* Posts by iron

440 posts • joined 25 May 2017


La, la, la, I can't hear you! Apple to challenge Bose's noise-proof cans

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Apple or Bose? Either way they are going to be shit.

10 PRINT "ZX81 at 37" 20 GOTO 10

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A borrowed ZX81 was my into to programming before my dad bought me my beloved Speccy. Looking back 35 years later, old Sir Clive has a lot to answer for! Including a lot of happy memories. :)

Swiss see Telly Tax as a Big Plus, vote against scrapping it

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Good Value

"a voluntary licence fee would look like good value compared to Netflix"

Bullshit. My Netflix subscription costs me less than £100 per year, that's approx 2/3 of the cost of the license fee and includes a lot more films and programmes I want to watch than the BBC have on TV or iPlayer. And, I don't have to put up with adverts telling me how wonderful it is to have a compulsory telly tax.

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Re: BBC from the days of Yes Minister and Spitting Image - yes

So you'd be happy to pay the license fee for 80s ITV?

Hint: Spitting Image was not a BBC programme.

You get a criminal record! And you get a criminal record! Peach state goes bananas with expanded anti-hack law

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Re: Not Surprised

Barely literate? Ever hear the old one about people in glass houses?

> I get watch the annual follies up close every year.

Samsung's Galaxy 9s debut, with not much other than new cameras

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"The eight-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 is fractionally faster, on-board memory although there's an upgrade for Micro-SD capacity from 256GB to 400GB."

What on earth is this sentence trying to say? Several words about the memory appear to be missing.

Symantec ends cheap Norton offer to NRA members

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Out of the fire, into the fire

"Dear Symantec, attached is a copy of my receipt to McAfee I think I have convinced 27 people so far to do the same as me"

ROFL. Did you really hate them that much that you persuaded them to use the one AV that is worse than Norton?


Voice assistants are always listening. So why won't they call police if they hear a crime?

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Big Brother

the stupidity of humanity

Well done NSA, GCHQ, et al you have convinced Mark Pesce that 1984 is a blueprint for the way society should work. I've only been up an hour and already I'm depressed about the stupidity of humanity and our society, as if Mondays weren't bad enough so thanks for that.

I would never allow Alexa / Siri / whatever device in my home to spy for its owner Amazon / Apple / etc. If they spied for the authorities as well I'd go out of my way to disable them in other people's homes too.

Software shortcuts: Pay down your tech debt. It's time to fix a price

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Agile is no panacea

Agile is no panacea. Having worked there I can tell you the Scottish NHS went agile about 10 years ago yet it hasn't prevented: "outmoded systems that couldn’t be made to work together, partly the result of years of programming decisions"

Europe's Unified Patent Court fate in the balance amid German probing (yes, Brexit is in the mix)

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Hahahaha. Sorry I was laughing at your name.

Talk about a MINER offense! Crypto-cash crafter clashes with T-Mob US in hipster haven

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Didn't I read about this 2 weeks ago on another site? Snails and tortoises think you're slow El Reg.

Coinbase, Worldpay, Visa play blame game after dosh vanishes from crypto-fans' pockets

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"I have to be late on bills, I have to borrow money,"

If your finances are that tight you shouldn't have been gambling on ponzicurrency in the first place.

Japan's Robo-Bartenders point to a golden future

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Depending on the size of the glass that head is somewhere between a bit big and providing a pint that is criminally under sized. For crappy lager anyway, you don't get foam like that on a nice ale.

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

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If the UK had more lax data protection rules than the EU it wouldn't make a difference. Anyone wanting to do business in Europe has to comply with GDPR no matter where in the world they are based so UK businesses would end up with two different data protection schemes that they have to comply with, making the whole thing cost even more than it will with GDPR alone.

Microsoft's Windows 10 Workstation adds killer feature: No Candy Crush

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> Linux vendors packaged their distress into "Workstation" and "Server" editions

Lol I'm still laughing at that unfortunate autocorrect typo.

From tomorrow, Google Chrome will block crud ads. Here's how it'll work

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And of course they leave out the worst thing about adverts. Sure flash, video, noise, interstitials, etc are all annoying but trackers are evil. But trackers are how Google makes its money so they get a pass.

Screw you Google, I wouldn't use Chrome if it was the only browser available and I will not remove my privacy protection and allow your evil tracking.

Samsung needs to eat itself, not copy Apple's X-rated margins

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Re: Huawei?

I got news for you, OnePlus are already spying on you:


Talk down to Siri like it's a mere servant – your safety demands it

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Non issue

"What deepfake is to video, Adobe VoCo – its "Photoshop for audio" – does for speech."

So this isn't an issue then. I've seen these so called deepfakes and the video neither looked like the actress it was supposed to be nor did it look like a genuine video. If Adobe VoCo is as good it probably makes speech that is supposed to sound like Joe Pasquale sound like James Earl Jones.

Meltdown's Linux patches alone add big load to CPUs, and that's just one of four fixes

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Re: For procurement...

@wobbly1 Please ask your English teacher for extra lessons after school. In particular you need to focus on reading comprehension and the fact that spelling Meltdown with the letters s-p-e-c-t-r-e makes it a different word.

BOFH: We want you to know you have our full support

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> tic-tac-toe key on the phone

It's called the HASH key.

Or if you come from the wrong side of the Atlantic, the pound key but that's just wrong.

CLOUD Act hits Senate to lube up US access to data stored abroad

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I haven't read the proposed act but it was sounding dodgy in the article until I got to the end. Now I know it is a very, very bad idea that will erode our and US citizens' rights and privacy because May supports it.

Ex-Chipzilla exec Arms biz to SoC it to Intel in the data centre

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So a 3 year old chip design... team being lead by several Intel alumni... I guess it is vulnerable to Meltdown and Spectre before it even sees the light of day?

Epic spacewalk, epic FAIL: Cosmonauts point new antenna in the wrong direction

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How are they a super power?


Exoplanets from another galaxy spotted – take that, Kepler fatigue!

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No one would have believed, in the early years of the twenty-first century, that human affairs were being watched from the timeless worlds of space. No one could have dreamed that we were being scrutinised as someone with a microscope studies creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water. Few men even considered the possibility of life on other planets. And yet, across the gulf of space, minds immeasurably superior to ours regarded this earth with envious eyes, and slowly, and surely, they drew their plans against us...

You can find me in da club, database full of faces… but this ain't privacy watchers' jam

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"can only be retrieved and put back together using the private keys stored on your device"

So if your phone is lost, stolen, bricked by dunking in a pint or just replaced by an upgrade how do they access the encrypted data in your profile?

Personally I would refuse to enter any club that required this app or recorded my ID in any way. Time to go back to the raves in abandoned warehouses and industrial buildings of my youth.

Crim-checker IT system update fail has cost UK taxpayer 'MEEELLIONS'

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"the Home Office contracted Tata to ... transition existing services, including the update service, from Capita."

So no, not Crapita for once.

New click-to-hack tool: One script to exploit them all and in the darkness TCP bind them

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Re: If exploits exist then what better way to have them removed

> Once a vendor is told a problem exists then every victim who suffers after that point is down to the

> vendor and people should be able to sue to any losses.

No. The vast majority of systems that get pwned are due to known exploits for which a vendor patch exists. The fault for these lies with the stupid moron user / IT dept that did not install that patch.

Openreach ups investment plans: Will shoot out full fibre to 3 million premises

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Re: Still does not solve all the Ali Wires issues...


ServiceNow plans non-devs writing non-code for real enterprise apps

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no-code development capability

hahahahahahahahahaha *BONK*

Excuse me, I seem to have laughed my head off. :o

I'll torpedo Tor weirdos, US AG storms: Feds have 'already infiltrated' darknet drug souks

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Re: Addiction from doctors

Fentanyl is a perfectly safe and useful medication, if taken as prescribed by a Doctor for a condition that requires it.

US Pentagon scrambles after Strava base leaks. Here's a summary of the new rules: 'Secure that s***, Hudson!'

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Re: Yeah, right!

OS versions and privacy controls don't matter in this case, just don't sign up to a third-party "share my training routine" website. Simple enough for even jar heads to handle.

When you play this song backwards, you can hear Satan. Play it forwards, and it hijacks Siri, Alexa

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Re: Passive ultrasound absorption

Divorce them.

(I'm not joking.)

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

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Re: "It's not quite that simple"

@Pascal Monett Yup, another lengthy diatribe by Potts with little or no useful content to take away from it.

Samba 4.8 to squish scaling bug that Tridge himself coded in 2009

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Re: Samba is still relevant?

Friends don't let friends install Sharepoint.

That's not very ice! Blizzard silently patches games hack hole, gives Googler cold shoulder

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"I'm not pleased that Blizzard pushed this patch without notifying me, or consulted me on this."

Get over yourself. This is Blizzard's software and they don't work for you.

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Re: Oh, boo hoo....

And if you don't pay the bug bounty we'll fit you for some concrete overshoes.

(Nice line in blackmail / extortion you have going there.)

NASA is sniffing jet fuel over Germany

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Re: Market distortion

"A solar roof linked to a power wall, powering your home and car."

Viable in California but in Scotland... not so much. Sure I'd be able to drive to work in the summer but not in the winter months.

IBM turns panto villain as The Reg tells readers: 'It's behind you!'

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arrogant disks?

Do they look down on all the other disks?

Former Santander bank manager pleads guilty to computer misuse crimes

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Santander employed a 22 year old as a bank manager!?!

Destroying the city to save the robocar

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Re: Obviously the solution is....

@boltar - "given the chances of an automated motorbike or bicycle being developed are close to zero"

Meet Yamaha Motobot, not just an automated motorbike it can actually race:


Its not fast enough to beat the GOAT but not many are.

Oracle says SPARCv9 has Spectre CPU bug, patches coming soon

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Re: Confused, SPARC vulnerable or not?

@Loud Speaker - What part of Spectre being a hardware bug did you fail to understand? If a chip is vulnerable it doesn't matter what software you are running on it.

Mozilla offers sysadmins a Policy Engine for roll-your-own Firefox installs

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Re: Irrelevant...

Yup still can't get new versions of extensions I use every day so stuck with v56.

Hawaiian fake nukes alert caused by fat-fingered fumble of garbage GUI

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Got to watch those fat fingers!

1980s sci-fi movies: The thrill of being not quite terrified on mum's floral sofa

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holographic screens, talking computers and flying cars

These things existed in sci-fi long before the 1980s. It is tempting to think that the decade you grew up in invented everything but the author should leave that to millennials and instead watch some of the many excellent sci-fi films made between 1920 and 1979.

UK, US govt and pals on WannaCry culprit: It woz the Norks wot done it

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Dear Lord Toffy McToffyface,

Prove it.

Alleged Uber black ops lawyer would rather not have his Xmas holiday ruined by Waymo, ta

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> claims he hasn't had enough time to prepare to testify

That's ok just tell the truth, you don't need time to prepare for that.

Mozilla's creepy Mr Robot stunt in Firefox flops in touching tribute to TV show's 2nd season

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Have to laugh at the outrage

> "I absolutely did not opt-in to that add-on," raged one Redditor.

Except you did when you opted in to the studies. Studies was not enabled by default and clearly said it would install extensions and could collect data (which this extension didn't do) so you only have yourselves to blame.

I opted out of studies when it appeared last week and so haven't seen this extension. :)

Checkmate: DeepMind's AlphaZero AI clobbered rival chess app on non-level playing, er, board

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Re: Google /Alphabet PR @Randy112235

> The 2 TPU's AlphaZero ran on while playing Stockfish is not that much more powerful than the CPU Stockfish ran on

You need to visit an optician, the article clearly states AZ ran on 64 TPU2s and 5,000 TPU1s. If 5,064 specialised chips are "not that much more powerful" than a single general purpose x86 CPU then clearly Google has invented a total lemon of a chip that should be consigned to the dustbin of history asap.

UK needs a 'digital twin' to keep track of its data assets – report

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> the tired and overused adage that "data is the new oil" doesn't appear once.

I have never heard that adage in my life and I've even worked in the oil industry.

Engineer named Jason told to re-write the calendar

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