* Posts by Benny

231 publicly visible posts • joined 27 Mar 2008


Accused murderer wins right to check source code of DNA testing kit used by police


Shouldn't things like DNA analysis - that are used to convict people - be out in the open? Like, sure, you want to make money, but if you want to liable

for putting people behind bars - or worse - then I think you're product should be out in the open, and fully vetted.

23. 712. 3. 608. 45. 89. 11. 332. 841. 255. You want more? Cloudflare and pals are streaming 'em live from new RNG API


So this is a modern version of random.org?

Seems cool, but it seems a bit odd to rely on a 3rd party service to introduce randomness into your project

settlement.js not found: JavaScript package biz NPM scraps talks, fights union-busting claims


Re: Those aren't business secrets

You mean like this?


BT pushes ahead with plans to switch off telephone network


Re: Mobile as the emergency option?

We provide VoIP and have a direct link to BT to pass calls, and we have to provide BT with address details that match with the CLI of the line.

We don't let customers set their own CLI, (and even if withheld to the other party, BT still see the real CLI) so emergency calls still get the correct address data.

Hello, Spotify? Are you on? Perils and pratfalls of own-brand hardware


I want a standalone player again

What I want is a small standalone device for playing music.

Basically, an Ipod Mini that fits in the cash pocket of my jeans, but for spotify.

It could sync to my phone to update playlists etc, but have untethtered offline playlists. That way I can use my phone for phone stuff, and have my music separate, and not have my battery being used up.

Outage at EE wrecks voice calls across the UK


We are experiencing the issue with multiple phone networks, O2, EE and Vodafone - can't make calls to them from landlines.

Interestingly, I just switched our outbound routes away from BT and we can make calls to them again.

Sencha packages web UI widgets for enterprise React devs


Small and simple

I thought the point of React was that it was lightweight and quick, if ExtReact is anything like what they have released in the past, it will consist of massive, overly-engineered components that make the point of React null and void.

Mac OS IM tool Adium lagging on library security vulnerability


Re: Simple!

I thought it had been abandoned years ago to be honest, but looking at the version history it was last updated towards the end of 2016, so not as long ago as I thought.

Yea, once MSN closed down and support for things went, it didn't really have a place on my machine anymore

Oracle crushes Apiary's hope in slightly awkward email to customers


Re: Reading between the lines...

Indeed, a great company I worked at was assimilated into Oracle, amazing how fast the culture, enjoyment, pride etc was sucked right out.

EU ends anonymity and rules open Wi-Fi hotspots need passwords



So no password is bad, having a password printed on a sign that has to be typed in is good?

And that will stop people being naughty?

Microsoft's kinder, gentler collaboration war: Evernote, you're first


I've been paying for Evernote Premium for about 7 years now, but I recently cancelled the renewal.

If I'm paying for a Office365 subscription anyway, I might as well use OneNote - from my testing it does everything I need it to.

Just a shame that they haven't seemed to add anything of value to Evernote during the time I've been paying them, so really there is no reason to stay.

BBC detector vans are back to spy on your home Wi-Fi – if you can believe it


Eeny, meeny, miny, moe

So how do they know which SSID belongs to me?

LastPass's password-shuffling rival Dashlane gets a makeover


Form over function

But still no (decent) YubiKey support, or HTTP Basic Auth support.

Minor things, but things that are available in Lastpass, and the only things stopping me jumping ship.

Gaming souk Steam spews credit card, personal info in Xmas Day security meltdown


If it is a caching issue/cookie thing, probably wise to not log in to your account at all..

Apple gets patent for WRIST-PUTER: iTime for a smartwatch


Re: iTime

I think you may have missed the point of the article...

Microsoft's ALREADY telling of bugs in Fondle-Office for iPad


So they had to write code for a single device, (ok, maybe 2 versions) - all of which are in the "walled garden" and share the same code, and they still havent got it right?! Jeez.

Slide out 'More from the register' overlay


Re: Slide out 'More from the register' overlay

Ahh gotcha!


Slide out 'More from the register' overlay

What's up with this sliding out overlay that seems to have appeared on articles?

Kinda annoying having to move the page up and down to be able to read the last bit of the article.


Could you put a close button on it so at least I can make it go away?

WTF is... WebRTC?


Re: Used for in-browser green screen

Christmas eve eve, I did a little experiment with getUserMedia to show snow falling on top of the webcam feed, and have it settle on any horizontal edges. Didn't take that long and I thought it was pretty cool, considering its just some JavaScript and a dash of CSS.

Once it all gets finalised and secured properly, it's going to make for some cool stuff being built - lots of nice interactivity without having to resort to Flash.

First rigid airship since the Hindenburg enters trials


I think Myth Busters tested it as well, can't remember the outcome..

Ever had to register to buy online - and been PELTED with SPAM?


Re: Unique emails.

I noticed that since I have started doing this with one of my spare domains (I went back and changed emails on quite a few existing accounts as well), the amount of spam I get has dropped. Could just be a coincidence, but I have this image of a marketing bod running a "select email from customers where email not like '%mycompany%'" or some such thing

Dotcom titan funds 'Mark Cuban Chair To Eliminate Stupid Patents'


Re: No...

The problem is when 2 or more independent parties come up with the same algorithm - might be a long shot, but not outside the realms of possibility. If both parties have spent millions and years to develop it, why shouldn't they both be allowed to profit from it? "I got here first so pay me loads of money" just seems wrong.

Apple: What do our Maps need? Stalk-yer-buddies Foursquare tech, NATCH!


At least this way

When the maps let you down and you get stuck in the middle of nowhere, you can share that fact with your friends - in fact you could offer a new badge, the more you get lost the higher up the rankings you go


"Whatever happened to the old values of honest in business?"

They sold it.

Google buys parcel storage service for Christmas


Re: If Amazon offered customers a NAMED delivery service

Why does everyone hate on Yodel?

I've never had a problem with them, in fact they have been super helpful.

Had deliveries that I missed, they left a card with a mobile number, rang that and the driver came back 15 mins later. This was at 18:15 when I got home from work.

Seems good to me.

Twitter forced to cough raw feed after PeopleBrowsr wins temporary order


So the lesson here would be not to base your entire business upon someone elses data.

At the end of the day, it's Twitter data, that is generated by Twitters users, you can't really complain if they then decide to change THEIR business model, and you are stuck because you didn't think that those nice people at Twitter would ever end your cosy agreement.

Saying "But I was here first!" doesn't really mean a great deal TBH

Badges for Commentards


Move the badges

Can we move the badges to the left of the name? Being on the right, with different length usernames, they aren't aligned! Maybe it's just my OCD, but damn I want to move them!

Apple granted patent for ebook page-turning


So looking at the patent link, before the description is a list or links to other patents - I presume these are ones that are similar? There is also links to various sites (http://oreilly.com/javascript/archive/flashhacks.html , http://flippingbook.com/#demonstrations etc), all of which show the prior art .... so ... if they have found there is prior art, why have they granted it?

Or have I completely missed something here?!

ID providers signed for Blighty's One Dole To Rule Them All plan


Careful, you'll start the "is the internet a human right/basic need" argument again...

When GiffGaff falls over, is it even news any more?


To be fair

the only time I've had any issues with GiffGaff was when O2 went tits up a few months back. Most of the time when there are O2 issues, GiffGaff doesn't seem to be affected - unless its core network stuff it seems.

EU proposed emergency alert system won't work on iPhone


Re: Can't pay for Cell Broadcast

I was just thinking the other day that there used to be a way to show the area code, that way I didn't have to type the area code on my mobile for local calls, at least I didn't imagine it!

New I-hate-my-neighbour stickers to protect Brits' packages

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Re: Oh come on

I quite like Yodel, got back ~18:00 to find a note which had a mobile number on, asking me to ring it.

Gave it a ring and the bloke popped back ~19:00.

Apple iOS 6 review

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Cloudy Maps

The other issue with Apples maps compared to Googles maps, is that the satellite view for where I live now has a load of clouds obscuring large parts...eg http://dl.dropbox.com/u/6036078/thecloud.png

Dropbox drops JavaScript, brews CoffeeScript


And I see no benefit of using Coffeescript here instead of Javascript, it's just adding another step to the deployment process, and one that doesn't (in my eyes) offer much (if any) benefit.

It seems to exist so that one can say "Javascript? Pffft thats old skool, I do Coffeescript - that's where it's at"


I've been watching the whole Coffeescript thing for a while now, and even dabbled in it a couple of times. I just cannot figure out why you wouldn't just write Javascript instead? With the plethora of libraries around nowadays, writing 'browser neutral code' is just as easy - if not easier - in plain Javascript.

Personally, I find it a pain in the arse to read, it constantly looks like something is missing, and I don't really want to learn a new syntax and stuff to get to where I already am..

I had a very basic example here, but the forums don't keep formatting... https://gist.github.com/3736194

Broadband minister's fibre cabinet gripe snub sparks revolt


Re: How difficult is it...

Didn't people do that when Sky dishes first arrived? I remember seeing brick covers on a Sky dish and totally not noticing it, no-sireee!

Lone config file in Mac OS X SIGNALS DEATH OF THE DVD


Yep, I rarely use CD's anymore.

I replaced my optical drives with SSDs on both my machines, bought an external £80 blue-ray writer from Maplins. Works a treat,

Oi, missile boffins! Stop ogling web filth at work - Pentagon



Watching Olympics at work? How to avoid a £1k telly-tax fine


BBC phone app

If you must watch it, try not to distract others around you and use the app (http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/olympics/18810308) - 24 live streams apparently - no mention of licence needed

Indian software pirating suspect faces US extradition

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Why are the FBI so interested in counterfiting CDs ... in India?

Really? Thats what they consider important?

BT to patrol MoD's cyber borders for another 7 years


How the shuddering feck did BT get to 'protect' the MOD from internet nasties?!

O2, Be Broadband axe Pirate Bay access


Re: ???

Are you?

Since when was El Reg an ISP that was hit with the courts ban hammer?

Yahoo! leaks! private! key! in! Axis! Chrome! debut!


Re: uh-oh.. bad career move

Or the QA / peer reviewer that missed it...

Boy wrecks £22k worth of MacBooks by weeing on them


Re: HA!

Indeed, I got to work this morning and promptly poured coffee all over my phone - quick dash for paper towels and its all better.

Bio student thrown in the clink for Muamba Twitter rant


Wait, what?

I presume the **** is fuck? If so, where exactly is the "inciting racial hatred" part?

JavaScript shogun deflects Google's mid-air Dart attack


Re: There is a *fixed* JavaScript implementation available already...

By fixed, I assume you mean exactly the same, only with a different coding structure that makes reading it damn hard, and debugging near impossible? (Unless they have fixed the debugging since I last looked at it)

Unlawful tweets could land Twitter in Blighty's dock


Is it just me, or are these claims just a case of making some easy money?

Can't we just tell these people to sod off, grow a backbone, and move on?

Oh no, someone said I wrote something that I didn't, they paid me some money, so now I think Im entitled to even more money from someone else...ffs

Private Manning keeps mum at Wikileaks plea hearing


A question floating in my head, how one can steal public property?

If it is public property, then aren't you able to take it - as you are part of the public?

Survey: Android set to beat iOS in battle for coder love


Thing is

to develop for iPhone, you need to have a mac.

So not only do you have to get a developer licence thing, you also have to buy a mac (if you don't have one)

Android can be built on windows/mac/linux so theres an easier adoption right there.