* Posts by Wokstation

267 publicly visible posts • joined 17 Jun 2008


Dems are at it again, trying to break open black-box algorithms


Re: Simple fix

I was going to post about Horizon too; have American legislators not noticed it, or maybe they don't care.

PEBCAK problem transformed young techie into grizzled cynical sysadmin


Re: Plausible...

My ancient machine I think had a 10MB hard drive... Which I then used dblspace on, and *then* set a chunk as virtual memory so I had more room for the (q?)basic environment.

I thought I was a wizard. Wiz-zard.

Logitech's sales plunge 20% as demand for PCs slows


My kingdom for a G13

If they even simply re-release the G13 they'd make a few sales. I'd be at least two of them.

Irritatingly they don't even support the existing one in LGHub.

We're making F# more normal as a language, says its creator


I like playing in F major

But iI like singing in F sharp!


Back on topic, is it a Fortran descendant? Not come across it, but I mostly program microcontrollers in c++.

Windows XP@20: From the killer of ME to banging out patches for yet another vulnerability


I still kept it dual booted

With 98SE for those games that didn't like like it so much. 98 didn't get used that much in the end!

I remember too that it came with online activation, a fair novelty then.

FYI: Today's computer chips are so advanced, they are more 'mercurial' than precise – and here's the proof



They occasionally bump stuff and can flip a bit - we're building more and more surface area of microchip, so it's only natural that neutrino hits would be proportionally more common.

Oh Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes-Benz? Detroit waits for my order, you'd better make amends



Mine has been the airstrike cheer from Worms for years.

"Incoming! Hee! Hehehe!"

George Clooney of IT: Dribbling disaster and damp disk warnings scare the life out of innocent user


Re: Am I Old?

funnydos was a favourite of mine.

File not frammished!

For blinkenlights sake.... RTFM! Yes. Read The Front of the Machine


Re: The Agony and No Ecstasy

I sneezed. That was it.

Flash in the pan: Raspberry Pi OS is the latest platform to carve out vulnerable tech


sNASsy flash

I know why it has to go, but for me is a pain in the butt. I've got a Seagate Goflex 2tb NAS. Guess what the admin interface runs...

Almost no chance of a patch for it either.

California’s Attorney General joins the long list of people who have had it with Facebook


Application of holy water

Directly onto the servers..? That'd do it.

Good news Flash lovers! Microsoft won't be disabling it by default (so long as you use IE or old Edge)


Annoyingly I have a 2tb Goflex Home network drive that it seems can only be administered through a flash interface.

It will never be safe to turn off your computer: Prankster harnesses the power of Windows 95 to torment fellow students


Re: File not frammished

Somehow in the dark recesses of my brain the exit command just popped into the light.



File not frammished

Putting funnydos.exe in the autoexec of DOS machines never got old.

Ex-Microsoft dev used test account to swipe $10m in tech giant's own store credits, live life of luxury, Feds allege


I'm glad it wasn't just me!

Brave claims its mobe browser batt use bests whatever you're using. Why? Hint: It begins with A then D then V...


Re: sigh


But it lead me to a related thought - cryptocurrency is criticised over the amount of electricity used to create it - how much electricity is used in the generation, transmission and display of all these adverts on millions of devices?

It can't be trivial.

Billionaire's Babylon beach ban battle barrels toward Supreme Court



...that someone hasn't set up a ferry service to the public beach already.

Or have they?

(Half Moon Bay has a landing strip according to Flight Unlimited 2. Did many touch and goes there)

Twitter reckons Trump's Nork-baiting tweet was 'newsworthy'


One day I'll find this message chain on a locked General Atomic terminal...

Hey, remember that monkey selfie copyright drama a few years ago? Get this – It's just hit the US appeals courts


To quote...

...a well-read expert on copyrights and furry bipeds:

"Oook oook,oook. Oook!"

I think that settles it.

Lyrebird steals your voice to make you say things you didn't – and we hate this future


My voice. is my. passport

Verify. Me!

Burger King's 'OK Google' sad ad saga somehow gets worse


Rat Burger

Millennium hand and shrimp!

Gov wants to make the UK the 'safest place in the world to go online'


No Internet Upstairs

That's our rule. Ok, so he's only 11 and a lot is still to come, but the screens are in that living room and a condition of having a phone is its subject to us looking at it at any time, it's codes must always be known to us, and it doesn't go upstairs.

That, and actually communicating with him, seem to be helping... So far.

Gulp! Drones dodge spray from California's gaping moist glory hole


Go Pro

I was thinking of a litre plastic bottle with a weight at one end and a camera in the middle.

Google Chrome suffers brain freeze on Android Ice Cream Sandwich


Prod Sony then!

I bought a Sony tablet s (original)a couple of years ago. It's still going strong. Not had an OS update for it since the day I bought it, which was to ICS. I expected Sony to support it, turn out I was just being green - it used to play PlayStation games, but Sony pulled that, and no OS updates since.

Just as well I don't use chrome, but I doubt it'll stop at chrome...

Atlas unplugged! DARPA's unTerminator robot cuts the power cable


Re: Hmmm....

They want it to be able to interact with stuff made for us meat bags, including the possibility of having a jeep to get to am emergency, turning a door handle and maybe even ladders!

Four tuner frenzy: The all-you-can-EEat TV Freeview PVR


Can you change the order of the channels? Can on my aging Humax, how about on this?

Six of the best gaming keyboard and mouse combos


Not enough buttons!

Had a Razer Naga, the buttons became unreliable - a click became 10, and holding the button down was read as mashing it.

Replaced it with a Logitech g600.

Keyboard-wise I use a basic cheap keyboard, but have a pad for my left hand so I hardly have to touch the main keyboard. Originally a Nostromo, now a Logitech G13 - the little LCD is invaluable for it's temperature readouts. Shame LCDStudio was discontinued.

I hadn't intended to go all Logi, it just turned out that way.

MPs to gaze upon biometric data industry's ID-gobbling tech


My fingerprints change daily

Due to a nasty skin condition, my fingerprints are in permanent flux. Big flakey scabs, blisters, serum... have often wondered if they'll even remotely resemble the fingerprints taken 25yrs ago!

Major problems beset UK ISP filth filters: But it's OK, nobody uses them


The watchdog said that unlike BT...

"The watchdog said that unlike BT, TalkTalk and BSkyB which nagged all of their customers with an "unavoidable choice" about filtering"

I switched to BT about a month ago (only FTTC provider here). Wasn't asked by customer services nor the engineer. Not had any popups asking.

I'm guessing it's because I disabled Smart Setup, which makes the choice far from unavoidable.

You 'posted' a 'letter' with Outlook... No, NO, that's the MONITOR


Elderly neighbour asked me...

...asked me why her internet wasn't working. Popped over, asked where her router was. Didn't know. Asked her where the box BT sent her was. "Oh the hob!" (not a typo) "i put it away in the attic, I didn't need it" Why not? "because the internet was all set up".

Facebook wants to LISTEN IN on the songs and vids playing in YOUR living room


Mission creep and opting out

Bed down this idea, then change the T&C so it can listen for spoken keywords to "serve you more relevant content", those around the Facebooker may not have consented to having personal data processed. But oh so handy for the spooks.

Likely? Who knows. Possible? Unfortunately.

Boffinry breakthrough: First self-replicating life with 'alien' DNA


Did they forget..?

Life finds a way! Jurassic Park said so!

BT fibre 'availability checker' looks into FAR-OFF FUTURE. Again


Same here

November? Our local cabinet was listed as upgraded to FTTC, so planned to go BT Infinity once Christmas was done. January rolls round, go to sign up, not available. Checker says March. March? Checker says April. Now it says May.

To rub salt in to my current 1Mbps wound, I get phonecalls and leaflets proclaiming how joyous life is on 50Mbps from BT about once a week.

NSA headman: 'Don't worry, our watchful analysts TAKE EXAMS'

Black Helicopters

"Only 35 analysts within the NSA", ok, cool. Now how about those contractors who aren't within the NSA? People like Snowden..?

ISPs: Relax. Blocking porn online won't really work


Re: Mr Flibble

Blame the predictive. I do. It's why I typed "user" instead of "use" in another comment, and I'll be gracious and assume that's also how you managed to spell my name incorrectly! (Oh, the ironing...)


Re: scaremonging

Two ACs, not even sure who you're replying to as a result.

Mission creep isn't scaremonging, btw, it's a proven phenomena.


Re: Just get the filters installed and everyone shut up.

Yeah, coz there's no chance of mission-creep is there? Our Government would never do that, would they?

It's not like they have form for that, is it? They'd never, for example, user anti-terror legislation to catch people who didn't pick up their dog's excretions, would they?


Guido ran a poll on his site about what to do regarding the alleged accusations. He's since tweeted that he's going to sue her.

PORNAGEDDON: Sexy bloggrs stung by Tumblr smut smackdown


Over on Deviant Art they have a Muture Content filter. When you submit something, there's a checkbox marked "contains Mature Content". Check it, and your work is invisible to people who have not logged in and turned off the filter.

Not perfect, but better than Yahoo!'s move.

Ad man: Mozilla 'radicals' and 'extremists' want to wreck internet economy


Re: Dear Advertising Scum. STFU, GTFO, FOAD, & HAND.

" I don't watch advertisements on tv, because as soon as they begin, I hit MUTE & leave the room."

Totally agree, except this bit. I record it and skip the adverts altogether. Makes films on TV a lot shorter, too!


Re: Ok holier-than-thou smartarses.

You talk as if it's all-or-nothing, when there's many shades to choose from. Non-intrusive adverts that don't phone home, run scripts, risk my network security and/or follow me? I'm not going to mind that any more than I mind a poster on a bus shelter.

If advertisers didn't take liberties, we'd not want to take them back.

Universal Credit: ONLY 6 job centres to get new dole system in October


" The dole offices earmarked by the DWP for Universal Credit from October are: Hammersmith, Rugby, Inverness, Harrogate, Bath and Shotton."

Which each have a comparatively low unemployment rate, even locally.

Universal Credit? Universal DISCREDIT, more like, say insiders


Stories from March saying they're calculating UC Pathfinder claims by hand on spreadsheets shed light on the DWP statement:

" The Universal Credit IT has been working well during the Pathfinder". Yes, because the qualifying criteria for the pilot are very tight, because you are having to input the lot onto spreadsheets...

Microsoft cues next-gen Xbox for Crimbo 2013


and it's clear that there'll be a whole bunch of kids - appreciative, we hope - glued to a new games box on Crimbo morning.

Or more likely, frustrated kids waiting for an inevitable system update to download!

Half of us have old phones STUFFED in our drawers


I use mine until they die. I've not yet bought a phone when I already have one that works.

The old, dead, ones get used by the kids as pretend phones... or spaceships.

Facebook starts going encrypted by default in North America


Re: Twitter already is https

If you set them to private...? If you send a DM? Not all Twitter interactions are public. And even the public tweets would require a system allowing uk.gov to either cache the lot or target users under their jurisdiction only. The former would mean a LOT of noise, the latter would require Twitter's co-operation. Something I don't see them doing without a law or court order making them.

So it *seems* the IMP can't even target one of the more public social platforms properly, unless the AC in the 1sr comment is correct.


Twitter already is https

The UK government mentioning twitter as one of the things they want to monitor the "who" on makes me smile, given it's already encrypted...

Man, 19, cuffed after burning Remembrance poppy pic is Facebooked


I find Cameron wearing a poppy while selling arms far more offensive.

The MC Act simply isn't designed to handle social media. It was to protect telephone operators, then users, then covered email. All one-to-one communications. It really cannot handle a virtual soapbox without stepping on free speech.

Slideshow: A History of First-person Shooters in 20 Games



It's technically an FPS, but pretty hardcore.

Xbox SmartGlass hits Android ahead of schedule


Not compatible

With the Sony Tablet S, computer says no.