* Posts by SquidEmperor

54 posts • joined 24 Nov 2015


What the @#$%&!? Microsoft bans nudity, swearing in Skype, emails, Office 365 docs


How Dare You!

This is incredibly bad news. Basically the rule now is you cannot offend any one. Forget about swear words and so on, if I find anything you say offensive I can now raise a flag and (I assume) get you bumped off all MS platforms whilst they investigate it. Free speech means the freedom to offend, if we aren't willing to take the risk to offend, or worse silence those who do, we have no free speech.

PwC: More redundos at HQ of UK 'leccy stuff shop Maplin


Well I got a deal :)

Not a massive saving by any means but I think the only time I've ever bought something at Maplin and got a price that matched online. I got a samsung T5 250 GB SSD FOR £100. And a printer refill (HP) which matched online prices. Literally the only time in 20 years I've bought Maplin and felt vaguely pleased. Sorry for the staff and so on but it was inevitable.

I look forward to the replies telling me where I could have got it for £60 :(

British Level 4 driverless pods are whizzing along ... er, a London path


You can kill a couple of people every billion miles

Of course what many don't consider is that to be the safest form of transport autonomous vehicles don't have to be perfect, they just need to kill less people than people driven cars, motorcycles, bikes etc.

For example Fatalities per billion passenger kilometres by mode: 2005 to 2014 average in the UK was 86 for motor bikes, 2 for cars and 28 for pedestrians. So in a billion km of travel if they only kill a couple of people they're still the safest mode of transport (source: "Transport Statistics Great Britain 2015" Dept. of Transport)

BOOM! Cambridge Analytica explodes following extraordinary TV expose


Re: Too Late

Yeah - they need to make sure they take out all the hard drives out of the office via a window and not through a door...

'Quantum supremacy will soon be ours!', says Google as it reveals 72-qubit quantum chip


Re: Don't you mean World Supremacy?

Just use Incognito mode dummy.

BlackBerry unveils bold new strategy: Suing the c**p out of Facebook


Re: Enough, already

The Apple Patent theft is a good story, but the facts don't appear to match your rhetoric....

see: https://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/08/12/there_is_no_patentgate/

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


Preductive Sex

I sink this is a grape idea. Lesbian nest the tick knowledge gee four pre dick up skirt is pretty well purr tickle now.

This job Win-blows! Microsoft made me pull '75-hour weeks' in a shopping mall kiosk


Re: Wants to have her cake & eat it?

I for one would like some cake


Re: To be honest...

I'd like to give you a million up-votes

Life is too short to be screwed by big business like this, who would happily work you 24/7 for minimal wage and then fire and replace when it suits them. wake up peoples

Oi! Verizon leaked my fiancée's nude pix to her ex-coworker, says bloke


Re: fuck em

I knew there must be a reason why the backroom IT guys all have hairy palms and glasses. Mother was right!

Google's robo-CTRL-ALT-DEL failed, hung networks and Compute Engine for 90 minutes


Re: When Evil A.I.™ has finally killed the last human...

This would be more realistic if the automatic update was for Adobe Reader

Stephen Elop and the fall of Nokia revisited


Re: See also in El Reg today

You're nuts

(we have you name, we will be in touch)

Trust no one.


Lesson Learnt

That sucks - and I'm sorry to hear it.

We all have to make our own decisions re: life/work balance and often it's difficult to make the right call on each occasion. None the less I'd remind all of this critical statement:

"What do you get from a lifetime of hard work?......a lifetime of hard work"

UK ICO, USCourts.gov... Thousands of websites hijacked by hidden crypto-mining code after popular plugin pwned


Re: Cant win...

There's no super-perfect solution to this, but a combination of CSP and what you propose (perhaps with a "alert warning" rather than stop script running for the WebAdmin to evaluate, depending on the script?)

Boffins upload worm's brain into a computer, teach it tricks


Well - now we know where the worms went

"I got that reference"

A Hughes failure: Flat Earther rocketeer can't get it up yet again


Spike Milligan has done it!

Someone needs to show him the footage from the Irish Space Program...


So you accidentally told a million people they are going to die: What next? Your essential guide...


We fragged Lieutenant Neidermeyer and raided the General's booze stash.

Thar she blows: Strava heat map shows folk on shipwreck packed with 1,500 tonnes of bombs


Re: Surely.....

LG V20

You can't ignore Spectre. Look, it's pressing its nose against your screen


Anyone got some cheap C90 cassettes?

What? Are we not cloud now? I just off loaded my last C90 cassette tapes (Hot Hits of the 80's Vol.3) because I thought we were all cloud, spotify and netflx. I should have listened to my mother.


The bad news is if it was being exploited in the wild you wouldn't know.


Re: Reaping what you sow

I think your last sentence is really the whole point. Regardless of where your server sits unless you have an air-gap between it and ??? you are vulnerable.

OK, Google: Why does Chromecast clobber Wi-Fi connections?


My Kids also have Google Bug

As the parent of four teenagers I'd like someone to provide a patch for their behaviour which closely resembles this report. If I dare to turn off the WiFi router I am bombarded with sudden and escalating requests which ultimately overwhelm me and can only be resolved by multiple boot-ups.

Sky customer dinged for livestreaming pay-per-view boxing to Facebook


Re: I'm Guessing Russian Hackers

He would have got away with it but


Re: I'm Guessing Russian Hackers

Irony. Look it up.


I'm Guessing Russian Hackers

As usual Reg comments miss the whole point and the key question - HOW WAS HE CAUGHT?

Elon Musk lowers his mighty erection for test firing: Falcon Heavy preps for maiden voyage


Extension Cord

Only a Billionaire could afford the extension cord that will be needed to for the Tesla. Also I hope he remembers to remove his eTags.

Maplin Electronics CEO ups stakes for steak house


Re: Hmmmm

"..Oli has forced the business towards bankruptcy by charging obscenely high prices for cables and by filling the shelves with smart home guff and cheap Chinese crap nobody wants..."

THIS. I feel sad for the staff and support teams but I cannot see how Maplin can possibly survive. My most recent trip to Maplins (which was in the City btw - how can they afford the rent?) for a phone charger almost took my breath away. They seem to target distress buyers who are willing to pay a massive mark up for immediate satisfaction.

Nokia 8: As pure as the driven Android - it's a classy return



Totally agree. After having to move from Samsung to LG (v20) because of the whole Note fiasco I suddenly realised what a bloated cow the Samsung Os was. While not quite stock the LG Os is much closer to pure Android - but still with it's own Gallery App, Email and a few others. What's the point? I never use them - I just use the chocolate box versions.

Samsung Galaxy S8+: Seriously. What were they thinking?


Never again

A devote Note 4 fanboi I was devastated when the Note 7 forced me to buy a LG V20 instead....but now? After living free of the maddening Samsung UI and all its bloatware I'll never return. The finger sensor placement and Bixby underline how bad Samsung has become. They've literally become Apple - sacrificing usability and utility for pointless gimmicks that actually devalue the customer experience.

BDSM sex rocks Drupal world: Top dev banished for sci-fi hanky-panky


Re: he was fired for ...

I'll never forget "role play" day at PWC where I reenacted my favorite scene from "The Thing". Despite the dog being only a stray I was shown the door and never got my air ram and garden shears back...



Is it safe for me to click on that link at work?

Time crystals really do exist, say physicists*


Re: Great

Misread instructions on chant. Now have large black spider on my back.

Facebook shopped BBC hacks to National Crime Agency over child abuse images probe


Re: For all we know...

Post something "insane" and try and detract from core issue. Propaganda tactics 101. You ARE Mark Zuckerberg and I claim ny $100.


Re: I have no love for Facebook...but...

No kidding? My point was not that it shouldn't be investigated, and nor was it that Facebook's manifest pathetic failings in moderating and deleting posts highlighted as illegal shouldn't be examined, reported on and publicised. My point was that not reporting a crime but relying on a third party who may or may not have vested interests is rather silly. Facebook might be negligent, some might even argue criminally so (I have no idea) , but if you see illegal images of children anywhere surely law enforcement bodies are who we should report this to?


I have no love for Facebook...but...

Why on earth would you even bother reporting it to Facebook. Contact the police. If you saw illegal images on a billboard on the side of a office building would you go in to the building and be happy to be instructed: "Sure, just fill in this form about what you saw and why you think it's illegal and we'll look in to it.." You'd report it to the police. That's what should be done online as well. Screw Facebook and their hopeless systems but let's not elevate them to guardians of law, decency and what is and isn't legal to be posted online.

All of Blighty's attack submarines are out of action – report


Collateral Damage

I simulated this in my bath last night and the cat still hasn't come home.

NASA discovers mysterious super-fast electrons whizzing above Earth


Day 18

The earthlings suspect nothing

Want to spy on the boss? Try this phone-mast-in-an-HP printer


HP Inc - please don't tell them...

Can you imagine? They'd be delighted to have a printer sms you asking for some love...

Iceland's Pirate Party tops polls ahead of national elections


Who will think of the Children?

Roger the cabin boy.

Is Google using YouTube to put one over on Samsung?


You old romantic

Your eyes are the colour of photonic activated Rayleigh scattering

Smell burning? Samsung’s 'Death Note 7' could still cause a contagion



I've been hanging on to my Note 4 waiting for the Note 7 and I was going to grab it faster than Trump grabbing married pussy in a furniture store...but now? I actually spent the morning looking at an LG phone. Good God..what is happening with the world?

Thief dresses as Apple Store drone, walks off with $16,000 in iGear


You wouldn't steal a car...

What? No one noticed the accomplice, unattended and ignored by all service staff for the 45 minutes, he just stood around waiting to be loaded up with 19 iPhones....Oh. Apple Store? Of course. Sorry I asked.

Smartwatches: I hate to say ‘I told you so’. But I told you so.


Gear Fit - Boomerang

I bought the Samsung Gear Fit when it was first released because I liked the look. Typically after about 90 days I tossed it to one side and went back to my expensive Analog Mont Blanc. ....but.... about 5 months ago I started to wear it again after about a year of neglect. and I am still wearing it daily. I think the sweet spot the Gear Fit hits is that [a] It look good and [b] it doesn't try and do everything - but what it does do it does fairly well. It buzzes on my wrist to remind me of meetings, enables me to track multiple timezones and see a preview of messages and app notifications as they arrive. And it (as unreliably as anything else) enables me to count steps and exercise. All in all not remarkable but reliable enough and useful enough to hang on my wrist. Now if they could just redesign it so it didn't need a dongle to charge with I'd be very happy.

Google unleashes TensorFlow 0.8 for your distributed machine learning needs


Cluster What?

The only word I understood in the article was "cluster" - I am assuming the rest of the article was a verbose rendition of the popular epithet with which the word normally precedes.

Surprise! Magic Kinder app could let hackers send vids to your kids


Thank God

I have to tell you this is a relief; it's been a nightmare copying my videos to a USB stick and then hiding them in a Kinder Egg.

LinkedIn sinkin': $10bn gone in one day as shares plummet 40%


It's just a business tool

Meh - I have a LinkedIn Account and I've often found it useful for work related activities; including finding a job, getting to know possible employers and clients, and generally creating a business profile. Used sensibly it's a useful tool. I get annoyed by the spam-like emails, the users who mistake it for FaceBook and the clueless who post/invite/whatever - but the noise to data ratio on LinkedIn is not better or no worse than other social media sites IMHO. Whether it's worth more or less than whatever its valued at today I have no idea, but it's pointless in my view slamming a tool (the site) when as a tool it's only as good as the person(s) wielding it.


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