* Posts by BoldMan

940 publicly visible posts • joined 20 Sep 2007


Europe wants easy default browser selection screens. Mozilla is already sounding the alarm on dirty tricks


Re: There's no point.

I never get these messages (checks browser add-ons... Ghostery, Privacy Badger, AdBlock Plus) nah, never see them...

Feds, you'll need a warrant for that cellphone border search


Re: I think I get it...

Two wrongs don't make a right, just because our Border Police act like fascist thugs cannot be used to excuse other countries Border Police to also behave like fascist thugs.

Twitter now worth just a third of what Musk paid for it


Re: The Seething is Real

> [person we previously all worshipped for building electric cars, LEO satellite internet, SpaceX, etc.]

if you previously worshipped him for this then you were as gullible as the fools who invested in this debacle!

Labyrinth of 371 legacy systems hindered hospital's IT meltdown recovery


Funny how this reminds me of the RBS debacle a few years back...

What's inside a tech freelancer's backpack? That's right, EVERYTHING


Re: unpacking order...

You mean gaffer tape?

Is Chrome really secretly stalking you across Google sites using per-install ID numbers? We reveal the truth


X-Clacks-Overhead: GNU Terry Pratchett

Shouldn't Uber freeze app accounts to prevent spread of coronavirus by drivers and fares? Oh, OK, it already is


Re: Well whaddya know

EVERY strain of flu is potentially lethal so there is no change there.

Artful prankster creates Google Maps traffic jams by walking a cartful of old phones around Berlin


Re: Ingenious

I prefer the German version and I don't even speak German! Saw her at the one concert she did in UK at that time at the Drury Lane theatre, it was magic!

Boris celebrates taking back control of Brexit Britain's immigration – with unlimited immigration program


Re: Major Review

...and fast track grants and funding to their girlfirends/ex-girlfriends/boyfirends/ex-boyfriends/favourite brown envelope supplier...

Good folk of Forfar: Alan Hattel would like you all to know he's not dead despite what it says on his tombstone


My mother was from Forfar (managed to escape to England to marry my Father) and the bridie is the best thing in Forfar by a long way!

Boeing aircraft sales slump to historic lows after 737 Max annus horribilis


Re: It's not just the 737...

No the entire purpose of procurement of military hardware is to support your friend's companies with the plan that you get a nice directorship when you retire from the military.

London's Westminster Council wins appeal against phonebooth-cum-massive-digital-advert


Re: Where?

Excellent pedantry!

You cannae break the laws of physics, cap'n... Boffins call BS on 'impossible' black hole, fear readings were botched


I thought the ship was called the Rocinante...

Revealed: NHS England bosses meet with tech and pharmaceutical giants to discuss price list of millions of Brits' medical data


Re: Once again. It is not *their* data to sell.

GDPR is NOT an EU law, its a British law in the British law statute books. It will continue to operate even if we leave the EU until some weasel government repeals it in a few years time on order from their US masters.

Boffins find proof that yes, Carl Sagan and Joni Mitchell were right, we really are all made up of star stuff


Re: I claim the right to the name starchild

Or Arthur C Clarke and Stanley Kubrick

123-Reg is at it again: Registrar charges chap for domains he didn’t order – and didn't want


"Customers of 123-Reg..."

Why does 123-Reg still have customers? This shower of shite should not have any customers left after their ongoing incompetence!

Den Automation raised millions to 'reinvent' the light switch. Now it's lights out for startup


Re: What?

This seems to be a common thing with IoT devices, the need to 'phone home' all the time. Where is the 'smart house' that was described decades ago which manages itself without having to report everything back to a central server?

Oh yes of course, if you don't collect reams of your customers data you can't monetise it... surveillance capitalism at work!

Now just fuck off! Glad you failed and boo hoo to the mugs who spent money on a stupid piece of technology.

It will never be safe to turn off your computer: Prankster harnesses the power of Windows 95 to torment fellow students


Re: sad mac

Don't forget the trick of switching the left and right mouse buttons over...

Thunderbolts and lightning very, very frightening as loo shatters, embedding porcelain shards in wall


Makes me think of Blaster Bates and the shower of shite over Cheshire


Jeff Bezos feels a tap on the shoulder. Ahem, Mr Amazon, care to explain how Capital One's AWS S3 buckets got hacked?


Re: Remember - Cloud computing

Try explaining that to the Board Members who'd rather be playing golf than actually doing some work to understand the business they are in charge of.

Equifax to world+dog: If we give you this $700m, can you pleeeeease stop suing us about that mega-hack thing?


Re: In a perfect world...

We, ie the public, are not their customers, we are their product, therefore if we get harmed they don't give a shit.

However you were correct, none of their customers were harmed - their customers are the banks and financial businesses that use their credit check services.

From Red Planet to deep into the red: Suicidal extrovert magnet Mars One finally implodes


Ahh but is there Life on Mars?

Nothing 'unites teams' like a good relocation, eh Vodafone?


Re: Aye Right

Plus it is allowing some of their people to escape from Bracknell, a service to humanity if ever I saw one!

Come mobile users, gather round and learn how to add up


Well if he used JS to perform the calculation he was lucky he got 4 and not 4.000000000001 - JS does not always do sums well :(

Awkward... Revealed Facebook emails show plans for data slurping, selling access to addicts' info, crafty PR spinning


Re: Riddle me this?

A friend of mine who used to be in advertising summed it up as such - I think he was paraphrasing somebody else though -

"We know that 50% of the money we spend is wasted, but we don't know WHICH 50%"

Its probably more than 50% now, but that is the way the ad industry works.

Giraffe hacks printers worldwide to promote God-awful YouTuber. Did we read that one right?


Re: Babysitters are for babies

Looks like the juvenile sock puppets have arrived in force - how many posters in this thread joined in the last 2 days? :)

Support whizz 'fixes' screeching laptop with a single click... by closing 'malware-y' browser tab


My PC was making an irritating noise the other day, so I closed the browser tab that was playing the Chris Evans Breakfast show and the irritating noise miraculously stopped...

Big data at sea: How the Royal Navy charts the world's oceans


I remember doing that for Seismic surveys back in my days of being a Geophysicist - scalpels and sticky tape, high tech stuff!!!


Re: Bah!

Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn!!!

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


Re: Throw the book at him

@Ian Emery

"You omitted to add that the Police involved had genuine reasons to suspect he was wearing a suicide vest; that they were on high alert after several suicide bombings, and he RAN when approached."


It was a case of mistaken identity and in the paranoia of that time no checks were made and they executed him once he was on the tube train. All the suspicious behaviours attitude to him by the police (eg getting off a bus to go into a tube station and then getting on a different bus because the tube station was closed) were later shown to be perfectly reasonable behaviour.

Try reading the bloody facts before spouting nonsense.


'Blockchain SAVED my Quango'





see, nothing happ... aaaggghhhhhhhhhhh!!!!

Which scientist should be on the new £50 note? El Reg weighs in – and you should vote, too


No James Clarke Maxwell?

Much more important than any of these computery boffins!

Apple boss decries 'data industrial complex' while pocketing, er, billions to hook Google into iOS


Re: Tim Cook - seperated at birth ...

Which one is Lily Savage at the weekends?

It only took Oz govt transformation bods 6 months and $700k to report that blockchain ain't worth the effort


This article reminded me that I haven't seen any reposts from The Conversation masquerading as articles on ElReg for a while - thank god!

With sorry Soyuz stuffed, who's going to run NASA's space station taxi service now?


Re: No worries

Or use the space elevator in the new version of Thunderbird 5

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave me tea... pigs-in-blankets-flavoured tea


Re: Tea

those who insist on drinking EG should be removed from the gene pool forthwith.


World's largest CCTV maker leaves at least 9 million cameras open to public viewing


Re: sure no one is watching

So they . aren't listening or watching but they are using your pwned device to spam, DDoS and attack other devices...

Ever used an airport lounge printer? You probably don't know how blabby they can be


Thumbs up (all 16) for the header pic!

Iä! Iä! Cthulhu fhtagn!

The Reg chats with Voyager Imaging Team member Dr Garry E Hunt


Back in 1981, I was studying astrophysics at Queen Mary College and was editor of the in-house magazine called "h-bar by two". We had Patrick Moore as a guest lecturer for the introductory Astronomy course and on this occasion he'd just got back fro Pasadena from covering the Saturn fly by. Being a cheeky scrote I asked him if he'd write something for my magazine about the new discoveries. His response was "Find me an office, a typewriter and a cup of coffee - I've got an hour to spare before the lecture". Lo and behold 45 mins later he handed me 5 sheets of double-spaced A4 with a superb summary of what had happened. I asked him to autograph it and I still have it almost 40 years later :) Great bloke and a great time to be in astronomy!

Sysadmin misses out on paycheck after student test runs amok


Re: Gabrielle Drake

Gabrielle Drake never wore a string vest - those were the uniforms for the Skydiver submarine and ALL the female operatives had a vest underneath. Purple wigs and silver mini-skirts were Moonbase uniforms. The future Mrs Michael Caine was also a Moonbase operative in a purple wig.

However, Gabrielle Drake in the movie Au Pair Girls... now you are talking.. .well drooling actually!

New MeX-Files: The curious case of an evacuated US solar lab, the FBI – and bananas conspiracy theories


They've obviously found the sixth infinity stone...

Do not adjust your set, er, browser: This is our new page-one design


Opt out not working...

I've tried clicking the opt out button and nothing changes.

I've tried manually adding the test_redesign cookie and setting its value to "off_2018" but still getting the new design...

Neutron star crash in a galaxy far, far... far away spews 'faster than light' radio signal jets at Earth


Re: Hope it's true

Relativity is a lot more than just e = mc ** 2 !

Jupiter suffered growing pains before becoming our system's big daddy


Re: violently compress into a small ball and it would turn into a star

I thought it happened at ten past eight?

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


Re: Reminds me of ...

The old "Scunthorpe" problem , or in France the Marseille problem and in the US the Massachusetts problem!

I once had to write a profanity filter for a company and spent ages persuading them NOT to profanity check addresses otherwise anyone who lived on Dick Turpin Lane or wanted to find the Two Cocks pub would disapointed!

Brit watchdog fines child sex abuse inquiry £200k over mass email blunder


Re: The Inquiry said it takes data protection "very seriously"

... not seriously enough!

Fork it! Google fined €4.34bn over Android, has 90 days to behave


Re: Apple

Try reading the article, its not about forcing consumers but about forcing phone manufacturers

You wanna be an alpha... tester of The Register's redesign? Step this way


Its not bad, the normal articles have their own boxes.

You are still only using at most 2/3rds of the width of my desktop screen - I guess the side columns are where you will put adverts.

There does seem to be a disconnect between the numbe rof articles above the first row of imaged articles - looks to be about 1.5 box widths of whitespace on the right of the last box in the second row.

Its a redesign I can live with.

Fix this faxing hell! NHS told to stop hanging onto archaic tech


If the processes they have constructed work with Fax machines, what is the problem? just because they aren't shiny new tech doesn't make it bad. If the process works, then be very careful when replacing it with shiny new bollocks because as we all know quite often it can end up as a retrograde step...

If the process is faulty, then replacing the fax machines won't necessarily fix the process.