I seem to remember a mate's Dad had been working on one of the satellites in that famous Ariane failure for 10 years. Think its one of the few times he cried in public!
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Re: This seems like a real legal loophole
I seem to remember from my dim and distant contract law lectures that the original case law on this is from the late 1800s and relates to a price being wrong on a watch in the shop window.
Invitation to treat, offer, acceptance I think are the three stages. Prices on a website are generally held in the T&Cs to be an invitation to treat.
When was the last time you got to a petrol station and found that it was closed / broken so you had to go somewhere else (as opposed to just having to wait longer as a couple of the pumps are broken) ?
My main car won't be replaced with an electric one until reliability of charging points is such that them being broken is really rare. My mate has a Tesla, and his experience is that it would be a real pain running an electric car without the excellent Tesla only charging network.
Bitcoin doomed as a payment system and its novelty will fade, says Federal Reserve Board of Governors member
Useless for day to day transactions
In my day to day transactions (e.g. getting paid by my employer, buying groceries etc) I have no use for a currency whose value can vary in such a large way day to day and week to week. Does inflation devalue my currency? Definitely, but its not Venezuelan proportions where I could lose half the value of my wage a week after being paid it.
Microsoft's Surface Laptop 4 now includes AMD options for biz customers, boasts up to 19 hours of battery life
From Maidenhead to Morocco: In a change to the scheduled programming, we bring you The On Call of Dreams
I remember my wife telling me about the awkward conversation with a client about a "customs charge" for some product they were trying to get in to Turkey (this was way before the advent of the bribery act). Trying to avoid the use of the word bribe in the conversation, the client took ages to realise what she was on about, arguing that that particular class of products should be immune to customs charges under Turkish law. The conversation mostly focused on the wide latitude that customs agents had in Turkey to apply 'additional customs charges' that had to be paid in cash to secure an 'expedited customs release'.
Re: I haven't seen a good game of Reply-to-All Tennis in years
I was working at a giant global company when that happened (2013 I think). The number of idiots doing a reply-all (to all 150,000 employees) saying "Please remove me from this list" or "Please don't reply all" was amazing.
It started at around 5pm UK time and took till 8.30pm before IT pulled the plug on the mail list.
We know it's hard to get your kicks at work – just do it away from a wall switch powering anything important
Up yours, Europe! Our 100% prime British broadband is cheaper than yours... but also slower and a bit of a rip-off
I guess I could help increase the average speed, but see little point
Currently on a Virgin Media 200/20Mb package - I could upgrade to the 500/35Mb but really don't see the point.
Early lockdown with both me and my wife working from home and the sprogs doing their schoolwork didn't tax it too much, so don't see the point in anything faster for me at the moment. I'm sure that will change in the future, but for now I'm not doing my best to help the overall average speed increase.
El Reg worse than Gizmodo?
Just how naughty have you been El Reg, when Gizmodo buying a stolen phone and writing about it only gets them a 2 year Apple Ban, when you are in the perma-banned category?
Did you stamp on St Steve's kitten or something? Tell Tim C he was holding the phone wrong in a press interview? Suggest that some Apple products might be a tiny bit overpriced?
Um, almost the entire Scots Wikipedia was written by someone with no idea of the language – 10,000s of articles
"Any other shit cliches you want to wheel out while you're logged in? Maybe something about haggis or .."
Ah, haud yer wheesh as mah mither used tae say.
No really, she did. Apparently I moaned quite a bit as a kid. Now a parent myself, I must say its a very useful saying.
Looking at some of the pages, its like that editor read some Broons cartoons in the Sunday Post and decided that they could speak Scots.
You *bang* will never *smash* humiliate me *whack* in front of *clang* the teen computer whizz *crunch* EVER AGAIN
Ed Snowden has raked in $1m+ from speeches – and Uncle Sam wants its cut, specifically, absolutely all of it
Re: "...banishes native Windows support ..."
If you don't use it, then you shouldn't care. However, quite a lot of businesses (including the one I work for) have moved to buying Apple laptops for their workforce on the basis that you could also run x86 Windows apps when needed.
Without that, there are two choices. Stop buying Apple laptops that can't run x86 Windows apps easily, or move the apps to Mac. Stopping buying Apple laptops is a much cheaper option and in some cases legacy x86 Windows apps won't be able to be practically ported.
Surprise! That £339 world's first 'anti-5G' protection device is just a £5 USB drive with a nice sticker on it
Am I the only one gutted not to have thought of this first? Admittedly I would have pitched it at around £70 as £300 feels like its way beyond the point of maximising revenue, and I would have soldered a few random components on there to throw people off the trail...
Ethics - I've heard of them.
Far-right leader walks free from court after conviction for refusing to hand his phone passcode over to police
Re: Why didn't they use s 49 RIPA?
My guess is because section 7 is looser than the limits placed under 49 (3) of RIPA:
A disclosure requirement in respect of any protected information is necessary on grounds falling within this subsection if it is necessary—
(a)in the interests of national security;
(b)for the purpose of preventing or detecting crime; or
(c)in the interests of the economic well-being of the United Kingdom.
versus (from schedule 7):
An examining officer who questions a person under paragraph 2 may, for the purpose of determining whether he falls within section 40(1)(b)—
(a)search the person;
(b)search anything which he has with him, or which belongs to him, and which is on a ship or aircraft;
(c)search anything which he has with him, or which belongs to him, and which the examining officer reasonably believes has been, or is about to be, on a ship or aircraft;
Tech's Volkswagen moment? Trend Micro accused of cheating Microsoft driver QA by detecting test suite
Britain has no idea how close it came to ATMs flooding the streets with free money thanks to some crap code, 1970s style
ICANN finally halts $1.1bn sale of .org registry, says it's 'the right thing to do' after months of controversy
Academics demand answers from NHS over potential data timebomb ticking inside new UK contact-tracing app
This is typical public sector thinking - great being the enemy of good.
The extra information they are after will be very very useful in lots of situations, but they have missed the glaring issue of privacy. It could cause far fewer people to sign up, meaning that it misses what it is meant to do in the first place (apparently you need at least 60% of the population to use it for it to be effective), and we can pretty much guarantee some kind of snafu to allow access to the data for people we don't want to access it.
Microsoft attempts to up its Teams game with new features while locked-down folk flock to rival Zoom... warts and all
"Next up is the common requirement to log into multiple accounts, trivial with Slack. "
I need this. As with most Microsoft things, it doesn't quite work right when you are working on a laptop linked via active directory linked to my employer, but trying to access mail, MS Teams etc via a log in that my client has given me. This has never quite worked for web access (weird behaviour when clicking links etc) and now the same thing is happening in Teams, where even if I create a meeting request in my client account, behind the scenes MS Teams thinks that it is linked to my employer's AD account.
(My employer uses Slack rather than Teams - first time I opened it was when I started working with my current client!)
I was working on the national insurance system in the early 2000s - we had 70 million people records (as pensions for live people sometimes rely on those who are not), and the saying was that one in a million possibilities happen 70 times in a single batch run, so we had to really think through the code design.
Have 15 slots for children in your database design? There's always a family with more kids than slots so the design needs to be different.
Don't expect numbers in a name? One idiot changed his middle name to his national insurance number.
Only one spouse? Bigamists pay national insurance like the rest of us. Can't just dump out an error there and crash the batch job.
The list was endless - it taught me that whatever screwy situation you can imagine definitely exists out there in more numbers than you can imagine!
5G is 5 times more dangerous
Its in the title of the technology, how can you not see? 5G = 5 times more dangerous, 5 times more radiation!
You'll be sorry The Register, when your hamsters get cancer and your arm hair all falls out.
A 5G transmitter turned on near me and I haven't slept since - symptoms are profuse sweating, anxiety, lack of appetite and my dog won't stop howling at the moon.
If that's not evidence, I don't know what is.
All that Samsung users found on UK website after weird Find my Mobile push notification was... other people's details
Re: Air Cover?
Never, thanks to a combination of stupidity in MoD's procurement department and larceny by the ship builders. We're stuck with two floating gin palaces as they don't have cats and traps, so we have to buy the massively complex and expensive F-35B VTOL capable plane, rather than a mixture of expensive and cheaper fixed wing aircraft.
And don't get me started on the lack of radar aircraft that can use it (again because of the lack of cats and traps). - even an old P-3C Oriion would be better than using either a helicopter or basically having to sail with the Americans using their E-2C Hawkeyes..
I refused to give the name
Someone working for me caused a data breach incident once - I didn't name them in the ensuing shitstorm as it was a mistake borne of too much work, too little sleep and lots of pressure.
I figured I was going soft that day, as my usual approach is not just to drop them in in it, but randomly ensure the blame lands on others as well a a bit of collateral damage. Always helps to keep the troops on their toes.
I don't just climb the greasy pole, I attach landmines to make sure no one else follows me up it :)
My first role was in 2nd line support in the late nineties. The company in question had invested in mobile phones that you could connect to the laptops for dial up access on the go - mostly for the sales force to connect to the lotus notes based sales system (connect, replicate, disconnect - I loved Lotus Notes), but also for some of the senior execs.
Helpdesk had been speaking to one user about some trouble dialling up from his mobile and couldn't diagnose it over the phone so it was dropped off at my desk. I fixed it (probably some driver issue, can't really remember) and opened the internet browser to do some testing, thinking I would click on Favourites to pick a couple of websites that the user has to ensure that it works. As a niave 21 year old I never realised that Nylon Fetish was a thing - my first exposure to the maxim that if you have a thing, there is probably a website for it. Hastily closed the browser and spoke to my boss about what to do. Turned out the user was the global head of Legal, and was advised by my boss to delete the favourites and forget all about what I'd seen. Wise words I suspect.
Re: Despite the completely empty cycle route
Bunhill Row at the edge of the City of London is a one way street with two way cycle route on it. Unfortunately the signage and road painting was sporadic and awful (it could be they have improved it) so a pedestrian would just assume its a one way street and possibly not look both ways before crossing (its a cut through down from silicon roundabout with not a lot of traffic. I would call it quiet but a ruddy great tower is being built there so its anything by quiet!
I once had an argument with Brent council as to whether my flat had been demolished. To build a new supermarket a few houses had been demolished, and the supermarket had built a small block of 6 flats to replace them. However, Brent Council hadn't updated their records (bearing in mind the flats had been there for at least 2 years when I moved in) - hence a somewhat bemusing conversation when I tried to register for council tax where I was insisting that I would definitely noticed if I was living in a pile of rubble.