* Posts by Nursing A Semi

54 posts • joined 4 Jul 2008


Experian vows to drag UK's Information Commissioner's Office to court after being told off for data-slurping practices

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Re: So why?

Yes but, this is a little like 500 page T&Cs, nobody reads them so pointless. Unless asked directly "Do you want to opt in to having your data pimped out" then a bank like any other company is on dodgy ground under GDPR.

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So why?

Is the IC not going after the banks for passing them our data without our permission in the first place? Oh right, banks are based here, have ex cabinet ministers on their boards and friends in office.

Samsung to introduce automatic call blocking on Android 11-capable flagships

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Re: Let me help you with that...

I want one that goes with my default "And what are you wearing today....."

Third time's still the charm: AMD touts Zen-3-based Ryzen 5000 line, says it will 'deliver absolute leadership in x86'

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Re: Why skip a number series?

Odd numbers as the saloons, even numbers the coupes.

Entity list? Pah! Huawei rolls out updated laptops, including a pricey i7 ultrabook

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Do I need a new dictionary?

Oracle customers clamor for its hardware. Yup, hardware. It can't build Exadata fast enough

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On prem is dead, sell all your kit and move to the cloud. Cloud is dead, buy kit again and move to on prem cloud.

Android user chucks potential $10bn+ sueball at Google over 'spying', 'harvesting data'... this time to build supposed rival to TikTok called 'Shorts'

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So, if you tick the "yup I am happy to be spied upon" box, you get spied on?

Capita Consulting ditching more than a quarter of its workforce 45 days after consultations with consultants

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So, if you sack 25% of the people who normally spend their days telling other companies to sack 50% of their people, is this a net employment gain or loss?

Microsoft has a cure for data nuked by fat fingers if you're not afraid of the command line

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Takes me back

Mid to late 90s someone "can't remember if it was me" taught a friend DELTREE, our circle had to name him "Captain Deltree" after he used it about a dozen times to dramatic result. sadly think he deleted undelete along with the rest of the contents of his drive though.

NASA launches guide to Lunar etiquette now that private operators will share the Moon with governments

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Dmitry Rogozin, the head of Russia's space agency has criticised Washington for excluding Russia from early discussions about the space explorations act. "The principle of invasion is the same, whether it be the Moon or Iraq," he tweeted. or indeed Crimea?

Ampere, Nvidia's latest GPU architecture is finally here – spanking-new acceleration for AI across the board

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As far as shareholders are aware, all these A100s are going to be sold to gamers to power their rigs for the next generation of mincraft surely?

Got your number? Maybe. 118 118 Money shutters website after spotting an intruder

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Fee paid to parent company for use of name on every transaction >= profit on said transaction = net loss and no tax liability?

HP printer small print says kit phones home data on whatever you print – and then some

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So much negativity

Has anyone looked at the ink subscriptions? None subscription i can easilly use £30 a day and in fact threw out a canon printer after taking 4 attempts to get an A4 photo print I was happy with and finding that the attempt had consumed a £35 colour in cartridge. HP offering, free ink for 7 months and then £2 a month from then on. Suckers would be buying the cartridges without a subscription.

Police costs for Gatwick drone fiasco double to nearly £900k – and still no one's been charged

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900k Vs 14M

900k is a drop in the ocean compared to the millions being spent on anti drone measures that won't stop this kind of thing happening again.

Yes if someone accidently flys a drone near a major airport the new measures may assist plod in locating them, but if anyone with half a brain wants to disrupt airports with drones the new equipment won't rattle them a bit. I would guess given a specific type of drone and the correct tactics a couple of people could spend a day crusing drones down the runway at Gatwick with little to no fear of having their collars felt.

How an ace-hole AI bot built by Facebook, CMU boffins whipped a table of human poker pros

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Re: I'd like to see this on Wall Street

Stockmarket decisions are more about knowledge than game theory, which company is hiring, which firing, which opening up new offices/depots which closing, which is about to lose their key employee and which is gaining him. So yes I am sure Facebook has a bot capable of making good investment decisions but its noting to do with poker bots.

What's that? Uber isn't actually worth $82bn? Reverse-gear IPO shows the gig (economy) is up

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Uber should be applauded for bringing the stupididy and drive towards self destruction of the human race into such sharp focus.

People buy their shares knowing they are probably over priced, in fear that if they are the only ones who don't buy and by some miracle they do go up in value, they will look stupid / lose their jobs.

Their current business model relys on semi self imployed drivers earning them money which they plow into research into making semi self employed drivers redundent.

Honestly, you couldn't make it up.

Brit Police Federation cops to ransomware attack on HQ systems

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Run of the mill?

An organisation that speaks of ransomware infections as "run of the mill" raises a red flag for me, just how many infections a day, week or month do they get?

Kwik-Fit hit by MOT fail, that's Malware On Target

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Re: re: Too bad they couldn't continue operating as normal with paper records,

"One of the more dangerous ideas - hopefully slowly dying as the old gits die off - is the notion that when systems go titsup there's a magical paper alternative just waiting to take over."

Only correct in ill prepared and badly managed companies.

Not that long ago I was involved in a project to replace the majority of back end IT equipment at an airport. We were supposed to commence work post midnight after last passengers had left the building, but when fog thick enough to cut with a knife rolled in at around 8 PM all further arrivals were diverted and all departures cancelled.

By 9 PM someone gave us the go ahead to start work as the extra hours would give us a greater chance of hitting or 6 AM target.

By 9:30 fog had vanished and before 10 we were told planes would be landing and taking off again in short order. Unfortunately just about nothing IT related was working, no check in desks, no passport scanners, no bag tag printers and no gate readers all of which effect the passenger flow "back end systems within the airport also down but ATC had separate systems so presumably all OK".

Staff broke out A4 pads and some propriatory printed sheets and carried on as normal. Few grumbles here and there but basically business as normal.

Now if you can handle something as IT heavy as airline and airport management without any working IT, I would think customer A, needs to have part B fitted, at time C, in location E and overcharged by percentage F should be a walk in the park.

Alexa, cough up those always-on Echo audio recordings, says double-murder trial judge

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@ OP andAC

"Amazon hasn't promised to hand over any recordings yet just, despite this latest New Hampshire court order." Yet just??

"I finaly find out that it was the sound from the TV set or from a you tube video."

I remember complaints about a rogue app that kept the mic open and listening out for tv, radio and youtube adds in order to correlate listener/viewer data with handset owner info. I guess if they can add all the data collected on a smartphone with your computer browsing history and cookie data plus cable/satellite subscription / viewing habits you would make a pretty valuable advert target.

IBM turnover shrinks $28bn in 6 years but execs laugh all the way to the bank

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IBM are suffering from an interesting eye condtion effecting their ability to see past this years bonuses.

IBM were good with software and hosting, so they ramp up the margins on software causing their customers to look at alternatives and they tell all their hosting customers that cloud is the answer to all their problems then offer them an unreliable still in development cloud offering pushing them to either Amazon or Googles mature and feature rich services. Can't see any flaws with this myself, I am sure IBM have a long and healthy future.

Sheer luck helped prevent mid-air drone glider prang in Blighty

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In the name on fair, balanced and unbiased reporting I assume you interviewed the drone pilot to ascertain the luck element rather than the skill shown avoiding a collision with the glider?

Airbus doesn't just make aircraft – now it designs drone killers

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Besides mission planner software meaning no comms are required for drone to continue on its merry way, if you use UHF range extenders, directional antennas "you can get them that autotrack these days" or buy the new Voyager 4 which apparently includes option to control via 4G at any range and all this becomes totally useless.

What's dying on the vine and rhymes with IBM?

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Chrome off anyone who actually does any real work and replace them with 2 layers of management process.

It is safe to globally resource your build people because kit always arrives on site assembled and correctly configured doesn't it?

And as for keeping P-Series "shrinking market" but selling off X-Series "what do we need to grow our cloud offerings again?", simply great strategy.

The future is bright but sadly not blue.

Star's guts turned INSIDE OUT in supernova mega-blast

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"Then it went supernova and, as NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory has discovered, 300 years later" Shouldn't that read 11300 years later?

Blighty's gov to spunk up to £2.9b on crim-stalking tech

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Proven Tech

For years you have been able to get a small chip implanted in dogs or cats, would not be too great a leap to add a proximity detector for the home to alert when more than a given distance away from it either. Chip £18 and detector plus telephony maybe £200 - Job done.

Bookeen Cybook Opus

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Surely the screen rotates use same amount of power as turning a page?

Personally if it does I think this is a bad idea. Put book down carelessly and find it has rotated the page, pick it up and rotate it back to the way you want it and two lots of page turns from your 8000 have been used up. What’s wrong with having a rotate button anyway?

But regardless of this until they find an effective way of illuminating the screen, I will stick to reading on PDAs.

'Amateur' IBM brings down Air New Zealand

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Sounds more like a case of process creep to me.

Customer: Something just blew up log an incident!

Call centre: Certainly sir we will get right on it.

IM: Things blowing up tend to be problems not incidents, pass this back to the call centre.

Call centre: It seems this is a problem not an incident, would you like us to open a problem ticket?

Customer, I don’t care I just want it fixed.

PM: Well it does certainly look like a problem, but I think we will need to engage CM to raise an RFC to cover the work.

CM: The RFC needs customer and architect approval, we will get right on getting it, Oh but its 5 PM so the CM for this account has gone home, we will need to pass this back to call centre to engage OOH CM service.

Etc. Etc. Etc. Etc.

5 Hours later the 3rd party that looks after the power systems is engaged to come fix it.

Nokia netbook to land on 22 October

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But probably a good thing for the planet and the replacement battery vendors.

Sir Alan Sugar hits eject button at Viglen

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How the donald can any properly carried out selection process lead to awarding a desktop PC contract to Viglen?

We want your chairman to work for us, scratch scratch scratch... Yup no problem we will pop him in the post?

Tory who claimed brother's tech gear on expenses quits

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IT Angle

@ Dave Murray

None of that will happen due to member’s privilege, look up the derivation of "privilege" sometime it makes it all more than clear. One law for us and another private law for them.

Apple iPhone to get OLED screen, claims mole

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@ OrsonX

Well some comments do not make it past inspection, I tried to post a witty retort in relation to a typo but it ended up in the bin and the typo corrected.

So no you are not alone but the rest of us are all sat in the recycle bin.

Emtec Movie Cube S800 DVR

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Hi Def?

No support for most Hi-Def video files in a high-Def streamer seems to make it a doorstop IMHO.

One in 20 corporate PCs infested by bots

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Could be accurate enough.

I recently downloaded a selection of month old Malware from Usenet "48 to 70k .exe files listed as movies music etc."

I checked the files using several popular AV programs and only one detected anything amongst them. Kasperski detected 4 out of 5 of them as various downloader’s and Trojans.

I submitted the 4 samples to ESET which took another week to include them in their DB.

So although the motives of the release seem suspect, I would not be at all surprised to discover the findings where accurate enough.

Police drop investigation into 'rent-a-Lords'

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Members Privilege

If you get caught being a corrupt shop assistant who has fiddled a few pounds, result will be the sack and criminal prosecution.

If you get caught being a corrupt politician who has fiddled a few hundred thousand pounds the result will be that the system was at fault and a decision will be made to look into ways of changing it so it is no longer classed as fiddling.

Members Privilege

Privilege = Private Law

You did what? The trials of supporting remote users

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Server issues

We once sent a remote engineer to a site in Scotland to install a server with satellite uplink for a major chain of car dealerships.

He arrived on site to find a parcelforce van parked in the middle of a field with the driver wondering who to hand the collection of bexes to.

It transpired that the dealership was not scheduled to be built for another 6 months and the project manager had got his gant chart slightly wrong.

Isle of Man gov gets social

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The island is famous for :

Rain rain and more rain, short curly haired men and women with no tails.

Jacqui Smith cracks down on gangs via computers, closets

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They are planning on having this on the books for April are they?

I was worried the government might be loosing the plot there for a while, but now I see they are just having a bit of April fools fun.

Intel plucks power from TV signals

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Freetards unite.

If you live close enough to a TV or Radio mast, you can align some florescent tubes correctly and obtain free lighting all be it usually at less than the brightness you would get from plugging them in.

Question is, if enough people did this would we all miss out of the wonders of BBC local radio when more than 1 mile away from the mast? Sounds like a good thing to me lets all get busy.

Belkin boss 'extremely sorry' for cash-for-good-reviews plan

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Paris Hilton

Oh Dear!

Hands up those who realised my first post was not inteded to be taken seriously?

This is a story about paying people to say nice things about Belkin. I not only said nice things but went so far as to state "Personally I buy every product Belkin bring to market, often buying two or three extras to give to family and friends." and people stil thought I was serious?

I am sorry but obviously the El Reg readership is haing an off day.

Paris because even she would have spotted it.

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Nice to see.

Nice to see Belkin coming clean, they are a really great coimpany that make really great products and are only let down by one or two over zealous members of saff.

Personally I buy every product Belkin bring to market, often buying two or three extras to give to family and friends.

LG confirms 2009 launch for 3G wristphone

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I think it will be a speaker phone, now you will be able to hear someone shouting "where are you" and well as the reply "I am on the train"!

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Is it just me that thinks the clasp looks like it will be really uncomfortable?

Good job the talk time is so low, means you get to remove the nasty metal pointy things every two hours and give your wrist a rest.

Swoopo - eBay's (more) evil twin

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What a bargain

I just took a look at the uk site. Currently a PS3 is approaching £150 which means the site will be getting £800 for an item costing around £200.

Dam wish I had thought of it, so many suckers out there.

Microsoft eyes metered-PC boondoggle

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@ Neil Greatorex

While I can see why you posted the way you did, I have to say your post fails on many levels.

Vista should boot in less than a minute on any mid level PC. I have 2 PCs running vista "one a old P4" and neither takes more than 60 secs to get up and running. These have been running Vista for quite a while and have plenty of Apps installed. I am not saying Vista is perfect but only a very badly setup PC would take more than 90 secs to boot it.

And running XP that has not had "a single update sine 2004"? You have so many unpatched vunerabilities / gaping holes in your OS that you may as well just post your passwords/credit card details straight onto every black ops website out there, that is assuming your collection of bot net clients haven't already done it for you.

Asus sexes up Eee PC 1000 series

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Single core

So a new netbook with a single core CPU just when everyone will be buying dual core Atom equipped netbooks?

Good call Asus, your really on the ball.

Nintendo whacked with $5m Wii strap lawsuit

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Dead Vulture

Just me?

Is it just me that wishes I lived somewhere that had liberal laws on gun ownership when I read of these lawsuits?

Her child broke her TV while swinging a console controller around and she wants 5 Mil from Nintendo?

/me loads shotgun and then wanders off muttering "I am the angel of death and the time of purification is at hand".

Aussie convicted over Simpsons sex pics

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Destroy you collection

Time to get rid of your Simpsons, Southpark and Family Guy DVD collections before the dawn chorus includes the sounds of large policemen battering in your front door.

I am certain that once we have similar cartoon/drawing laws in place then all of these programs will contain material that could land you in court.

Looks like America will soon be the only place that gets to watch all of their home grown TV.

Customs warns of killer consoles

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Something doesn't add up

Saw the customs woman on the news this morning, she stated that the dodgy DS boxes only contrain the console, no paperwork or power supply like with the genuine article.

Then warned that the power supplies are dodgy and could cause fires!

McKinnon suffers further legal setback in extradition fight

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So at a cost of several hundred thousand "or is it millions now" the UK tax payer gets to fund a 3 year legal battle, now we should pay the costs associated with making him somebodies bitch for several years?

Afraid from my perspective we should be billing the US for the legal costs and letting them put him up in their own high security pink palaces.

BOFH: Fine detective work

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@ Jim the Boss

Please tell me this is what passes for irony in the colonies these days.

And no Jim I am not doing the laundry.



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