* Posts by iRadiate

130 publicly visible posts • joined 13 Jan 2009


UK's proposed alt.GDPR will turn Britain into a 'test lab' for data harvesting


Re: @Doctor Syntax

So ⅔ has nothing to do with brexit.

Samsung cops to data leak after unsolicited '1/1' Find my Mobile push notification


Go on then. I dare you to revert to a dumb phone. :)

Last one out, hit the lights: UK energy supplier SSE to axe 115 bodies from tech department


Re: Suicidal


Massive assumption.

I've worked with them. IT guys are a bunch of entrenched old guys blocking any moves to introduce new tech or processes just to keep them going till retirement.

DBAs unable to optimise their databases. OS guys unable to manage simple things like disk space let alone correctly configure kermal parameters. Whole place needs a clean out. Not saying that outsourcing is the answer but something needed to be done as the SSE business and hence their customers were essentially being held hostage by IT staff afraid to lose their jobs or learn new skills.

UK taxpayers funded Grand Theft Auto V maker to tune of £42m – while biz paid no corp tax and made billions


Re: The FIFTH sequel?!

Some of those are prequels.

That's a hell of Huawei to run a business, Chinese giant scolds FedEx after internal files routed via America


Re: the real enemy

In which case you take the lesser of 2 or more evils. The US has the dubious honour of being at the top of the list

Big Red's big pay gap: $13,000 gulf between male and female Oracle staffers – reports


Re: If you're white and male you'll never get it

Wong again.

Let's make things really simple. You will never understand the struggles a fish faces because you're not a fish.. Does that make me fishist for making a statement based solely on your species.? You've misunderstood what the letters 'ist' mean at the end of sexist or racist. You'll never understand the struggles a homeless person faces because I'm assuming you have a roof over your head. Does that make me a person who DISCRIMINATES against homeless people? No it bloody doesn't. That's what sexist and racist means. I don't discriminate . I do my best to understand the others point of view while fully accepting that because of my gender and colour I probably won't fully get it. That's all I'm saying. As white males you'll never fully understand what females and non whites of any gender go through on a daily basis in their workplace. It's not meant to be a criticism. Its just a fact that you need to bear in mind when commenting on issues that you yourself are not directly affected by.


Re: If you're white and male you'll never get it

Wrong. I never said you can't do something because of colour or sex. What I said was that you won't 'get it'. As a male I'll never fully understand the discrimination that women face. As an able bodied person I'll never fully understand the issues disabled people face . That doesn't make me or anyone a bad person. It's simply the reality of the world. If you haven't taken a step in another person's shoes you will never fully understand their struggles. Hence why most of the comments here will be made on the basis of not fully understanding the issue.


Re: All else being equal...

Ridiculous comment. It's not a simple equation about John and Jane. You need to look at the hiring policy over a period of time.


John works for oracle. He's an Oracle Financials consultant. Oracle find they need more consultants so they go on a recruitment drive and employ 3 more people: Jack, Amit and Jane. All 3 have equal skills. Amit and Jane are paid less than Jack; Amit because he's brown and Jane because she doesn't have a penis. What's more after a year in their new roles Jack gets a larger bonus. Now prove that Jack is the more productive person. If you're white and male you'll never get it. I'm brown. I work for oracle. I get paid less than my white counterparts. I always have in every company I've worked for. Fact. If I try to do anything about it I'll get a reputation for being difficult and will probably make things worse for myself. Those women in the US should be congratulated for being brave.

Attention all British .eu owners: Buy dotcom domains and prepare to sue, says UK govt


Re: Wow, it's almost...

UK born is irrelevant. If you're based outside the UK then why on earth should you have a say in a country where you do not live? Defense, health, education, national security etc of the UK does not impact on you. It does impact on those that live and work and pay taxes in the country in which they were born.

Identity stolen because of the Marriott breach? Come and claim your new passport


I booked into Starwood 5 times in 3 years. That's 5 lots of data relating to me. It's not 500 million people but 500 million data records.

On the seventh anniversary of Steve Jobs' death, we give you 7 times he served humanity and acted as an example to others


Re: Rude

politeness demands that we not use the anniversary of their death for that purpose.

Politeness? Really? I would say perhaps hipocracy. Your happy to piss on his grave 364 days of the year.


Re: Classic Reg, keeping it classy

Are you saying we shouldn't piss on a dead man's grave or that it's too soon to do so?

The article called it as it was. Is there anything misleading in it? Are there any factual inaccuracies?

The guy was a mean bastard who created some neat tech. But to get where he eventually reached he pissed on many people and the article simple makes sure people understand that.


He's probably turning in his iGrave.

New Zealand border cops warn travelers that without handing over electronic passwords 'You shall not pass!'


Re: Mission Creep

Factory reset when you land. With android it takes just a few minutes once you have WiFi to get back to where you were. With nova launcher even my user experience can be restored from a backup.

I'd love to see the expression on the immigration officer's face when he switches on my phone and has to configure it from scratch only to find there's nothing on it.

UK networks have 'no plans' to bring roaming fees back after Brexit


I too voted to leave. I had my reasons but immigration wasn't one of them.

Not ashamed and don't need to justify myself in the same way I don't need to justify voting labour, conservative or liberal dem.

UK.gov finally adds Galileo and Copernicus to the Brexit divorce bill




I'm sure

US tech circles wagons as India reviews data protection proposals


Nothing wrong with a local cloud :)

Foot lose: Idiot perv's shoe-mounted upskirt vid camera explodes


Now we know what happened to all those Note 7s

They've been repurposed as shoe cameras.


Clearly a noob

He was obviously a newbie; dipping his toe in the water as it were.

Firefox to feature sponsored content as of next week


Re: Not buying it - This is a badly timed Slippery Slope

Money has to come from somewhere so why can't a tiny amount of the normal ad revenue be shared with Mozilla and any other developer of web browsers?

E.g. I visit CNN. An ad is displayed. CNN get paid a small amount when someone clicks on that ad but a small percentage of that payment also goes to the company that developed the browser that allowed the user to visit CNN in the first place.

Blighty stuffs itself in Galileo airlock and dares Europe to pull the lever


Have I made myself clear?

Sorry no.

What if the game was Risk?

India completes its GPS alternative, for the second time


Why should india spend all that money to resolve those issues in the UK and US?

Terix boss thrown in the cooler for TWO years for peddling pirated Oracle firmware, code patches


I wish I could but you're anonymous :)

Oracle sued over claims of shoddy service, licensing designed to force adoption of its kit


Fine so when theres an article about MS that you need to comment upon feel free to talk about your experiences....until then this is about bashing Oracle. Not all oracle is bad. I work for them and there are people here who genuinely care but unfortunately we get let down by the less caring bastards higher up the food chain

Nest reveals the first truly connected home


Re: The question is...

Locks are one thing but Nest also want to be in the security alarm business and for that you need both the product and the installed to be EN50131 certified. It's a legal requirement. Check the small print in your contents insurance. I've just lost 8k worth of shit from a burglary 2 weeks ago and found my contents were not covered for precisely that reason.



Does nest comply with EN50131; a legal requirement in the UK. Plus the installer must also be EN50131 certified so you can just buy these off Amazon and install away not if you want to be covered by your insurance. A cursory google shows only a few select insurance companies in the US that will cover a home protected by a Nest system

Brit retailer Currys PC World says sorry for Know How scam


Re: Sharp Practice

I find it amazing how difficult it is for some peoplw to say no.

As soon as any retailer starts the sales pitch within a few spoken words i just interrupt and say no thanks. Sometimes the poor sales chap might start the 'lets scare the crap out of the buyer' by stating that the warranty is only for a year and that after the warranty period.... Blah blah blah to which i respond with the sales of goods act which says that the item being purchased needs to be manufactured to a reasonable standard etc. Basically it means that while you might expect a 1 year warranty for a toaster that cost 50 quid to last a year, a flat screen tv that cost 1500 is expected to last a lot longer e.g 5 years. I think its one of then reasons John Lewis gives free 5 year warranties not because they're nice people but because its deemed a 'reasonable' period of time for an expensive product to last.

Birmingham UK to Uber: Want a new licence? Tell us about your operating model


Re: Business Model:

You mean like John Worbys named the Black Cab rapist?

That microchipped e-passport you've got? US border cops still can't verify the data in it


Another sign of American exceptionalism. It wouldn't cost dollars. It would cost pounds.

India signals ban on cryptocurrencies, embraces blockchain


Yeah you tell it how it is. Of course you forget that the UK might want to sell to a billion Indians while the indians might sell to 60 million brits. Wonder which country will bend over and allow itself to be butt fucked by the other.


No its not 'anything to go by'. When the UK independently sends a probe to mars without crashing into it them you can feel all superior. Fuck it. Forget mars. How about the moon? India has beaten the UK to both using their 'make in india' stance.

Self-driving cars still do not exist even if we think they do


Re: Of course they exist.

There are self cleaning ovens. I have one and clean it myself.


Of course they exist.

I drive my car all by myself. Since the word self can only apply to an entity that can recognise a 'self' it can't apply to cars until they are self aware. Now autonomous cars... that's a other story.

HMS Queen Elizabeth has sprung a leak and everyone's all a-tizzy


Isn't that the whole point of sea trials?

Is this really as embarrassing as everyone makes out?

You're such a goober, Uber: UK regulators blast hushed breach


Re: Make TFL argument even more valid

Was a big fan of the whole idea of Uber but these guys need to be shut down now. They had their chance to show what they could do but they've failed at every opportunity given to them. Rapey drivers. Sexisim in the workplace. Devious software in their apps. Top management looking at private files of a rape victim. Top management not giving a shit about their drivers and now keeping quiet about a major data breach. Fuck em.

Car tax evasion has soared since paper discs scrapped


Re: No car tax?

How about an email reminder? My insurance company manages it. So does my dentist. So do the hotels I stay at.

Google India launches payment service that sends money as sound


>> I'll pass, thanks.

You Indian?

Are Asimov's laws enough to stop AI stomping humanity?


Re: They're thoughtful works of sci-fi, not "laws"

An 'off switch' how quaint.

Should read The Two Faces of Janus' by James P Hogan.


There are a number of examples of plot devices in sci-fi that have become or are becoming a reality. Cloaking devices, tractor beams, teleportation have all been demonstrated on the micro scale.

Robots themselves were envisioned long before they became a reality.

You may say I'm a dreamer but I'm not the only one.......


That was the reason for the zeroth law. In the books the robots subtly guided humanity in such a way as to ensure the greater good. This is the Foundation series of books which were later merged to work with the robot series of books.

Worked rather elegantly in sci-fi. Real world perhaps not.


They forgot about the zeroth law.

Asimov ended up with 4 laws not 3.

A robot may not allow humanity to be harmed nor through inaction etc with adjustments made to the other 3 laws.

Allows robots to let individuals come to harm if by doing so less harm comes to humanity.

E.g if a robot saw Monsieur Trump about to fall off a cliff it may let him fall

OnePlus cash equals 5: Rebel flagship joins upmarket Android crew


Re: 1+5 looks decent


Far too many things wrong with the 5.

They'll need to release a 'T' to stay in the game.


Re: Does anyone buy a phone based on camera performance ?

No but all other things being roughly equal (ram, OS, processor etc) why would you want a phone that doesnt have at least decent camera performance.

OP5 camera was really crap.


Just returned mine after 13 days.

Pcs (win7 and win10) wouldn't recognise the phone via USB. Had to use Google drive to transfer files.

Camera was shit under anything but ideal conditions.

My 2016 Mercedes wouldn't recognize the phone via usb.

My new Sony MDR 1000x headphones had trouble connecting via Bluetooth.

Random reboots.

Random app crashes.

These reviewers need to use the phone for more than a day or two to properly evaluate it.

First and last time I'll be trying OP.

May the excessive force be with you: Chap cuffed after Star Trek v Star Wars row turns bloody


You're a trick.

Is that really an insult?

India's Martian MOM clocks up 1,000 days circling the red planet


Re: India has a space program...


4th post down. Always funny when these guys come out from the stones they live under.

Tesco Online IT meltdown: Fails to deliver thousands of grocery orders


Re: Maybe..

Would a cloud melt? Or would it get more cloudy?

Teen girl who texted boyfriend to kill himself guilty of manslaughter


Re: Stupid but?

>> Should we go easy on murder and pedophilia because of that?

There's certainly a case for going easy on pedophilia that hasn't been enacted upon.

In German if a guy thinks he might abuse a child but has yet to do so he can go and get professional help in complete confidence. No one other than his therapist will know.

In the UK if a guy admits he has such feelings he's put on a sex offenders register and publicly 'outed'.

There's lots of evidence to suggest that some of these feelings are related to obsessive compulsion disorder and lots of people who have OCD are afraid of talking about those feelings in case they get themselves in trouble.


BA passengers caught in crossfire of Heathrow baggage meltdown


Not always practical.

I fly Heathrow to Canberra every 5 weeks. Choices are a 36 hour door to door trip with BA or a minimum of 42 hours door to door using alternative airlines and/or airports.

Agree it's not the best airline out there. I don't get upgrades and other airlines have about an inch more leg room but I get to where I need to go in a reasonable time with very little time spent transiting. 40 minutes at Singapore.40 minutes at Sydney. Alternatives are KLM, Lufthansa or Emirates etc who all faff around in Dubai for hours on end.

As for prices.

BA charges me around £950 to £1000 each time. Price stay fairly constant. The others are around +/- £100. Virgin are £300 more expensive. My Luggage always gets to where it needs to. Never had a problem in that regard.

People tend to jump on the bandwagon and knock companies like BA whenever they can but there are also other considerations such as safety.

BA were rated 4th safest airline earlier this year. KLM 12, Lufthansa 13, Virgin 18, Air France and Emirates didn't even make it into the top 20 and to be honest in this current climate of fear I personally stay clear off all middle eastern airlines which probably makes me a racist :(