* Posts by David Nash

1096 posts • joined 15 Jul 2008


0ops. 1,OOO-plus parking fine refunds ordered after drivers typed 'O' instead of '0'

David Nash

The point of fining people is to ensure that people pay for their parking.

If it can be shown that you paid the correct amount for parking for the duration in that location, then there is no justification for a fine for a minor, trivial, or inconsequential mistake in the process.

Yet these companies and their rules seem to make it their mission to make it hard for drivers and refuse appeals for no obvious reason.

They need to be held to some kind of standards when awarding them the contracts.

Ruling that a paper ticket is non-transferrable to a different vehicle is another one that's unjustifiable in my view, but that's a different story.

If you think Mozilla pushed a broken Firefox Android build, good news: It didn't. Bad news: It's working as intended

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Genuine question

This does sound like a disaster, and I agree with the sentiment that they shouldn't just foist an upgrade on people under the disguise of a regular update.

However, don't people just use the Android built-in back button, which seems to serve as a Browser "back" in my experience?

I am more likely to use the browser's "forward" button for times when I accidentally pressed back, than the browser's "back".

Nominet promises .uk owners it'll listen to feedback on plan to award itself millions... as long as it agrees with it

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Sounds like they are not "members" in the usual sense, if they are pretty much powerless in this regard, as it seems.

Please stop hard-wiring AWS credentials in your code. Looking at you, uni COVID-19 track-and-test app makers

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And the UK ones don't count towards any kind of credit scoring so they are not really a true "debt" in the sense that they are a burden. They are best regarded as a graduate tax which will be cancelled after 30 years at the most.

Sun welcomes vampire dating website company: Arrgh! No! It burns! It buuurrrrnsss!

David Nash

Re: Was that said with a sarcastic tone?

Seemed pretty clear to me that it was.

Geneticists throw hands in the air, change gene naming rules to finally stop Microsoft Excel eating their data

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if someone sends a CSV and it opens in excel just by double-clicking, then people are going to double-click. You can't stop people doing things the easy way except by actually preventing it from working.

(Corrupting the data silently so they may not notice doesn't count as preventing it from working)

Microsoft to Cortana: you’re not going out dressed in iOS or Android, young lady!

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Re: Yes

"use 80's/90's tech (probably easily hackable)"

No, because it's not online.

Garmin staggers back to its feet: Aviation systems seem to be lagging, though. Here's why

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Down for "Maintenance"

I didn't hear about this until today, but it explains why, when I went for my run on Sunday, the Connect app said they were down for "maintenance".

Today the app says they are coming back and thanks for having patience.

USA seeks Moon and Mars nuke power plant designs ready to fly in 2027

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Re: What are they going to do with the heat?

Radiation is radiation. There's no "inefficient" way of radiating. You might be thinking of convection.

Butterfingers who don't bother with phone cases, rejoice: New Gorilla Glass 'Victus' tipped to survive 6ft drops

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Re: Is dropping your phone common?

Dropping onto the point of a stone is probably more damaging than a 6-foot drop where it lands flat, or even on the phone's edge.

It only needs to be a small stone, like on a road, and all the energy of the drop gets concentrated onto that spot.

Sick of AI engines scraping your pics for facial recognition? Here's a way to Fawkes them right up

David Nash

Re: That's already been done by Magritte

I wondered why that particular example was chosen. Probably for this reference.

'First ever' snap emerges of something vaguely resembling our solar system 300 ly away. We'll take 10 tickets

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Re: Are those numbers right???

Don't forget that the force due to gravity is a function of the masses of both objects, so the attraction of Gas Giants to their sun would be greater than that of small comets (assuming a giant has a giant mass, despite being gas), even at that great distance.

After all, galaxies manage to attract each other too at relatively vast distances. Gravity goes on forever, in theory.

If you can read this, your Windows 10 2004 PC really is connected to the internet no matter what the OS claims

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Similar but not quite the same

I wonder if it's related? One W10 laptop in my house has recently and intermittently begun throwing up a dialog box stating that Wifi is switched off, when it clearly isn't.

Ethernet works, it just doesn't want to use the Wifi.

Rebooting didn't help reliably but sometimes disconnecting and reconnecting the (not actually switched off) wifi does work.

Black hole destroys corona

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Leaving astronomers "bewildered"?

Leaving astronomers very interested.


Why do some news stories feel that scientists have to be bewildered, baffled, etc, when observing something not seen before.

As credited to Asimov (possibly): "The Most Exciting Phrase in Science Is Not ‘Eureka!’ But ‘That’s funny …"

United Arab Emirates’ Mars probe successfully launched and phones home

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Re: Honestly no idea what are they proud of

According to the BBC story:

"Emirati and US engineers and scientists worked alongside each other to design and build the spacecraft systems and the three onboard instruments that will study the planet."


"considerable work was also undertaken at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) in Dubai."

and quoting the University of Boulder, Colorado LASP spokesperson:

"Their propulsion engineers have now done it and they know how to do it the next time they build a spacecraft."

So let's not take it away from them. Anyone putting together a Mars mission for the first time is going to need to lean heavily on others' experience.

TomTom bill bomb: Why am I being charged for infotainment? I sold my car last year, rages Reg reader

David Nash

Re: As I read that

It wiped the car. It just didn't wipe Tom Tom's customer database, which is not in the car.

Keep it Together, Microsoft: New mode for vid-chat app Teams reminds everyone why Zoom rules the roost

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Re: Blu Tack

My camera doesn't need the Blu-Tack, Teams just stopped recognising it overnight.

Never mind rail and ports, let's help DPD... and, er, Amazon: UK gov and ESA call for ways to slap logistics with 5G stick

David Nash

Seems a bit back to front

I may have misinterpreted but it sounds like they are saying, we have this wizzy new 5G thingy, does anyone have any idea what we can use it for?

A volt from the blue: Samsung reportedly ditches wall-wart from future phones

David Nash

The point is, pretty much everyone who will be buying one of these will already have a compatible charger. Are you saying they have to bundle an unwanted charger to maintain their "high end" image?

After huffing and puffing for years, US senators unveil law to blow the encryption house down with police backdoors

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Re: stupidity out of ignorance or avarice

It's not at all unreadable.

Although there is an interesting spelling of "intents and purposes".

Someone got so fed up with GE fridge DRM – yes, fridge DRM – they made a whole website on how to bypass it

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Re: Advertent FUD

And vice versa, although the scaled-up kettles and everything else is a pain, if you grew up with the taste of hard water, soft water is not nice to drink.

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes: UK man gets 3 years for torching 4G phone mast over 5G fears

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Re: @ Iglethat & "since hes proven that hes a gullible idiot"

The only planets that change shape, "much like the moon" are Venus and Mercury, because they are between us and the sun, also "much like the moon". The shapes seen are explained by the fact that they are round "much like the moon".

The other planets we can see (yes I have several telescopes and have verified this) are always seen as round, because they are.

Contact-tracer spoofing is already happening – and it's dangerously simple to do

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Smishing warning

I got a warning from Three in the form of an SMS telling me to click an anonymous-looking link to get more info.

David Nash

Re: This is not how security works

Exactly....they've confused false positive with false negative.

Even if it is obvious when you're talking to a real professional, it doesn't mean that it would be obvious if you are talking to a scammer.

Quibi, JetBlue, Wish, others accused of leaking millions of email addresses to ad orgs via HTTP referer headers

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Re: URL referral should be talked about more

Passing on the referrer as the *page* you came from is one thing, but passing on the full url including personal stuff like this is more than some might expect.

So how do the coronavirus smartphone tracking apps actually work and should you download one to help?

David Nash

Re: Good for data-less phone plans

It seems that many people don't wear watches these days because they think it's quicker to get their phone out and view the time than tilting their wrist. These people may not agree that this kind of device is useful as you said.

But these people probably would just use a smartphone app.

My issue with this is that I don't leave Bluetooth on all the time.

Ofcom waves DAB radio licences under local broadcasters' noses as FM switchoff debate smoulders again

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Re: Why National for a station called "London Live"

The actual quote from the article is " 1.47 per cent of the UK's total potential viewers"

and I read "potential" as "London".

Marriott Hotels hacked AGAIN: Two compromised employee logins abused to siphon off 5.2m guests' personal info

David Nash

Agreed, I received one of these and wasn't sure if it was genuine, due to the varied domain names used.

It would not be unexpected to receive a phishing email claiming "click here to see if your details were compromised"

It's time to track people's smartphones to ensure they self-isolate during this global pandemic, says WHO boffin

David Nash

People do need to think for themselves a bit, not just say "anything not explicitly prohibited is a good idea".

The way the virus was escalating through Europe at that time meant it was a stupid idea to travel for such a non-essential reason.

Google reveals the wheels almost literally fell off one of its cloudy server racks

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Re: Why bother?


You do work by transferring energy to the rack, kinetic to get it moving, and potential if you are lifting it, even 1mm.

It's worth noting that the SI unit of both work and energy is the same thing, the Joule.

Also not a physicist so please correct me if necessary.

Stuck at home? Need something to keep busy with? Microsoft has 115 ideas – including an awful SMBv3 security hole to worry about

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Re: Imagine a user...

Users are not normally aware of the OS as a separate thing.

It's just "the computer", "my stuff", and "the internet". And the second two are overlapping.

Grab a towel and pour yourself a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster because The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is 42

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DNA in Birmingham

I met Douglas in a bookshop in Birmingham when I was a student. He was there with co-author Mark Carwardine for a signing of Last Chance to See. A group of us from the RAG society heard he was there and decided to go down dressed in suitably menacing attire and flan him with a plate of shaving-foam, as was the habit back then, as part of the charity fund-raising we did.

To his huge credit he was well up for it and afterwards signed my copy of the book "with deep hatred and resentment".

Your phone wakes up. Its assistant starts reading out your text messages. To everyone around. You panic. How? Ultrasonic waves

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Re: Stupid millennial pranks

The Castle Defense...defending against the terrifying attack known as "knocking on the door"?

Artful prankster creates Google Maps traffic jams by walking a cartful of old phones around Berlin

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Re: Knew it.

To be fair, all you have to do is think "how does Google know there's slow traffic here?" and the answer is pretty obvious.

Microsoft: 14 January patch was the last for Windows 7. Also Microsoft: Actually...

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Re: it's all curable, and worth it

Ditto wifi got broken on Win 10 by a driver update.

Fortunately I know how to roll it back. Others may not have been so lucky.

Apple sues iPhone CPU design ace after he quits to run data-center chip upstart Nuvia

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Of course a deposit is a loan

Loans and deposits are the same thing but the parties are the other way round. And no, not all deposits pay interest but that's down to the specific terms of the deposit/loan, as are the details of where how much can be paid back and when.

Why is the printer spouting nonsense... and who on earth tried to wire this plug?

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Re: DIY Electricians

Upvoted to compensate for downvotes - nothing wrong with asking a question if you don't know the answer and would like to be educated.

UK parcel firm Yodel plugs tracking app's random yaps about where on map to snap up strangers' tat

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In Other Words, the Isle Of Wight.

BBC tells Conservative Party to remove edited Facebook ad featuring its reporters

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Since you stopped watching it a long time ago, how do you know it's not funny any more?

Not being funny when you stopped watching (whenever that was) doesn't mean it isn't sometimes or regularly funny.

'Ethical' hackers say: It's just hacker. To be one is no longer a bad thing

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It doesn't matter what the origins or "real" meanings are, to the media hackers are bad, and so the term needs the "ethical" label when they are not.

Similar to how the media redefined Troll to mean bully.

Can't you hear me knocking? But I installed a smart knocker

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Re: Well that was a waste...


2. Ask the product designer, not the end-user

3. That would have spoiled the story. By the way what's the difference between an "apartment" and a "flat" in your world? In mine, apartment is an up-market (or left-pondian) word for flat.


5. I wouldn't bother reading any more of SFTW if you don't get satire.

UK ads watchdog slaps Amazon for UX dark arts after folk bought Prime subs they didn't want

David Nash

Re: Prime is evil..

Prime is actually quite good and useful for some, it's just these sales techniques that are evil.

Margin mugs: A bank paid how much for a 2m Ethernet cable? WTF!

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Re: Adelphia

Oh cable TV company...I thought it meant HDMI cable seller

So we're going back to the Moon: NASA triggers countdown by firing up spacecraft production

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Re: Party-Pooper

The Earth can take care of itself really, what we're really messing up is the atmosphere that supports human and other life. If we kill ourselves, the Earth won't really care, it will carry on regardless.

The moon doesn't really have anything to take care of in those terms.

UK Supreme Court unprorogues Parliament

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I'm finding it all rather entertaining!

Remember that security probe that ended with a sheriff cuffing the pen testers? The contract is now public so you can decide who screwed up

David Nash

Re: Pentesting

Their job was to test security, not to break in without getting caught. They did their job very well. They guys who caught them passed the test.

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

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Re: validation

on the subject of validation - why oh why don't they write these things to ignore trailing spaces?

I KNOW my email address (or my phone number etc) doesn't have a trailing space but my predictive keyboard inserted it..just ignore it!

Snoops can bypass iOS 13 lock screen to eyeball your address book. Apple hasn't fix it yet. Valid flaw? You decide

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It's probably not that you would want to change the "To" field, , rather it just drops you into the standard sending text dialog, where changing the "To" is a normal feature.

Facebook: Remember how we promised we weren’t tracking your location? Psych! Can't believe you fell for that

David Nash

Re: iOS & Location Tracking

What are you confused about? That's the whole point of the article.

Apple programs Siri to not bother its pretty little head with questions about feminism

David Nash

A "Holly" personality would be a nice option for these devices. Not that I use them but it would make it more tempting.



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