* Posts by BitCoward

14 posts • joined 11 Dec 2017

Users fail to squeak through basic computer skills test. Well, it was the '90s


Squeaking through a more formal sort of PC testing

An old employer insisted all staff took the ECDL: European Community Driving Licence for IT. I strolled through the email, wordpro and spreadsheet sides, but I was a bit rusty on the database section, even though I used Access regularly. The test used a "live environment" where a question would come up and clicking on the wrong menu item would fail that question. After realising my normal " let's try this" method would result in a fail I resorted to lateral thinking and opened a second window with standard Access. After that, all was plain sailing but my respect for a testing system that could be so easily gamed meant I had no respect for the qualification. Swings and roundabouts...

The Palm Palm: The Derringer of smartphones


Not a shadow phone unless you manage to clone your SIM

Last time I looked this was a bit illegal.

Euro consumer groups: We think Android tracking is illegal


Re: (sees mention of Google maps in headline ...)

Waze is the answer

'My entire company is without comms': Gamma's Horizon cloud PBX goes DOWN


No sign of the promised event horizon here at 14:24 GMT

Atomic keyring's eerie blue glow lights SPB lab


Still going strong 16 years later. Ours illuminates the light pull in the garage so we can find it in the dark, however for years, it was a comforting nightlight to our little ones, we nicknamed it Gary Gaslight.

UKIP doubled price of condoms for sale at party conference


Re: Eh?

For arseholes, though technically not required as a contraceptive.

Alibaba crafts AI chips, Facebook uses Bayesian magic to tweak code performance, and more


Re: Smoke and mirrors? It's an MNP

Minimum Non-viable Product

Fail whale ahoy!

UKIP flogs latex love gloves: Because Brexit means Brexit


Appropriate seeing as our future prospects have been shafted

fuck fuck fuckety fucking Brexit.

SuperProf gets schooled after assigning weak passwords to tutors


So they compensate for their foulup by misleading users

"All tutors from the tutor pages will <snip> have their accounts updated 'star' tutor status, that usually requires many months of activity to achieve on the platform."

So who are the real star tutors on the platform?

Solving one problem by creating another, impressive.

What a flap: SIM swiped from slain stork's GPS tracker used to rack up $2,700 phone bill


Re: So for 20 hours . . .

Some of us younglings have mp3s of those shows.

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Is concussion not a thing anymore?

Better subjects to pick on than Karius for this? If you want inexplicable unforced errors, how about Google's attempts at Social Media or HMG IT projects? Plenty of those to chose from.

Church of England will commune with God for you via Amazon's Echo


Re: 42


HMRC opens consultation to crack down on off-payroll working in private sector


Is that all?

So, about a quarter of a Vodafone - perhaps all the IR35 contractors could arrange to have gone to the same school as the Head of HMRC...

Crown Prosecution Service is coming for crooks' cryptocurrency


Follow the money

Doesn't confiscating BitC also allow plod to make like Linda Lovelace and follow the money? The whole, we know where you've been aspect of blockchain could provide some useful evidence.

Let's hope Bannon paid the Russian's FB bills in BitC.

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