* Posts by Rob Telford

31 posts • joined 7 Nov 2007

'One rule for me, another for them' is all well and good until it sinks the entire company's ability to receive emails

Rob Telford

Kobe Earthquake

AKA the Great Hanshin earthquake, occurred on January 17, 1995 - I was working in computer retail in 1995 and clearly recall it affecting RAM prices for a period


Your phone wakes up. Its assistant starts reading out your text messages. To everyone around. You panic. How? Ultrasonic waves

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Re: “We did it on metal. We did it on glass. We did it on wood,”

No one will be watching us

Why don't we do it in the road?

Breaker, breaker. Apple's iOS 12.4 update breaks jailbreak break, un-breaks the break. 10-4

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Re: Par for the course for Apple now

Clearly you never experienced the bugfest that was System 7.5.3 :-)

Apple redesigns wireless AirPower charger to be world's smallest, thinnest, lightest, cheapest, invisible... OK, it doesn't exist anymore

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Re: And still putting...

On 2019 iMacs, the 1 TB Fusion drive has 32GB Flash storage and the 2 TB and 3 TB Fusion drives come with 128 GB of Flash

Are you sure you've got a floppy disk stuck in the drive? Or is it 100 lodged in the chassis?

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An Apple dealer I worked at had a similar encounter with a Maci Iici that came in for repair because it was crashing after being turned on for a while

Quite grim

DVLA denies driving licence processing site is a security 'car crash'

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Blimey! Maybe they have taken notice? Or is that being too generous?

As of a few seconds ago, this is what I get when attempting to connect


"Service not available


The Driving Licence Online service is temporarily unavailable due to system maintenance. If you were in the middle of a transaction, any information you entered was not saved and you will not be charged. Please try again later. DVLA apologise for any inconvenience this may cause."

And we return to Munich's migration back to Windows – it's going to cost what now?! €100m!

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I should be surprised if there is even one of their shops open in Munich right now; Vertu went into liquidation last July

PLA sysadmin gets six months house arrest for yanking US Army docs

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And there was me thinking the story was about the Port of London Authority...

Plusnet ignores GCHQ, spits out plaintext passwords to customers

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Re: Google IT

I don't think it necessarily follows that they're storing your old password.

If I understand you correctly, it simply means they record when it was last changed.

It *might* mean they are comparing hashes of your current and old passwords, but that doesn't require them to keep the password itself.

Put it away: Dwarf's 'supermassive' marvel is actually smallest thing boffins have ever seen

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Re: Really?

I *think* they mean to say half the size, or 50% smaller.

If I said the writer's grammar/logic is 'twice as dumb' as saying 'half the size', I wouldn't be passing a compliment, though.

NASA probe snaps increasingly detailed shots of MOIST DWARF goddess

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Re: Uh oh...

More XKCD, I'm afraid


Get coding or you'll bounce email from new dot-thing domains

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Re the illustration at the top of the article: I think El Reg needs to upgrade from Mac OS X 10.2.

Ofcom will not probe lesbian lizard snog in new Dr Who series

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Re: Did the BBC just troll people?

New Scientist covered this particular point in their "Guide to the cool science bits" in the episode


"Cameo-companion Madame Vastra, a member of the super-evolved reptile species the Silurians, finds it much easier to hold her breath, claiming she can store oxygen in her body to breathe later. It turns out that's actually true, at least for monitor lizards, which have bird-like air sacs."

Comet ISON perhaps NOT GARBAGE after all - glows GREEN in latest snaps

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Re: Comet West, the forgotten one

At least Kohoutek got a song written about it by R.E.M., rather a fine one too :-)

Apple to stop European shipments of Mac Pro on March 1?

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So what do we make Apple's advice to replace XServes with Mac Pros now?


Two years later and it seems I am reduced to a Mac Mini only for OS X servers?


Apple desperate to prevent nightmare scenario of iPad in Iranian hands

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So was she exporting it or not?

Reg report: "However, Shabet says she lives in America and has no intention of exporting the device."

Linked TV station report: "The iPad was to be a gift for her cousin who lives in Iran"

Unless she thinks that sending it to her cousin in Iran somehow doesn't count as exporting it to Iran?

Sounds like the Apple Store employee probably made the right call if he overheard her saying she was sending it to Iran.

Sony intros high-end camera storage card

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Not a proprietary format

XQD is the new format adopted by the CompactFlash Association to replace CompactFlash


Sony are just the first out of the blocks getting it to market.

Voyager probe reaches edge of Solar System's 'bubble'

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Ever known?

"Voyager 2 remains the only spacecraft ever known to have visited the outer planets Uranus and Neptune"

Is this to cover the possibility that LGMs have visited Uranus and Neptune, or that NASA, the Soviets or China sent some undercover space missions there that we haven't been told about yet?

Groupon offer burns cupcake baker’s profits

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How many trademarks?

Apple will be the least of her worries when Nestlé (Kit Kat) and the owners of various cartoon characters (especially Disney) cop a look at her gallery.

Chaos feared after Unix time-zone database is nuked

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Weirdly, they since seem to have removed all the photographs of celebs that they were using on that page.

Four months' porridge for 20-minute Facebook riot page

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Did anyone arrest John Betjamin

for his ode to Slough?

Retailer serves up Monty Python 'waffer thin' mints

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At 22p a pop, you think they could have afforded an apostrophe in their publicity material

What do Scotland, Australia and Africa have in common?

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What they have in common

They've all been subjected to English imperialism?

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Cyclists give TV chef a Wikikicking

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@Anonymous Coward

> They frequently break the law regarding how many ride abreast (It's a maximum of two -check out

> rule 66 of the Highway code for cyclists > http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/TravelAndTransport/Highwaycode/DG_069837)

Amazingly, riding more than two abreast is not actually illegal. If you care to read the link you provided it's an advisory note ('should not' rather than MUST NOT) as explained in the introduction to the Highway Code.


The Highway Code also suggest that cyclists 'should' wear a helmet. You might know that it is not illegal to ride a bicycle without one.

Maybe you should re-read your copy and understand its language this time.

Sure, it may not help your chances when establishing liability in the event of an accident and it's not something I would normally do myself, but it's not breaking the law to ride more than two abreast.

Red light jumpers do piss me off, though.

Man catches MSI laptop with... his arse

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Wind up your arse

Weren't MSI's netbooks called 'Wind' previously?

Didn't anyone tell their agency?

Fly-tipping yes, dog poo no - Jacqui promises Ripa changes

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Strange that. I wonder what the Home Office's own researchers say?


"Furthermore, it has become evident that following the introduction of CCTV, support for its use decreased. This was shown not to be the result of concern over issues relating to civil liberties and privacy, but there is a suggestion that support has declined in step with reductions in people’s perceptions of the camera’s effectiveness; fewer respondents believed the cameras would reduce crime." [p58]

"In short, [CCTV] was oversold – by successive governments – as the answer (indeed the ‘magic bullet’, Ditton and Short, 1999) to crime problems." [p116]

"Assessed on the evidence presented in this report, CCTV cannot be deemed a success. It has cost a lot of money and it has not produced the anticipated benefits." [p120]

Aussie convicted over Simpsons sex pics

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So where does this leave the (in)famous Disney porn cartoons dashed off out-of-hours by studio draftsmen?

How old are Mickey and Minnie really? Is it depicting zoophilia and illegal from January?

Terrorist robots dissected - anatomy of a scare

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Jef Raskin

Jef Raskin, co-creator of the Macintosh interface, was speculating about using model aircraft for terrorist uses after 9/11 attacks.


Apple cuts UK iTunes prices

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iTunes DRM

@ Anonymous Coward

> just drop the price drastically of the DRM free variant


Er, they already did that last year. Non-DRM tracks from the iTunes Music Store are 79p too.

Is the world ready for a 1TB iPod?

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Another full iPod

My iTunes Library is nudging 100 GB with everything ripped at 192 kbps AAC, like the AC earlier, it's all ripped from CDs that I own [hint: second hand CDs are often quite cheap].

I'd surely love to be able to keep that lot in a non-lossy format on my iPod, which hovers with less than 100 MB free a lot of the time.

1 TB should just about do it.

Leopard data loss glitch uncovered

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Why it's never been a major problem

The default behaviour in all versions of Mac OS when dragging files between volumes is to *copy* files (i.e. leave the originals in place), not move them (i.e. copy to the target and then delete the source).

I'm fairly sure this dates back to the Finder that shipped with the Mac 128K in the mid 80s.

Most Mac users would drag the file onto another volume and then delete the original afterward to make space on the source drive.

If true, it's not a pretty bug, but the number of people who even know that you can Command-drag and move (delete the originals) still less those who use it regularly, must be fairly small. The subset of those who actually encounter the bug and suffer data loss must be tiny.


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