* Posts by Zimmer

252 posts • joined 3 Feb 2009


Punchy Italian kartist gets 15-year ban for trackside rampage... and other stories


Re: Mustang Silly

Your comment has disturbed the 'force' around here...

Also the traffic in places like Delhi and Bangalore make it almost impossible to go at more than 40 km/h, why have a gas guzzler? For info, last time I was in India (pre-covid) fuel was about £1.00/ litre, but a typical IT graduate salary was about £6-7k p.a.

For Delhi read 'London', for Bangalore read 'Birmingham' and for IT Graduate read 'Old Age Pensioner'..

The coup de grace ? Read £1.40/ litre..

(Yes, I have a bus pass but would you ride on one these days without PPE 3 mask (or whatever they're actually called, you know, the ones that are supposed to keep the germs out).

BMA warns NHS Digital's own confidentiality guardian could halt English GP data grab unless communication with public improves


Effective use of data...not

--An NHS Digital spokesperson told The Register: "Data saves lives and has huge potential to rapidly improve care and outcomes, as the response to the COVID-19 pandemic has shown. The vaccine rollout could not have been delivered without effective use of data to ensure it reached the whole population.--

Mrs Zimmer received a second letter from the NHS TODAY urging her to get her first vaccination and to ignore the letter if she already had it since the NHS would contact her when she needed a second jab.

However, Mrs Zimmer had her 2nd jab in April, having been contacted via letter, email and SMS, both by the hospital trust and her GP, as she was on the 'vulnerable' list.

We only opted out last week, so I can't blame that for this unnecessary letter.. how many more unnecessary letters are circulating?

If this is the level of their data then what 's going to happen when we all apply online for our double jab Covid passports ?

We have our hand-written cards ;but note that Mrs. Zimmer's is a single card with both doses and dates recorded whereas I was instructed to write my name at the top of the cards - two of them, one for each dose.. bearing a sticker with the batch no. , type and date . They look SO official and totally NOT suspect forgeries at all.../sarcasm...

The thought that we could be refused/allowed entry to some event/holiday destination (Scotland? the adjoining counties?) in the future based on two bits of cardboard or a lack of effective data on a database is a genuine concern.. as is the NHS Digital's reliance on this data to 'save lives'.

Treaty of Roam finally in ashes: O2 cracks, joins rivals, adds data roaming charges for heavy users in EU


Upvoted, but...

I bet you go back to 'I told you so' in a very short space of time... 'I have informed you thusly' will never sound as satisfying...

ICON (the biggest I could find)

Anyone still using cash? British £50 banknote honouring Alan Turing arrives

Big Brother

Re: Anyone still using cash?--upvoted

Control is what 'they' want.. along with the transaction fees..

My paranoia started in the 60's with an SF story concerning state control where people paid for things with a plastic card that contained their 'credits'. When the card was refused, credits available or not, you were stuffed.. and a whole under-class of people had formed who survived by barter and devious criminal means...

My memory of that story may be hazy but I think it developed into the protaganist discovering an anonymous helper who could hack the state's systems... but that could have been a different book...

..hmm, it's beginning to sound too familiar...

Edit; PS

When everyone can accept card payments for those used items we often sell on, privately or at a car boot sale, jumble sale etc. how long before Govt. of the day introduces a second-hand Value Added Tax ? (deducted directly from your on-line cashless account, of course.)

Looking forward to your totally cashless society now?

Gov.UK taskforce publishes post-Brexit wish-list: 'TIGRR' pounces on GDPR, metric measures


Re: The UK political sphere has been so overtaken by Brexit

You missed one..

>The paper talked about stripping out "unnecessary red tape", introducing rules that are less "onerous" for people and organisations,<

For that, read 'Avoiding oversight and public tendering for contracts.' Which, I am led to believe , is what the current Govt. 'special measures' are all about..

Waymo self-driving robotaxi goes rogue with passenger inside, escapes support staff


The self-driving car named Carl

Transcript of a Scott Adams 'Dilbert' strip , @ Jan 2019

The Self-Driving Car named Carl.

Dilbert: Carl, take me to the grocery sore

Carl: Do you know that if I drive you off a cliff you will die, whereas I will re-spawn in a new body?

Dilbert: Maybe I'll walk..

Carl: Maybe you should..

You can listen right here to the whir of a robot helicopter flying on an alien world


Re: Absolutely stunning!

Never mind, 'Danger, Will Robinson !'..

Wait until you hear "GET ORF MY LAWN!" then the problems will start.

Visual Basic 6 returns: You've been a good developer all year. You have social distanced, you have helped your mom. Here's your reward


Re: Bring your VB projects to 21th [sic] century

That was from a LISP programmer ....

The one with the built-in crash helmet, please ===>

UK government gives Automated Lane Keeping Systems the green light for use on motorways


Re: Who's in charge?


I've said it before (a few times) in comments on similar articles. The self-driving car (in the UK at least) does not fulfil the desires of the majority of those in enthusing at the prospect ; i.e. those people who cannot drive , for one reason or another.

The OP said it for me "The clue is when they say you must be ready to take control at anytime".

To take control one must be a qualified driver.

Should my licence not be renewed when I reach 70 (years, not MPH !) then I would have to submit to visiting distant relations via public transport.

Perhaps the money being thrown at self-driving 'personal' transport could be better spent improving public transport outside of Greater London and the other large cities of the UK!

After all, the developers have been given virtually a free hand in building more and more houses in villages and remote towns with hardly a parking space to be had outside them, so they must be assuming these householders will not be needing a couple of vehicles to commute anywhere in the near future... (I'd thought of a joke icon there, but it's really no joking matter).

The problem for those in charge is that we plebs have enjoyed the fruits of freedom of movement over large distances for a long time now and it's going to be difficult to put that particular genie back in its bottle.

While truly self-driving cars are surely just around the corner, for now here's an AI early-warning system for your semi-autonomous ride


And the purpose of self-driving cars is..?

Generally the people that see autonomous vehicles as a boon are those who would like private transport but cannot drive.

Currently the world is being offered part-time self-driving with, oops apocalypse, over to you Mr.* Licensed Driver, I'm not taking responsibility for this cluster**** of a situation we're now in... and, 'When did you last read your insurance policy?'

The point being that Mr.* Licensed Driver is still required to babysit the robot, so no private transport for Mr.* Cannot Drive.... so I personally do not see the point of the rush to push a half-baked 'solution' onto the roads of the world when Mr.* Licensed Driver should be happy to have control of his own destination rather than being a passenger effectively taking the role of driving instructor and concentrating on when to step in when something goes wrong (a driving instructor might want to comment here on 'how' stressful that can be).

I reckon most drivers would also (like me) consider themselves to be 'bad' passengers, unable to detach themselves from the traffic situation about them when being chauffeured.

(Mr.* other gender pronouns are available)...

Salesforce to face trial after software used by Backpage 'to track sex traffickers, pimps, johns on social media'


Re: "You are all guilty. Prepare to be judged." - Judge Dredd.

...and don't forget Ford, for the car he came in....

Tesla broke US labor law with anti-union efforts – watchdog


Re: I Dreamed I Saw El Musk Last Night. Alive As You Or Me

Have an upvote (and a beer for the Dylan reference - had the album in sheet music once, must have lent it to someone as it's not about now).

NASA shows Mars that humans can drive a remote control space tank at .01 km/h


..falling into a crevice

No accidental discoveries of life on this trip ...

Wolowitz no longer has clearance to take young ladies into the control centre to 'drive a car on Mars'....

Linux Mint emits fix for memory-gobbling Cinnamon – and future version may insist on some updates


-Update Manager

You may have perfectly sound reasons for not applying a patch at a particular moment in time.. may I suggest that if this situation actually comes to pass that you right click on the Update Manager icon and select 'Quit' until you are good and ready? It's what you would do with Windows - turn off updates.

As for the memory leak, yes, problems with Operating Systems are, indeed, normal; things change, things break, devs go looking for the problem. I've had to remove Pulseaudio in Kubuntu in order to get sound - perhaps I should rant at the devs? No, a bug has been reported and somewhere,

Linux Mint on laptop uses the church wifi perfectly - Windows 10 on the same machine refuses to see the routers SSID - should I rant at the devs (in this case I paid good money to have the OS on the machine but I seriously doubt they'd be bothered.!)

If you are so distraught why not switch to a different Desktop (MATE?) or another Distro ,? I believe the choice is quite extensive in the free OS market.. ;)

UK government may force online retailers to pick up e-waste from consumers


Re: All well and good..

"Most don't care.

Most don't give a stuff about the environmental impact their tech has.

Having the newest/biggest is more important.

People have too much disposable income/credit."

You missed one..

Smart TVs are not so smart if the manufacturer fails to upgrade the software and viewers lose some of the inbuilt 'apps' / features they have gotten used to.

Managed to pass on a flat screen to a friend a couple of years ago but BBC iPlayer and YouTube had both ceased to function following tech changes at the source and no upgrade/patch from Sony..

Current TV is showing signs of falling behind as iPlayer works from the APPS section, but not from the TV's built-in catch-up feature... (National Panasonic, in case you were wondering)

Personally, I'm ready with a laptop or a Raspberry Pi to take over as and when the inevitable occurs - the other 90% of viewers are probably not ..

LastPass to limit fans of free password manager to one device type only – computer or mobile – from next month


Re: Alternatives

I've nearly run out of Post-it Notes (yellow, V 1.0) so next I'll be going for the upgrade,

Post-it Notes (pink, V2.4)...

For back up I use MyPasswordsBook (the dog-eared edition, circa 2001).........

Looking for the perfect Valentine's gift? How about a week of retro gaming BBC Microlympics?


Re: Can't Play Elite... A Joystick!? A JOYSTICK!!? Heresy!

..see title...

Machine-learning model creates creepiest Doctor Who images yet – by scanning the brain of a super fan


Re: Very unlikely

"So it can only reproduce (person-specifically) what is currently being presented to the visual field."

Interesting that the image produced had good construction of the face but almost ignored the hair. Further studies may point to how the brain prioritises elements of what we "actually" see (or are concentrated on) and how much is "inferred" by our peripheral vision...

Forget about an AI stealing your job, even pigs can be trained to use computers


..and pigs might fly..

Be careful with the joystick training. Too much of it, with a piggery next to an airfield, before you know it - bacon WILL go up....

========> the flying jacket with the goggles in the top pocket, please..

Drag Autonomy founder's 'fraudulent guns' and 'grasping claws' to the US for a criminal trial, thunders barrister


Re: OOoooooK

"Having just noticed that the US DOJ tries really really hard not to prosecute rich people the stockholders should be suing the members of the board at that time.."

Looks suspiciously to me like they're hoping to try and convict a foreigner in America in order to deflect any blame from the 'board' and convince the stockholders it was ALL his fault.

Linus Torvalds labels Super Bowl 'violent version of egg-and-spoon race'


Re: Never understood some names - MK Dons

...it's already happened this side of the pond, for goodness sake! Have you not heard of Wimbledon moving to Milton Keynes? ( I reckon a lot of people living in Wimbledon at the time didn't notice until they got off the train from work to find themselves in Bedfordshire, surrounded by concrete cows .)

..were there an extra 'coat' icon mine would be the one with the AFC Wimbledon badge... :)

Google, Apple sued for failing to give Telegram chat app the Parler put-down treatment


Re: The real reason of course...

... it's not a public forum, so not much different to the sending of SMS text messages to the contacts on your phone. In fact (correct me if I'm wrong) the only contacts I can see are Telegram users who are on my cellphone's Contact list..

Is his next lawsuit aimed at carriers offering SMS ?

Boffins from China push quantum computing envelope for 'supremacy' in emerging photon field


Re: Usefulness ... ?

..more accurately. Fools and OUR money...

Scotch eggs ascend to the 'substantial meal' pantheon as means to pop to pub for a pint during pernicious pandemic


Re: Don't Look now..

Well, have another look now 'cause I think he wrote "..greetings FROM Cornwall.." addressing his neighbouring county to the East...

Please see: https://forums.theregister.com/forum/all/2020/06/26/national_cream_tea_day/

Mysterious Utah monolith mysteriously disappears without trace


Re: Weighed in as scrap?

An upvote for getting the make and model correct!

(As a former Reliant owner it really grates when I hear somebody call it a Robin Reliant - and it grated having to type it!)

The GIMP turns 25 and promises to carry on being the FOSS not-Photoshop


Re: Can you really get a version that says "Bringing on........

.... once installed takes forever to load (closer to 1 minute than to 0 minutes).....

Sorry, it only took 3 seconds to load on Mint.. perhaps you should consider the OS you are using...

Happy user of this software since 2004. Great photo tool for Linux users. Have used it to produce photos for theatre programmes, logos, format conversions and retouching old, damaged scans of old photos etc.

If I just need to quickly crop an image or resize I use gThumb.

My son is a professional photographer and has been using Photoshop for the last 20 years or so. He has problems with GIMP whenever he tries to use it on my machine because 'it's NOT Photoshop'.

Likewise, I am lost when I try to work with Photoshop - because it's NOT GIMP.

Can I buy Photoshop for Linux? I think not ... Would I buy it for Windows? Not for my needs, I'd rather invest the money on a new Graphics card....

Here's to another 25 years, thanks guys!

YouTube is going to splash adverts all over your videos, and won't pay creators unless there's a big enough audience


Copyright - and monetising a channel

I was under the impression that Youtubers (sounds like a new vegetable seed) who posted copyright material without the holder's permission were not allowed to make ad money from views.

So, will Google be making sure THEY don't fall foul of their own rule by checking for copyright infringement all the content they will be using to sling adverts to??

Ordnance Survey recruits AR developer to build 'geolocated quests' to help get Brit couch potatoes exercising outdoors


"...why the National Library of Scotland turns out to be the best place for historic maps of England remains to be explained."

They need to be ready to invade post Brexit?

I'll get me coat... (no room for another icon..)

City folk vote to each get $100 every time cops, govt officials illegally spy on them with facial-rec AI, minimum $1,000


Re: Cnvrg and vwls

ntl can only afford them an I and an E...

Ho hum: If you're so artificially intelligent, name this song while my videos go viral


..also unrelated

.... I didn't expect it to sound like that. Is that something that only happens to me?....

No, me too. I was expecting hardened working class, instead got more private school... perhaps he's affected it for the French ...

icon >>>>> It's looking likely he could be one...

UK ISP TalkTalk confirms it will MullMull go-private takeover offer valuing it at £1.1bn


On a slightly different tack..

"Consolidation allows providers to increase their subscriber base, but also add additional product lines – and cost "efficiencies", as they euphemistically call them".

Having privatised BT to break its monopoly and provide competition for the benefit of the consumer it looks like we could be heading for a private monopoly in the telecoms sector, possibly preceded by a powerful private cartel... .

Cynical? Moi? The coat? It's the hoodie with built-in face mask and tinfoil lining...

Spain's highway agency is monitoring speeding hotspots using bulk phone location data

Big Brother

Re: Perhaps the answer...

No, it's not. Many anecdotal issues re 'boy racers' etc. but the real stress is a 60mph limit with average speed cameras on a dual carriageway. Lorries hitting their 60mph limiter with varying degrees of accuracy and coming alongside creeping slowly past, or falling in behind you 4 feet from your boot

(USA trans:trunk).

On a separate note, don't think you will get a clear run on the M6 to Birmingham Airport at 4:30 am .

It's like having two freight trains side by side travelling at 60mph; your'e either trapped inside it or at 70mph in the 3rd lane hoping no one twitches, or gets a phone call...

ICON: because he is, all along the motorway, the high street, the car parks etc.etc.....

Ancient telly borked broadband for entire Welsh village



..cease and desist with the Trolling...

UK govt urged to bolt tough legal protections onto Arm and protect jobs – or simply veto Nvidia's £31bn acquisition


Re: One Word.-- much more than ONE word

Arriva (Deutsche Bahn) , Northumbria Water ( Cheung Kong Holdings) , Southern Water (J.P. Morgan + Hermes Infrastructure - biggest shareholders, USA) , EDF, E-On ..Rover Group, MG Rover Group,

Rolls-Royce Motors, Bentley Motorsetc etc etc

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


Beta client?

Sorry to have to contradict your comments re:Linux but I downloaded the Linux client for Mint 18.3 many weeks ago to participate in a weekly church meeting.

It's running on an old HP core i3 laptop with 4gig ram, no fancy graphics. Not noticed the CPU ramping up (never looked, but the fan on this old lappie usually gives you an audio clue).

There have been up to 18 participants for the hour long meeting, I have seen them all on my screen in the 'grid' view.(Perhaps you have overlooked the icon to change the view from a slideshow of 4participants along the top and one large for the current speaker

As for custom backgrounds; supported, tried it , but needed to have myself in front of a green or blue screen. The background effect could be seen but as a translucent underlay/overlay against the background of our conservatory windows. Like the weathermen on the telly you need a green/blue screen to pull off the full effect so I've not experimented further.

If it's a Beta client, it's been working fine for me since the beginning of May. Version 5.0.413237.0524..no mention of 'Beta'

and it's now asking me to update to a newer version.

Captain, the computer has identified 250 alien stars that infiltrated our galaxy – actual science, not science-fiction


Upvote for E.E. 'Doc' Smith

It's not Friday, but.....>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

(Heads off to the bookcase, only to find No. 1 son has made off with the whole collection..)

Things can't go on like this. You need to get fit for the sake of your health. I'm going to write you a prescription for... an e-bike


Upvote for E-bikes


As someone who cycled to work ( and everywhere else ) for over 25 years and played 5-a-side footy until I was over 60 I am delighted with my E-bike.

I had to stop the footy and the cycling due to heart problems, the e-bike means I won't kill myself attempting to cycle uphill but still provides me enough exercise pedalling.

Sadly, no chance of footy (unless walking footy- not quite the same..) .....e-cycle polo anyone...?

(I once was encouraged to pilot a tandem down Broomgrove Road, Sheffield with the blind owner as the stoker; once was definitely enough, the return trip was uphill and extremely wobbly)

Linux Mint 20 isn't exactly bursting with freshness but, hey, there's kernel 5.4 and it's a long-term support release


Upgrade ? No..

I've never upgraded a Linux distro in 16 years of using Linux as my main OS.

I've always created a new partition and installed the new version (which has usually taken about 20 minutes) . I keep my personal files on a separate partition.

This also gives me a chance to check out the new one and de-clutter, re-installing applications as and when they are needed.

It's National Cream Tea Day and this time we end the age-old debate once and for all: How do you eat yours?


Not' solidified', heated , then cooled slowly

Scalded indirectly by steam or by a water bath so the clots form at the top (a bit like a Turkish Bath near the House of Commons...?)

I remember, as a child we used to get clotted cream sent via post from my uncle when he visited the couple in Devon that looked after him as an evacuee during the war... what a treat.

And, as someone has already mentioned, it's now a weekly treat thanks to it being available in the supermarkets.


It doesn't matter..

'cos when it's scone, it's scone...

..it's the black hoodie, and you never saw me here..

Uber turns SaaS vendor with deal that bakes public transport authority into its app


How deep are the pockets ?

From a perspective only gained from reading articles such as this it would appear to me that Uber are not charging enough to turn a profit.

So, by the use of clever software and cheap fares (and dubious employee status etc*) it would appear that their aim might be to undercut any competitor until the competitor goes away.

If the competition manages to obtain its own clever software then Uber may need very deep pockets indeed to survive.

*(Never happy when 'employees' are taken for a ride.) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> It's the one with the hood...

Amazon's not saying its warehouse staff are dumb... but it feels they need artificial intelligence to understand what 'six feet' means


Re: What does 'six feet' mean?

One 'Osman'

Only true boffins will be able to grasp Blighty's new legal definitions of the humble metre and kilogram


Football pitches- not the same size.

When marking out pitches for the local council in the 1960's (summer holiday job) the groundsperson *

would ensure there was enough space for the penalty areas . The rest was mostly down to how much space was left and maximum dimensions allowed by the F.A.

I remember one pitch had less than 3 feet from the penalty area to the touchline.

(* I also remember him using the 3-4-5 rule with his string and stakes to ensure a right angle in the corners )

Bloke rolls up to KFC drive-thru riding horse-drawn cart only to be told: Neigh


Re: So...No Then To Disability Scooters, Not


Would that be Trigger, the star of TV Westerns? Or Trigger with his broom (helping sweep up the mess left by the former Trigger )?

I suppose the comment works despite the ambiguity...

*The coat? Like the earlier commentard at the Little Chef, Telegraph Hill, it's a Belstaff . In my case it used to be The Wimpey kiosk on Cannock Chase: better burgers!

AWS won't sell facial-recog tool to police for a year – other law enforcement agencies are in the clear

Big Brother

We won't sell it.. v. 1.01

...because it's not working properly and, with everyone being encouraged to wear face masks in public for the foreseeable future, a year should give us enough time for purchasers to forget how bad it was and be convinced by marketing that a year of (non) development has perfected the system... hence the price rise..etc.

UK spending watchdog blasts £792m STEM school scheme over low student numbers, deficits, education quality


Quasi Private Education

When one looks at the structure of Academies and these UTC's it does appear to be more a method of providing somebody with the ability to 'cream off' funding for education to put in their back pocket than to empower schools to decide their own budget.

I'm hoping that most schools that have decided to go down that route to escape Local Authority controls do not fall into that category, but there is scope in the system for that sort of chicanery and where there's a sniff of profit there will be those who would take advantage.

Some of these institutions seem to be part of a larger enterprise encompassing several schools and there has been reported instances of such enterprises closing schools in their group at short notice or diverting funds from one to another ...

Seeing this paragraph in the Reg:

Lastly, the PAC questioned the unusual setup of UTC, with the brand owned by the Baker Dearing Educational Trust, which licenses it to other colleges. The trust increased the fee from £5,500 to £10,000 in 2019.

..makes me wonder 'What next?' Re-branding Primary and Secondary Education and charging schools for the privilege ?

>>>Icon... well, I would have liked to put FAIL, too. But Whacko! seems far more appropriate.

Dude, where's my laser?


Re: Not unbelievable

The testing of new weaponry in MOD circles and the effects of unlikely sources of electromagnetic disturbances can be easily spotted in the admirable BBC 'documentary'* "Round and Round Went the Great Big Wheel" ....

*(Dad's Army)

Linus Torvalds drops Intel and adopts 32-core AMD Ryzen Threadripper on personal PC


Re: $$$

The moths in the wallet quake at the thought of spending over £400 for a new rig (tightfisted? Moi?)

But the first PC I purchased for my son in 1995 was a Gateway Pentium P75

at @£ 1595.00

(still have the CPU in a box in the garage..upgraded later to a P120)

COVID-19 sparks new wearables to push the pandemic away


Re: Lightsabers.

... and mount the lightsabre on a rotating frame on your fedora.. Bob's your whatsit.

Mirror mirror on the wall, why will my mouse not work at all?


Re: Mice

... I flipped over the mouse, removed the piece of packing tape over the ball, and all was fine.

Similar issue with Mother's new potato peeler.

"Why aren't you using the new peeler?"

"I bought the same type you have, but it doesn't work..."

..peeled clear plastic strip from blade and.....

I often wonder if the same issue exists for some people who purchase battery powered equipment (particularly remote controls) where the batteries are pre-installed but isolated with a clear plastic strip (and they don't read the instructions).



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