* Posts by Horridbloke

417 posts • joined 23 Apr 2007


Brit police's use of facial-recognition tech is lawful, no need to question us, cops' lawyer tells Court of Appeal


Re: Mask

They probably already contain RFID chips.

Better late than never... Google Chrome to kill off 'tiny' number of mobile web ads that gobble battery, CPU power


Re: Look at the size of those thresholds!

It gets better... I think those thresholds are for a single ad. So presumably a page containing a dozen of these, requiring say 40MB of network data and completely choking the CPU for several minutes would be tolerated?

Nah. My data quota, phone battery life and my actual life is worth more than that.

AMD rips covers off 64-core Threadripper desktop monster, plus laptop chips, leaving Intel gesturing vaguely at 2021


Yes but...

... can it run the Crysis remaster?

BT's Wi-Fi Disc ads banned because there's no evidence the things work


Re: Standby for downvotes!

We just ditched Vodafone. Their routers are amazing, they last about six months on average. I just took a big bag of the ones we killed to the recycling centre.

(I wanted to just buy a good router and swap it in but the person whose name is on the bill wouldn't let me.)

So you locked your backups away for years, huh? Allow me to introduce my colleagues, Brute, Force and Ignorance


Not quite IT...

... but many years ago I successly coaxed the Student Union's dead VCR back to life by dropping it about a foot into a table. I explained to the people who needed it that there wasn't really anything to lose by trying it.

Ents rule.

Vendor-bender LibreOffice kicks out 6.4: Community project feel, though now with added auto-█████ tool


Re: last time an MS Office product crashed at random?

This morning. Excel 2010. Twice.


Re: Understatement

"There are several different ways to start this office suite and our users find this really confusing! Let's give them another one!".

Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia accused of hacking Jeff Bezos' phone with malware-laden WhatsApp message


@unfettered access

TO be fair the US investigators probably already have unfettered access.

The Nokia 3.2 is a phone your nan will love: One camera's more than enough, darling


Re: Sorry, this doesn't change my mind

If smartphones are annoying you that badly then why wait? Just buy one of the many dumb phones available and use that instead. You could probably sort it out during this week's grocery shop.

Go fourth and multi-Pi: Raspberry Pi 4 lands today with quad 1.5GHz Arm Cortex-A72 CPU cores, up to 4GB RAM...


Re: FLIRC case especially for the Pi4

Do you have a link for that case? I haven't found it at the obvious sites.

Neptune-sized oddball baffles astroboffins: It has a good atmosphere despite star-lashing


Oh what an atmosphere

I love a planet with a happy atmosphere.

The difference between October and May? About 16GB, says Microsoft: Windows 10 1903 will need 32GB of space


Re: what I am curious about...

"... is MS hereby committing..."


Idiot admits destroying scores of college PCs using USB Killer gizmo, filming himself doing it


Not equivalent

This isn't equivalent to ransomware. There's no potential gain, no cleverness involved.It's pure vandalism, like putting bricks into a few dozen car windscreens.

What bugs me the most? World+dog just accepts crap software resilience


Re: Who bears the cost ?

You've got it.

Historically industries have often benefited from "externalised costs", i.e. costs paid for by someone other than themselves. Some decades ago in the west this might have been the factory that dumped nasties into the nearby river and didn't worry about the people downstream. More recent examples include web companies who can't be bothered to secure their customers' details. Many classes of overt crime are simply taking the externalised costs thing to an extreme.

The answer is to identify externalised costs and re-internalise them through regulation. This can be a whole spectrum of measures but should definintely include scope for criminal charges because otherwise most players will continue not to care.

I'm not sure who will still want to write software though. I prefer to do good work but I haven't always had that option and the day I'm held legally responsible for the quality of code I write I'll be quitting.

NexDock 2: Electric Boogaloo. Crowdfunded laptop shell sequel touts less plastic, more pixels


Re: Server room tool

Peripherally McPeripheralface?

Security storm brewing for Oracle Java-powered smart cards: More than a dirty dozen flaws found, fixes... er, any fixes?


Re: your card

The card issuers are generally pretty clear about it remaining their card.


Re: update sim card???

Last time my provider needed to do that (for reasons that weren't entirely clear) they sent me a new sim in the post (notifying me beforehand by sms so I knew to expect it). Quite simple really.

Don't have a heart attack but your implanted defibrillator can be hacked over the air (by someone who really wants you dead)


The workaround...

... is to not get sick.

You've been dying to know. Here's the answer: The Milky Way tips the cosmic scales at '1.5tr' times mass of the Sun


I can't be the only one...

... who read that article in the voice of Eric Idle.

The Large Hadron Collider is small beer. Give us billions more for bigger kit, say boffins


Re: New name needed

"so what will "Bosonics" bring ?"

Hopefully a new era of vinegar.


Re: New name needed

Collidey McColliderface

IBM insists it's not deliberately axing older staff. Internal secret docs state otherwise...

Big Brother

Re: So Ginni should watch out.

If that happens they'll almost certainly be paid off in return for signing a compromise agreement.

Ready for Glasto-net? Cheap, local low-power networks up for grabs in the UK


I attended some sort of festival in August. It was near Gloucester.

We all got a badge that was also a phone (no, really) plus a sim card. There was an intention to provide a site-wide cell network. The conference organisers said they'd bought the necessary license from a bloke in a pub.

Sadly the network didn't work. It was a noble failure though.

Android Phones are 10: For once, Google won fair and square


Re: Define "win"

"... that there were no developers to attract by the time Microsoft entered the game."

What are you on about? Microsoft had been in the game, through various Windows CE monstrosities, long before Google set to work. They just weren't very good at it.

Teardown chaps strip away magic from Magic Leap's nerd goggles


Re: Missing parts

The unicorns are the glue surrounding the batteries.

Tired sysadmin plugged cable into wrong port, unleashed a 'virus'


Re: Common trick

"how to screw a network in 30 seconds".

A schoolfriend of mine apparently took out the network (which was only one large classroom / computer lab due to it being the eighties) by buying a 3.5mm-jack-to-BNC adaptor from Tandy and plugging his Sony Walkman into the network.

Git365. Git for Teams. Quatermass and the Git Pit. GitHub simply won't do now Microsoft has it


Calendar of events

September 2018: service is renamed "Coding For Windows Live".

October 2018: service now requires Silverlight to work.

July 2019: service is shut down following a generous 7 day notice period.

Shatner's solar-powered Bitcoin gambit wouldn't power a deflector shield


Re: Too late...

I've had my suspicions for a while now. Admit it Bob: you're William Shatner aren't you?

First A380 flown in anger to be broken up for parts


Re: Flown in anger?

Yes, "used in anger" means used for its intended real-world purpose (as opposed to being tested, trialled or involved in other sissiness).

Four hydrogen + eight caesium clocks = one almost-proven Einstein theory


Re: This is why science rocks

Of course, diluting tap water greatly increases its hydrating properties.

Leaked pics: Motorola to add 'unpatriotic' 5G to 4G phones with magnets

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Silly idea

I have a Moto Z2 Play and am very happy with my existing 4G. Let's assume the new shiny thing turns out to be really good and I encounter a good reason to adopt it, because that's what usually happens. I won't buy this bolt-on to my current phone to use it because..

- Mods are expensive - it won't be far off the cost of a brand new Moto G8 or G9 with built-in 5G.

- It won't work _quite_ as well as I hoped.

- The hardware will murder the battery life and pocketability of the phone.

- By the time 5G is reasonably mainstream my current phone will be dead, due to its knackered non-removable battery / finite-life flash memory / sat-upon screen.

Thanks Moto, I'll pass.

BOFH: Their bright orange plumage warns other species, 'Back off! I'm dangerous!'


Re: One evening about ten year ago...

Thanks 2Nick3 for clarifying the local situation. I guess I have too much faith in human nature.


One evening about ten year ago...

I was staying in a hotel in North Carolina. The fire alarm went off, possibly due to a lightning strike, so I grabbed my beers and eeepc and sat on a bench outside. Shortly afterwards the fire engine turned up. This was very large, very red and very gleamy with all the chrome bits on it. It also bore flashing lights.

The first thing the driver did upon leaving the vehicle was open a storage compartment, remove half a dozen traffic cones, and arrange them in a straight line a couple of feet from the front of the vehicle.

I have a lot of respect for the jobs firefighters do. Not so much for the pen pusher who'd decided those cones were needed.

Hold on. Here's an idea. Let's force AI bots to identify themselves as automatons, says Cali


Re: Identity politics

In that case we'll get calls that start with "GREETINGS. PUNY. HUMAN. I. AM. JEFF. I. ENJOY. EATING. PIES. I. TOO. AM. PUNY."


Creepiness aside...

... is there actually anything unethical about a software agent running on behalf of a business pretending to be human? Cali might as well compel people working in (some) call centres to warn callers that they probably won't be able to help with whatever problem they're being called about.


Re: As if it's hard to tell it's a bot.

"...can't be fooled by any computer known to man..."

It's a bit weird that you tested them all.

You've got to be kitten: Vet recruiter told to pay £1k after pinching info from ex-employer


Standard practice sadly

This seems to be entirely normal behaviour among recruiters. Mind you they seem to be drawn from the same pool as estate agents and car salespersons.

Get over yourselves: Life in the multiverse could be commonplace


Re: And I always thought it was Dark 'cos we can't see it

Dirty? It's going to get covered in fluff.

Windows Notepad fixed after 33 years: Now it finally handles Unix, Mac OS line endings


All those years...

... I've had Windows people doing things in notepad after I've asked them not to, ignoring the newline statutes of whatever it is they're trying to edit and then looking upset when the final result is completely munged up and I've told them they'll have to do it again only this time with a different tool. I think 2unlimited were in the charts the first time I had that conversation.

Yeah, nice try Redmond - do you really think we're going to fall for this one?

Exclusive to all press: Atari launches world's best ever games console


From what we currently know...

... the only way this new console could possibly be any good would be if it unexpectedly turned out to run SteamOS ( "any good" != "very good" ). The normal economic model for consoles - the hardware itself being a loss-leader - wouldn't work in that case, so to hit that price it would have to be a seriously underwhelming spec.

No good can come of this.

No top-ups, please, I'm a millennial: Lightweight yoof shunning booze like never before


@What does that say about the cross section surveyed?

Back in my day it was groups of 18-year-old lads self-consciously pretending they liked bitter because "cider's a boy's drink innit and I'm grown up now grrrrrr". A true grown up doesn't care what anyone else thinks.

'Your computer has a virus' cold call con artists on the rise – Microsoft


Re: Number Witheld.

... or we _could_ skip the racial slurs...

UK consumer help bloke Martin Lewis is suing Facebook over fake ads



"I'd much prefer to punch the smug little git."

But what appears on the screen isn't actually him, it's just a picture. If you punched it you'd just break the screen or, if it's a CRT, hurt your hand.

Tech bribes: What's the WORST one you've ever been offered?


Not me personally but...

... iirc the publishers of one of the earlier Doom games had to apologise after sending bags of offal to journalists. Now who wouldn't be delighted to receive a bag of guts?

(My google skills are failing badly today, only fleeting reference I found is at https://www.prweek.com/article/517197/video-games-strive-attention )

Facebook admits it does track non-users, for their own good


Re: to say it with that nice song from the South Park movie

Blame Zuckerberg!

Blame Zuckerberg!

He's not even a proper person anyway...

The new Black: Western Dig doubles capacity on slimmed-down flasher


Re: That Kid Looks Way Too Happy

He's in the nineties. Things were much happier back then.

Facebook supremo Mark Zuckerberg has flunky tell UK MPs: Nope, he's sending someone else


"catastrophic failure of process"

Has there actually been a failure of process? I kind of assumed it was all working exactly as intended.

Oh bucket! Unpack the suitcases. TRAPPIST-1 planets too wet to support life


Re: How much water?

The fondant centre is about 15% by volume.

2 + 2 = 4, er, 4.1, no, 4.3... Nvidia's Titan V GPUs spit out 'wrong answers' in scientific simulations


Re: Are they using the wrong datatype?

If it was just inappropriate use of floating point maths then results would still be repeatable.

Cambridge Analytica CEO suspended – and that's not even the worst news for them today


Re: Values

Values = what the company says it wishes would happen.

Policy = what the company wishes would happen.

Culture = what actually happens.



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