* Posts by John70

547 posts • joined 21 May 2009


Tech world may face huge fines if it doesn't scrub CSAM from encrypted chats



I suggest that testing should be done on ministers encrypted chats first.

Seems to be plenty of perverts and sex pests in West Minister.

IBM ordered to hand over ex-CEO emails plotting cuts in older workers


Re: How much???

So old???

Thought it was down to 1 hour after being born...

NASA to commission independent UFO study


The only thing out of this world is Giorgio Tsoukalos's hair style

For those that don't know who he is, see Ancient Aliens

Engineer sues Amazon for not covering work-from-home internet, electricity bills


Wouldn't it depend on whether the viewing was on personal computer or work computer?

Pentagon opens up about its database of 400 smudges that may or may not be UFOs


Re: An incredible still from the subcommittee hearing

You need to click on the "source" below the image. It's a video of the event.

Round about 46:33 the camera man will pan to the right and you barely see a spherical object. Lasts about 2-3 frames.

The video is repeated a few times for the committee to highlight how fast and hard it is to see it.

Thinnet cables are no match for director's morning workout


Re: Full names please.......

I used to work with someone who was called Eileen Dover.

One in five employees at top Indian outsourcers left in the past year


customers will likely be served by less experienced staff.

What do you mean "will likely"?

As soon as the person you have been dealing with gets enough knowledge, they are moved on and you get assigned the next junior in the queue and the "training" starts all over again.

60 countries sign declaration to keep future internet open


Google announced its support for the declaration (only governments were signees), saying that the DFI outlines a clear path to addressing some of the internet's most pressing threats.

Isn't Google one of those "pressing threats"?

Windows 10 still growing, but Win 11 had another bad month, says AdDuplex


I might "upgrade" to W11 in a few years when I start to think about replacing my current equipment.

Apple's grip on iOS browser engines disallowed under latest draft EU rules


Would be nice if all these web engines behaved the same way when following the standards instead of having to "fix" the quirks each one has.

US Space Force unit to monitor region beyond Earth's geosynchronous orbit

Black Helicopters

Wonder when it will incorporate Solar Warden

Netflix to crack down on account sharing, offer ad-laden cheaper options


Cost of Living

With the cost of living increasing, people are bound to unsubscribe to save money.

Windows 11 growth at a standstill amid stringent hardware requirements


Drop the stupid requirements and I might install it.

I'm not upgrading my equipment for another couple of years. There's plenty of life still left in it.

Hospitals to use startup's AI tech to predict A&E traffic


My prediction without AI software: Increase in A&E visitors every Friday and Saturday night.

Reg reader rages over Virgin Media's email password policy


Re: The best password is the one you don't remember

Are you sure it's a 7 and not 8?

IT blamed after HR forgets to install sockets in new office


IT always get the blame no matter who's fault it is.

That's why we all need a BOFH in the department.

European Union takes China to WTO over smartphone patents

Black Helicopters

Re: Tit for tat.

Could be a good way of copying a competitor's IP by copying the Chinese who copied it from the competitor in the first place.

WeChat, AliExpress added to US Notorious Markets list


In a canned statement, US Traade Representative Ambassador Katherine Tai

That looks like a Chinese knockoff to me

UK.gov threatens to make adults give credit card details for access to Facebook or TikTok


Re: "make it easy to identify foreign bot accounts"

Just those in the UK since it's a UK law.

Pop quiz: The network team didn't make your change. The server is in a locked room. What do you do?


Re: Out of date building plans

That took me back... Up in the air on a fork truck to get to a network panel...

Remember Norton 360's bundled cryptominer? Irritated folk realise Ethereum crafter is tricky to delete


So not only they opt you in for the annual recurring £84.99 subscription, they are now using your equipment to mine currency and take 15% as commission?

UK's Defra and Ministry of Justice facing £120m IR35 tax bills thanks to inaccuracies in assessing contractors' status


HMRC facing tax bill

I'm just waiting for the story where the HMRC themselves are facing a tax bill for wrongly accessing their contractors.

Renting IT hardware on a subscription basis is bad for customers


Re: Subscription vs lease?

Once the bean counters lose 2 days of work and had to restore from previous backup and have to enter all those figures in again, they will soon learn daily file backups is a requirement.

When civilisation ends, a Xenix box will be running a long-forgotten job somewhere


Stop Gap

Ah, the good old stop gap solution that ended up as a "business critical" permanent solution.

Honeymoons last a couple of weeks – the same goes for any love for the IT department


Re: Some of the reasons I left IT.

There's nothing more important than Finance getting their Monday morning reports.

1 report missing and all hell breaks loose.

Multimillionaire Activision Blizzard CEO cuts annual pay to $62,000 amid sexual harassment probes


The balance sheet must be looking poor if Bobby is taking a pay cut.

Not to worry, Blizzard just released yet another mount for Warcraft's subscription based game into their in-game shop for the low low price of £19/€25


Zuckerberg wants to create a make-believe world in which you can hide from all the damage Facebook has done


Ready Player One

Did Zuck only just watch Ready Player One and decided that he wanted Facebook 2.0 to look like that?

Facebook may soon reveal new name – we're sure Reg readers will be more creative than Zuck's marketroids


Re: Better than Life

I think he just watched "Ready Player One"

The planet survived six hours without Facebook. Let's make it longer next time


Never felt a thing. Anything I do doesn't involve Facebook.

Boeing's Calamity Capsule might take to space once again ... in the first half of 2022


Looking how far and how fast SpaceX has come and actually developed reusable rockets, NASA needs to tell Boeing to either earn their money, cut their funding or dump them altogether.

BOFH: You. Wouldn't. Put. A. Test. Machine. Into. Production. Without. Telling. Us.


At least it not under someone's desk.

Gartner's Windows 11 adoption advice: Explore but don't rush


Kleynhans doesn't expect rapid mass adoption.

With the hardware requirements to run it I am not surprised.

Got enterprise workstations and hope to run Windows 11? Survey says: You lose. Over half the gear's not fit for it


They said Windows 10 will be the last version of Windows. No new version just regular updates.

If I'm having to change my hardware for Window 11 to install, Microsoft should give all editions away for free.

Compromise reached as Linux kernel community protests about treating compiler warnings as errors


The warnings are there for a reason. Fix and clean up your code.

Apple to let reader apps steer users towards out-of-App-Store purchasing following Japanese watchdog probe


I do the same thing. So nice that apps can sync between devices.

Electrocution? All part of the service, sir!


He was very Loki he didn't go bang

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?



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