* Posts by albaleo

204 posts • joined 20 May 2009


The Battle of Britain couldn't have been won without UK's homegrown tech innovations


Re: Polish Air Force War Memorial

I think the Italian community in Scotland mostly arrived long before World War II started. Many were interned during the war (and many died on the Arandora Star sinking).

Regarding Italian POWs, my mum used to tell me of a POW camp for Italian soldiers near where she lived in Kendal. No locks on the premises, and many girls cycling up there in the evening (for the cultural enhancements no doubt).

There are also many Polish descendants in Scotland from during the war.

As promised, Apple will now entertain suggestions from the hoi polloi on how it should run its App Store


Re: hoi polloi

"Another example is the distortion of the word "literally".

I'd say that's quite different. The complaints about the usage of "decimate" typically refer to its original meaning in Latin. (But even there, the original meaning is not so clear. Some say it was Latin slang.) In English, it has generally been used to refer to extensive damage or destruction of people or places. How many other words do we use in English with a meaning somewhat different from that in the original language? Century, ovation, forum, missile, toilet, ...


Re: hoi polloi

Please tell that to those who constantly rant on about the so-called misuse of "decimate".

Um, almost the entire Scots Wikipedia was written by someone with no idea of the language – 10,000s of articles


Re: Not the robot edit I'd expected

I'm not sure what that says about me, but I found your version easier to read than the fucking original.


Re: Enough

I've always considered Scots and English as dialects of Geordie. They even have an army.

Geneticists throw hands in the air, change gene naming rules to finally stop Microsoft Excel eating their data


Re: User Error

"It amazes me that some readers of this august forum seemingly expect the tool to read the mind of the user"

I think it's the opposite. By changing data without any express instruction, Excel does try to read the mind of the user. It wouldn't be so bad if it only changed the appearance of the data, but kept the original data intact behind the scenes.

Microsoft to pull support for PHP: Version 8? Exterminate, more like...


Re: Nobody wanted it..

"There wasn't any use case for doing both .Net and PHP on a single site I was ever requested of."

I work on a web project that uses both PHP and .Net on IIS. The PHP is used mainly by myself for one web application, and is used mainly to retrieve data from an MS SQL database. It works fine. I know there are those who would like to ditch the PHP element, but development work with .Net seems to take longer.

After 84 years, Japan's Olympus shutters its camera biz, flogs it to private equity – smartphones are just too good


Re: OM1

Thanks for that. It stirred memories. I also got an OM10 to replace a Zenit (forget the model). I couldn't afford on OM1. I eventually added a 100mm lens. Then I decided to move to Japan and sold the camera to pay for the air fare. But I held on to the extra lens. In Japan, after my second-or-so pay cheque, I bought an OM2. 40 years later, my son is still using that OM2 and the 100mm lens.

Microsoft decrees that all high-school IT teachers were wrong: Double spaces now flagged as typos in Word


Re: Your PC is not a typewriter

Just to stir things up even more, I believe the original title was "The Mac is not a typewriter".

Don't be fooled, experts warn, America's anti-child-abuse EARN IT Act could burn encryption to the ground


as AG Barr announced

That company keeps getting weirder.



As Australia is gripped by bog roll shortage, tabloid says: Here, fill your dunny with us


That brought back bad memories.

Flat Earther and wannabe astronaut killed in homemade rocket


Re: I doubt he was bright enough to build a rocket

Another denier not prepared to accept the evidence of 97% of hotel owners, tour operators, and souvenir shop managers.

Unlocking news: We decrypt those cryptic headlines about Scottish cops bypassing smartphone encryption


Re: IndyRef2

"just remember who created plod Scotland and their "overseers" (still stripped of their powers IIRC) Scottish Police Authority (and lost their powers due to failing to do any oversight and just giving Plod Scotland EVERYTHING they wanted and then some.......oh yes...it was.....the SNP....."

I recall there were only about six votes against the bill to create Police Scotland. I think all parties played a part. It was only after the police started raiding strip clubs in Edinburgh that we woke up to the consequences.


Re: Just wait until after Indyref 2

Wrong country, pal. Police Scotland will only inspect your papers or phones if you fail to recite your lodge number (Orange or Masons, either will do.)

'Sophisticated' cyber attack on UK Labour Party platforms was probably just a DDoS, says official


a security official with knowledge of the matter

Who was that then? The United States Secretary of Homeland Security perhaps.

Alright! Ma time to meet that shag quota! Alibaba chairman steps down at 55 with $38.6bn fortune


Re: Communist

In a communist country, I'd expect companies to be socially owned (state owned, cooperatives, etc.). There seem to be plenty of private enterprises in China, and so it doesn't seem to be a communist country, even though it ostensibly has a communist government.

Will that do?


Re: Communist

I think there is probably a difference between a communist country and a communist government.

Android PDF app with just 100m downloads caught sneaking malware into mobes


It has TRIED TO CONTACT, I think. But how hard did they try? And if it was down the pub, and the developer was propping up one end of the bar and our intrepid journalist the other end, maybe he did reach out, before falling over.

Edinburgh-based rocket botherer seeks UK or overseas launch location for fun times, maybe more


Edinburgh has been preparing for a rocket launch since 1840

Almost ready to blast off.


Hungover this morning? Thought 'beer before wine and you'll be fine'? Boffins prove old adage just isn't true


Affront comment

"probably they thought hangovers were just annoying, rather than character-forming"

For Iain M Banks fans.

Diplomat warns that tech industry has become a pawn as politicos fight dirty


Re: National Champions

and in the winter of discontent in 1978 the country had a 3 day working week and only had power for parts of the day.

My memory is a little shaky, but wasn't the 3-day week an earlier event - under Heath's government around 1974?

It's the weekend. We're out of puns for now. Just have a gander at China's Moon lander and robo-sidekick snaps, videos


Re: El Reg grammar bonus

You mean they're tithing their staff of 10 percent of their income?

Yahoo! $50m! hack! damages! bill!, Russian trolls menaced by Uncle Sam inaction, computer voting-machine UI confusion, and more


Re: !Celebrated !Mac !Malware !Still !Requires !Manual !Installation

It's a bit of a giveaway if your malware opens with the question. "ALLOW SPI TO CONTROL YOUR NETWORK?"

I thought the same initially. But those dialogs appear in the context of another installation, so I guess there is the temptation to just follow the flow. (There's something about those dialogs that implies that if you say "no", the software won't work. And we're sometimes just too tired to think about what we're doing. There should be some info about the consequences of saying "no". )

I generally use a Mac without anti-virus software these days just to annoy Reg journalists.

Hardened Azure logins, softened containers, leaky encrypted images on Macs – and more


Re: Can somebody explain the iOS attack?

It seems he's not using a passcode check function but a keyboard input function, i.e. simulating typing from the keyboard. While that function is running, apparently the counter/data-erase behaviour won't run. The video shows it behaving as if data is being manually entered. It's very slow - a few seconds per attempt.

Apple debugs debugger, nukes pesky vulns in iOS, WebKit, macOS


Re: Why not scan properly?

Why can't it 'fail to scan properly', or 'fail properly to scan'?"

You're second example changes the meaning by having 'properly' modify the verb 'fail'.

In this case there are two infinitive verbs (scan and redirect) sharing the same 'to' and the same object. I'm assuming the author's intention was for 'properly' to modify both of those verbs. So something like ' fails to scan properly and fails to redirect properly...' But that would separate the object from the verbs making it difficult to follow. As we all know that parentheses can get us out of all kinds of problems, maybe the following is better:

"Because the camera fails to properly (scan and redirect) URLs from QR codes,..."


"Because the camera fails to (scan and redirect) URLs properly from QR codes,..."

(I don't really care about grammar rules, as long as things can be understood without too much effort.)

UK ICO, USCourts.gov... Thousands of websites hijacked by hidden crypto-mining code after popular plugin pwned


If there is something that you can't do in HTML/CSS currently, that needs JavaScript, then HTML/CSS should be extended to add that functionality, assuming it's valid of course.

It's Monday, so forgive me if I sound a bit dense. I'm charged with developing a web application that, among other things, has various fancy chart gizmos. These charts are expected to change their appearance at the touch of a button - switch from column charts to bar charts, provide popups for every data point on hover, change the confidence level curve when the user wants to switch from 90% to 91% to 92% confidence, allow the user to change the colors used, etc. The application basically loads all the needed data in the browser, and then the entire interface is controlled with Javascript. Is there any feasible way to do this kind of thing with html and css?

(Some of you may think this is not the appropriate use of a browser. I don't disagree. But clients don't want to install desktop applications. It's been this way for almost 20 years. Screamed at for using Flash, and I'm pretty sure I'll be screamed at soon for using Javascript. )

It's been 50 years since those damn dirty apes took the planet by storm


Re: Who doesn't like a talking monkey?

You bring political shit into a completely unrelated thread

Only if you think politicians are related to politics. It's debatable.

So you accidentally told a million people they are going to die: What next? Your essential guide...


Pinning the blame can be tricky

Not so tricky. The proper approach is to blame the youngest person in the team for every mistake. It saves time and lets you get on with solving the problem more quickly.

Julian Assange to UK court: Put an end to my unwarranted Ecuadorean couch-surf


@Vincent Ballard, thanks.


"Anyone extradited on a EAW cannot be further extradited without the permission of the original country."

Well that's nice to know. But I don't remember that bit of info being brought up when I asked a similar question when this fiasco started. Forgive me if I have doubts about the accuracy of your statement. Can you point me to the relevant law?

Assange may be a tosser, but he seems to get more flippant coverage here than other tossers. Why do I get the impression Assange has shagged one of the El Reg staff's girlfriends?


"he's far more likely to get extradited from the UK to the US than if he had gone to Sweden"

Do you have any good reason to suppose that? I think both the UK and Sweden have handled this badly. The UK for not requiring assurances from Sweden that he wouldn't be extradited to the USA. Sweden for not providing such assurances.

When they come for the tossers, maybe we should all speak out.

Causes of software development woes


I'm guessing architects get such requests all the time. They're perhaps a little luckier in that they can whip up a quick sketch to show some ideas, and hopefully they can produce an agreed design that forms the basis of their contract. And all this before a brick is laid. In my experience, we don't have that luxury with software development. We need to build some software first before we can test it out on some real data. And if you work in education like me, you can be pretty sure that the first real data you run it against looks nothing like the sample data you were provided with three months earlier.

Beer hall putz: Regulator slaps northern pub over Nazi-themed ad


Re: Disappointing ...

"It tends to prove the earlier comment that there are more Nazis here than in Germany nowadays"

Not just nowadays perhaps? I've often thought that the revulsion we Brits express at the Nazi atrocities is really a kind of relief. We know it could just as easily have happened here.

I have a German friend of my own age who likes to be updated weekly on whether Kraut or Hun is the current term of reference.


Re: I'm sure

But in this case, is that person the one who complained about the ad or the one who posted it?

If you won't use your brain our machine will use it for you, Nissan tells drivers


Not much out there tech wise so I wonder what the reality of this really is.

I suspect you are more tech wise than the marketing folks at Nissan. (Visions of Nissan engineers groaning.)

Windows Store nixed Google Chrome 'app' hours after it went live


Re: Store is a Verb

As a kid in Edinburgh, "going to the store" referred only to the Co-op.

Japanese quadcopter makes overworked employees clock out


Re: Cruel and unusual

They don't really play the song Auld Lang Syne, only the tune. Robert Burns may have had a similar reaction to your own, most certainly about Michael Gove.

This is thought to be the tune when Burns was around:



Taisei, more than an office management company

Taisei is a large construction company. I'm guessing this is either a division or subsidiary.

I have one fond memory of teaching English to structural engineers at this company in the early 80s. Their head office is one of the large skyscrapers in the Shinjuku district of Tokyo. When it was built in the 70s, there was much fanfare about how it was made earthquake proof. But these guy told me that one of the engineers had redone the calculations, and although they thought the main structure was still safe, there were doubts whether the cladding (window panels) would stay attached during a severe earthquake. So they very kindly offered the very nice window-side office space to the HR staff and other suited types. Meanwhile, they moved as far from the windows as they could.

Royal Bank of Scotland culls 1 in 4 branches, blames the interwebz


Think local

Instead of firing staff, they might think of piping in fibre, and giving the staff a headset so they could do the same job as those in the call centre 1000 miles away and still be around to help everyone's gran, and 'other stuff'. Why drive to a far-away call centre for work when you could pop down the local branch, which probably has a pub next door.


"the word decimation is derived from Latin meaning "removal of a tenth"

And I don't think it has ever been used in English with that meaning except by those fascinated by the arbitrary killing of soldiers. Look up "idiot" for similar cross-lingua transgressions.

That 70s Show: Windows sprouts Sets and Timeline features


Lower the barrier to entry

Lower the barrier to entry, and more crap gets in.

I don't recall crap Hypercard stacks appearing on my computer in the same way as crap web pages.

And isn't this idea more like OpenDoc than Hypercard?

The Quantum of Firefox: Why is this one unlike any other Firefox?


Re: Using a lot of CPU

Follow up.

By disabling some old and unused extensions, CPU usage fell back to expected levels.


Re: Using a lot of CPU

Well spotted.

But in my case, it's the Firefox process using CPU (25%) and not FirefoxCP Web Content (0.5%). With the same pages open (an interactive application), Safari uses 0.5%.

World Vasectomy Day: 15k men line up for live vent-blocking


men opting to take birth control in their own hands

I thought that made you blind.

Boffins trapped antiprotons for days, still can't say why they survived the Big Bang



If we have anti-matter, is the notion of anti-space (or anti-spacetime) feasible? I.e. the space that anti-matter had a preference for when it was created. A bit like men's and women's toilets perhaps - there is general preference for one or the other, but occasionally someone is in the wrong place.

Just wondering.

Culture, schmulture. DevOps, agile need to be software-first again


Re: Nice article.

"I can can tell you that Agile / Scrum / DevOps *can* work"

I was reminded of a couple of stories. (I'm past my fifties, but only entered software development seriously after I was 40.)

One story concerns the idea that "anything can work". It was prompted by a senior engineer at a Japanese steel company in the early 80s. At the time, Total Quality Control was the thing (Deming Prize, etc.). He frequently had to entertain visiting groups from the United States who wanted to pin down the the proper way to conduct TQC. He was badgered with questions about which method of TQC was best. He told me that it didn't matter which method you chose, just so long as you had a method, generally stuck to it, but had some notion of your objectives so you could break the rules when necessary.

Another story concerns the teaching profession, again in the 80s, when the notion of "Student Centered Learning" was introduced at a conference I attended. It seemed to many attendees that various "youngsters" were trying to formalize something that was taken as normal good practice among experienced teachers. And there was that dread feeling that by giving it capital letters , it was already doomed. (Another poster hinted at a difference between agile and Agile.)

I've enjoyed reading the comments here. I do wonder sometimes whether the different opinions are based around the different tasks we do and also our various backgrounds. Creating reporting applications for educational achievement and creating controllers for industrial machinery seem worlds apart to me.

Attention adults working in the real world: Do not upgrade to iOS 11 if you use Outlook, Exchange


Re: Works fine here

This article isn't written for people who have avoided the bug. It's written for people hit by the bug who want to know WTF is going on. And check the link - Apple admits there is a problem.

But not so helpful for people like me who are wondering whether to advise others to update or not.

Also, ppl saying their gear works - are you using the Outlook app? That app is crippled

That wasn't made clear in the article, which seemed to focus on server compatibility. And now I'm left wondering if the problem only occurs when using the Outlook app.

Ubuntu sends trash to its desktop's desktop


Re: memory failure

"On System 6 or earlier this meant that the file(s) would be deleted whenever you launched a program (in single tasking mode) or at shutdown (if multifinder was running for cooperative multitasking)"

Thank you. It's all coming back to me now. multifinder - yay.

London cops urged to scrap use of 'biased' facial recognition at Notting Hill Carnival


*sniff* *sniff*

Sorry, but your comment reminded me of this:




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