* Posts by xyz

763 posts • joined 7 Dec 2007


SpaceX: 5G expansion could kill US Starlink broadband


Re: Don't Forget

Yeah but you're forgetting that England is small and overcrowded, whereas the rest of the planet, apart from cities, is sparsely populated and needs some other form of comms. My house in the village 6kms from my farm has 300mbps fibre and 5G etc but out here in the woods, no mobile signal, no nothing, hence Starlink run off solar, mesh WiFi and LoRa. This is not for fun, this is to improve crop productivity, so you can slob in front of your streaming telly with a full belly.

Tough news for Apple as EU makes USB-C common charging port for most electronic devices


Re: The BS 546 Brexit connector next

Boris and the Brexiteers will come up with a sovereign spec... All devices must have 3 prongs that go directly into a wall socket and be stamped with a crown or something....

Oh why are there comments about languages in this thread?

Starlink's success in Ukraine amplifies interest in anti-satellite weapons


Re: Keep it simple

I was bloody confused there for a bit... I thought he was banging on about that donkey from Winnie the Pooh.

New York City rips out last city-owned public payphones


But but but...

Where's a bloke going to find such a convenient peeing / sleeping / hide from the rain spot at 2 in the morning now?

Cars in driver-assist mode hit a third of cyclists, all oncoming cars in tests


Re: So technology works as intended...

I still fancy that L4 from Morgan

Elon Musk puts Twitter deal on hold over bot numbers claim


The way I heard it was...

Google advertising growth is flat-lining and everyone is jumping on the "social" bandwagon, so I suppose El Musko sees a few future schekels in Twitter. I'm still trying to get over the horror that befell me last night on YouTube. Thought I'd watch the Klendathu drop scene from Starship Troopers and BANG! an effin great fullscreen advert jumped at me right at the good bit. And these idiots think I'm going to contemplate a purchase instead of just pissing me off. Didn't mean to rant, it sort of just happened.

Starlink's Portability mode lets you take your sat broadband dish anywhere*


Got the "oh wow portability" email yesterday

And I thought it was a new shiny thing Musky was doling out, until, i saw he wanted me to pay 25 somethings a month towards his twitter fund.

A) People use Starlink where there is no other option.

B) i have tried registering coordinates as a service address on the app and it isn't having any of that, so I have to use my house address.

C) i know a lot of the RV crowd use starlink because they could just park up and do whatever RV types do online. They will not be happy.

All in all, suddenly, i feel dirty.

SpaceX's Starlink service lands first aviation customer


I love Elon

Typing this in the middle of nowhere, running off solar, gf on Teams and Starlink slurping 300mb/s of much internetness without sweating it. Best product ever. I may be biased!!

IoT biz Insteon goes silent, smart home gear plays dumb


The stupidity of IoT

I'm currently building an in the woods LoRa set up and the big problem with IoT is that no corp sales johnny seems to know what iIoT is for, so you get massive overpricing and full on buzzword bingo (cloud, mesh, smart city etc etc) where a manhole sensor costs about $40.

On the other side of the divide you get men in sheds wanking over their ability to remotely control an LED from a laptop via the internet like they were in TBBT.

The upshot of all this is that you can put together sone pretty impressive shit for almost no charge but you have to know a lot of stuff.

The big issue with city based IoT is that it's old fashioned tech no matter how you dress it up, so flogging a product is always going to be niche and will probably be out of date in 12 months

Just my 2 cents.

AI models to detect how you're feeling in sales calls


The BT sales bloke that phoned me at 20:55...

And then proceeded to argue the toss that he hadn't phoned me at nine at night, didn't need no AI to tell him I was one pissed off prospective mark.

Are the people who think up this shit just twats or what?

US military wants $29.8m for IT to boost AI intel analysis


I was just thinking the other day...

Drone dropped LoRa sensors talking to satellites or balloons with gateways would make a nice early warning system.

SpaceX's Starlink service suffers brief but global weekend outage


between 100Mb/s and 200Mb/s!!!!!

I'm getting over 300mb/s. All hail Elon, I'm effin lovin' it. GF can rabbit all day on Teams whilst I can get on with coding (err, watching Youtube)

Google kills download-shrinking Lite Mode browser tech



Just what I want when I'm doing the "is there any signal" dance in the woods... More bloody ads.

This data center will be Europe’s first with hydrogen backup power



Has El Reg been invaded by Brexiteers?

Fibre broadband uptake in UK lags behind OECD countries



>>I keep looking at starlink and oneweb. However the pings need to come down quite a bit.

Out here in Catalunya we've got fibre to every village which is great. My bolt hole in the forest (6kms out of town) though has nothing so I run skyDSL (40 down/ 5 up) but, but, but my Starlink dish comes next week!!! Hope my solar power set up can handle the load. Hello 21st century!!!

Oh, remember OneWeb sats are launched from Russia, so that might bugger things up a bit.

UK science stuck in 'holding pattern' on EU funding by Brexit, says minister

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EU digital sovereignty project Gaia-X hands out ID tech contracts



Didn't know something like this was on the go.

IMHO... this would work well, if it works. My idea was everyone controls their own data;,yes a personal blockchain is needed for your historic audit. Then you can give out time limited access to virtual areas containing documents necessary for whatever org. No need for data controllers, no need for orgs to keep your data etc etc. Makes more sense than all that photocopying hioo ha I have to go through everytime I "interface" with a new Borg collective of civil servants.

Geezza joab!

UK's new Brexit Freedom Bill promises already-slated GDPR reform, easier gene editing rules


B (low) J (obs) 's worst nightmare writes...

Wish I was black, but can't have everything.

Anyhoo as a farmer, IT bod and Scot, everytime that gobshite opens his trap, all I know is someone is going to try and fuck me over at some point soon. Apart from the jam tomorrow and diversionality aspects all I can see is buzzword tech where little regulation exists, mates can see an opportunity and party on!

We all know this is crap from a bullshitter. Christ, he's beginning to make Trump look smart.

Microsoft's do-it-all IDE Visual Studio 2022 came out late last year. How good is it really?


I'd just be happy if

They stuck SSRS and SSIS where SSAS is. Drives me nuts.

Less than PEACH-y: UK's plant export IT system only works with Internet Explorer


Is it an....

.... ActiveX control splatted on a web page? Ah, the memories!

Can you get excited about the iPhone 13? We've tried



That's the doings that go on inside the iPhone-o-sphere then. All seems a bit wanky. Glad I'm not suitable, given that I'm currently sharpening my chainsaw chains so I can go to work on my 4x4 quad in the morning. Sending this via my satellite dish running off solar power. Now that's cool IMHO.

Tesla disables in-car gaming feature that allowed play while MuskMobiles were in motion



So, why buy a tesla when all you do is sit, play games and arse around whilst something else does the driving. Bus tickets are cheaper.

AI-enhanced frog stem cells start to replicate in entirely new ways


Sounds like...

The AI is building its own civilisation... Eek!

Boffins find way to use a standard smartphone to find hidden spy cams


Can your phone fire back?

I'm thinking speed cameras here.

Truck, sweet truck: Volvo's Chinese owner unveils methanol/electric truck with bathroom and kitchen


Truck or jail cell

The wetware steerng the thing will never be allowed out.

Reg scribe spends 80 hours in actual metaverse … and plans to keep visiting


Why ride in VR?

Pr0n... Nuff said.

Amazon aims to launch prototype broadband internet satellites by Q4 2022 – without Bezos' Blue Origin


Re: Oh right!

Thanks for the info, that should save me a bob or 2.

Oh... Dear Telescopiteers,

I understand that there are various professional organisations who do that space stuff and have pictures... Here's the address of one of them... Nasa.com. I'm baffled as to why you think you'll get better tesults from your garden shed unless of course you're looking for Nibiru or something with NCC 1701 written on it. Mind youI've never been a fan of paraffin heaters, tin mugs of tea and radio 4 on the witeless so who am I to judge.


Re: Oh right!

I live off grid in the woods (in europe) and I'm holding out for starlink in 2022. Sorry you're telescoping is toasted by my selfish desire to get an internet connection, but my current options are zero and musky's mini birds seem like my salvation. Old satellite offerings are hobbled by dodgy sales fiends, I can't plug into the fibre cable a km from my gaff and there is no mobile signal to boost. Ok, a Dishy McFlatface may consume 100w an hour (and therefore I need more batteries) but at least I can work 21st century style.

Google lab proposes solar-powered moisture farming to provide water for billions


I've been trying this for a couple of years

Without Google obviously and I just cant get it to work. Guess it only works on Star Wars'sets.

Teen bought Google ad for his scam website and made 48 Bitcoins duping UK online shoppers


Future cabinet material!!

He seems to have all the necessary "drives"

Here comes the blob: Asia's top 'net boffin thinks 'shapeless services' could replace the Internet


50 years from now???

All hail Emperor Zuck! Mind you, the big clog in the "network" will be slow human thought, so that lot will have to be deprecated and replaced by virtual human constructs that provide his Glorious Empire will data whilst avoiding all that eat, sleep and shit downtime.

Or we'll be eating rats or something.

Nobody cares about DAB radio – so let's force it onto smart speakers, suggests UK govt review


My God is that thing still alive!!

No offence to anyone but who the hell wants to wait for a song (via FM or DAB) whilst listening to ads, when i can just stream the thing from someplace. Obviously one (or more) of Bosis' chums has invested heavily and needs a "favour"

Facebook may soon reveal new name – we're sure Reg readers will be more creative than Zuck's marketroids


Zucky McZuckface

Or similar...

Brit builders merchant Travis Perkins opts for Oracle after ERP disaster with Infor


Oar in...

Travis Perkins missed the boat about 10 years ago when everyone else started switching to construction sales online. They are now an industry joke and they still "don't get it". At least they are now trying to do something, but you get the impression that the board comprises people who think their grandkids are experts with that computery stuff etc. Forget about Oracle (sheesh), the big words that are missing are SEO, delivery times and drop ship. If you've got shares... Sell.

IKEA: Cameras were hidden in the ceiling above warehouse toilets for 'health and safety'


Have we got a new phrase now...

Bashing the IKEA. Maybe they were testing their meatball throughput time from mouth to pan? Maybe their head of security is a perv? There is no way in hell anyone, anywhere, in any company, is going to think putting cameras in bogs is a goer, so trying to blag your way out of this shithole (no pun ) just makes the whole thing worse. I mean their excuse is like the old casualty joke of "I was hoovering naked when..."

UK government isn't keeping track of the risk posed by legacy systems, says Central Digital and Data Office


Re: re: Contractors

Just what i was thinking... HMG tends to work mostly due to dept guerilla workers' Excel do-das because the honking great "official" data monsters don't work. Dildo Hardon... Fnar, fnar.

WhatsApp to offer end-to-end encrypted backups in iCloud, Google Drive with user-managed keys


Re: Cast iron security

Can't we play a game.... Person A sends a whatsapp of aaaaaaaa etc (many As) to 10 person Bs, each of whom sends a whatsapp of bbbbbb etc (many Bs) to 10 more etc and see how quickly we can KABOOM servers and make data mining a hoot. I'm sure AIs would do that sort of thing for fun.

RAF chief: Our Reaper drones (sorry, SkyGuardians) stand ready to help British councils


Can't they just rent them out?

Amazon has been looking at using drones for years and these ones drop things, so perfect fit!

Banned: The 1,170 words you can't use with GitHub Copilot



Word of the year as far as I'm concerned. I'll be using it a lot.

Big data means big money for the UK government as £2bn tender mooted


Why are you all so pessimistic...?

We all know how this will end... 2bn clusterfuck and an inquiry "so that lessons can be learned".

They'd do more good mailing 30 quid to everyone in the country and giving (chosen delivery company) the change.

Leaked Guntrader firearms data file shared. Worst case scenario? Criminals plot UK gun owners' home addresses in Google Earth


Re: Storage

You can quote all that to the bloke holding a knife to your kid's throat when he kindly asks you to unlock your wall box or else.

'Unicorn' startup CEO faked sales figures, deals to trick investors, prosecutors claim


Fixed it for ya...

We allege that Boris misled people into believing that BrexitSpin had achieved a 'unicorn' valuation by winning hundreds of lucrative deals.

US boffins: We're close to fusion ignition in the lab – as seen in stars and thermonuclear weapons


So, I'm not going to get my delorean

Powered up easily anytime soon... Back to the lightning bolts I suppose.

Wireless powersats promise clean, permanent, abundant energy. Sound familiar?


Re: Lets do the maths

Here in Catalunya, I'm off grid and run just 4 panels for everything. I dont have AC though as my walls are 70cm thick and so is the roof.

Can't they just dangle a big cable off the IIS.. Oh yeah, i remember, the tether incident.

Flushing roulette: Southern Water installing digital sewer monitors to prevent blockages


Sounds like a pile of shite to me...

8 million quid for...

"sewer monitors and developing in parallel the associated analytics to make appropriate and effective use of the additional information to prevent sewer blockages developing"

Many software sales persons will be sniggering.

They wont even get out of bed for that sort of money.

UK celebrates 25 years of wasteful, 'underperforming' government IT projects


The main problem is...

This "a manager can manage anything" ethos that prevades the government. That and the complete disassociation "those up top" require of themselves towards anything that could be classed as "knowing something". I could witter on but that's the way it is and always be.

Verified: UK.gov launching plans for yet another digital identity scheme


They could just buy an existing system

I've got a catalan digital ID. It's kept on a memory stick and you just stick it in a USB port when you need to login to a gov website. In fact Spain and the EU have many diferent ones and all are accepted at a gov site. Obviously they're not blue which may be the problem.

Report: 83% of UK software engineers suffer burnout, COVID-19 made it worse


I ucking hate agile..

Dont get me wrong, the manifesto was bang on, however all that has happened in the 20 or so years is that effin group wank called scrum, devs not listening to clients whilst they try to shoehorn the latest CV must have into the project and a lot of sticky notes on walls that never get to 100%.

Rant over.

Linux Mint 20.2 is a bit more insistent about updating but not as annoying as Windows or Mac, team promises


Funny you should mention windows update...

I was working on a doc last night and windows update kindly informed me new critical updates were available and i should download them... Bloody laptop hasn't been connected (not even a sniff) to the internet for months.



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