* Posts by John70

565 publicly visible posts • joined 21 May 2009


Google rebrands 'android' as 'Android' to remove any doubt about its affiliations


Now it's tightly coupled, the EU will demand Android is separated from Google for competition reasons.

Hollywood studios agree AI-generated content should not reduce humans' pay or credit


Writers afraid that AI can do a better job and create a more entertaining story?

It can't do any worse than the rubbish that's been coming out of Hollywood in recent years.

Quirky QWERTY killed a password in Paris


Re: All your QWERTY belong to us...

I presume it's worded as November 1, 2016 for the Americans to understand what 01/11/2016 is.

Europe's largest city council runs parallel systems to cover Oracle rollout mess


Then a new person joins the company at the exec level and decides they want a different system, so the cycle repeats.

Without competition, TCS wins back UK pensions body in £1.5B mega-deal


Surely they could have got it cheaper. [sarcasm] It's not like TCS are going to have delays, go over budget, etc.... [/sarcasm]

Virgin Media email customers enter third day of inbox infuriation


Only thing in my VM email is spam.

My main email account is with a non-ISP email service.

No more feature updates for Windows 10 – current version is final


If Microsoft want us to move onto Windows 11, then they can remove the ridiculous requirements otherwise it'll be a few more years yet before upgrading my machine.

By then it'll probably be Windows 13 (unless they come up with a new versioning by then).

EU lawmakers fear general purpose AI like ChatGPT has already outsmarted regulators


Are legislators/law makers afraid ChatGPT will take over their jobs?

Maybe we should replace Members of Parliament with ChatGPT.

Wrong time to weaken encryption, UK IT chartered institute tells government


Wonder how many MPs will drop these messaging apps once they realise they can be monitored.

Their WhatsApp chat groups could make for an interesting read...

Is it time to tip open source developers? Here's one way to do it


AI Generated Code

Who would gets paid if the open source code contained AI generate code?

The owner of the project?

The owner of the AI?

The owner of the code the AI modelled it's response on?

If you have a fan, and want this company to stay in business, bring it to IT now


Have you had to co-opt supplies from around the office to keep IT alive?

Yes. Many many many years ago. This was when a HP-UX box was sat in a corner. Didn't have a dedicated server room at the time.

So when it got hot in the office, all the fans were "relocated".

Windows 10 paid downloads end but buyers need not fear ISO-lation


May be Microsoft should lower the minimum requirements to run it like remove TPM2

Got a good few years left in my current rig before I need to change it.

BBC is still struggling with the digital switch, says watchdog


Quality Content???

But supporters see it as offering a unique model to bring quality content to a national — indeed global — audience.

Yea... right....

The content is not quality and does not offer anything that interests me. And if it was a subscription service it would have been cancelled a long time ago.

Multi-tasker Musk expects to reduce time at Twitter, seek another leader


Buy Facebook

Elon Musk needs to buy Facebook next and kill that off

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket launches after three-year hiatus with secret US sats


Re: Yeah the fog was disappointing

Wasn't it timed to launch in the fog to keep it extra secret?

Google's Alphabet to review every project after $6bn decline in profits


Killed By Google

Guess there will be a lot more projects being added to this list: https://killedbygoogle.com/

To make this computer work, users had to press a button. Why didn't it work? Guess


Press the button

Had a similar issue with a button. Many, many, many years ago had a support call saying the monitor wasn't working.

Went through the usual routine, "Is it plugged into the mains? Is the monitor switched on?".

After a while I wandered over to the next building to have a look, turned the monitor on to see what, if anything happens and lo and behold, it was working fine.

NASA selects 'full force' for probe into UFOs



I wonder if the US Government has warned Musk and SpaceX to keep quiet about any "sightings" they may have had on their travels.

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.