* Posts by Solarflare

286 posts • joined 16 Dec 2016


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


Re: Problem solved - once and for all

Careful now, you may be accused of talking complete b0llchit.

Ever yearn for the Windows 95 shutdown sound? TADA! There's an Electron app for that


Unfortunately I couldn't get mine to work on Ryzen. I always had a soft spot for Win 95 so it's a shame :(

British cops told to scrap 'discriminatory' algorithms in policing


Re: Bias in, bias out

But is it? Is it any different from blocking IP ranges on a firewall or dropping email as spam using its destination?

I get what you mean, I'm not trying to say that some people aren't unfairly targetted, I think that police randomly stopping black people because they assume they have a knife is wrong. But if there have been 200 stabbings in that neighbourhood then policing that neighbourhood and stopping people to check for knives seems proportional. If that neighbourhood is 90% black, does that change things? Personally, I say no, because I treat it as a local crime thing rather than a racial/cultural one.


Re: Bias in, bias out

Playing devil's advocate here...but if algorithms show that a certain postcode has an elevated amount of crime and that same postcode is majority black/polish/white/muslim/jewish/chinese then is it actually discriminatory to police those areas more (and by extension stop more black/polish/white/muslim/jewish/chinese under suspicion)?

Look out, kids. Your Tinder account is about to be swamped by old people... probably


Re: Too complicated for me.

Most guys are perfectly happy to kiss a chorus of frogs...

Is that what kids are calling it these days?

Microsoft's Master Chief calls time on Cortana as a standalone AI platform


Ooh, my machine is SO much faster than yours... Oh, wait, that might be a bit of a problem...


Re: Well that was an invisible problem

I remember it well, mostly because I was ordered to steal it from a rival department. (It's a long story. Maybe some other time.)

Oh go on, you know you want to. Besides, your name is basically 'story' anyway :)

The Large Hadron Collider is small beer. Give us billions more for bigger kit, say boffins


Re: If all you have is a hammer

There is no mass

I'm afraid Yo Momma disproves this.

Yeah it's infantile, but the whole post is a weird pseudoscience rant, so I refuse to respond to it maturely.

Until now, if Canadian Uber drivers wanted to battle the tech giant, they had to do it in the Netherlands – for real


So where does "ONCA" come from then?

ONtario Court of Appeals, I would guess. Names don't always match up perfectly to their abbreviations to be fair.

Racing at the speed of light, Sage superhero bursts through the door...


Re: Not me...

You shared that one two months ago. I do like the story though :)


Re: If...

Though normally I'd advise it outside. Less chance of bear chests...

Really? I'd have assumed there is a much higher chance of bears, and by extention bear chests, outside...

Total Inability To Support User Phones: O2 fries, burning data for 32 million Brits


Re: Quite expected.

I quite like satellites, I'll try not to take them out :)

Health secretary Matt Hancock assembles brains trust: OK, guys. Let's cure NHS IT


Old one now

But every time I see a new Tory Health Minister trying to come up with another great plan to 'save' the NHS, I am reminded of this cartoon from Steve Bell.

TalkTalk hackhack duoduo thrownthrown in the coolercooler: 'Talented' pair sentenced for ransacking ISP


There's always room for a bit more Dildo...

Scumbags cram Make-A-Wish website with coin-mining malware


Re: Is it me

Totally agree..."filth" "scumbag" and "scum" pop up in that article in reference to the attacker. Comes across as terrible journalism if I am honest.

If at first or second you don't succeed, you may be Microsoft: Hold off installing re-released Windows Oct Update


Re: Schadenfreude

I'm sure I've asked you this before, but what is the deal with "Win-10-nic"? I don't get the pun/put-down/witticism there?

Bright spark dev irons out light interference


Re: Have you ever put something apparently useless to good use?

So to summarise, you hate badly positioned apostrophes and badly positioned wheelie bin's?

Windows XP? Pfff! Parts of the Royal Navy are running Win ME



Every time I so much as read the words "Wicrosoft ME" I gag a little.

Google vows to take claims of sexual assault, harassment seriously, just like privacy


Re: I was some years ago

I believe it depends whether or not the anecdote fits the narrative or not (that isn't specific to this situation btw)

Zip it! 3 more reasons to be glad you didn't jump on Windows 10 1809


Re: Who even uses Windows ZIP handling?

To be fair, it does depend on what I'm doing, but I sometimes use inbuilt windows zip. Why? Because I can double click into the file from within windows explorer, if all I am after is viewing a log file within a zip quickly, then it makes more sense to reach that in a couple of clicks rather than bothering to unzip with a different product.

Other than that though, I'll freely admit that built in functionality for handling zip archives sucks balls.

Happy 60th birthday, video games. Thank William Higinbotham for your misspent evenings


Re: Right on, Commander!

"You are only as old as the woman you feel."

Be that as it may, that's unlikely to work in front of a judge.

Haunted disk-drive? This story will give you the chills...


Re: Actually

He probably meant all 'round, if you want to be a really pedantic git.

Powerful forces, bodily fluids – it's all in a day's work



I 'ardly knew 'em!

100,000 home routers recruited to spread Brazilian hacking scam


Re: They’ve spelled ‘rogue’ as ‘rouge’ everywhere!

They mention pishing servers too. That said, they appear to be Chinese, so I can forgive them a few misspellings.

Swedish ISP spanked for sexist 'distracted boyfriend' advert for developer jobs


Re: Red

That's because the poor lass is constantly stuck dancing with Chris de Burgh...

UK.gov's no-deal plans leave HMRC customs, VAT systems scrambling to keep up


Forget administrators, there'd be criminal proceedings...

Microsoft gives Windows 10 a name, throws folks a bone


If you are willing to go on a very popular auction and general tat website with only 4 letters in its name, you can find an Office 2016 Professional license for about £5.

Black holes can briefly bring dead white dwarf stars back to life


I'm sorry, you've confused me here. I'm not sure if it is the way you've written things, but you've lost me somewhere by Venus, I believe. You seem to have created an account on here just to link to a note you have posted on your Facebook account, and you are saying that essentially 'Einstein was wrong if Einstein was wrong!'. I believe that's called tautology. Now, I could go on to Facebook to read your post, but I have no wish to log in to that site, so either post what your point is here (not sure how it is relevant regardless) or give it up and toddle on.

Trainer regrets giving straight answer to staffer's odd question


Re: Lightening strike ?

A lightening strike? Is that where someone refuses to flip the lightswitch?

Security bods: Android system broadcasts enable user tracking


Re: I wonder if this is Apple or Samsung funded viral FUD...

Thank's for you input there, AC#1 and AC#2. Out of interest, when does your colourful Alphabet cheque arive?

Ah, um, let's see. Yup... Fortnite CEO is still mad at Google for revealing security hole early


Re: Gouging

Google scan app for malware, reassuring dev and end user

There have been hundreds of cases involving numerous infected apps on Google Play which have only been removed after someone made the larger comminuty aware of the problem. Now I'm not saying that any malware scanner is perfect, but Google's method for vetting apps has been derided as being very poor for quite some time.

Lawyers sued for impersonating rival firm online to steal clients


Yes. Overall, it was pretty optimal.

Winner, Winner, prison dinner: Five years in the clink for NSA leaker


Wait a minute

So "Reality Winner" is ACTUALLY her name? It's not some weird codename for the case or some silly nickname? Never mind putting her in jail for leaking stuff, her parents should be the ones locked up for naming her that.

Taps running dry for Capita? Southern Water pens 5-year managed service


A collection of carrots?

Alien sun has smashing time sucking up planets


"First case of solar suckage"

That is slander against my good name and I will not stand for it!

Adtech-for-sex biz tells blockchain consent app firm, 'hold my beer'



You want to do WHAT to a duck? That's disgusting.

Nissan 'fesses up to fudging emissions data


"Rouge Techs - Damn Commies!"

Coming overe here, faking our emissions tests!


Re: 1.6 litre!

And tonight on "Spot The Americans!"...

Yes guys, outside of your borders people worked out that you can get the same amount of power from 1/4 of the size of engine if you build it properly :)

Uh-oh. Boffins say most Android apps can slurp your screen – and you wouldn't even know it


Re: Is it likely

I'm sure I'll get downvoted to hell for this (as is the norm whenever you mention it), but you could always use an iPhone instead.

As far as the gender pay gap in Britain goes, IBM could do much worse


Furthermore, salaries for men and women in the same role at the same band are within 1 per cent of each other.

So couldn't this have been used instead under the headline of "No gender pay gap at IBM"?

Firefox hooks up with HaveIBeenPwned for account pwnage probe


Re: handy..

Because of the amount of hot water they would get in if a confidential document was uploaded to Virustotal as an automatic action by a browser. The lawyers would love it.

Creep travels half the world to harass online teen gamer… and gets shot by her mom – cops


Re: Isn't he supposed to be ...

I'm sure when it gets a bit down the line he will have extra charges added to his sheet. I'd think there's a good chance of getting something along the lines of "conspiracy to kidnap" added without much effort too.

Test Systems Better, IBM tells UK IT meltdown bank TSB


Re: Kettle

I blame the "gee, this is easy" attitude referred to by some as "positive thinking".

I believe nowadays that is called 'Agile' or 'Dev Ops'

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich quits biz after fling with coworker rumbled


Re: CV

Have you been caught in flagante too?

I read that as 'flangegate' first, I need stronger coffee.

Oracle's new Java SE subs: Code and support for $25/processor/month


"Peter Jansen of Oracle licensing consultancy Navicle told The Register"

When there are companies that exist solely to give consultancy advice to other companies about nothing else other than your licensing...

UK footie fans furious as Sky Broadband goes TITSUP: Total inability to stream unfair penalties


Re: Well, what do you expect...

I think you completely missed his point there?


Re: Foresight

That sounds like pretty standard broadband response times, in my experience.

Audi chief exec arrested over Dieselgate car emissions scandal


Re: Bureaucracy rules...


Select few to watch World Cup in 4K high dynamic range colour on BBC iPlayer


Re: Sorry, Europe

What the hell is "soccer"?


Surprisingly, my TV is on that list. I also have fast enough broadband to handle it. Provided I can be arsed, i can enjoy watching us crash out in the group stages in crisp 4K.


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