* Posts by aje21

29 posts • joined 21 Nov 2017

Das reboot: That's the only thing to do when the screenshot, er, freezes

aje21

Re: Yes, Daily, or even hourly!

Or when you get a ZIP file which contains a Word document (which, those of a technical bent will know are ZIP files by another name), the Word document contains only a bitmap screenshot of an error message which includes showing the helpful "copy to clipboard" button). Number of times I have had to re-type an error message sent in that form, despite reminding the sender that having the plain text is both more useful and less time-consuming to process.

Dutch spies helped Britain's GCHQ break Argentine crypto during Falklands War

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Re: Pilots carrying comprising material

Interesting reading some of the history of this, seems the Germans assumed we could not be decoding their messages because we were not doing it right away (sometimes it took a day or two to break the codes) and they could not believe the codes could be broken, only "pinched". So where it was obvious that a communication had been intercepted they assumed it was by some other mechanism than breaking the code (e.g. someone was passing on the message).

Oh, and at times we messed up acting on the information which made it look unlikely we knew what was going on (this is distinct from intentionally not using the information of course).

UK finds itself almost alone with centralized virus contact-tracing app that probably won't work well, asks for your location, may be illegal

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Will they make a Windows Phone 8.1 version?

Still happily using my Lumia 1020, though I guess even if I could get an app I would have to turn on BT which I don't use 99% of the time (so leave off).

Realme's X50m is a decently specced 5G phone – for the price of a 1995 Nissan Micra

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Re: The thing about a 1995 Nissan Micra is...

Not saying they didn't do sporty Rover 25 models, but I'm pretty sure the forced induction Elise (supercharged rather than turbocharged) was using a Toyota engine...

First impressions count when the world is taken by surprise by an exciting new (macro) virus

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Interesting, but another which is closer to "on call" than "who me?" - perhaps "why me?"

Perhaps I don't get the purpose of "who me?" but I thought it was a place to fess up about something you did wrong (and got away with) rather than things you did right...

HMRC claims victory in another IR35 dispute to sting Nationwide contractor for nearly £75k in back taxes

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Unhappy

What about corporation tax which was paid?

Not sure of the details of this case, but back when I did contracting (stopped doing so at the start of 2000 partly because of IR35) I took a nominal salary to cover for situations when I had no paid work and then took the balance of the income in the form of dividends. However, the company had to pay corporation tax on the profits (from which I took the dividends) though I could use that to offset some of the income tax I paid on the dividends I received. If it turns out that the money was ALL salary and liable for income tax and NI then would HMRC repay the corporation tax?

What I remember of my contracting days, you could reduce your NI burden by taking a smaller salary and then dividends for the rest, but the total of corporation+income tax paid ended up the same as what you would pay for income tax if all the income was salary. With NI was that you were liable for both the employers and employees payments out of the money you made from working, so the actual amount of NI which I ended up paying wasn't much different to what I had contributed when an actual employee (though I know that I am not taking account of what my employer would have paid when I was an employee).

I understand the motivation behind IR35 and that I was taking advantage of a loophole which existed at the time, but IMHO the amount the government made from me when contracting (due to the rate I was being paid being higher) was significantly more despite the loophole!

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to save data from a computer that should have died aeons ago

aje21

This sounds more like an On Call than a Who Me? column

Interesting story, but isn't this more like Friday fodder?

Things Microsoft will be glad to never see again: Windows 10 1809 and Windows Phone Office

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Terminator

While they continue to work...

I will continue to use my two Windows phones (Lumia 1020 and Lumia 635) - so there.

Microsoft has made an Android phone. Repeat, Microsoft has made an Android phone. A dual-screen foldable mobe not due until late 2020

aje21

Re: No thanks

Still using my 1020 and will be gutted when it finally stops working

Tesco parking app hauled offline after exposing 10s of millions of Automatic Number Plate Recognition images

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Headmaster

Re: Bastards

Won't be a fine as it's not from the council, etc. - will be an "invoice" which is dressed up to look like something official. Just saying... annoying to get one, but if they can ever get the parking rules sorted out it should become clearer what is going on.

Oh, and I "love" the way that your car can form a contract with a parking company on your behalf. The registered keeper is considered to have been driving unless they say someone else was. But all they have is the car number plate. DVLA make a lot of money selling registered keeper details for this purpose.

You should really get an Android or iPhone, says Microsoft: No more app updates for Windows Phone 8.x holdouts

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Re: Release the boot keys please Microsoft!

I can't see why it won't continue to work as a phone - I'll be really pissed off if my 1020 stops doing what it still does well just because someone decided that the plug had to be pulled for no good reason.

I also have a 640 which I use for work (wonder how many people are still using two windows phones?) and, to be honest, I prefer the 8.1 way of doing things - very glad I never tried putting 10 on the 1020 (even if it would have run OK, which most advice was that it didn't).

Much like with politics, having a "two party" approach to phone OS is not good.

Supreme Court of UK gives Morrisons the go-ahead for mega data leak liability appeal

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Facepalm

Insurance

From what I remember reading about this case it was nothing to do with the employer being at fault, or that they could have prevented it happening, it was that they were liable and so should have suitable insurance in place to pay out when it happens.

Techies take turns at shut-down top trumps

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FAIL

Whatever you do, someone will do the wrong thing

Back in the nineties we had a "server room" in the middle of the office, for development and test servers (mini-computer sized). For some reason they decided to fit the red emergency power off button right next to the green door release button and it didn't matter about putting a shroud around it, a bit sign up to say which was which, etc. there would be regular cases of visiting engineers pressing the wrong button to leave the room. I think this even happened once after the shroud was fitted with a cover :-(

Crispest image yet of Ultima Thule arrives on Earth, but grab a coffee while the rest downloads

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Re: Good Framing?

I assume that the image we see was cropped to have UT in the centre - from that far out my guess is that the original image would have been mostly star field...

Core blimey... When is an AMD CPU core not a CPU core? It's now up to a jury of 12 to decide

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Coat

Hmm

If you sit the 12 jurors on two benches of six, does that mean you have only two jurors?

(Perhaps too obvious an analogy to use court)

Tens to be disappointed as Windows 10 Mobile death date set: Doomed phone OS won't see 2020

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Unhappy

Re: Clickbait

Just to put numbers in perspective, if just 0.1% of a billion smart phones were running Windows then that makes a million phones... as far as I can tell (just a quick bit of searching online) the values for total number of smart phones in use and the percentage which are Windows phones are higher (obviously Windows is not showing up in new phone sales, but these days people use their phones longer - gone are the days of yearly or two-yearly replacement).

But hey, lets classify people who actually like the way Windows phone does things (me included) as just "tens"...

Attention all British .eu owners: Buy dotcom domains and prepare to sue, says UK govt

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Facepalm

Made me laugh

Almost makes me believe the rule was brought in specifically to target that URL (posted again because I didn't spot my typo until after the edit period was up - doh)

Doom at 25: The FPS that wowed players, gummed up servers, and enraged admins

aje21

Except for when you do a long range BFG shot just before being killed and respawn where your shot lands and you end up fragging yourself. Happened just the once but, boy, it was annoying (and very funny for everyone else).

aje21
Devil

It was the lighting that made the difference

While there have been a few comments about flickering lights, for me the difference was that Wolfenstein 3D was all brightly lit whereas Doom had dark corridors, rooms, etc. and that made it seem so much more real. First game I've ever seen where people would duck out of the way of incoming fireballs...

College PRIMOS prankster wreaks havoc with sysadmin manuals

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Happy

Re: Value added installer

Many years ago I was working on a small program to edit the configuration file on a Novell server, pressing Save wrote the file to disc, but as that took a fraction of a second I added a one second delay while it displayed "Please wait" to give the reassurance that something had actually happened.

Take my advice and stop using Rubik's Cubes to prove your intelligence

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Holmes

Re: Did not even get the cube right!

You do know that only half of the faces are shown in the picture... or are you saying that the arrangement of squares is not possible and all nine blue squares would have to be shown on the three sides in the picture?

That amazing Microsoft software quality, part 97: Windows Phone update kills Outlook, Calendar

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Thumb Up

Re: I am genuinely shocked

Will be very sad when my Lumia 1020 stops working - I was never that into having lots of apps but some of the fairly useful ones have fallen by the wayside over the last couple of years. However there are still quite a few which I use that are still working...

Tempted to give Sailfish a try at some point as I find Android to be very frustrating as a phone OS (the rest of the family have been using it for years and often can't work out how to do things which are really simple on Windows Phone - I help when I can, but just find it frustrating).

Astroboffins spot one of the oldest, coolest stars in the universe lurking in the Milky Way

aje21
Facepalm

Re: up to 1,000 kelvin (726.85 degrees Celsius).

Never mind "up to", it is the "up to or more" which is really annoying...

Morrisons supermarket: We're taking payroll leak liability fight to UK Supreme Court

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Big Brother

Re: Just another tax.

If a company provides a mechanism by which an employee can transfer client's savings to their own account without anyone needing to approve the transfer, no audit picking it up, etc. then I would suggest they should be liable. In this case the employee was doing the transfer to an outside party as part of their job and *copied* the data in the process. Can't really do that with money...

If the data which was being provided to the outside party had gone AWOL then the company should be liable. I don't know enough about this specific case to say for sure if Morrisons should be liable for the data breach, but as a principle of law it seems odd that a company should be considered responsible for the actions of its staff when they are NOT doing what the company has instructed them to do.

If a company has rules in place to prevent data breaches (and suitable technology too) and someone specifically does something against those rules it has to come down to what measures were in place to stop it being possible or to detect it had occurred before the data could get out of the building.

That 'Surface will die in 2019' prediction is still a goer, says soothsayer

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Unhappy

Re: So the logic is

Still using my Lumia 1020 with Windows Phone 8.1 and getting more pissed a M$ every month because the few apps which I do use are gradually falling by the wayside.

Whatever I choose to do next, I feel cheated that my choice has been limited so badly because I won't buy into the Apple world of iPhones and Android pisses me off every time I have to use it.

Fuzzy logic makes a comeback – in picking where Earth sticks its probes into alien worlds

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Headmaster

Curious unit of data measurement

Sure it sounds cool having 100 tera-anything, but who measures their data in bits when stored???

Press F to pay respects to the Windows 10 April Update casualties

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Windows

Still using both Windows Home Server and Windows Media Center

Still don't understand why they keep wanting to get rid of things which work well, only to shove loads of stuff down our throats which are not really core features of an O/S.

Oh, and to really show my love of things which have passed from the Microsoft list of current products, my phone is a Nokia Lumia 1020 which (touch wood) is still doing well and I will really miss when it eventually stops working.

UK.gov 'could easily' flog 6m driver records to private firms this year

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FAIL

Re: Private car parks versus councils and police, etc

Surprised it has not been mentioned sooner, but private parking companies cannot issue fines, they can only send you a parking charge NOTICE which is to tell you that you have "agree" to pay them money as part of a distance contract formed when you were in the presence of signage, etc.

In the UK this has been condoned by the supreme court (just look up Beavis vs. Parking Eye) as reasonable behaviour and was brought in as part of the "protection of freedoms" act which stopped cowboy clamping...

Or, put another way, the DVLA had no revenue stream when you had to contact the clamping company to get your car freed but the new model does make them a bit of profit.

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