* Posts by John70

511 posts • joined 21 May 2009


Won't someone think of the kids? China's Cyberspace Admin steps up, orders massive cleanup to make the net safe for minors


And yet TikTok is a Chinese product

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


Just a toy

When I saw the launch I thought "that looks like a dildo"...

Then I thought it looks small and it's just a toy for the rich.

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


The government today argued digital identities could help reduce cases of online fraud

Keyword in that is "could". Since it's a Government project all that is guaranteed is that it will be 5 years behind schedule, £££m over budget and the usual "suppliers" will be lining their pockets before finally being scrapped.

What is GitOps? This is the technical introduction you've been looking for


Re: For the love of...

Well we still could get:

- DigiOps

- AgileOps

- ScrumOps

- {Latest Buzzword}Ops

Putting joke alert... for now

What you need to know about Microsoft Windows 11: It will run Android apps


"Will run Android apps"...

Is Windows 1 step closer to becoming full Linux?

Treaty of Roam finally in ashes: O2 cracks, joins rivals, adds data roaming charges for heavy users in EU


Just wait until it's in the national newspapers that "Britney" was shocked when she uploaded 1000's of photos of her bikini poses from the beach and poolside on all social media platforms she's on and it costs over £3000...

Indian government to Twitter: Stop offshoring and outsourcing – or risk losing legal protections


Re: pot and kettle

My thoughts exactly...

Apple: We didn't take commission on 90% of App Store sales and billings



And it was the big players who benefited here, as demonstrated by Amazon.com’s top line for 2020, where revenues jumped more than 34 per cent to $215.9bn.

And yet you cannot buy any Kindle books through Kindle because Apple will take their 30% cut.

Brit watchdog shows some teeth over McAfee antivirus auto-renewals



Norton Antivirus is the same. Automatic subscription at £80 per year.

As soon as I entered the authorisation key I go onto their web site and cancel that auto-renewal.

When it's time to renew the "subscription", I go on Amazon and get a new one at £20ish

Rinse and repeat the process for another year.

Surprise! Developers' days ruined by interruptions and meetings, GitHub finds


Re: What's a meeting?

I would say the latter because as soon as you have one of these meetings, you've lost all concentration on what you were doing and becomes a wasted day.

If it was the last meeting in the afternoon then the day won't be so wasted.

Be they never are...

Apple's macOS is sub-par for security, Apple exec Craig Federighi tells Epic trial


Is it me?

Reading this story and the comments, every time I see Craig Federighi's name I see Ferengi

The future is now, old man: Let the young guns show how to properly cock things up



Shame the Regomiser didn't pick "Al" as "Bert" then the story would have been Bert and Ernie

Apple vs Epic Games trial kicks off featuring the same old arguments, hundreds of angry Zoombombing tweens


Re: "anyone can opt to use alternative platforms"

Was thinking the same thing, can I install Android on an iPhone?

Facebook, it's cool to see you using Rust and joining the foundation, but please don't Zuck it up for all of us


Unsafe Code

One thing about Rust is that it refuses to build software that the programmer may not be aware is potentially or straight-up unsafe

How did Rust allow anything from Facebook to be compiled?

Won't somebody please think of the children!!! UK to mount fresh assault on end-to-end encryption in Facebook


MP WhatsApp Groups

Will the Home Secretary make all MP WhatsApp groups open to the public and nothing redacted or will they still be sat behind encryption?

We'll soon see what they think "about the children"...

Google proposes Logica data language for building more manageable SQL code


I was thinking the same thing.

Also you don't need the semi-colon on the end for SQL.

I thought Google was creating "flavour of the month" languages by dropping the semi-colon.

Pigeon fanciers in a flap over Brexit quarantine flock-up, seek exemption from EU laws


Re: Brexit.

Just pipe-down and accept we now live in the 1970s again

If that is the case then will that mean there will be an increase of pigeon owners in flat caps?

The JavaScript ecosystem is 'hopelessly fragmented'... so here is another runtime: Deno is now a company


Does Deno mean anything?

Designer Environment Node.js Offspring?

Too early to think of something, not had 1st cuppa coffee yet...

Cryptic US Strategic Command tweet reveals dangers of working from home with kids in the way


Re: "a password to the systems used to control and fire America’s nukes"

Was changed to 1234

Vegas, baby! A Register reader gambles his software will beat the manual system


Re: Always be careful with what you do

we never know if it's purposefully messy or not

We all know the answer to that is "Yes" ;)

Microsoft customers locked out of Teams, Office, Xbox, Dynamics – and Azure Active Directory breakdown blamed


"for at least some customers"

Understatement of the year

I haven't bought new pants for years, why do I have to keep buying new PCs?


Only relative tech support I give is my parents and siblings (not often, their kids know more than them)

Royal Navy and Air Force get low-code bridge in UK military recruitment saga


A recruitment application where "no personally identifiable information" will be used...

Won't that make recruitment a bit difficult?

What happens when cancel culture meets Adolf Hitler pareidolia? Amazon decides it needs a new app icon


Re: 'you make it sound like...'

I saw in a "documentary" on Amazon Prime, Iron Sky - The Coming Race, that he is one of the lizard people living in the Hollow Earth.

9 years after SpaceX strode into Texas village, Elon Musk floats name change for Boca Chica: 'Starbase'


With multiple Starships will he rebrand to Starfleet?

UK's Health Department desperately seeking service provider to run IT after 'cloud-first' shift


The usual useless outsource services just saw £££m not just £25m

Happy birthday, Python, you're 30 years old this week: Easy to learn, and the right tool at the right time


Re: Why do some people not like python's indentation=code block container

What would happen if I did CTRL-A and SHIFT-TAB a few times to remove all indentations?

How would Python reactive that?

How would you fix the code if it wasn't backed up in a repository?

I would genuinely like to know. I see this as a design flaw in the language if you don't have some sort of end block marker/statement to mitigate these kind of mistakes.

Big Tech workers prefer 3 days at home, 2 in the office. We ask Reg readers: What's your home-office balance?


I prefer the home/office balance.

In the office, have a chin wag while having a coffee, bounce ideas off each other, what's for lunch? pub? usual stuff.

For "home working" days, extra hour or 2 sleeping in or if it's raining and CBA travelling to office.

UK Test and Trace chief Dido Harding tries to convince MPs that £14m for canned mobile app was money well spent


Wonder how much the Government is willing to pay for a "Hello World" app, be 5 years behind schedule and then scrap the project. Must be worth a few million...

In wake of Apple privacy controls, Facebook mulls just begging its iOS app users to let it track them over the web


"Ask app not to track"?

That seems to imply that the app can still track you if it wants. After all you're just "asking" not demanding.

India plans national digital currency plus a ban on ‘private’ crypto-cash


Currency <-> Curry

I first read this "India plans national digital currency" as "India plans national digital curry"

We've got some really bad news about Apple's privacy measures, Google tells iOS app devs: It'll hurt your Google ad revenue


Next, Apple needs to do something about the games on their platform popping up a full screen Ads everything you complete a level or something.

Some games are more like "Advert Apps" then an actual game since they pop up after every level and last longer than actually playing the level.

The "close button" needs to be a lot bigger and in the same location. They practically hiding the damn thing.

As well as stop the Ad from opening App Store to download the game when you press the close button.

Also reduce the time limit of the Ad being displayed from 30 seconds to something like 10 seconds then show the close button to cancel the Ad.

AWS is creating a 'new open source design system' with React


Finally, we have the answer to the ultimate question... More frameworks

Buggy code, fragile legacy systems, ill-conceived projects cost US businesses $2 trillion in 2020


Re: To quote someone I know

128K of RAM? Luxury...

Reading El Reg while working from home? Here's a pleasant thought: Kaspersky says 1 in 10 of you are naked right now


I've kept my morning routine as normal as possible so it's less of a shock to the system when the day comes I have to go back into the office.

Get up, shower, get dressed, breakfast...

I also do a "fake" commute. Go for a 20/30 min walk (depending if it's not chucking it down) round the neighbourhood to clear the cobwebs, varying the route from time to time.

The nightmare is real: 'Excel formulas are the world's most widely used programming language,' says Microsoft


I'm actually surprised they haven't dumped VBA yet for something Dot Net.

Don’t panic, but five jet drones just used their AI to chat and collaborate while in flight



This reminds me of a couple of episodes in Star Trek Voyager about smart bombs.

Dreadnaught and Warhead

UK govt advert encouraging re-skilling for cyber jobs implodes spectacularly


Re: Cyber gets the budget

And now it's anything "Digital" that's important

All it took was a global pandemic confining millions to their homes to remind businesses how much they appreciate the IT crowd


While creating a 50mb spreadsheet to hold it all

IT Marie Kondo asks: Does this noisy PC spark joy? Alas, no. So under the desk it goes


Location location location

Walt trotted out from the TV and VCR closet where he and his chum were located

"Walt" was spoilt... That's luxury back in them days.

What a Hancock-up: Excel spreadsheet blunder blamed after England under-reports 16,000 COVID-19 cases


Should be write it 66,000 times using Excel 97 format.

Save it

Give it to their overseer to check

Tell them they missed 1,000 lines and to do it again from scratch

Rinse and Repeat until they learn...

With so many cloud services dependent on it, Azure Active Directory has become a single point of failure for Microsoft


Re: I suggest "data centre"

It's got to have at least "digital" in the name... Marketing will love that.

Brexit border-line issues: Would you want to still be 'testing' software designed to stop Kent becoming a massive lorry park come 31 December?


French Tradition

Come 1st January the Calais workers will be on strike just to add to the misery.

You know how the French love their strikes.

Here's some words we never expected to write: Oracle said to offer $10bn cash, $10bn shares for TikTok US – plus profit share promise


Buy It

Let Oracle buy it. It won't be long before the next flavour of the month video sharing app appears and TikTok becomes worthless.

Brave takes brave stand against Google's plan to turn websites into ad-blocker-thwarting Web Bundles


Re: Opportunities Galore For Competing Browsers

Unfortunately the latest version of Edge is using Chromium.

At historic Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google CEOs hearing, congressmen ramble, congresswomen home in on tech market abuse



Maybe using Facebook has affected his memory.

Linus Torvalds banishes masters, slaves and blacklists from the Linux kernel, starting now



What about Sir Bates son, Master Bates?

.NET Core: Still a Microsoft platform thing despite more than five years open source


Re: Always seemed an uphill task

Don't forget that Microsoft are bringing out MAUI (Multi-Platform Application User Interface) in .NET 5



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