* Posts by Eeep !

91 posts • joined 30 Apr 2009


O2 be a fly on the wall during BT and Vodafone's video calls: Telefónica's UK biz, Virgin Media officially merge

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They'll have to get fizzical to take that.

UK finds itself almost alone with centralized virus contact-tracing app that probably won't work well, asks for your location, may be illegal

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Re: Hanlon's razor

Seriously, I'm sickened by the ideas and detail here and follow up posts - it sadness me that people like you are part of IT in anyway shape or form. And I can only hope that forum administrators aren't of a similar view.

Artful prankster creates Google Maps traffic jams by walking a cartful of old phones around Berlin

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Re: Can't stop smiling

Only read the article in the expectation of some Etch A Sketch style art over a city - hoping someone can organise a Tempest snapshot somewhere.

'An issue of survival': Why Mozilla welcomes EU attempts to regulate the internet giants

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IT Angle

El Reg less relevant to IT as ***** ** ****** * ***** ** *** commentards die off ?

Age appropriate eye sight loss related to f*ckwittery about female attractiveness?

Facebook mulls tagging pics with 'radioactive' markers to trace the origin of photos used to build image-recog AI

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Does anyone at FB think about the language they use?

Now I can tell people that looking at pictures on Facebook is dangerous because they are radioactive - and it is Facebook telling us that.

Apple finally clambers to top of phone market again as spider-eyed iPhone 11 lures fanatics out of the shadows

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Re: Already way too expensive

Actually you haven't debunked the value consideration, just said others might think there there is more value. Which you might want to back up with actual stats, purchasing isn't proof of those people thinking there's better value, just more "glam".

BBC tells Conservative Party to remove edited Facebook ad featuring its reporters

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Guessing your problem is tracking the the occurences of the phrase is really with the number 0 - because your mention of this term is the first time it's been mentioned in any conversation (directly or overheard), radio broasdcast, TV, or web article or discussion, since the referendum.

Complete with keyboard and actual, literal, 'physical' escape key: Apple emits new 16" $2.4k+ MacBook Pro

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Re: Trade in

Want to explain the reason for downvote? I don't understand your reasoning - enlighten me.

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Re: Selective deafness

What is it that makes it that makes the MacBook Pro preferable to the other systems you have access to? Genuinely interested.

Bad news, developers: Apple Mac App Store tells cross-platform Electron apps to get lost

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Private APIs - not learning from history?

Didn't Microsoft get into trouble over private APIs? How did that work-out? Could Apple have learned from that?

Socket to the energy bill: 5-bed home with stupid number of power outlets leaves us asking... why?

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Re: priorities

Perhaps the compainers about grammar are hoping to prove themselves worthy of something? Supporting the shibboleths around grammar (which often adds little to actual understand) helps their self esteme in a computing/science forum that is about facts rather then arbritary rules?

Blood money is fine with us, says GitLab: Vetting non-evil customers is 'time consuming, potentially distracting'

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If your code is important to you is GitLab the place to store it?

Title askes the question.

How do we stop filling the oceans with Lego? By being a BaaS-tard, toy maker suggests

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Of all the plastic things Lego is probably the least single use

A recent BBC radio programme detailed the research Lego were investing in in reusable plastics and then had a reporter asking an unfortunate Lego employee about recycling. Which was unfair because all the Lego representative could really explain was that he had played with Lego his father had played with and now his son played with the same bricks - hardly a tale of rampant enviromental destruction - which appeared to be what their customers did. And that's the sort of thing I'm seeing in the people around me - parents passing their Lego down to their kids and then their kids.

Seriously, beyond drinking straws there was no serious questioning in the radio show of single use medical items or plastic single use hot drink/soup item packaging where you add hot water and throw away the packaging, or those cable ties and plastic blisterpack shells used for security. Have there been any studies on what happens to loombands, or Hama/Aqua beads and similar toys that are basically used once to create some sort of mosaic art?

Is there ever truely an unwanted Lego brick? (except the ones temporarily in a parent's sole) Does anyone ever throw away Lego on purpose, except out of ignorance or spite?

And by-the-way the Lego Replay initiative appears to be an awesome idea!

Overstock's share price has plummeted. Is it Trump's trade war? Bad results? Nope, its CEO has gone bonkers...

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Re: A generation ago

Yes there are rememberers but it is not really relevant is it. Are you more than a bot commenting on "CEO" related topics?

Behold, the world's most popular programming language – and it is...wait, er, YAML?!?

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How long have you been waiting to shoehorn that into a comment?

Especially as decent text editors have an option to display whitespace in some way.

Influential Valley gadfly and Intel 8051 architect John Wharton has died

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Re: 8051: one of the most widely used

The 8051 architecture and the miriad of variation including the 8052 variations were used in things that needed just enough processing power and no more, especially for controlling simple display and button inputs. A couple of interrupts and a few bytes of memory can support a lot of functionality.

Things like corporate PBX handsets with a 2x16 display and 8/16 buttons almost certainly had an 805x controller, and less obvious things like petrol pumps had an 805x in them somewhere.

Even the Tini Java computer on a stick had an 8051 based core (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiny_Internet_Interface)

Think it was a good enough architecture with enough scope for variations of features/expansions that it could be considered an industry standard, a developer and the tools developers just had to understand the variations to be able to use them effectively.

Tax me if you can: VMware UK tosses shrunken offering to HMRC

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Re: Poor emotion driven article

"Most people think most taxes are wasted which is why most people wouldn't pay them were they voluntary."

Please can you provide a source that confirms that most people think that most taxes are wasted?

Especially if they indicate which of the NHS/police/fire/social services they consider the biggest waste of their taxes?

Chuck this on expenses: £2k iPad paints Apple as the premium fondleslab specialist – as planned

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Re: 2000 quid?

What were the other devices?

Facebook names former Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg head of global affairs

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Are you suggesting he held out for the price of his values? Doesn't he have Facebook employees doing him a favour? Well, "favour" is probably not how it will be described in a few months.

UKIP flogs latex love gloves: Because Brexit means Brexit

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Assuming the UKIP purchasers would want to know it wasn't just CE.

Google Chrome: HTTPS or bust. Insecure HTTP D-Day is tomorrow, folks

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Re: Yay... maybe?

Please explain how this is setting up a MITM attack.

US prison telco accused of selling your phone's location to the cops

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Erm, have all those apps on my phone and can say that it's not the presence of those apps on your device that's the problem - why do you open them?

Regularly use Skype/WhatsApp/Instagram to communicate with people on the other side of the world and they improve my life - variety being interesting.

Want to describe what it was that made you think the apps were the problem?

And your comments about reading books; strangely know lots of people that complain they read less in this digital time - myself moved to audio books a long time ago (was always a BBC R4 listener) and find it annoying that those people that complain about being short of reading, and when challenged about listening time, haven't a clue about any of the books they have an opinion about - especially when particularly inaccurate.

Apple's magical quality engineering strikes again: You may want to hold off that macOS High Sierra update...

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Re: Apple Update Time

You re-installed Windows 4 times before realising that installing iTunes was the problem???

Assuming you re-installed Windows (what version?) which must have worked and then installed iTunes which stopped it working.

My Tibetan digital detox lasted one morning, how about yours?

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Is anyone actually interested in what Dabbs writes? Or just in up-ing their comment count? Or are replies to him just the only way they can register a smidgen of significance of a life before dementia means they and no-one else will be interested? Who cares about the details any of you have told us - guess 1 - and even you are probably bored by them.

Programming languages can be hard to grasp for non-English speakers. Step forward, Bato: A Ruby port for Filipinos

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True, but is that really the point that was being made?

Surely having a way to tell the language parser that that the source matches an offical language translation version wouldn't be that wrong would it?

If various different computer languages can be used to generate byte code (at whatever level) that runs on the the same JVM and/or CLR (or whatever is "executing" the program) then that's already proved that the exact character strings in the program source files are not important to the program as it is executing - Javascript minified code is also a good example. It's how the program source text files are interpretted to produce the byte code.

Identifier names and comments are more problematic, and for these an IDE might be useful in supporting annotations/translations for these in different langauges. It might even be that comments and identifier names could be stored outside of the file and in something like a parallel part of source code control systems so that translations/clarifications could be added and tracked in a similar way, available to all viewing the source.

OK, who is shooting at Apple staff buses in California? Knock it off

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Re: Nuts *and* no imagination

Perhaps it's all just a scheme to reduce the cost of running the bus?

Apple succeeds in failing wearables

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Please explain how you verify your assertion than "It very accurately monitors my calorie burn throughout the day".

TfL to track Tube users in stations by their MAC addresses

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Why are they measuring?

Whenever I'm in the metropolis there are shed loads of Oyster card users. They are giving up info about entry and entrance to the underground system. And if you have an Oyster card I'm guessing you are fairly knowledgeable about the optimal routes through complex stations.

I don't know if 1 day travel/capital type and normal (single / return) type tickets can be tracked in some way so perhaps they are are only indicating general numbers through stations, not station to station journeys.

Perhaps this helping with measuring flow around large stations once you are outside the actual barriers.

Wonder if they are considering having coffee and sandwich shops inside the system (barriers) for those that are waiting, but only know they are waiting after passing through the barriers. That would suggest the possibility of trains being delayed until enough mocha-latte had been purchased.

Bye bye, booth babes. IT security catwalk RSA nixes sexy outfits

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What's wrong with tank tops?????

The only thing I can think of against tank tops is that they appear to be all the same! Two people (female) in my office thought I had a tank top that matched the diamonded LEGO programmer figure - my only tank top is solid brown!

Win a year’s supply of chocolate (no tech knowledge required)

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Personal details are price of entering lottery for £180

You seem to be bigging up the value of the prize - there's an introductory quarterly price that works out at 14.95 per month.

Whatever, my personal details are worth a lot more than than the chance to win less than £180.

Larger iPad could target big biz, save Apple from low-end scrum

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Make a screen robust enough to be A4 (or preferably the old Cheeky/2000AD/Star Lord page) size and that's a sale. Not expecting super toughness for rambling while geo-caching, will treat it like paper media - easily trashable. Just want the a paper page size experience on a screen.

Lord Shug ends Viglen ownership with a bang

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Re: "Free schools opportunities have grown during 2013"

Agreed. That's the comment that doesn't sound good. Does suggest that free school may not be getting good value.

Robots demanding equal API rights? It's just a matter of time

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I'm not amazed, there are too few Joe Pineapples references.

Google Glassholes, GET OFF our ROADS, thunder lawmakers in seven US states

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Re: HUD? - modern satnavs

Sorry, the fuel gauge isn't enough to know how much fuel is in your car? Christ-on-a-bike, rolling out justifications for idiots to blame others for them running out of fuel is just stupid.

Unless the car is also fitted with a fuel gauge that tells the car that it MUST stop at the next possible fuel stop which would be sensible if being law abiding is important to you.

And so then it is probably best to give Google control of the car for best fuel efficiency on your route, as it can take into account which petrol stations on the route will be cheapest.

Which might lead to a world where poor/speedy drivers are at fault because they didn't have the GoogleShauff (because the US probably won't accept the "eur" - even considering their history/heritage) enabled when accidents occur and those in GoogleShauff controlled cars arrive safely and optimally speedily after spending time working or relaxing depending upon the reason for the journey.

Seriously, is that not a better world?

Facebook app now reads your smartphone's text messages? THE TRUTH

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Why aren't details published

They give "Examples of what we use this permission for" but do not detail what they ACTUALLY use it for. Seems dodgy. Then when you go to ask for clarification of what it means you have to sign in to Facebook, as though non-subscribers are not allowed to ask questions - strange if there is nothing to hide.

The other end of the telescope: Intel’s Galileo developer board

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How about comparint it with Netduino as well

Isn't this basically a Netduino Plus (quibble over spec differences after checking http://www.coolcomponents.co.uk/netduino-plus-2-net-c-development-board.html)

[BTW: While I liked the Arduino sketch idiom, my brain always seems to want to do things on the edge of what it (or the IDE) supports - perhaps I'm not "grokking" Arduino. You can dismiss this comment as just the dodderings of an old person that has developed for embedded systems based on 8051/8052/Z80/6502/68xxx/80x86 in assembler/C for writing/debugging for products that were commercial products]

Top Microsoft bod: ARM servers right now smell like Intel's (doomed) Itanic

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Re: Translation from MS speak

Still use an application called "Unique Filer" from 2000 (well the About info is 2000) and that has run happily on Win98, WinXP, Win7, Win8.1. The installer gets a bit unhappy but the core application still runs no problem.

That's from the binary of 2000, not an upgrade that is created to support a new OS release, and the Win98 was 32bit and the Win8.1 64bit. And the number of machines it's worked on during that time requires at least 3 hands worth of digits.

If the developers want me to pay them more money I'd be happy to because it seems to works better than the applications I try that might replace it.

Inside Steve Ballmer’s fondleslab rear-guard action

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Re: No, Liam, I won't be using a fondleslab as my primary computer.

So in the future we'll have people using external keyboards, external mice, external graphics tablets, and possibly external gesture controls which all need to be lugged around to where the tablet is to be used. Hurrah - the wheel being re-invented!

Seriously, do you not see what your idea of having add on input methods means? Making a tablet do what in the past has been the reason for having the flexability of a tablet!

The day the phrase "sent from my ipad" stops being an excuse for bad spelling and grammar I'll accept a tablet can be practically accurate multi-input device.

Here comes Windows 8.1! Microsoft grits teeth, pushes upgrade to world

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Re: Still not enough

Icons may be randomly placed on your desktop, but not mine, and when I've looked over the shoulder of others the placement looks random to me but matches the items they consider the most important or most frequently used.

I've suggested the use of briefcases to users with lots, and I mean LOTS of icons on the desktop, and found after initial comments that it's not for them, a few weeks later they know exactly which briefcase icon has the apps they use less frequently.

One man's random is a librarian's perfection - just because you don't understand suggests it is not mportant you do.

Microsoft wants to 'move beyond' the Cookie Monster

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Re: Unbelievable!

Damn their honesty in publicly indicating an intention to capture anything and everything about you and in the future probably expose it! It's not like facebook and google are doing the same thing already and sometimes retrospectively!

Post-PC world? POST-MAC WORLD more like

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Re: "Apple did not invent idea of a tablet. Microsoft did that."

Think you mean check your facts before posting. Of course that's assuming you think before you do something.

Rotten Apple iOS 7 fury: Glitchy audio or is today's music really that bad?

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Re: The proof is in the....

Android users are busy doing stuff, have lives that don't stop if they don't have the latest (not necessarily greatest) and understand that only a tediously sad few need an OS update instantly so let them get it first and pick it up themselves in all good time - it's a community thing that often seems missing in iOwners.

Headmaster calls cops, tries to dash pupil's uni dreams - over a BLOG

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Re: Truth or consequences

You're defending the headmaster for his pettiness towards a former pupil - think BIGGER - what are existing pupils expected to learn other than critique is NOT ACCEPTABLE. What would the headmaster have been perpared to ruin/crush in defense of his position? Especially if fundamentally true without swearing.

And if your father would have done the same then perhaps your father should not be a headmaster.

Tim Cook: Wearable tech's nice, but Google Glass will NEVER BE COOL

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Re: "half-eaten fruit logo"

Didn't Snow White take just one bite? Perhaps all the cool kids are getting the same effect.

Microsoft: All RIGHT, you can have your Start button back

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Re: do not understand open source ... prefer not to be honest about it

I suspect you are good with aspersions - but would be better with some facts.

Google's JavaScript assassin: Web languages are harder than VMs

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Re: Phew!


That would be far too sensible for the world and might set a dangerous precedence of co-operation.

Long live the new king, if it is Anonymous Coward :)

Apple kicked out of China smartphone top 5 by, er, Yulong and pals

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Re: So

Cheaper or better value?

Beck's open-source challenge to freetards: play it yourself!

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Re: Won't be selling many of these...

Just as anyone can download the OCR'd version, a programming artist will write the OCR program for themselves to interpret it in their own unique way - not just accept the interpretation of others - Beck may have thought it through further than you.

Microsoft dumps Metro from Windows 8

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Re: In response to...

Their use of blocks of solid colour suggests:

Concrete Windows

Apple's Retina Macs: A little too elite?

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Re: Ugh

Whole heartedly agree that making computers non user serviceable is bad, would go further, a failure of the human race.

Having talked friends and family through installing extra/replacement memory sticks and extra drives over the phone it does seem something they take a pride in doing and getting a more physical understanding of. Perhaps they haven't fully understood the IDE master/slave difference, or the pairing of memory sticks in banks but they understand that with the right components the task is matter of connection widget A in/on to widget B. Much like their car.

Talking them through it when actually present is fun; ask them to give you a screwdriver that fits the case screws and then hand it back to them with instruction to open the case. Watch the nervous fumbling with case screws as they start, turn to a pleased and happy pride as the last case screw is replaced after testing the changes worked. (Can't stop them buying from PCWorld though!)

Must say that laptop/notebook/netbook upgrades are something to do in person, only because in my experience, there is always some ribbon cable connector or motherboard clip/screw not mentioned in/on the maintenance manual or whatever maintenance website can be found for that model. And by "in person" it's me doing and showing them what is being done - never work on someone elses computer without them present, they don't learn anything.

Everytime a company/manufacturer decides on a non-standard connector it is "shudder time" because it makes simple tasks more difficult for their customers which is normally only driven by the requirement to depriving their customers of something that can be an overpriced solution from the company/manufacturer.



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