* Posts by David Hicklin

54 posts • joined 4 Sep 2007


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

David Hicklin

Re: No legal requirement to inspect meters any more

although by law they will still have to inspect the meters every two years anyway.

That's no longer the case, the requirement has been scrapped.

That has not reached the guy who read my meters a couple of weeks ago yet - he said they have to come annually to check that the installation was still safe.

The age of hard drives is over as Samsung cranks out consumer QLC SSDs

David Hicklin

Re: Ah, but

Ah Atari 800XL floppy drives -huge things and I had a pair of them, one would only work after it had warmed up for 10 minutes

Loved my 800XL, even had a 256KB ram pack hanging off the back and got it to print to a Brother thermal typewriter...those were the days, sold it for a good price just before the market crashed for home PC;s to get a IBM PS2 model 30 via the supplier at work for a decent discounted price.

Dudes. Blockchain. In a phone. It's gonna smash the 'commoditization of humanity' or something

David Hicklin

Sounds like IoT meets blockchain, now what could possibly go wrong there ??

Disengage, disengage! Cali DMV reports show how often human drivers override robot cars

David Hicklin

Re: AI seldom makes mistakes, people do

"Also ask yourself if, given, as you say, it's possible to train human beings to drive safely, why isn't it possible to build a machine that can be trained in the same way as a human with equally good results*. Because it's quite clear that that's not the way self-driving cars are being taught."

I well remember what my driving instructor told me: He teaches me how to pass a driving test - it is only after you have passed that you actually learn how to drive.

Crypto-jackers slip Coinhive mining code into YouTube site ads

David Hicklin

Re: We need NoScript for Firefox 57, and WebAssembly's bytecode is more insecure than Flash

"Sadly NoScript isn't supported by Firefox 57 :("

I'm on FF 58 and NoScript is working now, just not as polished as before, even remembered my settings going from 56 -> 58

IT 'heroes' saved Maersk from NotPetya with ten-day reinstallation bliz

David Hicklin

Re: 20% drop going to manual

"I suspect that the loss would be an exponential function of time. Another 10 days? Major crisis. 10 more? No company."

Plus some ships could have been at sea during those 10 days, so agree that the loss rate would ride as time went by.

Don't just grab your CPU bug updates – there's a nasty hole in Office, too

David Hicklin

Re: don't forget to patch your Android devices

I finally managed to patch my T-Mobile Sony xperia SP phone after 3 years of no OS updates.....

,,,,,Switched to the dark side and got an iPhone. In 3 weeks I have got twice as many updates as the old Sony!

Facebook, Amazon fund new trans-Pacific submarine cable

David Hicklin

Cable Management?

At the rate they are laying these cables the seabed will start to look like the underside of the DC floor with a rats nest of cables tangled up with each other.

Microsoft slowly closes Outlook Premium's door while Office 365 winks at you across the street

David Hicklin

Re: NeoOffice and WordPerfect

Have an upvote for WordPerfect, I found it a lot easier to use than Word which I still can't indent a single paragraph on without every other one in the document indenting by a random number of tabs...

Using LibreOffice on my other laptop now (with Linux Mint) and found it more than good enough, looks like I'll be jumping that way when windows 7 updates end...

Cancel the farewell party. Get back to work. That asteroid isn't going to hit Earth in October

David Hicklin

Re: Aim is improving.

> No, next one will be 6800km the other side. Close, but no cratercigar

You forgot the diameter of the Earth : at around 12,700km it should be pretty close to a bullseye.

Banking websites are 'littered with trackers' ogling your credit risk

David Hicklin

Re: I think we need to know...

>> I keep a separate browser, configured to clean itself on quit.

>Why a separate browser? Permanent private mode has been the name of the game for years now.

I have a VM *just* for online banking - it does not get used for anything else, yes it has Rapport + noscript + ublock origin.

Good luck finding some tracking history there

Would you believe it? The Museum of Failure contains quite a few pieces of technology

David Hicklin

Re: Kodak Digital Camera

I still have - and use - my DC280, and yes the battery eating was an annoying issue. These days I find that the current rechargeables seem to work much better with it. Got a new memory card recently (8GB!) of which it probably uses just 5%..

Whilst it is a very old camera I find it much easier to use than the modern ones that just seem to cram in as many operating modes as the can.

Ofcom wants automatic compensation for the people when ISPs fail

David Hicklin

Re: Go, charge 'em high

As always YMMV - I have been with Sky Fibre for 4 years now and have only had a few minor interruptions, certainly no worse or better than BT and Virgin before them.

Speed has been rock solid at all times.

Now UK bans carry-on lappies, phones, slabs on flights from six nations amid bomb fears

David Hicklin

Re: (Travel) Insurance fraud on the rise...

But check your insurance carefully - putting things like laptops into the hold might not be covered...

BT installs phone 'spam filter', says it'll strain out mass cold-callers

David Hicklin

Re: answer machine

Same here, and then answer the phone if they start leaving a message and we know (or are at least wish to talk to them). Calls dropped a lot of time, even the 'international' ones.

Now if only it was as easy with spam texts on the mobile...where the text "STOP" to opt-out gives a warning that this might cost you charges - wtf!?

Botched Microsoft update knocks Windows 8, 10 PCs offline – regardless of ISP

David Hicklin

OS Web Stats

So next months statistics on which OS's are connecting most to those web sites will show a sudden drop for W10 and all the experts will excitedly jump to the wrong conclusions

Sophos Windows users face black screens after false positive snafu

David Hicklin

Re: Solving the wrong problem

AV currently works on the basis of "blacklist" the bad stuff - allow anything else.

To get your solution means turning it on its head and whitelist what is allowed and block everything else. It can be done as long as everything executable on the computer is stable and does not change very often - and that needs planned and tested updates.

Sadly not exactly practicable now unless you wall the OS off from all other software creators/vendors and only allow certified software from a "store"....oh wait..

Windows 10 Anniversary Update crashing under Avast antivirus update

David Hicklin

Re: Avast...

Have an upvote for Avira.

Have it on my W10 Virtual Installation where it seems to play OK (have it to remind myself just how bad and horrible w10 is)

Salesforce bins all Android phones bar Nexii and Galaxies

David Hicklin

Re: Sony...

Well my Sony Xperia SP has not had an update since May 2014 to the OS and the phone is not *that* old.

Sure apps update all the time, even those I have not intention of ever using.

You've got a patch, you've got a patch ... almost every Android device has a patch

David Hicklin

Re: Sony Updates

I am with you all the way here - my Sony Xperia SP has not had an update past 4.3 dated May 2014 - yet I get badgered with Lounge updates and new apps (recent one to get info about a song you just listened to) all the time.

Now where has that flying pig got to...Battersea anyone ?

Infosec freeloaders not welcome as malware silo VirusTotal gets tough

David Hicklin

Re: Never representative of AV detection

Maybe VT AV scanners are set to "Paranoid" sensitivity ?

London to Dover 'smart' road could help make driverless cars mainstream – expert

David Hicklin

Re: Highways England?

Or you get "Incident - 40" sign after sign, and after driving along for 10 miles (this is M1 J20 to 21 here - a 13 mile stretch) you get "End".

Without seeing anything unusual at all - and they wonder why drivers just ignore them?

Microsoft's 200 million 'Windows 10' 'devices' include Lumias, Xboxes

David Hicklin

Re: 200 million devices

I put win10 on a test VM over Christmas and after lots of exploring of features and settings I had to ask myself that I was on a sodding smartphone rather than a serious* computer operating system.

Win7 can run until 2020 and by then I will have chosen a successor - be it a Linux version or even a Mac (still can't believe I am even considering the latter but I am!)

*(yeah I know - its Windows)

Microsoft to Windows 10 consumers: You'll get updates LIKE IT or NOT

David Hicklin

The switched it from an Important to Recommended update , having been recommended previously.

Free Windows 10 upgrades from Microsoft will FLATTEN PC sales

David Hicklin

Re: On this whole detecting VM issue

Malware has been checking to see if it on a VM (and play dead) for a long time now, nothing new there.

Screwball ruble closes Apple's Russia store, whole kit and caboodle

David Hicklin

Re: Apple has a tiny share in Russia

Nah, Putin's made it illegal to sell in anything other than rubbles...

Maplin Electronics sold for £85m to Rutland Partners

David Hicklin

Re: What about Electronics - The Maplin Magazine?

Still got most of mine, although they are mostly scaned to PDF these days (along with ETI an several other mags - those were the days). Still refer to them for ideas.

As for Maplin, can still remember placing orders in the 1970's via mail with my Mum writing out the cheques as I was still ar school at the time. Was quite proud of my original customer numer - 968 - before they changed the systems.

Beat it, freetards! Dyn to shut down no-cost dynamic DNS next month

David Hicklin

Use your NAS?

Got the mail last night - obviously not enough people got fed up with the monthly "keep it alive" nag mail and forked out for the paid option. For the half dozen times a year I have used it to get back to home no way would I consider paying for it.

So I went to my Synology home NAS, signed up with their free service and away I went - goodbye dyndns, been nice knowing you.

Impending Windows XP doom breathes life into flagging PC sales

David Hicklin

Re: Save XP

There should be a law that if support for any software or o/s is stopped, then it becomes freeware with all licencing restrictions removed.

Three used cheap deal to lure me into buying expensive slab, chap tells ASA

David Hicklin

Re: This is very common these days

I think you will find that the website is linked to a bricks+mortar distribution back-end somewhere, and the shelf space where the widget you want is empty.

Or (and this is a guess as I am not in this business) as many products are dispatched direct from the manufacturer these days , the web site has sold all it's call off orders

NASA's nuclear Mars tank REBELS against human control

David Hicklin

Re: speedy autonomous lunar rover

It really would have to be autonomous for the times when it is on the side facing away from the earth as it would be out of touch, unless you have a satellite relay comms system.

Ad man: Mozilla 'radicals' and 'extremists' want to wreck internet economy

David Hicklin

Re: Royal Mail optout

Sadly that still does not stop the junk mail addressed to "the occupier".

Yes Virgin - that's you. Straight into the recyling bin

Greenland melt threshold lower than thought

David Hicklin

2000 Years ?

But have any of these 'models' factored in the end of Oil and Gas that will occur long before then? That should cut CO2 emissions by a heck of a lot.

NASA confirms first Earth candidate in habitable zone

David Hicklin

Re My question is.. → #

At warp5 it will take 4.8 years to get there.

Data centres gripped by power struggle

David Hicklin

Re:Got that Right

As well as the power loading per rack you also need to consider if one half of a dual power feed goes down, and all the servers in that rack pull their juice off the remaining one. Get the sums wrong and the remaining feed overloads and trips out...

Extension of flexibility 'may help solve retirement problems'

David Hicklin

Final Salary Pensions

One point not considered so far is what happens to someone working part time (thus getting a reduced salary) and thier pension based on Final salary once they retire?

Hopefully it will be as others have pointed out that pension and retirement ages are different beasts and will be kept apart and your pension based on your last full years salary

Police spent tens of thousands on failed BitTorrent probe

David Hicklin

Re: Ark Royal

You are thinking about the battleship Royal Oak.

Lad from Lagos in unencrypted CD teaser

David Hicklin

Exchange Rate?

The lads from Lagos are a bit behind on the pound/dollar exchange rate - I'd take the cash in dollars

Tesla Motors: Elon Musk's divorce won't sink us

David Hicklin

Why electrics will eventually fail

The problem with electric cars is what happens when the battery runs flat. Today when your fuel tank gets low you go to a petrol station, stuff in the nozzle and in a very short time you are refulled and ready to rock.

The Public want's whatever replaces fossil fuels to do the same.

The only answer (currently) is hydrogen, drive up to a fill point, connect the pipe and fill up. Hydrogen can be stored, so you would use your renewable power sources (turbines, solar, tidal etc) to create the hydrogen.

Sorted. No heavy expensive batteries to worry about

BT ordered to share telegraph poles for fast broadband

David Hicklin

Re : Broadband fairness

The only way to work this properly is to pay for what you use. That way the freeloaders would pay thier fair share. Add a media TAX and that is the entertainment industry sorted as well.

Wait a min...what am I saying !!???

Anti-binge drinking ads add to binge drinking

David Hicklin

Re: UK adverts

Yes I have seen them and they just remind me that I have some cans in the fridge nicely chilled that I had not thought about recently, so I go and drink one !

Microsoft to hook Facebook game maker?

David Hicklin


Well the games mat be buggy and opinions of the company low, but as has been said they are free and are FUN to play.

Gotta run, crops need harvesting...

3G networks appeal for power boost

David Hicklin

Re: +68dBm = 6.3 kilowatts → #

Go and live near a TV mast then - they put out up to 1 Megawatt

Researcher raids browser history for webmail login tokens

David Hicklin

VM it

I have a VM used *just* for my banking and nothing else (the p0rn is on another VM).

Paranoid? yes maybe but I am much happier that way around.

Don’t let Microsoft timescales dictate your Windows migration

David Hicklin


Any software that is EOL'd / ends support should have any licencing restrictions removed.

An example for XP is that the Genuine Windows Disadvantage would get trashed, and a generic code would enable it.

I'd love the EU or someone to make this the law.

Wi-Fi comes to school buses

David Hicklin

Re: Erm

They are allowed phones at my daughters school - just don't use them [= switch off] during lessons or else they will be taken & held until the end of the day.

Atlantis Hubble mission set for 12 May

David Hicklin

Re: Full launch manifest

Did they not have two shuttles out at once for the last aborted mission?

They only need the "rescue" for the event that take off damage means that they cannot re-enter safely...they should know that within 3 days

Roadpricing satnav spybox trials under way

David Hicklin

Re; Tracking

"next, there will be a tracker to bill me every time i take a shit, wherever it may be..."

just remember to get a receipt

iPhone beer maker sues Carling over virtual suds

David Hicklin


Well I like the stuff but that's horses for courses I suppose.

Still, I would & won't *ever* buy an iPhone, never mind the $3 for a silly animation..

Morgan shows 'light & slippery' fuel-cell car concept

David Hicklin

Re: Full Hydrogen or electrics is not the way to go.

This was on Tomorrow's World some 20 years ago - Car had a small generator in the boot (lawnmower maybe? the memory is foggy now) which provided the 'steady running' speed with batteries providing the boost for acceleration.


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