* Posts by Alpc

21 posts • joined 28 May 2016

What made a super high-tech home in Victorian England? Hydroelectric witchery, for starters


Re: Interesting

Ah the Farne Islands! Worth a visit but avoid it when the Terns have chicks - the blighters attack all and sundry with their sharp beaks. I remember one guy with a bleeding forehead after a Tern assault.


Re: Interesting

I wonder if the chippy still does haggis and chips?

Fond memories as I used to live in the area. For reasons unknown, my parents never took my brother and myself to Cragside. A pity.

Lovely article!

Fortnite 'fesses up: New female character's jiggly bits 'unintended' and 'embarrassing'


All women....

...should wear cast iron over shoulder bolder holders. End of jiggly issue.

Article 13 pits Big Tech and bots against European creatives


Re: Why do we have to keep paying for something, time after time after time?

Ever heard of royalties? Not applicable to all copyrighted work but musicians and authors love them!

Trainer regrets giving straight answer to staffer's odd question


Not so fond DMP memories...

...we had one of these noisy beasts in our open plan office. The sticky fizzy drink trick wouldn't have worked seeing as there was no real alternative. We eventually silenced the beast with a sound proof printer cabinet. Sanity returned, almost. Wading through 2 inch thick accordion printouts was never pleasant. Print quality was dire too. Happy daze!

The Register's 2018 homepage redesign: What's going on now?


Prefer the current version

Personally, I'm quite happy with the current site layout. Only minor problem is that articles tend to be repeated on the home page when I scroll down. Aside from that, seems fine. Article tags such as On-Call etc are really handy for finding what I want to read. Tried the new layout and went back to the old one. My tuppence worth.

Drug cops stopped techie's upgrade to question him for hours. About everything


Arresting times past

Many moons past I nearly got myself arrested for taking photos in the Milton Keynes court complex. Nobody told me I couldn't take photos - I was carrying out an inspection as part of my work. Some magistrate, clerk or other had seen me snapping away which led to my being told off. The next time I had to inspect a court, I didn't take a camera. You live, you learn.

Potato, potato. Toma6to, I'm going to kill you... How a typo can turn an AI translator against us


Re: Rubbish in, rubbish out...

In my experience - I do quite a bit of translating - Google translate is OK for English to Italian and vice versa but the results do need reviewing and are rarely, if ever, "production" ready. You really need to know both languages in depth to be able to produce translations that are accurate and well written. The AI is getting better but it's far from perfect. Maybe it will be in 10 or so years.


Rubbish in, rubbish out...

...at the end of the day, AI is only as good as the human programmers and algorithm creators. Humans make mistakes and, as a consequence, so will AI, unless humans cover all scenarios. But is this possible? Could AI end up creating its own scenarios?

‘I broke The Pentagon’s secure messaging system – and won an award for it!’



You read my mind! Was thinking of making exactly the same observation.

Microsoft says it won't fix kernel flaw: It's not a security issue. Suuuure


Re: Facepalm! Windows 10 1607 Aniversary Update "Defer Updates" setting is back to front.

Hey thanks Adam - by deferring the feature update, I've finally managed to get my Surface Pro 4 running the 1703 update.

Seems you may well be right. Microsoft does indeed appear to have messed up.

Would love to know how many others are still stuck in the Win 10 1607 black (or maybe blue) hole because of this. Well, now there's a way for them to get Win 10 1703.

PS ElReg, this could be a story for you.


Re: Facepalm! Windows 10 1607 Aniversary Update "Defer Updates" setting is back to front.

Can't believe this. Followed your instructions and Feature update to Windows 10, version 1703 has, finally, shown up! Will the install complete? Don't know yet. I'll be back!


Re: Facepalm! Windows 10 1607 Aniversary Update "Defer Updates" setting is back to front.

Have been wondering why my Surface Pro 4 has not got the Creators Update even if my aging HP laptop has. Will try this, see what happens and come back if it works (or doesn't).

Watch this nanochip reprogram cells to fix damaged body tissue



...could this technique be used to convert evil cancerous cells back into normal cells?

If so, bye bye cancer? We'll see.

Fascinating stuff!

Malware infecting Androids somewhere in the supply chain


I wonder...

...if Blackberry's DTEK app would pick these infections up. Has anyone tried it on a pre-infected Android phone?

Mysterious Gmail account lockouts prompt hack fears


Facebook strangeness too

No idea if it's connected but have read Facebook has been giving some users the impression their accounts might have been hacked.

Apparently, Cloudflare has been leaking info. Connections? Don't know. All rather weirdy McStrange.


Not a system update but Android Google app / services updates. I got a recent BlackBerry security update but it caused no problems. Android Messenger was updated, again, today. I don't use it.


Happened Again¡

Have just got another message thus evening on my Android mobile telling me my password needs updating. Weird, as have just done it via laptop.

I also got a mail from the big G telling me about, my, password update!

What's up?


Thought this was odd. Happened to me too. Tried to change password via mobile but Google didn't like it. Managed to change it via desktop. Then logged in with new PW on mobile and Google message went away.

Maybe it has something to do with a recent Android update?

New UK laws address driverless cars insurance and liability


Will my driverless car stop in the fast lane when it decides it's time to install an update? ;) Windows 10 tends to decide to update itself precisely when I want to use my laptop. Will CarWindows 10 be the same?!

Surface Book nightmare: Microsoft won't fix 'Sleep of Death' bug


Either Microsoft sorts this out or Apple for me next time

Have had Surface Pro 4 for a few months. Ended up with hot bag syndrome a couple of times and the thing fell asleep and locked up until power button pressed and held to reboot system.

I don't put the thing to sleep much and tend to turn it off fully - to avoid the sleep of death issue so haven't had too many problems. When the thing does play up, detaching and reattaching the keyboard sometimes works.

I've kind of come to regard the Surface as a keyboard-less laptop and not a tablet. Battery life is not too good and nowhere near as good as my iPad mini - which wakes up unfailingly when I hit its button.

Despite the hassles, I like the Surface Pro owing to its ability to use real windows - something which Android and iDevices can't do.

Hopefully Microsoft will sort this sleep issue out or else I'll go for a MacBook Air next time. In fact, I kind of wished I'd opted for a MacBook Air anyway - I'd miss the touchscreen though.

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