* Posts by J.G.Harston

2600 posts • joined 4 Mar 2009

Good news: Jeff Bezos went to space. Bad news: He's back

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It's rich idiots throwing money at vanity projects that makes stuff practical and affordable for the masses. Mobile phones, cars, television, satellite TV, newspapers, books, printing, year-round fresh vegetables, electricity, umberellas

Our Friends Electric: A pair of alternative options for getting around town

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owowowow much ggggranville?

Come back when I can buy one secondhand for four hundred quid.

""The idea," a spokesperson told us, "is you basically pay for them by the kilometre.""

I already do that with my petrol car. I pay for 200km of petrol to go 200km, I pay for 100km of petrol to go 100km.

Verified: UK.gov launching plans for yet another digital identity scheme

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Instead of the gvvnt picking and choosing and thrusting something upon providers, why don't providers work out for themselves what they need. The government didn't invent ATM machines, standing orders or direct debits, banks did. The government didn't invent the clinical software systems almost all GP practices use, SystmOn, EMIS and Vision did*.

*Other clinical systems may be available, those are the ones I have experience with.

Happy 'Freedom Day': Stats suggest many in England don't want it or think it's a terrible idea

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Re: "If not now, when?"

"My response would be 'when you have the virus under control' like we were promised."

So, never.

The common code is endemic, lock down the entire country for ever.

Flu sweeps the country every winter, lock down the entire country for ever.

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Re: H&S

The H&S inquest would find that the employee was at fault for not taking responsible action for their own health and safety and taking appropriate measures. H&S law explicitly puts the onus on both employer *AND* employee to take appropriate measures to ensure a healthy and safe working environment.

If *YOU* feel the world is too dangerous for you, *YOU* take action to minimise its danger to you.

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Re: Odd...

"Masks were never about protecting the wearer"

Ok, they are to protect others from me.

Ok, I've been vaccinated, I've been tested and am uninfected, so I have no need to wear a mask as there is nothing I have to protect others from.

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If *YOU* don't want freedom, then go ahead and *YOU* lock yourself up.

Engineers' Laurel and Hardy moment caused British Airways 787 to take an accidental knee

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If you read the article, as part of the maintainance they had to actuate the landing gear retraction mechanism to cycle the operating fluids through the system, but without it actually retracting the landing gear. That's what the locking pin was supposed to be there for, so they could deliberately operate the "retract landing gear" controls without the landing gear retracting.

Dunno much about cars, but maybe like pressing the accelerator to make the engine speed up to clear muck out of the system, but with the brakes on so the car doesn't actually move and smash through the back of the garage.

Ordnance Survey to take a poke at Pokémon-style gaming with outdoorsy AR adventure

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Re: They've not exactly got a good track record, have they?

That's why I go the route that lets OS concentrate on what they're good at - mapping - and go for the software to somebody else who's good at the software. StreetMap.co.uk for online OS Landranger and Explorer (1:50K and 1:25K) maps, ViewRanger for mobile OS Landranger and Explorer maps. Data from the people good at making the data, viewed with software from people good at making the software. Not maps from people crap at software, or software with crap maps - or even worse, maps from the software dudes and software from the maps dudes - that gets you Google Maps!

Ditto, PitneyBowes for plans - 1:5K and bigger. "25inch" and "50inch" in old money. Though even that leaves something to be desired with the modern fancy soft focus, extraneous colours, "get rid of the detail" look. Bring back the 1950-1990 mapping style!

Facial-recognition technology gets a smack in the chops from civil rights campaigners

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How is it putting people in jail "for crimes they didn't commit"? The technology doesn't put people in jail, the justice system puts people in jail, and the only way evidence can be used to support a conviction is if that evidence supports that conviction. If they didn't do the crime, the evidence didn't support the conviction, some other factor - *human* factors - perverted the process.

Ah, I see you found my PowerShell script called 'SiteReview' – that does not mean what you think it means

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It's "copyright" as in the *right* to perform an action, not write.

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The opposite issue

Not this way, but the other way around.

I once sat on a staff disciplinary panel where the subject was somebody whose job was booking activity holidays for the looked-after children we looked after, who was being disciplined for using employer computers and internet access for searching for and booking activity holidays for the looked-after children we looked after.

In conversation with Gene Hoffman, co-creator of the internet's first ad blocker

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Re: Gopher

I was using the Internet from my university in 1987. I had some backups of posts from fa.info-cpm somewhere until I replaced them with a download of the (almost) entire archive.

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Re: Okay, now I get cryptocurrency

I used to live in Hong Kong twenty thirty* years ago. The process of sending money to the UK was simply to go to my bank, write an international cheque drawn on my account (I think the fee was about a fiver), go next door to the post office and send it recorded and insured mail to my bank in the UK. I never realised the US system was so borked.

*Good god, where's the time gone?

Revealed: Perfect timings for creation of exemplary full English breakfast

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Where's the black pudding?

In the bin, where it belongs.

One good deed leads to a storm in an Exchange Server

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Brings back memories of having almost stand-up shouting arguments with other organisations over the configuration of their systems killing our systems. "Your system is at fault, change it to stop borking our system". "No, your system is at fault, change it to cope with our system", "The RFCs state this:", "They are just Comments, that's what the 'C' stands for, they're not requirements"


Go to L: A man of the cloth faces keyboard conundrum

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That's why I prompt for "Press SPACE to continue" and then wait for any keypress.

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Re: I've said it before, I'll say it again...

Maybe he's using dried frog pills instead of dried frog pills.

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Re: Font recommendations

It's Bedstead or it's nothing.

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How does somebody not notice the '1' key next to the '2' key? Especially, as the story has made clear, the chap had been entering several different numbers over the previous days? weeks?

Ouch! When the IT equipment is sound, but the setup is hole-y inappropriate

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"early in the morning"

What is this strange phrase?

Realizing this is getting out of hand, Coq mulls new name for programming language

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I drove past Bell End Farm the other day....

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Re: Member obsessed

Strictly speaking, growler is the lady tunnel not the lady garden.

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Re: There are two hard problems in Computer Science

So how come school masters were around long before colonialism?

School master comes directly from magister, the person in charge. Which, incidently, is why the US President is occassionally refered to as the Chief Magistrate - the topmost person in charge.

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Elmer Fudd as Nimrod

Wow, that's something that's completely passed me by in five decades of culture. When watching Bugs I'd always heard it as refering to Nimrod The Hunter, we have battleships named Nimrod, there's the Nimrod music, etc.

What job title would YOU want carved on your gravestone? 'Beloved father, Slayer of Dragons, Register of Domains'

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Re: Sir Christopher Wren's epitaph

Hexagons really were "in" in the 1970s, weren't they? My university and my home town's university hall and my home town's town hall extension were all the Hexagon Aesthetic.

We don't know why it's there, we don't know what it does – all we know is that the button makes everything OK again

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Re: Thermostats

It's easier to put more clothes on than take more clothes off (you rapidly run out of layers to remove), so set the temperature to "cool" and PUT A BLOODY JUMPER ON!

The Eigiau Dam Disaster: Deluges and deceit at the dawn of hydroelectric power

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Where is it?

lat&long is ok, but it's grid references that are more useful.

That thing you were utterly sure would never happen? Yeah, well, guess what …

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Star wars...

Anybody remember the Dynix library information system, that if you confused it in a certain manner gave off things like The system cannae take it, captain.

UK launches consultation on forcing landlords to allow gigabit broadband upgrades

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Re: Leasehold, fleecehold

So then who owns and maintains the landing between your front door and your neighbour's front door, and the corridor to the street?

Tiananmen Square Tank Man vanishes from Microsoft Bing, DuckDuckGo, other search engines – even in America

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Re: Bing? Does that still exist?

I have to say that when I heard "tank man" at the start of the news report I was picturing something along the links of "tank girl" before my memory caught up with me.

Congestion or a Christmas cock-up? A Register reader throws himself under the bus

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Re: I found it best to...

This is one of the things that annoys me, people capitalising units blithely ignoring that by doing so they completely change what measure it represents. 20 megalitres is not the same as 20 millilitres, 20 Kelvin metres is not the same as 20 kilometres.

How not to apply for a new job: Apply for it on a job site

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What time????

Last week I had a telephone "preliminary discussion" with one recruiter, and as soon as they said "hours from 8am..." I interupted and said "no thanks, bye". and hung up.

Until my savings run out, it's nice to be able to tell antisocial bar-stewards where to stuff it. I'm waaaaaayyyy past forcing myself out of bed at 6am just to fit some other person's demented body clock.

Big red buttons and very bad language: A primer for life in the IT world

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Reminds me of going on a university open day in ummmm must have been 1986. I was on the Computing visit, at one point they showed us some sideboard-sized thing and proudly declared that it was their 10MB hard drive, I gob-smacked. We'd just installed a 20MB hard drive on our school server a year earlier, and it was the size of a shoe box - and that was just the case holding the drive inside.

Oh Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes-Benz? Detroit waits for my order, you'd better make amends

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I tell them something about tapping it upsidedown to make sure no dust has got in.

Which reminds me, my keyboard is sounding a bit crunchy.....

Activist millionaires protest outside Jeff Bezos' homes to support tax rises for the rich

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Re: A useful little test

Yes, and I engage in tax avoidance by not purchasing tobacco or spirits, and by being poor. Your point being?

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Re: A useful little test

When I was married I refused to claim the Married Person's Allowance (when it existed). Do I get a Virtue Signalling Award? ;)

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Re: $1M a year — is that a lot?

The whole *POINT* of being human is more than satisfying needs, but satisfying *wants*. Nobody "needs" a model railway set. Nobody "needs" novels. Nobody "needs" soap operas. Nobody "needs" Call of Duty".

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Re: Absolute DREAMING

Codejunky said:

"Really? Because the poor and middle class are better off than in the 80's"

Then you are in DENIAL. And worse? You believe and ACCEPT your denial as "truth".

I don't know where you are, but in the 1980s my mother was unemployed, we had no central heating, and no television. Today, I'm unemployed, have fully functional central heating, and a television. And this computer to reply to you. How is that "no better off"? You're the one in denial.

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Bezos can't change the tax code. They should be protesting outside the legislature, not outside somebody's home. And further to that, if they want specific laws changed they should elect people to change those laws.

Guy who wrote women are 'soft, weak, cosseted, naive' lasted about a month at Apple until internal revolt

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Re: "I'm actually honest, self-deprecating, and funny"

A bit NSFW

Accidentally wiped an app's directory? Hey, just play the 'unscheduled maintenance' card. Now you're a hero

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Re: Ah!


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Been there, done that

Something does SET TMP=C:\APPDIR

Then something else does


Nasdaq's 32-bit code can't handle Berkshire Hathaway's monster share price

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Re: Bah!

I'm sure I remember it being described in my ZX Spectrum user manual, so surely today's toilet-roll graduates were taught it.

You want a reboot? I'll give you a reboot! Happy now?

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Not when the driver goes on shift at 7am and the broker doesn't open the office and pick up the post until 9am. You can't get insurance "starting two hours ago".

Can't get that printer to work? It's not you. It's that sodding cablin.... oh beautiful job with that cabling, boss

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"back when people had their own individual printers plugged into their PC."

That would be tomorrow then.

Hello, is this the first time you've worked for NHS IT Services?

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Re: Time was...

Hey, don't knock Sodexo! They have a wonderful company song. It's drilled into my brain from having to sit on hold having it played at me for hours. Badabada dah badadada dah Sodexo!

Traffic lights, who needs 'em? Lucky Kentucky residents up in arms over first roundabout

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Too many times I've been driving somewhere peering out of the window saying: street name... Street Name..... STREET NAME!!!!!!!!!! 'ull seems to be particularly bad at this.

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Re: Great Idea BUT sh*t implementation

The useless ones for me are "traffic holdup on A64 eastward after the Fulford turnoff". Where the F is that? "Traffic holdup on A64 eastward after A19 turnoff" is the only thing that is navigable on the ground without pulling over and checking a map.

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Re: Signs ...

But there is one nationwide standard set of regulations, the TSRGD that all highways authorities are required to follow. Of course, that doesn't stop local idiots being idiots.


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