* Posts by Don Bannister

28 publicly visible posts • joined 29 Jul 2008

Asda IT staff shuffled off to TCS amid messy tech divorce from Walmart

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What could possibly go wrong ?!

".... changing the application software, infrastructure, and business processes at the same time".

Pakistan punishes tax dodgers with new measures to ensure telcos cut off their mobile phones

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Please file your overdue tax return using our App. Oh - you can't - we've cut you off for late filing ....

Payoff from AI projects is 'dismal', biz leaders complain

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Oh but they are fun :-)

Microsoft sued by ParTec in Texas over AI supercomputer patents

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Patents !

I'm wondering if it might be worthwhile filing a patent for "Techniques for building a computing machine out of bits for building a computing machine" !

BT delays deadline for digital landline switch off date

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All that old copper

"The urgency for switching customers onto digital services grows by the day because the 40-year-old analogue landline technology is increasingly fragile".

Rather a different view now, contrasting with their earlier wish to "sweat the copper assets" with ADSL, ADSL Max, ADSL 2+, V-Fast, etc.

If they'd gone for the full fibre earlier, methinks today's urgency wouldn't be quite so bad ....

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Re: Market farces => predictable effects

So glad you mentioned the Lancaster case. I have read it, and it's quite scary how bad things got quite quickly ....

The UK reveals it's spending millions on quantum navigation

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About INS

I was wondering about "traditional" INS too. Were you referring to mechanical gyros, or the somewhat fancier laser gyros ? I'd also be a bit worried by the "low temperature" requirement for the quantum version. Hardly trivial or light in weight.

There is a trend towards using GNSS based approaches at airports. Given the vulnerability of such systems, this strikes me as less than ideal.

I know ILS and other ground-based systems are costly to install and run, but surely they will be rather more resilient.

And don't get me going on the reliance of cellular phones, DAB radio, etc on satellite sourced precision timing ....

911 goes MIA across multiple US states, cause unclear

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Re: Tharg Note: ‘Behind CenturyLink’s 911 Service Outage of 2014’

40 million seems an odd number. Certainly doesn't seem to be binary related. Arbitrary choice by programmer ?!

Outlook.com trips over Google's spam blocking rules

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Puzzled !

Surely an alias address will still be from the same outlook.com domain. Or is Google filtering on individual addresses, rather than the domain ?

The Register meets the voice of Siri Down Under

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I once worked on a TV quiz show that used a voiceover artist. She had recorded the network messages for an Irish mobile operator. She said she'd completely forgotten about it until checking her voicemails one day, and heard herself !

Ahead of IPO, Reddit blends advertising into user posts

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LLM training includes adverts

So they're adding adverts to the stream of consciousness that is being ingested to train an AI LLM !

I'm sure that'll do wonders for the quality of output ....

Nokia brainwave turns cell towers into cash cows with backup batteries

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Sods Law

will dictate the mains failure will occur just after you've run the batteries down to export power at a good price ....

How governments become addicted to suppliers like Fujitsu

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Re: Anointed proprietary monopoly

Though, unless something changes, she is still a CBE ....

PLACEHOLDER ONLY Someone please write witty headline here

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Some years ago, while using specialist development software written by a chap we knew, was rather surprised to encounter the error "Pointer f***ed" (and without asterisks !!)

Bank's datacenter died after travelling back in time to 1970

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Re: Priorities

I used to work in the broadcast world, and came across a couple of such stories where the big boss wanted to know what was going on ....

1. In person. "What are you doing to get this fixed ?" Reply: "Talking to you"

2. On the phone, after rather tetchy reply from the fixer. "Do you know who I am ?" Reply: "Yes - do you know who I am ?" "No" Reply: "Good !"

Home of the world's longest pleasure pier joins public sector leak club

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Re: Your NI number isn't privileged and nothing should hang off it

They aren't unique - do tell how that might come about !

And I've found quite a lot of banks & finance institutions do indeed use your NI number - quite often for ID and/or anti-laundering checks ....

Customer data security is our highest priori- ha ha ha whatever, suckers

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Top article Dabbsy !

A lot of good sense about security issues. A trailer for "UFO" and a Pink Floyd video. Oh - and use of the word effulgent. What more do you need on a Friday ?

Not sure if you're STILL running Windows XP? AmIRunningXP.com to the rescue!

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Re: For some reason...

The source code for that site is quite an amusing read ....

Comprehensive security in the home

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Re: WebRoot

Just out of curiosity. I can see what appears to be two different Webroot companies. One has a dot co dot uk (Webroot Software Inc), and the other has a dot com with a /gb/en/ (Webroot). To which were you referring ? Cheers.

Texas students hijack superyacht with GPS-spoofing luggage

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Unless the team had the luxury of a cruise from Texas, I wonder what airport security / TSA would make of a box of GPS spoofing kit. Though in practice, my experience suggests that the more complicated something looks, the less attention it gets !

Would I be right in assuming the equipment has to spoof multiple GPS satellites ?

Post-pub nosh deathmatch: Bauernfrühstück v bacon sarnie

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Don Pita

I must say I reckon that Don Pita bears a _remarkable_ resemblance to a certain Michael Barratt (he of BBC Nationwide, many years ago) ! Wanders off in nostalgia ....

Airline leaves customer on hold for 15 hours

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Music on hold !

.... 5 minuets - a bit of relaxing music - nice idea !

Further - I know of a certain accounts software company in the North East whose helpline gives you the option of selecting the genre of hold music you'd like :-)

Religious wars brewing in ICANN gTLD expansion

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What about howmanydaysisitto.christmas ?!

German KIT v Fighting Seawolves in student cluster deathmatch

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Re: Stoney Brook?

Mmm - tried that link. It came up with a message I wasn't expecting:

"This video contains content from Channel 4, who has blocked it in your country on copyright grounds"

I'm in Northern Ireland, which AFAIK is in the UK. Unless I missed something on the news ! My ISP is Virgin Media (cable), the location of whose IP addresses I would have thought were easily determined.

Google adds default end-to-end encryption to search

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When on google.co.uk ?

As the title says. If you put in https:// for google.co.uk, it just reverts to a normal http:// connection.

'Race against time' to find LOST TREES from the MOON

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What's WITH the random CAPITALISED words in THE headlines

As it says. This author has done this a few times - I'm wondering what it means ....

CNN flashes gay todger over interwebs

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Irish ?

Just wondering if Lester maybe has some Irish relatives. Gobshite is a particularly splendid word when said with an Irish accent. And much used on the Emerald Isle, too !

Lateral thought saves sizzling server

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Solving another intermittent problem

When I was at Uni studying Engineering some years ago, we had a Professor who did a bit of external consultancy. He would occasionally tell us about some of the jobs, and this one was my favourite.

He was called to a paper mill to try and find out why just every now and then the paper was coming out with uneven thickness and, at considerable cost, had to be thrown away.

He looked around at the operation and asked them a few questions. He then said that he could fix it and named (by his own admission !) a hefty price. They were so keen to get it resolved they went for it.

He said "See that window up there - put some blinds on it". He'd worked out that when the sun was in a certain position it was falling on just part of the mill rollers and they were expanding with the heat !

I do hope there are still guys like him teaching ....