* Posts by NiceCuppaTea

37 posts • joined 16 Jan 2018

Oxford startup magics up metamaterials for next-gen charging


Re: I have another theory

9. its difficult to continue using the device whilst its charging.

Angry Googlers demand bosses pull the wings off 'Dragonfly' censored Chinese search engine


Hypocracy at its finest...

"Our opposition to Dragonfly is not about China," says today's open letter, "we object to technologies that aid the powerful in oppressing the vulnerable, wherever they may be."

So how about all the DMCA takedowns for fair use videos on the Tube ? Filtering out search results as the result of DMCA requests without court order?

If your gonna have standards and a conscience at least be consistent.

Edgelord of the Things: HPE waggles its one line to bring them all and on the edge bind them


OT, had to look that one up. Its yet another acronym for something that already works and exists and has done for many years.

Really, big tech needs to stop listening to marketing droids, we have enough acronyms already stop re-branding existing stuff and acting like its new.

Capita seeks new networking chief: Up for it?


Re: Hey...

If it comes with a 6 figure salary and a 7 figure sign on bonus i will do it (until my purchase of a large house with no mortgage and appropriate acreage is completed)

Excuses, excuses: Furious MPs probe banking TITSUPs*


Re: Pot, meet kettle!

£100 Compo per 8 hours downtime for each and every customer whether they tried to access the service or not would certainly make IT systems more resilient at the banks.

Shocker: UK smart meter rollout is crap, late and £500m over budget


Re: Smart meters do not save energy

Not only do they not reduce your consumption but they actually increase it as they require electricity to work!

The only thing that can reduce your energy consumption is you! The only thing smart meters do is make it more visible to the consumer how much energy they are using (that and enable the energy companies to bill more accurately and fire everyone they employed to go out and read meters)

Congrats to Debbie Crosbie: New CEO at IT meltdown bank TSB has unenviable task ahead


Re: Here's a suggestion...

That would be grand.... i could blow up the local telephone exchange then withdraw all my money as cash from the now isolated bank then have a quick scoot 25 miles down the road and withdraw it again before the comms come back up. Now if only i had a million quid i could withdraw in cash....

Want to hack a hole-in-the-wall cash machine for free dosh? It's as easy as Windows XP


First sentence pissed me off more than it should

ATM Machine? WTF that's almost as bad as PIN Number.

Automated teller Machine Machine and Personal Identification Number Number

grrrrr....... that is all.

My hoard of obsolete hardware might be useful… one day


You win!


I will see you PCMCIA 10/100 and raise you a 10 mbit ISA network adapter that has been in my possession for at least 20 years and is about the same size as a micro atx motherboard!

While everyone coos at the promise of 5G, UK network Three asks if it can tempt you with 4G+


Nationalized mobile infrastructure with network operators buying bajillions of minutes in bulk and reselling them to us paupers is the only way to achieve true market "fairness" imo.

This revolution will not be televised – but it will be sanctioned: Googlers walk out over 'sex pest' executive scandals


Re: Which is worse?

I guess the question is where is the line?

At what point does not offending people trump freedom of speech/expression? How do you measure subjective harm?

I find downvotes offensive and morally objectionable because those who use them are directly trying to oppose my freedom of speech and are oppressing my right to freedom of thought and expression. I have had many sleepless nights thinking about the downvotes I have accumulated on elReg by expressing my thoughts with little regard for others feelings. Can elReg please remove the downvote button for all of my posts (just mine, I still want to be able to downvote everyone else who I don't agree with as if I don't agree with them they must be wrong)

Whilst we are on the subject of novelty items and sexual harassment, can we get those straws with the end shaped like a cock (the ones girls think are hilarious on someones 21st / hen party / other event) banned as I feel I'm being sexually harassed when they are within 800 ft of me.

The way this is headed is to a future of everyone dressed in grey, having the same haircut, eating the same meals and generally adhering to the official definition of non-offensive behavior.


Which is worse?

Sharing your amusement of a novelty lighter with only your male colleagues because women might be offended (being a sexist)


Sharing what you perceive as amusing with everybody and being accused of sexual harassment? (being a predator)

Unless accompanied with "do your tits flash when i poke your playground" and a quick pinch. I cant see how a novelty lighter can be construed as sexual harassment and feel it belittles the cases of true harassment where there is genuine harm.

I guess its a generational thing and the I'm offended snowflakes are at it again.

If you have inner peace, it's probably 'cos your broadband works: Zen Internet least whinged-about Brit ISP – survey


Re: Is it so?

As a Brit i would like to have a moan about the reg saying we moan a lot.... wait, what? This moan proves their point? That cant be i hardly ever moan about the weather, taxes, the charge for plastic bags, brexit coverage, MP's, the American presidency, the housing crisis, bank charges and the general miserable existence we all suffer at the hands of our corporate overlords, wait hold on, maybe i do like to moan (just a little).

Pain in the brain! Kaspersky warns of hackable brain implants


Why the obsession with wireless and remote management. Yeah its convenient but there has always been a balancing act for security. Ease of access for those authorized vs security, if an implant was to be put in my head i would insist on having an RS232 socket installed behind one of my ears and thats the only access (RS232 because its hella slow and anyone wanting to fuck with me should have to sit there for hours waiting for an "update" to happen).

Should a robo-car run over a kid or a grandad? Healthy or ill person? Let's get millions of folks to decide for AI...


Could we prove the tech with trains first?

So its all well and good getting all excited over auto cars but cant we start with something more simple like trains?

Last few derailments and accidents i have seen in the news have been due to drivers going to fast or general failings of meat bags.

As trains can only go limited places (forward or backwards on the current track) surely we should play around and perfect the technology there first?

Might even see a train turn up on time!


Nnnnnooooo, nnnnnoooo you die.


Re: philosophical navel gazing wank-fest

I think that's kinda the point, at the moment we have no choice, what to hit is instinctual rather than a decision but the computer in a car can evaluate a shit load of variables a lot faster than us without considering its own health, we now do have a decision to make.

I do kinda agree though, the car should follow the rules of the road, if the decision is kill a few kids who jumped out in the road or kill the single elderly fat occupant of the vehicle who was minding their own business then the kids should get it. Darwinism at its best. If the car can make a decision that kills no-one then obviously it should do that however if it s choice between killing an "at fault" party/s or a "non-fault" party/s then those at fault should bite the dust.


Can we get one of these cars on test for Theresa May?


Who's gonna buy it?

So once the "moral" decision has been made and "we" have decided that if the car has a single occupant and there is a choice between killing 6 cats or the occupant of the vehicle the occupant gets it. Who's gonna buy the car that will actively choose to kill them?

Will that be an additional feature like alloy wheels or airbags, e.g. if you buy this add-on when you spec your new vehicle the car will always try to save your life and always mow down push chairs.

When its not your life on the line then your obviously more willing to throw the "driver" under the bus but when it comes to the choice of killing yourself or mowing down a family that you have no vested interest in then will the decision be the same?

HMRC rapped as Brexit looms and customs IT release slips again


At least if we hit hyper inflation before my fixed rate mortgage deal expires then i can pay off my mortgage with a weeks wages...

You're alone in a room with the Windows 10 out-of-the-box apps. What do you do?


Re: A/B testing

Or you could just skip all that and ask cortana what to do.

'Men only' job ad posts land Facebook in boiling hot water with ACLU


"Slightly off topic, but it does strike me as odd that religious and political views are given the same protection as race, gender or sexuality. Race, gender or sexuality are innately unchangeable."

Ever heard of sex change operations, Michael Jackson or Theresa May (one look at her naked would put me off women for life)?


Does it really make any difference whatsoever?

If the hiring company wants to be any number of *ists then they will. Policing the advertising of roles makes no difference whatsoever.

For example Nasty Co ltd only wants to employ a 20 year old, white, heterosexual male but they know they will get in trouble for saying so.

Generic non discriminatory advert is posted.

When it comes to CV sorting any female or foreign sounding names get binned (who's gonna know?).

At the interview stage anyone who does not match their bigoted criteria are also then told to sod off (in a nice, PC, gender neutral way).

Guess what? End result is that the 20 year old white heterosexual male gets the job!

The only thing that's changed is the company has not publicly show their bigoted ways and cannot be avoided by the consumer based on this.

The current PC brigade and offended generation are making a misguided attempt at eliminating prejudice and only force such nastiness to below the surface where nobody else can make judgement and choose not/to deal with Nasty Co Ltd as they do/don't agree with their moral ideals. Not only that but Mr 20 year old, white, heterosexual male actually likes working with a diverse set of colleagues but doesn't know that the company he is interviewing for only employs his specific "type" of person so gets to be super disappointed when he turns up to an office full of his clones.

SJW's, PC Brigade and the butt-hurt generation are making things worse, for everyone, lets ban them!

Python joins movement to dump 'offensive' master, slave terms


SJW Powers Activate

"Last week Victor Stinner, a Python developer who works for Red Hat, published four pull requests seeking to change "master" and "slave" in Python documentation and code to terms like "parent," "worker," or something similarly anodyne."

Wont that offend orphans and the unemployed?

I've seen the future of consumer AI, and it doesn't have one


AI in the kitchen is looking at completely the wrong end of the action.

I work, a lot. I really, really cant be arsed to look in my fridge and cupboards try to think of something to cook, or find a recipe that only uses the ingredients i have and try to have a healthy balanced diet.

The thing AI could do for me in the kitchen is ask me (and my family) 10 questions about what sort of food i like and how long i'm willing to spend in the kitchen preparing it then feck off and find me things to cook for that whole week, taking care not to make me fat, give me too much salt etc etc and give me food i actually like. Send me an email with a shopping list (or just order that shit direct from amazon/supermarket /wherever) Then when i get home from a long days work i just cook what the fridge tells me. If they wanted to improve suggestions for next weeks meals or whatever it could even give the family the option to rate the meal 1-5 stars.

National obesity? Solved.

Any number of ailments caused by poor diet? Solved

Cant decide what to cook for dinner? Solved.

Not wanting to write a boring ass shopping list? solved.

Not wanting suffer the supermarket? Solved.

Sort out that little list and i will buy one of your overpriced fridge smart ass things otherwise feck off.

No need to code your webpage yourself, says Microsoft – draw it and our AI will do the rest


Re: The return of front page

How about the 1000 poorly secured websites that have some of your personal data that are waiting to be exploited by those nasty people.

IPv6: It's only NAT-ural that network nerds are dragging their feet...


Why does anyone care what going on in my internal network?

I can use IPV4 on my internal networks then use a 6to4 enabled router at the gateway. This solves the Internets problem of me hoarding public facing ipv4's and also means I don't have a shit load of work to do testing all internal software!

Let the internal network make its own way to IPV6 as and when the software running on it is ready. The gateway should be able to handle the transition.

Same goes for my home network and that of the average Joe. 6to4 enabled routers and everyones happy. Cheap and nasty printers that dont support 6 still works as local network is 4 and 6, internet is happy because only 6 is presented to outside world.

The only people that need to do any work from a consumer perspective are the ISP's delivering the correct spec / configuration routers.

The only device that needs to be changed straight away from a corporate perspective is the gateway / edge systems. Everything else can wait. Don't see why everyone's getting their nickers in a twist about it.

Edge, Azure and Windows Phone receives a Telegram. Yup, it's the week at Microsoft


Re: Good job the surgeon's are getting better at face transplants.

Deepfakes plus bio-metric web authentication = don't show your face on youtube else your entire digital life will be pwned.

Early experiment in mass email ends with mad dash across office to unplug mail gateway


It was ruined for me a few years back when someone pointed it out to me and now i will ruin it for all of you good readers as well.

The well known resource site for IT pros that have reached the end of their tether trying to fix a problem and cant is not experts exchange, its expert sexchange. You're welcome :)

Code of conduct claims new Texas Instruments CEO after just six weeks


Didnt realize his new secretary was a shareholders wife i expect....

Submarine cables at risk from sea water, boffins warn. Wait, what?


Meh, wrap it in some cling film and gaffer tape. Job done.

Smash-hit game Fortnite is dangerous... for cheaters: Tools found laced with malware



Dont they know you can just type iddqd and idkfa then you are a god?

UK chancellor puts finger in air, promises 15 million full fibre connections by 2025


You could of course use a bit of "encouragement" by updating building regs to say all new build homes are equipped with FTTP. I know of at least 3 local housing developments that have been completed in the last 2 year that don't even have FTTC let alone FTTP.

The internet is such a huge part of our lives now that it needs to be taken into account at the planning stages of housing development, not an afterthought.

Microsoft and boffins cook up hardware-secured database


"Unlike a conventional database, EnclaveDB compiles queries on sensitive data to native code using an ahead-of-time compiler on a trusted client machine,"

This sounds a lot to me like the branch prediction algo's that have caused Spectre/Meltdown.

Sorry spooks: Princeton boffins reckon they can hide DNS queries


The whole DNS thing is quite an antiquated model imo, surely we can all have a copy of the TLD database if we are that worried about security. Use blockchain for something other than laundering drug money for a change!

If the DNS databases are on my machine/server then I don't have to tell anyone what i'm looking up, I can look it up locally!

UK's Just Eat faces probe after woman tweets chat-up texts from 'delivery guy'


Why even give out the number?

Simple solution to this one, DONT PASS ON THE PHONE NUMBER!

Have a generic number owned and operated (and potentially make some extra money from) by just eat which gets called by the delivery driver who inputs the delivery number / order number and the just eat systems dial the customer and connects the two calls!!! Once the delivery has been completed the order number / private number relationship is killed.

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