* Posts by VulcanV5

334 posts • joined 21 Jan 2008


It's been five years since Windows 10 hit: So... how's that working out for you all?


Scamming doesn't pay. Or, well, not as much as Nadella may've hoped.

I'm one of the many who Microsoft attempted to manipulate into taking Windows 10, this despite the fact that I was -- and still am --more than happy with Windows 7. El Reg may call it 'dodgy behaviour' for Microsoft to act as it did in taking over countless computers worldwide and installing on them an operating system their owners didn't want and had never asked for. Because that was much, much more than 'dodgy' it was a deliberate and sustained invasion of property that did not belong to Nadella or anyone else in Richmond in pursuit of profit. That Windows 10 was free of charge is by-the-by; Nadella's decision to oversee a campaign intended from the start to manipulate a captive audience to the company's benefit was as great an example of moral bankruptcy as one might find anywhere. That attempted scam -- which is what it was -- soured me forever against Windows 10. When the day comes that I finally give up on Windows 7, it won't be Microsoft I turn to for my next OS.

I suspect I'm not alone in thinking Microsoft got away too lightly with its nauseating behaviour; and viewing it today as less the "provider of service" which its Windows 10 hype claimed it to be, and more a bunch of scumbags that it has actually turned out to be..

MI6 tried to intervene in independent court by stopping judge seeing legal papers – but they said sorry, so it's OK


Martin Lewis is a Russian. Or maybe it was Chinese?


Re: Did These Spies Actually Leave There Names And Addresses?

Why El Reg failed to print the rest of the joke, I dunno, because having forgotten it, I'd have greatly appreciated being reminded of it.

Anyway. It begins thus: "Two spies phone the IPT to demand that . . . "

One of the spies is Welsh, the other English. Or perhaps they're both English. Or Scottish. Whatever. It's a great joke, I seem to recall, involving two spies in a phone box, a parrot, and a judge and what passes for individual rights and freedoms in today's UK.

Capita's bespoke British Army recruiting IT cost military 25k applicants after switch-on


Re: Why haven't we banned Capita

"We" haven't banned Capita because Capita is hooked in as deeply to the UK's political structure as all the other big name parasites out there.

There isn't a Tory party or Labour party or even, LibDem party conference that isn't blessed, one way or another, by the presence of free drinkies and buffets served up by friendly, gushing employees of the world's largest accountancy companies to conference attendees too stupid to appreciate they're being manipulated.

As with the accountancy firms, so too with outsourcing businesses like Crapita: lobby, lobby, lobby for work but in addition to that, get the buggers at their party conferences, because that halfwit bloke standing next to the drinks table in the corridor is going to get a safe seat at the next general election and will be forever grateful for the respect and attention you pay him now when he's still obscure and not yet the Government Minister he was born to be.

TomTom bill bomb: Why am I being charged for infotainment? I sold my car last year, rages Reg reader


Re: As I read that

Dorry to have to correct you, but . . .

We purchased our Garmin Nuvi satnav with "free lifetime map updates" SIX years ago. Garmin has been true to its word ever since.

By comparison, we paid more than £23,000 for a Nissan Qashqai in mid-2015, only later discovering that Nissan UK's 'Connect' satnav was using a map dating from 2013. (There'd been no map updates in 2014).

At the time of its first annual service, we asked the supplying dealer if it would update the satnav for us as by then it was three years out of date.

The dealer said sorry, but no. The manufacturer doesn't support updating of the installed satnav each year. You have to buy a new SD card yourself. (The rate from Nissan UK is now £109 per updated card.)

Garmin hasn't charged us a cent over and above the original £60 purchase price paid 6 years ago.

Thankfully, we found plenty of suppliers on eBay, from one of whom we've just bought a 2019/2020 Nissan satanav SD card complete with speed camera alerts: £18.00. (In a fortnight's time, Nissan UK is going to launch its all-new Qashqai and will be hoping its existing customer base responds to hyped-up "invitations" to the "unveiling" of the new model at their local dealership. The dumbos running the company clearly haven't worked out that if you stiff your customers once, you've lost 'em for all time. Goodbye, Nissan .)


Re: As I read that

Wouldn't touch TomTom with the proverbial barge pole. It's a rip-off company that nopotential satnav user needs to go anywhere near when there's so much choice out there in the marketplace. We switched from TomTom to Garmin six years ago and every year we have 2 free map updates (UK and Europe). Gawd knows how much TomTom would've wanted for that dozen or so number of updates?

You don't have to go home, but you can't stay here. Fujitsu tells 80,000 of its Japan employees: From now on, you work remotely


Career move

They can always come to the UK where new horizons await as sub-postmasters.

We're no longer helping UK Post Office persecute postal workers with our shonky system, says Fujitsu


Re: And hopefully the summary

Not just the Government. A wannabe Prime Minister (remember that glorious pre-election moment:hey: I could be Prime Minister soon!) called Jo Swinson, vacuous leader of even more vacuous political party the Liberal Democrats, was on the Post office Board and well aware of everything that was happening to Britain's subpostmasters.

And to think: Jo Swinson could've been Prime Minister. . .


Vwennells and Harding: aren't you glad UK healthcare is in the hands of such wonderful individuals

Ex Post office CEO Vennells i now a luminary on an NHTrust, when she should in fact be in prison. Hopefully it's not too late for that. Vennells made it plain to "colleagues" what she wanted to hear and like the spineless minions they were, they told her exactly that: "everything's fine, ma'am, let's be getting on with the task of locking up subpostmasters before too many have gone and committed suicide."

She's an individual of calibre just like Dido Harding, who presided over the ISP Talk Talk through the years it was regularly criticised for being the worst company in Britain for customer service, and also during which it suffered a spectacular data breach in response to which Harding 'fessed up that she didn't know anything thing about data encryption. Married to Johnson-supporting Tory MP, John Penrose, she's a former university mate of the distinguished, though thankfully now politically extinguished, David Cameron, with a title somewhat different to that of the justifiably deserved Village Idiot.

She is, of course, a The Right Honourable Baroness Harding of Winscombe. After leaving TalkTalk, she landed the unadvertised behind-closed-doors appointment of head of NHS Improvement, this despite knowing as much about healthcare as she ever did about telecomms and data handling.

Worthy of note is that the current non-existent Track and Trace initiative is under Harding's control, with results that so far indicate she's running true to form in her level of incompetence: reportedly, the TalkTalk data breach cost the company £60 million and lost it 95,000 customers. No matter: Harding sweeps on through life, turning up on the board of directors of Cheltenham race course,where she reportedly voted for the Cheltenham meet to go ahead despite the fact that the COVID-19 pandemic was on the verge of overwhelming the country. the pandemic was obviously taking hold of the country.

Vennells doesn't have a title and seems not to have been at university with Cameron, so her prospects aren't anywhere near as rosy. However, the fact that she's on a London NHS Trust says much for the way the UK's political elite uses the NHS as a dumping ground for failed CEOs. It also says much for the stupidity of the UK electorate, which on the whole takes no interest in stuff like the NHS until such time as its middle-class groupies can go outdoors and bang saucepans in praise of an organisation graced by the likes of Vennells and Harding.

Logitech G915 TKL: Numpad-free mechanical keyboard clicks all the right boxes


So whatever happened to Cherry?

It astonishes me that Cherry is still cited so favourably in keyboard reviews. Way back when, IK had a Cherry keyboard that was an absolute joy to use: quiet, responsive, and robust. Fast forward 20-odd years, and I'm now on my 2nd Cherry keyboard (I know, I should never have bought it) in 2 years. It's dreadful: time and again the keystrokes don't register, and working with programs like Photoshop where keyboard shortcuts are pretty much a necessity becomes a nightmare. Capitalisation repeatedly fails and the whole thing feels lumpen, even dead.

I'm told that the 'origina;' Cherry no longer exists, that it's nowadays just another brand name on just yet more Chinese tatt. How true that might be, I've no idea, and lack the time and interest to bother finding out. All I know is that I'd like to have a keyboard which works as it should ( I don't need one of those flashing-light gaming things, just an 'ordinary' keyboard.)

BoJo looks to jumpstart UK economy with £6k taxpayer-funded incentive for Brits to buy electric cars – report


Re: Perfect timing?

"Also who gets this money? Nissan? Renault? I'm failing to see how those foreign car companies taking tax cash benefits the uk as a whole."

The money goes to the UK car dealerships as well as the motor manufacturer.

By dint of manipulating the obsequious British motoring Press into pronouncing its £33,000 electric car as the "future of motoring", Kia has pretty much sorted out for itself a nice profitable future -- along with all its dealerships in the UK.

All that's needed are infantilised motoring 'journalists' (sic) who'll say anything in exchange for a foreign trip freebie and loan of a Press car for a week or so, and a national governing political party susceptible to motor industry lobbyists and indebted to major corporate donors whose business potfolios include car dealerships.


Weird echoes?

"The government's car scrappage scheme has echoes of former Labour PM Gordon Brown's efforts to financially motivate people to buy petrol-powered cars instead of diesel."

Shomething wrong, shomewheres. . . My memory of the idiot Brown is of his extortionate increase in Road Tax on petrol engined vehicles to compel their owners to buy diesel. I've aince wondered why he's still living in retirement in the UK and not in Germany as a main board director of VAG.

Easyjet hacked: 9 million people's data accessed plus 2,200 folks' credit card details grabbed


Chief exec Johan Lundgren apologised for the failings of his airline's "robust security measures," saying: "We would like to apologise to those customers who have been affected by this incident."

Aside from the glaringly obvious fact that something which was "robust" cannot have failed, this is yet another example of the way the higher echelons of business in the UK (and elsewhere, too) are permeated with morons all using the same prayer book to lament the evils of others whilst absolving themselves of any blame.

The idiot Lundgren must surely be on Dildo Harding's Christmas card list and vice versa. Amazing, the way this particular sub-species proliferates.

Huge if true... Trump explodes as he learns open source could erode China tech ban


Kudos to journalist responsible for this

I had thought, when reading this, that it was a fiction devised to discomfort The Chosen One. However, I now realise it's all factual reportage, as signalled by the quote: "This is the stupidest thing I’ve heard since they told me I can’t buy Greenland or nuke a hurricane."

As only a fat pig-ignorant narcissistic sociopath could ever have made a remark like that, there can be no doubting the truth.

Well done Mr Sharwood. May the big purple spotted Stealth Anti-Tracing Intelligence Remote Exfiltration machine long continue.

In case you need more proof the world's gone mad: Behold, Apple's $699 Mac Pro wheels


Re: About Time

@Christopher Reeve's Horse:Huh. Someone else who likes to make snide comments on the back of highly selective source material.

Truth is, though a Jordan Crystal Cable Ultimate Dream loudspeaker lead costs £54,160, it also comes with a TWO YEAR guarantee. But you forgot to mention that, right?

Hey, China. Maybe you should have held your hackers off for a bit while COVID-19 ravaged the planet. Just a suggestion


Re: Do not buy Chinese made goods.

@Torchy: in which case, it'd be best not to buy anything. Because almost everything you buy will have components that originated life in that vast scumbag Communist state. . . a place, and a regime, whose existence is knowingly perpetuated by Big Commerce of a Capitalist West which wants the lowest manufacturing cost to maximize profit / executive pay / execuitve bonuses. If you want to change the way we do stuff, don't blame the Chinese or attempt to block 'em. Go after the major Western producers who, adly for them, wouldn't be able to make their $billions without cheap Chinese labour. And of course, when you've done that, and you wake up to the alarming discovery that the pension funds are no longer able to provide the returns they once did, maybe think again.

Bose shouts down claims that it borked noise cancellation firmware to sell more headphones


I've an advert to sell you. Sign here. . .

Years ago, Bose came to realise that a certain type of buyer is convinced that the more they pay for something, the better that something will be. Even more so: the more they pay, the more they'll justify their choice to themselves by recommending the item to others. Bose went onto rewrite the then existing rules (which weren't really rules, just SOP where the construction of marketing budgets was concerned) by comprehending that consumer marketing, not product manufacturing, brings in the money. So . . . the company quadrupled its then advertising spend worldwide, buying up massively expensive prime spots in the print media of the day, usually entire pages (frequently, the back page) of Sunday supplements (certainly, in the UK)

The cost of this was high, but then, so was the revised product pricing as Bose realised it could factor in all of that extra cost into the product's retail price. Customers weren't forking out comparatively large sums of money for a product; they were actually forking out for an advert. Bose, when compared by size and sales to similar companies in the marketplace, out-spent 'em all by charging over-the-top prices for products that, £ for £ and $ for $, were simply not worth it compared to rival offerings. (Our own considerably cheaper Cambridge Soundworks radio/CD player is now 11 years old. It was purchased for its sonic capabilities and the reasonableness of its price after we'd had a Bose radio/CD player on a 'home trial' and found it to be nothing like as good as its advertising hype claimed.)

Bose's psychology worked well for years though: (i) buy Bose to show the world you can afford it because you're that rich and that successful. (ii) buy Bose not because you're any kind of audiophile but because it costs a fortune and it must be good. (iii) Alternatively: buy Bose because you're tone deaf and don't have a clue about the way you're paying for an advert rather than a product. Only some time down the line are you going to discover that you're not as bright as you once thought you were.

Researchers trick Tesla into massively breaking the speed limit by sticking a 2-inch piece of electrical tape on a sign


McAfee rehabilitated

I went off McAfee for a while. But no longer. This is fantastic news, bits of black sticky tape strategically placed to defeat camera technology.

There's a real future for this kind of thing in locations policed by the UK's "private parking operator" scum-bags.

All that's required is to muck up up the estimated parking durations recorded by an ANPR camera and the scum-bags won't have a hope of screwing money out of anyone. End of private parking operators. And the world a much better place. . . all thanks to McAfee.

Larry Tesler cut and pasted from this mortal coil: That thing you just did? He probably invented it


Re: The AI Effect

Fascinating. I remember enquiring on a Games forum last year what a particular poster knew about "the AI Effect" seeing as how he came on as being so incredibly knowledgeable about everything.

He replied: "Nah. I don;t use it anymore. The M6 may not be the best way for heading up north, but it beats the A1 any day."

Call us immediately if your child uses Kali Linux, squawks West Mids Police


Lying self justifying bunch of know-nothings

What's also worth mentioning to The Fuzz should El reg ever get to the stage of "engaging" with it is the fact that folks are not as dumb as the police would like them to be, and that when it's time to apologise, best thing to do is say "sorry" instead of attempting to lie your way through it --

"the software mentioned is legal, and in the vast majority of cases is used legitimately, giving great benefit to those interested in developing legitimate skills. The purpose of this poster was to provide a quick reference guide to the range

["of legal software available that will be of so great a benefit to children that we believe parents should report them to us so we can send several patrol cars round to your front door and the kids can be personally congratulated and given signed photographs of our Chief Constable"]

I added the sentence's latter part because the police response inadvertently omitted it. Also, clarification was needed lest anyone think the assertion about "the purpose of this poster" was anything other than a blatant lie.

The sooner police and their PR departments stop preening themselves on their non-existent IT expertise andcommunication skills, and get back to nicking lawbreakers, the better. Setting an example to children by actually telling the truth when in the wrong and caught out would also be useful.

Jeff Bezos: I will depose King Trump


Ain't gonna happen. . .

If Bozos via The Washington Post cannot do to Trump what the dear old WP managed to do to Nixon, then forget it. Bozos knows deposing the President is an absurd idea, and the sooner he backs off from it, the better. Investigative journalism still has the potential to wreak havoc on Trump and his reign, not least because he himself has but a limited comprehension of what Deep Throating can actually be.

Bada Bing, bada bork: Windows 10 is not happy, and Microsoft's search engine has something to do with it


Reluctantly, our household has had no option but to continue using Google search because though tempted by the privacy claims made on behalf DDG, StartPage and others of similar ilk, tall have proved themselves long on piety but short on performance.

Repeatedly, search results from DDG and StartPage have been nothing like as comprehensive as those from Google, their inadequacy so serious that time and again references to stuff which turned out to be not merely relevant but particularly helpful have been entirely omitted.

One of these days someone, somewhere, is going to run a comparative test of the quantity/quality of search engine results by the Evil Google and the Saintly DDG and similarly noble StartPage. In the meantime, the myth will presumably continue to be perpetuated that DDG is in some way a credible alternative to Google when, in fact, it isn 't.

Former Autonomy boss Mike Lynch 'submits himself' for arrest in central London


Re: Again, and again, and again...

Where is diplomatic immunity?

Because at this sensitive time in relations between the UK and the United States of Trump, it would be very diplomatic for US prosecutors to abandon their desire to be a Lynch mob.

What was Boeing through their heads? Emails show staff wouldn't put their families on a 737 Max over safety fears


Re: If the FAA can be forced to do its job

Kudos for the best post on this thread, and fo ra timely reminder of the crux of the problem: that Boeing's "values" go no further than Boeing's stock value. . . one which is set to diminish further as Airbus's success continues to grow. Boeing loathes Airbus. It has been clear for several years that what Boeing needs to protect its future in civil aviation is an Airbus killer -- obviously not merely one a/c, but one would be a start.

Boeing's "values" were and are such that money was at the core of its considerations: you can't develop and build and sell a completely new aircraft nowadays without expenditure of $millions by both manufacturer and client


And Boeing knew that at the very top of the management pyramid and at every seat around the table in the Boeing boardroom. And thus it was decided to challenge Airbus on-the-cheap. Take an existing aircraft and modify it (and hey, if hardware problems develop as a result, no matter: this is the era when everything is easily sorted with a software fix: easy-peasy!) and assure existing and prospective clients that the new Boeing brings with it no significant on-costs -- it isn't even necessary to spend money on additional training for crews: after all, the 737 MAX is just another 737, folks!

Except, it wasn't and isn't. And was blatantly not a 73-800 sibling to anyone who ever saw it in the early stages of design, whether they worked at Boeing (or ran Boeing) or not. With those thumping huge engines pushed so far forward on its wings so as to avoid the undersides scraping along the ground, the 737 MAX was visually portended a disaster-waiting-to-happen long, long before any actually did.

So. No mystery about Boeing's values. The company put the value of itself first and last. Hence the 737 MAX, the Airbus killer that turned out -- pretty much inevitably -- to be a people killer.

Boeing as a corporate entity will, I'm sure, regret the deaths of so many who departed this life courtesy of the 737 MAX. But I'm guessing that such regret is as nought to the annoyance felt at the highest levels over the fact that one of the 737 MAX's victims should, of all people, turn out to have been Ralph Nader's grand-niece.

Why is a 22GB database containing 56 million US folks' personal details sitting on the open internet using a Chinese IP address? Seriously, why?


Re: late capitalists

@ Drew Scriver: "Companies keep at their abuse. But consumers keep buying their wares".

Dumbed-down consumers, that is. Of whom there are many millions, all served by dumbed-down or corrupt media.

I well remember the gushing reviews for the newly updated Volkswagen Passat that appeared in motoring magazines and on motor review websites not long after the Volkswagen emissions scam was exposed.

A friend of mine bought a new Volkswagen Polo around that time. When I asked him if the emissions scandal bothered him, he said 'no: all the manufacturers are probably at it. So what can we do about it? Answer: nothing."

I hope his fcucking Polo has cost him a mint. (Here in the UK).

Ministry of Justice bod jailed for stealing £1.7m with fake IT consulting contract


A civil servant who knows something about IT????!!! How the judge came to uphold the prosecution's case is a mystery.

Email blackmail brouhaha tears UKIP apart as High Court refuses computer seizure attempt


Until I read this article, I had no idea that . . .

UKIP had a brain(e) of any kind. Not that I've much interest in UKIP's activities: a party which includes Neil Hamilton in its ranks is only slightly more repellent than the Liberal Democrats.

Onestream slammed for 'slamming' vulnerable and elderly folk: That's £35k to Ofcom, please


"Proven and respected industry professionals" are renowned for chasing after key positions in companies with small turnovers and massive reputational damage. It's a well known fact. They rush to answer recruitment ads such as: "Proven and respected industry professionals urgently needed to replace knuckle-dragging sociopaths on our payrol."

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


Re: What?

Thanks you, Doctor Syntax. I've been wondering how best to describe what passes for intelligent / intelligible discourse on social media. Your revelation that on Facebook, he sad so / she sad so / they sad so is much appreciated.

Bose customers beg for firmware ceasefire after headphones fall victim to another crap update


Re: "The company kept very quiet"

But you should NEVER 'talk' to what may pass for a Customer Service department of ANY energy company operating in the UK. 'Talk' (unless you've gone to the trouble of recording, transcribing, and having it all independently verified) is not in any way an archival procedure that safeguards the record. 'Talk' is deniable by the energy company -- and very often is.

Over-billing as a result of seemingly deliberately untruthful 'final readings' has long been a nice little earner for unscrupulous energy companies (of whom there are many). The only way to deal with them is initially via email and then Royal Mail Next Day surface post, the cost of which can be claimed for at the end of the complaints process.

So. . . don't ring anyone, and don't talk about 'I'll tell the enargy regulator' because that's ridiculous: no ordinary domestic user can "talk to the regulator", never has done, never been able to, never will. That's why the happy clappy and largely useless friend-to-all Energy Ombudsman 'service' was set up: to get between you and the regulator.


dear Anonymous Coward

Astonishing to learn that the Jo Swinson person had even been born by 2015, let alone was responsible in that year for a major piece of UK legislation.Somewhat less astonishing to discover the LibDems becoming so desperate that they have to come on here in an attempt to score points. BOSE isn't the only entity out there with delusions of adequacy.

Magic Leap rattles money tin, assigns patents to a megabank, sues another ex-staffer... But fear not, all's fine


Re: not a surprise

Time and again, I encounter comments on threads like this to the effect that investors are stupid because they're shoving $billions into stuff that's worthless.

Actually, they're not stupid at all. The world is full of dirty money -- drugs, terrorists, organised and disorganized crime as well as individual mega-fraudsters -- and it has to be laundered somewhere, somehow.

The remorseless rise of utter crap Hollywood-style movies says it all, as well as the exponential growth in property prices in London and other major cities. Dirty money needs spending, ditty money needs cleaning: the maddest of the mad offerings from Silicon Valley as well as movie production and property purchasing provides for that (and yes, recipients of funds on that scale will always have more than a faint idea of where it came from and how it was accumulated.)

We're almost into the third decade of the 21st century and we're still grading security bugs out of 10 like kids. Why?


Gave up . . .

I gave up this far into the report: ""The challenge is the whole vulnerability management space has been evolving," Rogers said, "but it is being outpaced by the evolution of how we leverage attacks."

Over the years I've developed a distinct aversion to anything about levers, leverage and leveraging along with curator, curating and curation and all the other bumfluff that's taken root in the vocabulary of the loquacious if not the intelligible.

I'm beginning to think it's time we, all of us, embarked on a journey in which others regardless of ethnicity, faith and gender join in The Conversation about what a lever is and what a lever does.

IT contractor has £240k bill torn up after IR35 win against UK taxman


Re: I cannot understand why HMRC pursues contractors so much.

@jmch: "I do blame the government that nominally sets the rules. I blame even more the companies who pay huge sums to lobbyists, government entities, think-thanks etc to get laws written for them in a way that they can game the system and save obscene amounts, next to which the huge amounts they pay to get what they want are a relative pittance. And the government officials allowing this are doubly fools for being so cheaply bought."

Sorry to disagree, but there's very little that's foolish about government officials playing fast and loose with legislation and indulging the profit-chasing money-grubbing of various private sector enterprises -- generally, the bigger the better -- until such time as said officials are due to take early retirement from the Civil Service. At which point, the well-known revolving door between public sector and private sector spins again and, by remarkable coincidence, the same officials who over the years have been so lenient in regulatory matters in regard to certain companies, find themselves in plum jobs at senior management or Board level at those same companies. 'Tis the way the world work, sadly, and is tolerated by an electorate too du and too inert to campaign for the demolition of that revolving door.

A stranger's TV went on spending spree with my Amazon account – and web giant did nothing about it for months


Amazon takes security seriously. As in my case.

This is the text of an email I received out-of-the-blue from Amazon a couple of weeks ago:


We are writing to let you know that your name, email address, and phone number were disclosed by an Amazon employee to a third-party in violation of our policies. As a result, the employee has been terminated, and we are supporting law enforcement in their prosecution. No other information related to your account was shared. This is not a result of anything you have done, and there is no need for you to take any action.


Amazon Customer Service

Please note: this e-mail was sent from a notification-only address that cannot accept incoming e-mail. Please do not reply to this message.

So. That's all right then. No-one at Amazon for me to talk to, no further details available. Employee. . . terminated. Ah. (email from no-reply@amazon.com, not amazon.co.uk).

UK ads watchdog slaps Amazon for UX dark arts after folk bought Prime subs they didn't want


Re: So-called Amazon!?!? Better in my day!

I'm thinking you're the bloke from whom I bought some 386SX bits via a BBS sales deal around 1994. If so, Mr Omidyar, I'm here to tell you the stuff didn't work and I want a refund. (By the way, what are you up to nowadays? Still in San Francisco?)

Here's that hippie, pro-privacy, pro-freedom Apple y'all so love: Hong Kong protest safety app banned from iOS store


A app to track Apple product users

Seeing as how in the interests of personal security it makes sense to steer clear of unbalanced irrational individuals, an app which allows users to see how close they may be to the location of someone who owns an Apple product would be of benefit to many.


Re: Apple's suppliers in china don't care what apple does ouside of business

Interesting notion that Chinese Communism takes the form of thriving private enterprise wholly independent of Government control and Government sanction . Who'd a-thought it?

RIP Danny Cohen: The computer scientist who gave world endianness meets his end aged 81


Re: "straightforward explanations" ???

@ bob, mon! Thanks for being kind enough to take the trouble to provide that link. Mulling over that now-ancient typescript is not too dissimilar to Danny's flight simulator: the reading time duration is, if only for a brief time, akin to a life simulator, an experience providing insights into the existence of a remarkable human being. So sorry that his own journey here is over, but the shuddering hell of Parkinson's is no kind of life at all, for anyone.

I could throttle you right about now: US Navy to ditch touchscreens after kit blamed for collision


Generation Moron rules the waves. . . and so much else, too.

Didn't any of the US Navy's 'senior management' (assuming such exists) ever bother to actually try out the touch-screen control system for themselves? Despair could've set in at that stage, rather than later. From El Reg's description, it seems what was installed was a needlessly complicated set-up intended principally to demonstrate the cleverness of the moron who coded it -- as is the case with so much else.

The other day I wanted to play a single track on an album of MP3s I've compiled over the years from my own collection but no. Apple decided what I wanted to do was open every single home-made album and decant a total of 480 tracks from which to then attempt to find the one I'd already nominated.

The older I get, the more tired I become of the morons out there who wish me to conform to their way of doing things.

Outraged Virgin slaps IP trolls over dirty movie download data demands



Well done Virgin for being a bit cross(ley) about this.

Dear hackers: If you try to pwn a website for phishing, make sure it's not the personal domain of a senior Akamai security researcher


Wot: no Leisuresuit?

As no-one in this life, or this world, is called 'Larry Cashdollar', it's difficult to believe anything in this report. Thanks but no thanks: Arthur Moneybags.

Meet the Great Duke of... DLL: Microsoft shines light on Astaroth, a devilishly sneaky strain of fileless malware


Headline of the Year. Decade. Century, maybe.

Boom boom boom dah dee boom (probably a misquote; my ability to remember Wordsworthian lyrics isn't that strong). But anyway.

Dook Dook Dook Dook of Derll . . .

Classic El Reg. So classic it took me several minutes to figure it out. Well done, whichever Vulture Sub it is who's flying so high as this.

I look forward to further excursions into the past with references to Phyllosan and Gibbs SR (both long overdue.) Graded grains make finer flour: a reprise of that, too. As for the greatest musical compositions since the dawn of civilisation, Dook of Derll is still but a pale shadow of Purple People Eater.

Mike Lynch in court: I was not aware of every single thing Autonomy did around the world (so don't blame me)


Smug gits sweat profusely

You only have to take one look at a photograph of any smug git to be delighted at the thought that away from the camera it's dripping sweat every day at the increasingly imminent prospect of jail time. Any smug git's picture will do.

Uncle Sam wants to read your tweets, check out your Instagram, log your email addresses before you enter the Land of the Free on a visa


I seem to remember an earlier sophisticated attempt by US authorities to identify security threats, a cleverly worded section of text on the visa application form:

'Are you now or have you ever been a terorist? And what about your great grandmother, please provide details of her criminal record.

One man went to mow a meadow, hoping Trump would spot giant grass snake under flightpath


Re: 75th aniversary of D-Day

Go on then. Tell us.

What exactly happened on June 4th 75 years ago?


Obama's backing of Remain's Project Fear was one of the greatest triumphs of The Leave campaign.

Leave would never have won the June 2016 referendum if Cameron and Osborne had supported it.

And now: Johnson has Trump's backing as Tory Party Leader and prospective Prime Minister. Be interesting (not) to see how that plays out.


Terms of endearment?

Bit baffling as to why The Register should be so dumb as to feed the deranged Trump's vanity by essaying the definitive article to nourish his own preening self-regard as America's absolutely definitive President.

'The Donald' is a term of affection most suited to a pet duck or any heroic figure of well-nigh legendary status, neither of which Trump is nor could ever be, even if a resonance exists with the former: looks like a clown, talks like a clown, is a clown.

Please: no more 'The Donald', huh? There's nothing endearing about this narcissistic moron nor his devaluation of the Office of President and of the USA itself.

Egg on North Face: Wikipedia furious after glamp-wear giant swaps article pics for sneaky ad shots – and even brags about it in a video


Re: To play devil's advocate...

@ "If they'd wanted positive press out of this, they could have made a big noise about having a project to create these pictures for wikipedia, without having to include their branding in the pictures themselves."

Unforuntaely, you're attributing to an advertising agency a level of intelligence it doesn't have.


Advertised by morons. Bought by idiots.

Haven't a clue what your wait-a-minute question is intended to mean. As for Leo Burnett Tailor Made, an agency so desperate that it has to pump up its own title and so vacuous as to waste time and money on, er, out-witting Wikipedia isn't one that any self-respecting major client would go near. The stunt it pulled in this instance was actually as nothing to the product placement achieved by the client itself with the BBC's so-called 'news reporters most of whom at one time or another have, by amazing coincidence, appeared on camera in North Face outdoor wear with logo prominently displayed. The cleverness there, as noted by prospective clients, was the company's recognition both of the existence of a mass audience's mass stupidity, and the fact that so many aspirational journalists would realise immediately that getting a degree in Media Studies would never be enough unless one bought the clothing appropriate to that kind of scholarship. As for Leo Burnett Etc Etc indicting itself, it's well known in the industry that if there's one thing more stupid than the client, it's the agency.



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