beyond a few basic stipulations (e.g. font type and size, whether double spaced) any "essay" style course submissions should be acceptable in an y format - including printed out, so word processor irrelevant

Only a poor examiner assumes access to specific software (unless it and necessary OS to run it is provided free of charge to the students)

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Sorry, Elon, your Tesla roadster won't orbit for billions of years

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@ Arthur the cat

The wife might love the idea ... if the supermodels were male

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Re: re: set the controls for the heart of the sun

and by that time the Earth summit of technology will probably be back to the level of a grooving Pict (if we are lucky!)

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Brit regulator pats self on back over nuisance call reduction: It's just 4 billion now!

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Re: 60 calls a person

On old landline number I was on TPS and still used to still get plenty of "junk" calls.

Got a shiny new landline number (when did a total switch of phone line and ISP), ex directory, and get zero junk calls (so have not bothered about TPS on new number) - I'm guessing this is calm before the storm and even though ex directory at some point number will be leaked or brute forced and I will need TPS

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Home taping revisited: A mic in each hand, pointing at speakers

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Re: Vinyl to Digital

Indeed, my vinyl to MP3 rips are just one mp3 file per side of the album.

.. Gives you that same vinyl experience when playing them back, listening to a side at a time.

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No yolking matter: Google Translate cock-up gives Norwegians more than un œuf eggs

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lost in translation

With huge irony the story had this line:

"1500 eggs to 15.000."

Plenty of people (e.g. in UK( would read the second number as 15 (with pointless zeroes after) - after all you placed a ******** decimal point in there.

To avoid confusion with numbers do not use "separators" just write the full number (commas are bad enough but using a decimal point is deranged as begging to be misinterpreted)

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Electronic Frontier Foundation chap John Perry Barlow has died

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Going to be

Dusting down (hopefully not literally!) some old Dead vinyl & giving it a spin tonight.

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Apple's top-secret iBoot firmware source code spills onto GitHub for some insane reason

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Re: Yeah

But its normally total ******* (insert expletive of choice) drive Mercs... so by not driving a Merc someone can hide their ****** features (at least until they spin a few sentences together and reveal what they are like)

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ASA tells Poundland and its teabagging elf: Enough with the smutty social ninja sh*t

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Twiitter feeds

if ASA start treating all twitter feed posts by a company as adverts (and thus demand to pre vet everything posted) it could all get very silly, checking every tweet.

.. Though I'm half expecting a Poundland post with an image of several bells, all with an ASA logo on their "ends" or similar

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Re: Isn't the 'humour' a tad highbrow?

The El Reg reader / Poundland consumer Venn diagram is not o o ... they do intersect.

.. albeit primary reason is because there is a branch very close to a rail station I often use, so I buy the odd Twin Peaks bar or whatever

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There was an original image with a Twinings Tea Bag box included.

Twinings whinged

So a new image (sans Twinings box) was created and original tweet deleted.

I'll admit to viewing the odd Poundland tweet (as friend tipped me off that they were silly & puerile and so right up my street)

HTH

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MY GOD, IT'S FULL OF CARS: SpaceX parks a Tesla in orbit (just don't mention the barge)

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In addition to towel, HTHGTG etc etched on some of the PCBs is "created on earth by humans" (paraphrase, words to that effect at any rate) - Musk posted a pic of it that was picked up by some news outlets

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Uber: Ah yeah, we pay women drivers less than men. We can explain!

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Boy racer (insert expletive of choice) type drivers are far more annoying than someone being careful.

Had a fun moment this morning it was about -4C according to car thermometer, impatient male driver overtakes me, a few seconds later he skids on black ice and (fortunately for him he did not hit a tree or anything else damaging as country road had grass verges either side, only damage was to his pride).

There is usually a reason for caution....

Last time I looked at UK stats, womene were safer drivers than men.

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UK PM Theresa May orders review of online abuse laws in suffrage centenary speech

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As for suffragists (rather than suffragettes) being the key reason for female vote (albeit initially v. limited ), always question how much that story suits the narrative that civil disobedience does not work, as those in power don't want the hoi polloi revolting).

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Re: Bad Behaviour has Always Been There

@Shadmeister

"and you just cannot determine what they are actually trying to say."

A safe bet is just to assume they are lying or at best evading the question, that's usually the case.

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Dori-no! PepsiCo boss says biz is planning to sell lady crisps

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Re: <insert word>'tard

I liked the Phallake skit (NTNOCN IIRC but CBA to web search it)

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Don't worry, it'll be all Reich! Googler saves Grammarly nazis from hacker invasion

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I avoid Grammarly (and similar)

Because I don't really care if I make the odd typo or other error in bits of throwaway personal use text (like this) so long as gist is apparent.

Anything that matters, I type in word processor and it will get examined by (inbuilt non cloudy) spell / grammar checking tool of word processor I use.

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Women beat men to jobs due to guys' bad social skills. Whoa – you mad, fellas? Maybe these eggheads have a point...

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Re: As for brawn

Indeed: In the area I live there are some female refuse collectors, it's quite physically demanding lugging bins around (even with wheels on) - they manage it no problem

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Accused Brit hacker Lauri Love will NOT be extradited to America

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Re: Excellent news

And affects a higher percentage in IT, as it's a (relatively...) Aspergers suitable employment area

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South Wales cops crow about facial recognition arrests on social media

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Re: What about...

Make a mask out of someone elses face ... but be sure to pick a non criminal

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and the gammon faces too!

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