* Posts by WinHatter

170 publicly visible posts • joined 12 Mar 2009


How Google's Smart Compose for Gmail works – and did it fake its robo-caller demo?


Did Google fake its Duplex demo? No answers here.

Well if they don't use their AI to reply to journalists that was obviously faked.

Due to Oracle being Oracle, Eclipse holds poll to rename Java EE (No, it won't be Java McJava Face)



I is for Inept rather.

So you're thinking about becoming an illegal hacker – what's your business plan?


Isn't HBO a bit too visible ?

First rule of business when you do something illegal : keep it quiet.

Don't go HBO, don't brag and if it fails don't release your treasure trove as you are losing all leverage and creating yet another trail.

You need to be reasonable and forgettable.

Gimme a bitcoin worth of beer so I can forget all about it.

NSA pulls plug on some email spying before Congress slaps it down


Silly wget

They filled up their data centre capacity ... there was a flaw in one of the algorithms and it went into a infinite recursive loop.

Why don't people secure their IoT gadgets? 'It's not my problem'


Who needs a bluetooth connected toothbrush ...

... anyway ???

The worst part with those ID-IoTs ; they, at times, force you to go through the manufacturer's website for administration tasks.

I made the mistake of buying a WiFi enabled thermostat (Honeywell) but to use it I need to register this sheeet with Honeywell and go through their hosted website to have access to me sodding thermostat. And I paid extra !!! Stupid me.

WTF !!!

So pending the cracking of the set of commands that will allow me to use the thermostat in a local manner I am not using that IoT.

The device can be hacked ... but the manufacturer can be hacked too divulging a wealth of information on when to visit your house.

Cops, Feds spaff $100m on Stingray cellphone snooping gear – and there's sod all oversight


But does it work ?

I guess it would work when there are a couple of targeted IMEIs.

On a large scale ??? Meh. The laundry van with a series of hangers to hide the antennas next to the semi with a 300KVA generator running ... may be a bit of a giveaway.

To actively follow a whole crowd that may require a few extra amps a car alternator may not have.

At the start of a demonstration call your buddy next to you so the Stingray has to handle both ends of the conversation and leave the line open. Not sure the device will be able to handle that many duds.

Everything at Apple Watch is awesome, insists Tim Cook


30 per cent of smartwatches go unused after purchase

--either from boredom or breakage.

I bought 2 of them, as I am ambidextrous I had problems keeping track of me pint count with only one.

Waterproofing is great ... I can now spill me drink at me local.

Nul points: PM May's post-Brexit EU immigration options



Leaving the EU is an economic decision.

As such we should recount the weighted average of the Leave vote percentage and the contribution to the GDP of every constituencies.

(Leave% * GDP(Constituency)) /GDP(UK)

To add insult to injury subtract the GDP created by EU members that may not receive an Visa under the new rules but only in constituencies where Leave% > 50.

'Leaked' iPhone 6 pics will make cool fanbois WEEP - it's a PHABLET


I can't wait ...

to see how the iPhaoStuff 6 fares against a .50 cal round.

Facebook offshores HUGE WAD OF CASH to Caymans - via Ireland


Questionable but legal.

The real question is why those loopholes aren't closed at faster rate ?

They most probably benefit our EU Govts ... otherwise they would have done something about it. The only thing we see is a wee bit of public outcry followed by sod all.

Boffins devise world's HARDEST tongue-twister


Re: Assume "worlds hardest in English....."....

Eichhörnchen, German for squirrel is a tongue twister by itself.

NSA-proof Euro cloud gang: Cool idea, bro... until it turns into MARKET-EATING beast


Christian Knorst of Pinsent Masons

is probably part of the NSA ring.

European IT dictated by the USA-NSA is a lot better than EU IT dictated by EU because ... ???

Don't we have ARM & Linux in Urop' ... can't we set up foundries and get all the grey matter that went on working for the yanks back ?

How your data loss prevention plan is killing your business


Palmerston North Re: It is not just about numbers here

Woahhh you had to go back 2 years ... a backup in good order would have been much more adequate.

1) Your company backed up corrupt data ... that can happen but going 2 years without checking its consistency ... that is bad. But at least you have learnt your "Lesson 2" which makes Lesson1 a moot point.

2) Before doing something very sensitive make sure you have the proper procedure and equipment at hand. Usually in HA things come in twos ... at the very least .. so test things before going commando on the production line.

I would add

3) Old backup may be completely useless when they have not been migrated. I've lived such an example where the servers went from x86 to Sparc and the application from C++ to Java ... good luck with finding a 20 year old server in working condition ... may prove extremely costly when data retentive lawyers kick in.

On that point lucky for you the backups agreed with the current firmware/hardware on the switch.

PS4 with Black Friday underway: TOUGH, you CAN'T HAVE ONE!


If you still manage to get one

... buy a hot air soldering station and IR preheating plate at the same time, there may be a shortage of those after Xmas.

Google: YouTube fights off HUGE ASCII PHALLUS MENACE


Typical Google nonsense.

You may ban all derogatory comments, provided there is a way to do so.

But, not letting people say they think Google+ or a YouTube video sucks won't make them stop thinking it sucks. And that may even force them to be smarter in order to crack that wall of yours.

Just who is Apple's most frustrated fanboi? Surprise – it's GOOGLE


Google : begging for attention

OOOh that must be killing them !!!

Google may love Apple kit but the only thing Apple loves is selling its kit ... they can't care less about their customers, unless there is a class action they won't replace your iPod battery let alone provide you with a tool.

Google let's say you are not worthy ... so shut up or they will get a restraining order. You won't be allowed anywhere near an Apple Store & your IPs prevented from connecting to their online version.

/Made on a 

PS : Google your chrome browser for OSX is a real piece of dungware.

Microsoft hires Pawn Stars to shaft Google


Reminds me of some other device ...

XBOX ONE where you need a patch to play offline ... how long before that is scrapped altogether ???

Email-sniffing Linkedin Intro NOT security threat, insists biz network



Why would you let LinkedIn access your emails in the first place ????

India tops APAC ransomware table with £2.5 BEELLION losses


So IT not that

very very more better in the sub continent.

Apple's new non-feline Mac operating system, OS X Mavericks, ready to go


Re: run out of cats?

Mavericks ... yuck ... Croydon or Hull would do nicely.


Total amount of

time wasted installing or reinstalling your OS.

Apple 2 hours.

M$ 2 weeks.

Apple iOS 7 makes some users literally SICK. As in puking, not upset


That'll pass ...

remember the times

- when passengers of animal-drawn carriages had epileptic seizures induced by the sunlight strobing through trees planted along the road,

- when kids were not supposed to stay more than 1 hour in front of their Atari 400 for the same reasons,

- etc etc ...

They'll put the usual warnings to cover their arse and no one will ever complain again:

"The use of iOS7 requires Apple approved optic nerve & inner ear"

"Extensive usage of iOS7 may cause ... --followed by 400 pages of unpronounceable syndromes -- but most of all if you can't stomach our latest iOS you are not worthy."

Boris Johnson's ex-right-hand man's right hand lands johnson in web slip


Nothing new here

after all politicians are just dicks.

Ellison ditches own cloud keynote for billionaires' America's Cup boat race


I supported Oracle

until force fed MS SQL and now I don't give a flying crap ... it's just a DB and given the necessary amount of RAM to fit a selection of tables I don't see the difference.



Testing that is.

That is where VMWare should be containered anyway : testing !!!

I would not dare running a production environment on that piece of tool.

Fanbois shun 'crappy plastic' iPhone 5C


I can hear the Queen saying

"Is he alright ???"

Looking at Mr Motivational Blue in that video.

Windows Phone overtakes Apple's market share ... in India


This is about to change ...

Wait for Apple to unload the iPhone 5S*** &5Crap at $100 a pop because, aside from the 2 stooges on Regent Street, no one bothers.

Even at that discounted price they'll probably make a profit !!!

Facebook keeps company with misery say boffins


Michigan knows all about happiness

... so they studied hard to check if there were some even more miserable souls.

New NSA tool exposed: XKeyscore sees 'nearly EVERYTHING you do online'


Now we have the brochure.

Can we have a peek at the software to fact-check that commercial pamphlet ?

I'm sure the sales person got carried away ... as they always do.

Oracle and SAP are Big Software, but for how long?


Re: All well and good.

But before going belly up the 3rd party will manage to send licensing costs trough the roof.

How many things that were at one point quite cheap are now a luxury ... starting with water ... just because the 3rd party lured you into thinking that watering your garden from the tap would be cheaper than having your well fitted with modern plumbing.

UK.gov blacklists Fujitsu from future contracts - report


10 years to notice. UK.gov should blacklist itself.

I worked along with the awful lot : ICL-Fujitsu, EDS (now HP) and Cubic Transportation Systems for the OysterCard implementation back in 2002.

I never had and never have seen such a gathering of incompetent money wasters.

Laugh all you want at 'the cloud' - it'll be worth '$100bn by 2016'


A $100 bn Cloud ...

of smoke.

The cloud : fail once fail everywhere !!! Amazon demonstrated it not that long ago. Lesson learned ???

Cloud vendors are like bankers : they are supposed to take care of your most precious belongings, you know how it turned out with bankers.

Microsoft dumps Metro from Windows 8

IT Angle

“Windows 8 style UI”

There you have it : W8UI

pronounced Weight UI coz your pc is not going anywhere ... or Wet UI if looking at it makes you sob.

Windows XP support ends two years from now


Migrate before ...

When is the last time someone did something before it's too late ???

There is no point in migrating something that runs fine to Win 7, the difficulty and costs will be the same migrating it to Win 9 or X.

If you add energy matters ... an XP PC will run on 85 W a Win 7 probably needs 120 Watts ... when a Celeron 700 MHz Win 98 25 Watts ... and frankly the less crap users can run on their PC the better.

Apple blocks booze, cigs sales with parental control patent

IT Angle


A patent for a set of rules ...

"So now kids don't talk to strangers" TM

New patent from TFL OysterCard Rules : Swear while you swipe. Anytime you swear whilst swiping Boris gets a penny.

Xeon E5 is hot stuff, but not all in a good way


Bahh ...

to maximize the ROI Studio Engine can always open a subsidiary : Steak Studio.

A freshy for me mate.

Experts: We're stuck with passwords – and maybe they're best


even your DNA ...

to protect my data ... well DNA tends to be leaked (pun intended).

Five things that knocked CES 2012 for six


TV becomes just another smart device

for dumber contents.

Storage is ending in tiers


Spend 1000's to save 100's

sure time is money, but implementing such a tiering may be time consuming and the horsepower and brains to do that costs money as well. Plus your DB may be locked because some old fart is updating their eerily old data on a very slow cassette tape.

Add that moving data back and forth may well end in losing it to a "I did not consider that potential failure" ...

I'm sure adding a faster disk array to an existing storage pool when filled up is more efficient ... so just dimension your storage for a 6 month period so you can enjoy the benefits of newer and faster tech for your newer data ...

'Silent majority' is content with elderly Java, says startup


Java ...

1.3 1.4 2 4 5 6 what a turd ... after almost 20 years they finally introduced EJB 3.0 where you don't need to do all the tedious work to get a distributed object ... hardly !!!

Whoaw what an achievement, Forté Inc. had that in 1990, Forté was acquired by Sun ... and all those tossers could not even make a proper Java middleware out of the superb product that was Forté 4GL. Thinking that those Java turkeys are now an "industry" standard makes me sick.

HP chief bows to Jobsian cult


The tablet effect is quite real

A tablet is the ultimate gizmo in the bludger's attire, right ahead of smartphone, people will always brag about the amount of (pretend) work they can now achieve on their tablet. Truth to be told most of computer users achieve sod all.

Apple just "happens" to have some classy visual designs and a very carefully designed pricing policy that makes their products a wee bit expensive but within reach of your already maxed out credit card ... which makes them even more desirable.

AES crypto broken by 'groundbreaking' attack



1 trillion years rather than 5 to break the key ... I'm worried sick.



Plumbers not Coders

Govt should be investing in training plumbers not IT, it costs more to get a plumber than to get a code pisser.

But I need a shower unit more than I need a NHS IT system coz my GP does not need one to diagnose me.

-- The quality of IT candidates in the UK is extremely high and often underestimated --

And that is why we have some of the most brilliant and costliest world class failures.

Insider says doom looms at RIM


Surf not tackle

--in a solid business and financial position to tackle the opportunities ahead--

So at RIM opportunities = issues.

Why Cisco should merge with Dell


And what would be the name ???

Ciscell (pronounced Sesquel)

Is there anything to find on bin Laden's hard drive?


An early edition of ...

Tetris !!!

He must have been bored to death in his complex.

Assange: Facebook a ‘spying machine’


The idiots are legion

and willing to share their intimacy with other barely known idiots.

Big brother would be daft not to peek ... but is it worth it ???

Apple floats iCloud for 'email, music, and beyond'



do without.

Oracle wins round one in bare-knuckle Android patent suit



Yaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwnnnnnnnnn !!!

- It's my patent !!

- No it's not !!

- Duh it is !!


- etc

- etc


Time to put the vindictive kids to bed.

Greenpeace spies soot lining in cloud data centers


Did Greenpeace used

a sootie powered computer or a pedal powered one ???