* Posts by Mark192

53 posts • joined 22 Aug 2019


TalkTalk keeps results under wraps citing 'advanced negotiations' over FibreNation biz


Re: Huh, it ditched the mobile business to focus on broadband.

"For the few million people in the UK who cannot even get a decent 3G - let alone 4G - signal in their own homes, a broadband connection will probably be an acceptable alternative."


When TalkTalk ditched the market with *60 million mobile users* to focus on broadband and TV, their share price halved and has hovered around that level since.


Huh, it ditched the mobile business to focus on broadband.

Just in time for 5g to make broadband become as niche as landlines.

Facebook iOS app silently turns on your phone camera. Ah, relax – it's just a bug, lol!?


You're getting it wrong

Lots of comments about Facebook secretly using your camera for spying on you, with suggestions it's so they can target advertising more effectively (!?).

This is unlikely as the consequences for Facebook would be huge while the benefits are marginal.

What we should be paranoid about is states gaining access/control over apps (and or the companies) and using these apps to spy.

The problem we've got is that the paranoid & secure (you lot) aren't generally the activists working for social change (naive people in constant contact with everyone they know through Facebook et al).

They terrrk err jerrrbs! Vodafone replaces 2,600 roles with '600 bots' in bid to shrink €48bn debt


I've found Indian call centre staff to be better able to understand and fix issues than UK staff.

I'm assuming the money they pay over there atrracts more people but maybe it's due to better hiring practices or something else.

I've used Vodafone's bots - found them sufficiently frustrating that I'll happily look elsewhere when my current contract runs out.

Gas-guzzling Americans continue to shun electric vehicles as sales fail to bother US car market


Re: This is me

Yep, that was me in the city too. I did briefly long for a car for those journeys where bike or public transport wasn't suitable but did the sums and realised that paying a bloody fortune for a taxi ride was still less expensive than a car.

Also, my wife bought a new car when she started working. If she'd have put that as a deposit on a house she'd have made a fortune. Not that it'll be like that for buyers in the UK now.

Google brings its secret health data stockpiling systems to the US


"it claimed [...] the hospital’s IT systems wouldn’t be able to handle the load of Google’s database queries [...] and the auditors simply took their word for it."

Yeah, I think that's a given.

Apple's credit card caper probed over sexism claims – after women screwed over on limits


Are they for real?

It's all very well whinging that what your partner earns is yours but, should they separate, there's only one of them that's already in the workplace earning $$$. Which one is the safer bet?


Re: Sad but true...

"I so love complaining"

The companies you boycott so love not having your business :-D

PowerPoint! Word! Excel! Lens! By your powers combined, I am Captain Mobile Office


Re: PowerPoint! Word! Excel!

"why the (...) would anyone want to create / work on a document or excel file on a 5 - 6 inch screen beats me"

- I don't have a laptop/desktop with me so tiny screen is better than no screen

- I don't want to get my laptop out just to quickly check/alter something

- I'm viewing my phone screen on a TV or monitor and am using a full sized keyboard and mouse

Microsoft, I have in the linked press release, statement stated:

"The new Office mobile app represents our vision for what a productivity solution would look like if first built for mobile devices. In designing this new experience, we first considered how people’s expectations differ when using a phone versus a computer, so we set out to optimize for simplicity, efficiency, and common mobile needs. Next, we explored how to better incorporate the unique ways that people input data and create content on a mobile device – essentially turning the phone form factor from a liability for doing work into an asset."

Sounds like BS but it'll be interesting to see what they do.

Q3, phone home: Guess who's run Huawei with China's domestic smartphone market?


I guess they had a lot of inventory to shift so I'm assuming keen prices, coupled with being a patriotic buy, meant Huawei looked extra-appealing to Chinese consumers.

Microsoft explains self-serve Power platform's bypassing of Office 365 admins to cries of 'are you completely insane?'


I'm just a user

I'm just a user here for the puns in the headlines, but even I can see this is a clusterfuck of an idea...

UK Ministry of Justice brags about new digital forensics unit to thwart tech-savvy jailbirds


Imagine how much of this problem would disappear if they had free or subsidised calls to loved ones or family.

1st rule of finding the needle is reduce the size of the haystack.

Aw, bad day at your air-conditioned, somewhat clean desk? Try shifting a 40-tonne fatberg


This was a very silly article

I liked it.

Chinese customers to unfold their Huawei Mate X on 15 November


Stop whinging

I've seen people pay a lot more for things with less utility.

With its 205 square centimetre screen, this product would be very useful to many folk with poor eyesight, as well as many with good eyesight too.

With its high price, this is yet another case of the rich subsiding development costs for the rest of us. I heartily approve and look forwards to the swift commoditisation of this technology :-)


"2 grand for a phone"

Calling it a phone is missing the point somewhat.

I wonder what value 2 grand has to the buyers of the phone... what can they not do after buying it that they could have done before...

I suspect, for many of them, the spending of 2 grand makes no noticeable difference.

Luke, I am your father... which is why I must eject from JEDI decision, says US Defense Sec


He's only just recused himself. The last sentence of the article implies he may have done this only at this late stage because someone had challenged him on the conflict of interest.

As IBM are considered out of the running, it does sound pointlessly late for him to do this now.

Good guy, Microsoft: Multi-factor auth outage gives cloudy Office, Azure users a surprise three-day weekend


Re: It’s still slow

I wonder if they've got a team frantically doing things manually...

Guess who's dreaming of facial-recog body cams now? US border cops: AI tech sought to scrutinize travelers


Dazzle patterns

I predict urban fashions for increasingly striking makeup fashions as people attempt to fool facial recognition systems.

It'll be not only criminal-wannabees wearing them but also people fed up with being pulled aside due to false matches.


Nervous about this

As someone with a distinctive face (large oddly shaped nose, eyes very close together, strong jaw) I'm unlikely to get flagged often as a false positive but, if some dodgy crim does share my features I'll be a very strong match as relatively few on the database will share my features.

This will be more of a problem for minorities - very distinctive compared to the bulk of the population so false matches will have a higher confidence value attached.


Can't wait for this

If it works sufficiently un-badly to be used, this will give rich and middle class people a taste of what it's like for youths on the bottom rungs.

Imagine their indignation at being constantly taken aside and 'treated as a criminal' as the officer asertains that their real identity is not fake as the system flags yet another false - positive with 99% certainty.

I assume people will still let this sort of nonsense happen... "if you've got nothing to hide you won't mind a 10 minute interrogation"

Well, well, well. Fancy that. UK.gov shelves planned pr0n block


Re: Only guessing but...

Ah, didn't think you were referring to Department of Health there.

DNS over HTTPS if anyone else is as ignorant as me. Look, I don't even know how to make links clicky:


Hundreds charged in internet's biggest child-abuse swap-shop site bust: IP addy leak led cops to sys-op's home


Re: Operators of anonymization services like Tor must ask themselves...

"The bulk of the funding for Tor's development has come from the federal government of the United States"

I may have misread it but the article quoted deputy US attorney general Richard Downing as stating:

"Society must decide whether [...] American taxpayers should fund them [anonymization services like Tor]

My take is that those 23 children mentioned in the article as being saved wouldn't have been if it wasn't for the ability of the abusers to share content.

I get that there's an argument that access to content makes viewers more likely to move on to abuse but I can't help but think those wanting to ban legit tools because they can be used to access these things are just thinking 'if I don't know about it, it's not happening'.

Sorry, but it was happening well before the Internet came along and will continue to happen.

The ban Tor brigade need to be going after the politicians that are still underfunding services that protect children, and at local government and police leaders that are still failing children through their inability to work effectively together.

Oh, wait, they are the ban Tor brigade...

YouTube thinkfluencer Siraj Raval admits he plagiarized boffins' neural qubit papers – as ESA axes his workshop


The sad thing is

The sad thing is that using other people's work with proper & generous attribution would have had far more value to him than presenting himself as a guru.

Oh dear... AI models used to flag hate speech online are, er, racist against black people


Re: The elephant in the room

"I am also permanently not okay with the term "cunt". EVERYONE knows it stems from a vulgar reference to women, and if you think it is okay to speak that way, I have a problem with your attitude towards women."

Do you think similar about their attitude to men if they call someone a dick? (genuine question)


Re: Is anyone surprised ? Really ?

"Any attempt to transfer information through words is likely doomed to failure"

Seems to be working pretty well for most of us.

Promise of £5bn for rural fibre prompts Openreach to reach for the trench-digging diamond cutter


They'll pay

Don't worry - they'll keep this promise as it's about giving money to a private company.

I do wonder whether it'd be quicker & cheaper to wait for these new satellite services that promise to clog up the sky.

Here we go again: US govt tells Facebook to kill end-to-end encryption for the sake of the children


They wouldn't - can't possibly - have a program of mass-surveillance that would be made much less effective by this, could they?

Former! Yahoo! engineer! admits! to! hacking! user! emails! for! smutty! snaps!


Imagine Yahoo's relief when they discovered he was just a pervert rather than an industrial spy or gathering info for criminals.

Careful now, UK court ruling says email signature blocks can sign binding contracts


Hard to see how the judge

could have come to any other conclusion.


Re: Proper signatures

From the article, it looks like the lawyer put the right figures in but the seller later changed their minds.


Re: Signature versus signature block

"If the law on the books there say that it has to be signed and on paper... "

Presumably the laws on the books there don't say that.

NASA Administrator upends the scorn bucket on Elon Musk's Starship spurtings


Thanks for the laugh

I *love* conspiracy theories. I've got that weird thing where I don't believe stuff.

One thing has been bugging me.. . There's a lot of evidence, and much of it very persuasive, that we went to the moon.

And I get that one would be sceptical of this side.

There's not much evidence, and much of it has been proven to be wrong, that it was faked.

And I get that one would be sceptical of that side.

But why be sceptical of the first **when one isn't sceptical of the second**.

I guess what I'm asking is, why is a conspiracy theorist so uncritically accepting of conspiracy theories?

Genuine question as I tend not to believe anything and struggle to see why people have belief.

As sales crash, Gartner wonders who can rescue the smartphone market ... Aha, it is I! 5G Man!


It's the camera and screen size

The killer 5G feature will be turning lights on and off from your phone. Seriously. Cheap smart light bulbs are the only thing I want a smart home for.

Obviously, I'm assuming that everyone is like me, am ignorant of other use cases and think if I don't need it no one else does either.

Time to check in again on the Atari retro console… dear God, it’s actually got worse


OK, I'll bite

"the scientific fact that there are only 2 genders"

There are a few cultures that have three (or more) genders. These are not Western cultures so I'm assuming you may not be aware of them unless you have access to, say, the Internet.

Oh, wait...

Can you code a way to foil online terrorist vids? The Home Office might just have £600K for you


Yep. My thought on this was just ask the Chinese what they're using.

Sounds like the politicians are wanting something that even the Chinese aren't doing because it's simply not achievable.

Those furious gun-toting Aussies were just a glitch. Let's try US drone deliveries, says Wing


Drone delivery is cool but I'd not use it for the sake of the neighbours.

I can see it being successful for businesses that need something fast - having couriers on hand to make an individual journey are expensive and noise is less of a consideration in non - residential areas and routing can be set to avoid them.

I'd be interested to see how quiet they can make these - more than anything else it's noise that is their make - or - break.

Woman sues Lyft, says driver gang-raped her at gunpoint – and calls for app safety measures we can't believe aren't already in place


Re: prove innocence

"why would Lyft not cooperate?"

Because their leadership are stupid and short-termist.

They've done the calculation and decided that news stories about sexual assaults due to their doing the bare minimum they can get away with is better than investigating properly and weeding out the predatory employees.

Basically, marginally reduced business vs massive costs of better background checks, the delay that adequate checks incur that mean fewer drivers apply and get through and that reduce the speed they can expand.

This is why we need proper regulation - we can rely on business to do the bare minimum. When more is needed from business we need more than pressure from the press.

I'm surprised politicians aren't all over this already. Possibly they take a similar attitude to the businesses that also don't give a f about the people they serve.


Re: If the accusation would have any merit

"I would say 'people' but it's predominantly men"

I've found this view to be both naive and inaccurate. It's a commonly held opinion by a large proportion of both men and women.

Fujitsu pitched stalker-y AI that can read your social media posts as solution to Irish border, apparently


Re: extra CCTV and number plate recognition cameras at the border

"How do the ones that are there now and have been for years not tampered with.?"

Because we're still in the EU so there's few massive-scale smuggling operations going on.

When sufficient people have a financial interest in them going, they'll be destroyed in short order.

HP printer small print says kit phones home data on whatever you print – and then some


I was thinking, ooh - that sounds like a list of stuff that'll make it easier for them to fix drivers etc should an operating system or program update bork things, then I read 'advertising identifiers' and thought, fuck 'em.

Deloitte man kept quiet at Autonomy's internal audit committees, says scrutiny chairman


They're dicks, that's why they're hired

I'm not saying the big four are good but we do need auditors that are so big they don't care about the company.

Imagine a smaller auditors that NEEDS this contract... looking the other way would be almost guaranteed.

That the big four are disinterested in the fortunes of the companies they act for is their selling point - other auditors may be much too dependant on those fortunes.

TL;DR They're dicks, that's why they're hired

How do you do, fellow kids? Facebook now Boomerbook as British oldies outnumber teens


Dad has just sent me a friend request!

"Dad has just sent me a friend request!" I exclaimed up my sister.

"I know, I've just accepted mine - I've sent you a list of photographs you'll need to delete".

Scumbag who phoned in a Call of Duty 'swatting' that ended in death pleads guilty to dozens of criminal charges


Re: "Sure, so where does that put let's say Swiss police?"

"how's that "illegal to carry a knife" thing working out in London these days? Did it make ANY difference?"

It makes a significant difference, though I'm unsure whether the current knife crime headlines reflect the restricting of the police's stop and search policy or a moral panic by the gutter press. As ever, I suspect a combination of factors.

A carbon-nanotube RISC-V CPU blinks into life. Boffins hold their breath awaiting first sign of life... 'Hello world!'


My horse is faster...

...than this motorised carriage.

Army Watchkeeper drone flopped into tree because crew were gazing backwards


From the article: the camera... had been retracted to its stowed position, facing backwards and downwards

The camera showed that it had left the centreline of the runway and was now over grass. Their insructions for this situation, when landing, and was to cut the engine.

They weren't aware that it had aborted the landing and was attempting a go around.

Harvard freshman kicked out of US over OTHER people's posts on his social media


The issue is likely that they will refuse entry to individuals who associate with people with violently anti-american viewpoints.

I guess the idea is that you can judge someone by the company they keep.


Re: Social media is not the issue

The issue is likely that they will refuse entry to individuals who associate with people with violently anti-american viewpoints.

I guess the idea is that you can judge someone by the company they keep.



You said he attacked Trump for the colour of his skin and is thus racist.

Poking fun at a person's overuse of tanning lotion (orange skin) isn't racist.

Apologies if I missed sarcasm.

We will hack back if you tamper with our shiz, NATO declares to world's black hats


I'm intrigued...

You stated:

"Naming Osama bin Laden as responsible for the 9/11 attacks is just mass media brainwashing. To date there is still no factual proof he had any involvement whatsoever."

I think I understand you... you sensibly require a high level of independently verifiable proof before you believe something.

Got it.

You go on to say:

"In fact he was extremely ill and had actually died many years before in 2001 following dialysis treatment."

Is there factual proof of this?

What makes the proof of this more compelling than the 'proof' of the Navy Seal raid and killing of Osama?

Genuine questions. I normally dismiss conspiracy stuff but you've a clear desire for factual proof of something before you believe it and I'm keen to hear your views.



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