* Posts by davenewman

466 posts • joined 13 Feb 2008


'I'm telling you, I haven't got an iPad!' – Sent from my iPad


Re: Elected Members

Many councillors are more at risk of the Council Cabinet reading their emails than any external security risks - especially opposition councillors. So they minimise the use of official council email.

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


I like Windows 10 - inside VirtualBox

I have to print to a Riso leaflet printer, which only has a driver for old Windows and Macs.

So I print inside a virtual Windows 10 inside Kubuntu. It works better than a virtual Windows 7.

If there's a lesson to be learned in these torrid times, it's that civilisation is fleeting – but Windows XP is eternal


Tell us the story

of the prosthetic legs and the rest of the flight.

Former UK Labour deputy leader wants to know how the NHS's contact-tracing app will ensure user privacy


Do as Estonia did

The app should report back to the user all the times someone accessed their data, with name, date and purpose.

That is what the Estonian identity card does. Two-way transparency.

Maybe there is hope for 2020: AI that 'predicts criminality' from faces with '80% accuracy, no bias' gets in the sea


I wonder what kind of theory they put in the paper to explain how faces affect criminality (or vice versa). And why the first reviewers did not ask for one.

Apple to keep Intel at Arm's length: macOS shifts from x86 to homegrown common CPU arch, will run iOS apps


Safari still bad a video conferencing

One reason fewer people use Safari on the desktop is the problems people often get when running video conferencing systems on it - particularly the ones that don't have their own client but use WebRTC. as I found out when running an 800 person conference in Hopin.

Couple wrongly arrested over Gatwick Airport drone debacle score £200k payout from cops


They should have asked as part of their compensation for the Chief Constable to be locked up in police cells for 36 hours (under an alias).

Whatsapp blamed own users for failure to keep phone number repo off Google searches


How soon until the first GDPR complaint?

Barmy ban on businesses, Brits based in Blighty bearing or buying .eu domains is back: Cut-off date is Jan 1, 2021


Actually, quite a few bureaucracies can invent self shooting guns. Case in point - US gun laws and the high levels of injuries at home.

All-electric plane makes first flight – while lugging 2 tons of batteries aloft


The problem is that they haven't redesigned the plane to make it much lighter.

Aren't they already using an electric plane between 2 islands in the Orkneys, where the flight is only 5 minutes long?

Fancy watching 'Bake Off' together with mates and alone at the same time? The BBC's built a tool to do that


Re: He made one mistake

It isn't so much watching us as making sure we have paid the licence fee and are in the UK.

Oracle faces claims of unequal pay from 4,000+ women after judge upgrades gender gap lawsuit to class action


To get CEOs to take discrimination seriously, we need a law that has personal consequences - such as a forced sex change operation for CEOs who discriminate against women.

Nine million logs of Brits' road journeys spill onto the internet from password-less number-plate camera dashboard


Sheffield is one of the (mostly Labour) councils who have used the Coronavirus crisis to delegate all powers to the CEO with no oversight at all from elected councillors (except the leader of the Labour group). Oxford is another. The Stalinists are taking over in local councils (as opposed to Conservative Ministers in Whitehall shitting on us).

Microsoft decrees that all high-school IT teachers were wrong: Double spaces now flagged as typos in Word


Your PC is not a typewriter

Was the title of a book in the 1990s. The author pointed out that with proportional fonts, the way to make text look good is to use the conventions of typesetting rather than typewriting. So only one space after a full stop in proportional fonts, 2 spaces in monospace fonts. (Word know which font you are using.)

Work from home surge may work in Wi-Fi 6's favour, reckons analyst house


The problem is the pipe

All domestic Internet connections have a maximum upload speed a fraction of the download speed.

Shouldn't the ISPs be sending out online updates to increase the upload speed (even if it means decreasing the download speed)?

New York Attorney General probes Charter over claims it forced staff to work in offices amid coronavirus pandemic


They should interview the CEO in a hospital. Everyone except the CEO wearing PPE.

Lockdown endgame? There won't be one until the West figures out its approach to contact-tracing apps


Re: many European nations hesitated when it came to instituting lockdowns.

Since health is not a competence of the EU, but strictly that of national governments, it doesn't matter what the European Parliament or Commission does.. The EU is as powerless to intervene in this crisis as Donald Trump is against the state governors in the USA.

SAP decides one head is better than two in a crisis, parts ways with co-CEO Jennifer Morgan


It is simpler than that

They got rid of the woman because they want a jerk in charge. The point of having co-CEOs is to stop fools rushing in to quickly.

In a crisis, which is the bigger risk - getting it wrong or doing it slowly?

Don't Zoom off elsewhere: Google plugs video-chat service Meet into Gmail as user eyes start wandering


But if they just do it for people paying for GSuite, it is hardly a big market. It should come to everyone with a Google account.

Paranoid Android reboots itself with new Android 10 builds


Re: Phone makers PLEASE take note

You can get plain vanilla Android if you ignore brand names and buy a Chinese phone on eBay. My current one is a Cubot Max 2.

Kepler telescope is dead but the data lives on: Earth-sized habitable zone planet found after boffins check for errors


Re: He made one mistake

When the other plant gets close, does thread descend from the skies?

French pensioner ejected from fighter jet after accidentally grabbing bang seat* handle


Was the trip set up by people who will inherit when he dies?

As Zoom bans spread over privacy concerns, vid-conf biz taps up Stamos as firefighter in totally-not-a-PR-stunt move


Re: Alternatives

whereby is for much smaller meetings (unless you pay for a very expensive account). 6 or 8 rather than the standard 100 for Zoom.

Twitter takes away twits' ability to limit ad data sharing – after telling investors its own privacy settings hurt revenue


I checked twitter.com/settings/account/personalization on my UK account. They have changed the wording to additional information. But my choice of turning off all personalisation and data sharing still stands.

COVID-19 is pretty nasty but maybe this is taking social distancing too far? Universe may not be expanding equally in all directions


Since the universe is finite, could it be we are nearer one edge?

Things that go crump in the night: Watch Musk's mighty missile go foom


How can you do a 150 metre test flight of such a big rocket?

'Social distancing champ' Linus Torvalds releases Linux 5.6, tells devs to put health before next release


Re: Whatever for?

There are developers creating Alexa apps to remotely control Raspberry Pi devices, such as the Mugsy coffee maker (www.heymugsy.com)

Make haste slowly when deploying tools to cope with global coronavirus pandemic


We did it in 2 weeks

What did we do? Find services to run the Green Party conference online, quickly eliminate unsuitable ones, get a demonstration from two of them, picked one to go with and then set up a completely online conference in one week.

Unlike the consultants quoted in the article, it was not a case of creating new software or installing existing software on our machines. We just chose which software as a service offer to use. Nor did we try to integrate it with our existing software. We didn't try to set up single sign on. Instead we sent emails to members with a link to where they could register on hopin.to.

There were inevitable user experience problems as there had been no time to train anyone except the speakers and the digital support volunteers. But still 350 people took part on Saturday. We can an online video conferenced help desk all day, sorting out user problems as they occurred.

The big company mindset and rules prevents rapid adaptation to changes in the environment. Expect both the biggest and smallest to collapse over the next year.

India's tech hub Bengaluru tells IT outfits to send workers home as part of COVID-crimping action


Re: He made one mistake

Well there is transmission by touching surfaces, so cleaning surfaces removes one transmission route.

Like a Virgin, hacked for the very first time... UK broadband ISP spills 900,000 punters' records into wrong hands from insecure database


Re: Fuds

Sometimes the solution is to write a letter. They cannot prevent you posting to them.

Morrisons puts non-essential tech changes on ice as panic-stricken shoppers strip stores


Re: "throughput of goods is in excess of the usual Christmas peak"

8 oz of high quality coffee beans! Is that enough?

If it's Goodenough for me, it's Goodenough for you: Canuck utility biz goes all in on solid-state glass battery boffinry


Re: He made one mistake

The battery doesn't need to last a lifetime. Just enough years you don't mind putting the vehicle in for a service to replace the battery.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to save data from a computer that should have died aeons ago


The Sinclair QL was the business machine of choice for a while in Kenya. It was small enough to bring in a suitcase, avoiding the 160% duty and sales tax after President Moi had declared the only purpose of computers was to put secretaries out of work.

I wrote a 24 hour pedal kart timekeeping program on a QL - multitasking 4 68008 machine code programmes with a BASIC one for reporting.

Decent, legal, honest and searchable: C'mon, Ofcom. Let us check up on the ad-slingers ourselves


Re: An online, searchable ad broker activity database

Except during election campaigns, when advertising is included in the election expenses return.

You can book a time to examine election expenses returns at the local council.


Re: Toothless regulators

Although I do like the way they have called out Government advertisements for not being truthful. The Dept. responsible claimed the adverts had been checked by Clear Channel - but they only check that it is legal and decent. They don't judge whether it is honest and truthful.

Ofcom measured UK's 5G radiation and found that, no, it won't give you cancer


Millimetre waves to come

According to past Register reports, there won't be any use of millimetre wavebands in 5G for a couple of years. So any measurements at the moment are of 5G masts working at frequencies close to 4G.

We don't yet know the possible biological effects of millimetre wave exposure. But as their range is so short, that won't be a factor except in conference centres and some malls where the 5G transmitters have been set up for high bandwidth communication.

Fire Brigades Union warns of wonky IT causing dangerous delays in 999 control rooms


Denied not refuted

To refute something, you need to provide evidence.

Otherwise it is just a denial.

Talk about high tech: Tens of thousands of Cali marijuana convictions to go up in smoke, thanks to algorithms


Shown on Click

There was a segment on BBC Click a year or more ago about the Code For America programme and interviews of people affected.

The virus curing the mobile industry's chronic addiction... and sparking an impressive algorithmic price experiment


Re: Expect the biggest fire sale ever

Fira Travelodge has gone down to €259.99 in 2 hours.

Day 4 of outage: UK's Manchester police deploy exciting new carbon-based method to record crime


Re: Buzzword Bingo

When I click on that, I am told by Chrome that it is not secure.

Billionaire pulls out of reality telly show that was supposed to find him a date to take aboard Musk's space loveboat


Re: "there was a part of me that still had mixed feelings"

It was his wife that objected.

That's what makes you hackable: Please, baby. Stop using 'onedirection' as a password


Re: D7xN$%4uO@S0

The definitive film on what you can do while waiting for a game to load.


And if you turn to your left, you can see the walls of Amazon Web Services' vast server farm. And next to it, a gift shop and visitor center


Re: He made one mistake

I was hoping there really was a gift shop next to a server farm I could visit.

UN didn't patch SharePoint, got mega-hacked, covered it up, kept most staff in the dark, finally forced to admit it


GDPR breach

Did they report it to the Austrian data protection commissioner? As it affects EU citizens, even international organisations are subject to GDPR.

Use our stuff for free and sell your application? That's Qt. Time to give something back


The end of KDE?

The duke of URL: Zoom meetups' info leaked out through eavesdrop hole


When you are in a meeting, you can see a list of everyone connected. So you can kick out the interlopers.

CityFibre relieves TalkTalk of its FTTP sister biz for £200m – after Boris win blows away Labour's nationalisation vow



And Belfast, Oxford, York and Canterbury.

Step away from that Windows 7 machine, order UK cyber-cops: It's not safe for managing your cash digitally


Re: Upgrade from Windows 7

If you use Insync, it synchronises better with both One Drive and Google Drive from multiple operating systems.

We live so fast I can't even finish this sent...



I liked adding the Bonzo Dog Do Dah Band to the end. Vivian Stanshall once spent a weekend on our houseboat in Cambridge (obviously some time before he killed himself).

Starliner: Boeing, Boeing... it's back! Borked capsule makes a successful return to Earth


Re: Time Zones?

Baikonur cosmodrome is in GMT+6, Florida in GMT-5. Difference = 11 hours.



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