* Posts by NogginTheNog

961 publicly visible posts • joined 16 Apr 2009


iPhone 14 car crash detection triggered by roller coasters


A million hours

Am I the only one to wonder where the hell they found a million hours of car crashes from which to gather data?!

More than 4 in 10 PCs still can't upgrade to Windows 11


But but but...

Windows 10 was meant to be the 'last version of Windows'?

It's the UK contractor tax factor: IR35 outsiders gaining leverage in skills market, survey finds


Skills shortage

More simply, there's a lot less incentive for inside-IR35 contractors to spend money on acquiring and maintaining skills when that's no longer tax-deductible?

The Fat iPhone, 11 years on: The iPad's over a decade old and we're still not sure what it's for


Tablets vs PCs

A friends works for a logistics company that supports Lenovo and HP hardware. She said they're mad busy as everyone is buying laptops at the moment, having realised tablets don't cut it for working from home!

Red Hat defends its CentOS decision, claims Stream version can cover '95% of current user workloads'


Re: How to switch?

Ah sneering at those less experienced than yourself. Classy.

What evil lurks within the data centre, and why is it DDoS-ing the ever-loving pants off us?



And THIS is why developers are the spawn of Satan, worse than any other class of 'users'!

Bill Gates debunks 'coronavirus vaccine is my 5G mind control microchip implant' conspiracy theory


Back To The Future!

Wow I can't believe I'm reading The Register in 2020 and hearing again all about the long and chequered history of Microsoft, IBM, SCO, Linux, et al!

On second thoughts, yes I can ;-)

UK government puts IR35 tax reforms on hold for a year in wake of coronavirus crisis


The party of "business"

So isn't this in essence an admission that the IR35 changes *will* have an adverse impact on business (and contractors of course)?

Researchers trick Tesla into massively breaking the speed limit by sticking a 2-inch piece of electrical tape on a sign


Re: Sigh.

Infuriating, or not, other drivers isn't my primary responsibility when I drive.

That's their problem.

Going Dutch: The Bakker Elkhuizen UltraBoard 950 Wireless... because looks aren't everything


Re: Mapped Home key!

Agreed: working on the company laptop keyboard and having to press 'Fn' every time I want one of those (ie. frequently!) is a right pita!

The BlackBerry may be dead, but others are lining up to take its place


Phones with deals

If you can afford it it's ALWAYS cheaper to buy a phone upfront and get a SIM only deal instead.


Why Privs didn't sell

Well that, and they had a nasty habit of overheating!

Sir John Redwood backs IR35 campaign, notes review would have to start 'immediately' before new off-payroll working rules kick in


Reg Xmas Trolling!

"The Right Honourable Sir John Redwood"

Tory chancellor pledges to review IR35 rollout in UK private sector – just like all the other parties



= then try and squeeze even more out of those damn contractors!

We've found it... the last shred of human decency in an IT director – all for a poxy Unix engineer


Re: Beer...

Yes, the employee made a mistake, but who put them in a position to make that mistake? The senior DBA? Who put the senior in that position? Ultimately everything comes down to the manager, otherwise, what the hell are you there for?

I have to disagree with this to a point. You appoint people and give them responsibility, and that means owning their own mistakes. The senior DBA I'd say had the responsibility to ensure the junior was up to the task, not the manager. This is also what Change Control is to protect against: mistakes being made, and when they are to provide a) a route out of them, and b) a clear indication of where responsibility lies.

Saying that what the manager did is definitely going above and beyond, and all credit to him, but he did it at least partly for his own selfish reasons (keeping his team together).

IT workers: Speaking truth to douchebags since 1977


Re: Minions do get fired

Let's get this straight - if the customers' name was changed, your system interpreted that as meaning that this must be a new customer?

I'm presuming the account resides at the location, just the customer name and other details change?

Does rather sound like a system prone to many potential pitfalls to me..?!

Not so easy to make a quick getaway when it takes 3 hours to juice up your motor, eh Brits?


the idea is to rapid charge only occasionally when on longer journeys. Hopefully you should be able to AC charge over night most of the times.

Oh if life were so predictable!

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson moves to shut Parliament


Re: Benito Jonsolini

"As opposed to the likes of Reichsmarshal Verhofstadt?"

Funny how Quitters always go for the WW2 references, and then the "if you don't like it then leave" responses whenever they have their disgusting comments challenged?

Dixons hits back at McAfee's £30m antivirus sueball: Your AV didn't work on Windows 10S


Re: install a vanilla copy of Windows

Shame that Redmond can't produce an OS that doesn't require constant maintenance.

Yes 'cos Linux never has any issues. Every time I run 'yum update' on my CentOS servers and it lists a few dozen package updates, that's just to keep the mirrors servers busy right?


Re: Windows 10S...as useful as a chocolate teapot

"Even worse than Intel Atom netbooks from a decade ago."

Netbooks were a neat idea smothered by Microsoft who quickly arm-twisted the manufacturers into installing Windows on them.

Microsoft's only gone and published the exFAT spec, now supports popping it in the Linux kernel


Re: Is Microsoft really that desperate ?

Hotmail has run on Exchange for a long time.

Where do you think the Exchange Online/cloud stuff got developed and tested..?

Trump blinks again in trade war bluff-fest with China: Huawei gets another 90-day stay of US import execution


Re: Again, another extension granted, they better use AI to automate the process

Throw a bit of AI in and trump america will win even more than they should, with AI trump america is poised to win real big, so big you'll get bigly sick and tired with winning.

The fact Trump repeatedly describes stuff like this as "winning" tells you so much about the mentality of this ignorant orange spoiled man-child.

Microsoft Notepad: If it ain't broke, shove it in the Store, then break it?

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Re: Someone's pet project?

VS Code is a really good example where (I'm assuming) someone's pet project ended up taking on a life of its own

The best one of those has to be RDCMan...


Re: Blink... Notepad?

I still use notepad pretty much every day in my job - have yet to find a better way of stripping all formatting and hyperlinks off text in one swift move for moving between various applications,

I do the same, as when you copy/paste text from modern web apps it often comes with extra unnecessary formatting. I call it 'washing' the data.


Re: F*ck Microsoft Notepad,

Simples, always carry the latest version on a USB stick.

Have you never been a consultant?

Have you never worked on client systems where the USB ports are either locked down or you'll be out the door quicker than USB3 if you plug one into a server?


Re: F*ck Microsoft Notepad,

Good luck when you have to work on a server you didn't install, without an internet connection, and when you have to work an a remote connection which doesn't allow you to access your local storage...

...and where policies forbid installing non-standard/freebie apps.


Re: Notepad subjected to Store updates - even on Windows Server?

It's not that Notepad is good, it's that (like vi) it's always there.

Science and engineering hit worst as Euroboffins do a little Brexit of their own from British universities


Re: Brexit bollocks

'How many votes do we need?'

Just the one non-fraudulent thank you!


Re: Well, you're leaving

Who wants bloody experts anyway?? Especially foreign ones!

Green search engine Ecosia thinks Google's Android auction stinks, gives bid a hard pass


Re: Good on them...

Why can't Google just engineer in a link to the Play Store (a filtered list of search engines?) and then let people choose one from there?

Crunch time: It's all fun and video games until you're being pressured into working for free


Re: Treat your workers right...

I don't think those who wrote, or enforce, the WTD give a toss about one off incidents? It's aimed at regular week-in week-out abusers. Now people have a law to back them up when they say "enough!".

One person's harmless japery can be another's night of LaserJet Lego

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Re: Heavy...

Phew! I was expecting this story to go: "The printer was hoisted up to the window, but halfway up the hoist broke off and we ended up in jail for damaging a listed building!"...

Amazon Web Services doubled its footprint in the UK and will only get bigger, reckon analysts


They solve the 'problem' of companies having to employ and train lots of techie IT staff, which looks great to senior management.

Omni(box)shambles? Google takes aim at worldwide web yet again


Re: Bonkers or Evil?

Can you be bonkers AND evil? Surely being evil implies some rational thought about doing things that are bad instead of good..?


Re: I reckon the proper term is 'institutional stupidity'

Because searches generate revenue for Google..?

He's coming for your floppy: Linus Torvalds is killing off support for legacy disk drive tech


Eye protection

I think my last useful encounter with a 3.5" floppy disk was in 1999 when we were all advised to use them (with the covers removed) to watch the solar eclipse from the UK?


Windows 3.11

I've got an ISO image of that somewhere. It was available from the old Microsoft TechNet library, and one quiet day I downloaded it, installed it into a VM, played with it for 10 minutes enjoying the nostalgia, then shut it down and deleted the VM!

Sleeping Tesla driver wonders why his car ploughed into 11 traffic cones on a motorway


Re: Not-an-Autopilot

An inflated opinion I fear!

Rise of the Machines hair-raiser: The day IBM's Dot Matrix turned


Re: Try a Lathe

Years ago I worked for a popular pub chain of the time, and their standard uniform was a branded white shirt and clip-on tie.


Assuming the story is pretty verbatim...

She's effin' lucky he got there in time! Could have been VERY nasty if that thing hadn't been stopped :-o

How does UK.gov fsck up IT projects? Let us count the ways


Apples and oranges?

Is Crossrail a good example to use? Surely digging a frikkin' great big tunnel, plus stations, underneath one of the world's major cities, with all the "unexpecteds" that must entail, can't compare to a late/badly specced IT system..?

With more hints dropped online on how to exploit BlueKeep, you've patched that Windows RDP flaw, right?


If only

Everyone's worked at companies too big, too slow, too disjointed, too 'dinosaur' to do things correctly, like not still running public facing systems on ancient platforms, even though yes everyone knows they shouldn't be...

Except the smart-Alecs commenting from their high horses I suppose.

Low Barr: Don't give me that crap about security, just put the backdoors in the encryption, roars US Attorney General


Re: Barr is thinking of the future

That assumes you don't consider legalised abortion to be a crime in itself (as many on the Right do!).

Exclusive: Windows for Workgroups terror the Tartan Bandit confesses all to The Register


Re: Changing Wallpaper can have career enhancing effects

In my first IT job I set up the BSoD screensaver on the team NT server. Very pleased with myself and used to get amused comments from other IT techies... until the day it BSoDed for real!

Never used it again as it didn't seem funny any more after the week it took to rebuild..!

Your specialist subject? The bleedin' obvious... Feds warn of RDP woe


Re: Useful advice that won't help

Cue “I can’t connect from Starbucks/client site/favourite brothel” *rant*

Sopra Steria exec on warpath as its UK Government profit crashes ... by millions



‘Nuff said >:-(

Sysadmin sank IBM mainframe by going one VM too deep



Except I always read that as “sharp-arp”. Similarly the boyband 5ive will always be “Five-ive” to me.

Security guard cost bank millions by hitting emergency Off button


Re: most emergency buttons provide [..] no information on what, exactly, they are supposed to stop

You’ve just triggered a vague old memory of woodworking at school and the teacher demonstrating that big red button pretty much every class?!

iPhone 8 now outsells X, and every other phone


Re: @AC It's had its day.

I think Apple phones are like IBM computers used to be years ago. You may not get the absolute cutting edge, you’ll pay through the nose for it, but you’ll get something that you know works well (enough) with pretty much anything you want to do with it, and will last.