* Posts by EddieD

1117 publicly visible posts • joined 12 Jun 2009


Imperial College London signs £5m campus sponsorship, 5G deal with Chinese comms bogeyman Huawei


Re: Anyone else reminded of John Hammond


I don't think either part of Oxbridge is essentially bordering on bankrupt.

All those figures are going to be hammered, but there's still money in the University sector.

If you're appy and you know it: The Huawei P40 Pro conclusively proves that top-notch specs aren't everything


Re: Wonder if the quoted excellent battery life

I have a Mate 20 Pro (great phone btw) which has the Google stuff on, and I know I'm a light user, but it goes 3 days before dropping to 30% charge, in normal mode.

Huawei seem to have got the knack for switching things off and on in the background.

You'll never guess who's giving Google a right shoeing lately. Talking about barring Chrome, Search as defaults... any other nations watching?


Re: The best description of Googles Android yet:

IOS only collects data for Apple, Android/Chrome collects data for anyone who can pay for it.


It's only the default on Edge - all the other browsers seem to default to Google on install, which is what 75%+ of usage of Edge is for. Unless you use ninite and keep your installer handy, when even that edge case (sorry) is removed.

French data watchdog dishes out largest GDPR fine yet: Google ordered to hand over €50m


Re: Switch to duckduckgo.com

With no javascript enabled, duckduckgo send you the javascriptless version of their page - searches are slightly more limited, e.g. no image or video searches but it works perfectly well with TOR set to maximum security.

Virgin Media? More like Virgin Meltdown: Brit broadband ISP falls over amid power drama


Re: Backup

What do you count as a reliable service? I have VirginMedia (and no, I don't work for them or anything else) and in the last decade you can count the number of noticeable outages I've had in the last decade on the fingers of one hand - I'd call that pretty damn reliable.

Chris Addison on Mock the Week summed it up (this is a slight paraphrase) "We have the total knowledge of the Universe at our fingertips which is utterly amazing, but let it go down for five minutes and we're all 'AM I LIVING IN A THIRD WOLD COUNTRY THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS OH MY GOD THE HUMANITY'"

He has a point. We should all know that things can happen to IT systems that you can't plan against - what is most important - and here I will accept the criticism of VM - is communicating with the customers. Having a recorded message on your helpline that tells you to consult a webpage when your internet is out is pretty awful.

Scottish brewery recovers from ransomware attack


Re: Pay Us in Beer

I'd go for that - Arran Beer is really rather tasty.

UKIP doubled price of condoms for sale at party conference


Not really a problem

As UKIP are all wankers.

PPI pushers now need consent to cold-call you


I still use the old fashioned technique of letting my answer phone answer the phone, and then seeing if it's someone I want to talk to.

Some of you really don't want Windows 10's April 2018 update on your rigs


Not offered it yet

They're extremely reluctant to update (legally installed) enterprise versions on home machines - they normally come down about 2 months after everyone else gets theres.

Not that I'm complaining - by the time I get it, it's normally been fixed from all the zero day bugs

Windows 10 Insiders see double as new builds hit the deck – with promises to end Update Rage


>Workmates have 2017 Dell corporate laptops. And they do lose an hour out of their morning or afternoon when Windows 10 decides to update, often unexpectedly.

If they're running a corporate version of Win10, the corporation should have taken charge of updates, that's one of the advantages of a corporate version of Windows.

Here, our corporate versions of Win10 update when instructed, and give users a 24 hour notice period, and schedule all installations to start not before 6pm (local) and not after 6am (local). I've never had one problem.

Similarly, at home, I have set my work hours, and I get notified when the machine has updates to install, I've never had the machine just announce a reboot. All the folk who have control suddenly taken off them need to RTFM .

Microsoft sinks another data centre with Natick 2


"Microsoft's Ben Cutler insists the warming effect will be minimal - "the water just metres downstream would get a few thousandths of a degree warmer at most" "

For an article by the BBC about a technology company that's not Apple, it's remarkably positive. Obviously, if it had been Apple, it would have been on the front page for at least a month, and you'd have needed kleenex to see the images.

An easy-breezy attitude to sharing personal data is the only thing keeping the app economy alive


Re: And that's exactly why...

Just having a mobile with us takes away privacy, the base stations, wifi, whatever track us, and that data alone can reveal more than we realise.

I don't do social media, other than a few sites like El Reg, and I try and keep details of me on the web to a minimum, but like it or loathe it human data is probably the fastest growing, and given the market caps, most profitable, commodity on the planet.

I'm waiting till the Googles and Facebooks try and market the intrusion as motivational and supportive "here at global spycorp we're interested in _you_ and we'll keep an eye out for you all the time", but hopefully as more folk learn just what is being done with the story of their lives, they'll realise it has value and guard it more safely.

For some reason, you lot love 'em. So here are the many ThinkPads of 2018


They're good machines,

But QC needs some attention, I ordered a Lenovo ThinkPad P51 - nice machine btw - for a staffer here, and when it arrived, it had a Finnish keyboard, which was just the end.

So far it's been over a month waiting for the replacement.

Guns, audio and eye-tracking: VR nearly ready for prime time


Tobii know what they are doing

Back in the day I used to help researchers design experiments in eye-tracking. When you watch a film of the person reading, paying attention to the eyes, you see no movement of the eye - but the Tobii software captures minute saccades and fixations - it's incredible to watch.

My introduction to it was designing an experiment that randomly put a distractor dot half the intra foveal angle from a target stimulus, to measure the time to recover from a distraction. As a lapsed biologist that was absolutely crap at Maths trying to work out how to move a dot, viewed from 25cm, an angle of 0.7 degrees was a wakeup call to go revise trig.

Fancy a viaduct? We have a wrought Victorian iron marvel to sell you


Re: The silv'ry Tay

Boring but true - if you look at the Forth Bridge, underneath the middle span, you'll see an identical pillar to the ones from the fateful Tay Bridge - they were about to build a bridge to the exact same design across the Forth when the Beautiful Railway Bridge of the Silv’ry Tay went kersplat.

Sysadmin left finger on power button for an hour to avert SAP outage


Me, that's who...

Many years ago I went to the small server room we had (this is the late 90s), and there was a KVM that connected to all the machines.

I pressed the relevant button for the NT server I administered, and, as I always did, hit <ctrl><alt><del> to give me a login prompt, as the monitor was waking up. Unfortunately, the KVM had been "rationalised" by my boss, who hadn't updated the switch labels, and I'd just connected to a Linux server console session, which immediately shut down.

The team that were using it for data analysis were a tad miffed.

Facebook told to stop stalking Belgians or face fines of €250k – a day



I know this is highly illiberal of me, but countries should start to consider restricting the rights to appeal for large corporations.

They have budgets bigger than most countries, and can tie cases like this up in courts for years and years so that the consumers never see justice.

Playboy is suing Boing Boing over Imgur centrefold link



"Playboy: The Complete Centrefolds" (no link, you dirty sods can have that on your online search conscience)"

We're (mostly) professionals.

We know how to hide our search histories blame someone else

Smut site fingered as 'source' of a million US net neutrality comments


Dear oh dear, what is the Reg coming to?`

All this material and not one double entendre? No-one though that the bill faced stiff opposition? That the thrust of politics was making boobs out of everyone? And that, when it comes down to it, folk who oppose net neutrality are a bunch of c***ts who have just fucked us all?

Former Cisco CEO John Chambers says insects are the new lobsters


Locusts are delicious. I've been lucky enough to eat them a couple of occasions - just stir fried whole, with a little soy.

A colleague of my father described them as "pork scratchings (rinds) with legs" - I'd go slightly more to bacon, but whatever, delicious!

Insects like the locust are just land bound arthropods similar to prawns etc., so why not eat them here in the affluent west? They're delicious, nutritious - scrumptious. Also, they require very little in the way of care, easy to cook, low "greenhouse gas" (compared to the methane production from meat production).

Munch those bugs folks - it's the future food.

Butcher breaks out of own freezer using black pudding


Re: "psychosomatic illness"

As the son of a Lancashire lass living in Scotland the origin of the best black pudding is often the subject of intense debate.

I don't think it will ever be settled, but I'm willing to keep sampling more black pudding to see if a resolution is possible.


Black pudding

One of those things you don't realise are so good or useful until you really need it.

Stop us if you've heard this one: Apple's password protection in macOS can be thwarted


Re: re: Basically Macs are starved of resources.

Hasn't that mostly come since the launch of the iPhone and, more importantly, the App Store, and Apple's 30%?

Nvidia: Using cheap GeForce, Titan GPUs in servers? Haha, nope!


Re: How can they stop you?

It really isn't - it's a light oil designed to displace water, but it can, briefly before it evaporates, penetrate a small way into a seized joint.

Plus-gas all the way for me.


Re: Whats Next?

"Ah, so you're a waffle man"

European court: Let's not kid ourselves, Uber. You're a transport firm, not a 'digital service'


Re: Newcastle

Oddly, the Scottish and Newcastle Brewing Company has no breweries in Scotland or Newcastle.

And as for only being one Newcastle Brown, the younger me would very much wish that was the case, as several is a recipe for the next day being a painful blur.

Microsoft's 'Surface Phone' is the ghost of Courier laughing mockingly at fanbois


Re: Microsoft FAIL

Nope, and I agree with both of what you said. I also like the interface more than any of my experiments with other operating systems.

Alas, unless I keep my current phone many, many years (instead of just many), I'll probably have to turn android.

Meet the woman with a supernatural affinity for stiff lovers


A wide choice

Obviously Spirituals would be first choice, and most Boy/Girl bands would be okay too as it's mainly ghostwritten. Sling in "Bela Lugosi's Dead", some White Zombie, and any Death Metal.

Quite a lot of choice.

From the graaaaaave! WileyFox's Windows 10 phone delayed again


Re: Just why ......

I agree - I really like the WinPhone system, the machines themselves have been solid (although my 950XL is not as nice to hold as my old 800...), the interface is good, and it's stable. I don't use many Apps, so the state of the Store is

There are, now, alas, bugs which I don't think will be ever fixed (e.g. Edge streaming music behind the lockscreen - techsupport says do a factory reset, which works...until the phone updates...), so I think when this machine gives up the ghost, I'll be cast out into the place of wailing and gnashing of teeth, i.e. I'll get an Android, and be one of the crowd...

UK.gov admits Investigatory Powers Act illegal under EU law



They can set up a massive, entirely new, government department to handle the phenomenally complex Brexit negotiations and machinations in a few short days, but a small unit to monitor one small area of responsibility is impossible.

I call shenanigans.

Microsoft to rebuild Redmond campus, including cricket pitch


Re: Who the hell really cares?

I was actually quoting Angus Deayton - I haven't watched a cricket match since I used to sneak out of school to watch one day internationals at Trent Bridge...

But whether four or five days isn't really relevant...it's a looooooooooooooooooong time....


Re: Who the hell really cares?

And besides, when folk query how long a baseball game can take you can point out that a test match is four days...


Re: A Cricket pitch?

In the offseason, it can be used for Australian rules football - which makes American rules football look entirely sane..

And besides, being british, I think a cricket pitch is always a good idea, and I'm vaguely pleased with the idea that the open spaces on the campus are as important as the buildings.

And there isn't a UFO in sight/on site.

It's artificial! It's intelligent! It's in my home! And it's gone bonkers!


A lesson from Dave Allen about the perils of automating your house...

Audio spy Alexa now has a little pal called Dox


"and, worst of all, broadcast Dire Straits whenever asked to play a song"

Kill it with fire.

Lord of the Rings TV show shopped around Hollywood


No reason? The series is camper than a Boys' Brigade jamboree - how many female characters are there in the original, and how much "page time" do they get?

Black Horse Down: Lloyds Banking Group goes TITSUP*


Salutory warning

It shows how delicate the electronic finance infrastructure can be, and why the dream of a cashless society is probably best tempered (for the time being) with a healthy dose of scepticsm and a wad of twenties in your wallet.

Legends of the scrawl: Ordnance Survey launches augmented reality tool for maps



Much as I love the magic of GPS and associated technology, you'll have my 1:50000 Landranger and 1:25000 Explorer maps and my venerable Silva compass when you prise them from my cold dead hands - probably at the bottom of the Cuillin ridge when I've walked over the edge because a sudden gust of wind blew the map over my face...

The Ordnance maps are incredible creations - I was taught to read them at school, and I have seen no other maps that allow you to visualise the landscape in your mind quite like they do. One of the best perks of my current job is access to the complete Edina library of OS maps, down to 1:5000 scale (and historic...and geologic...and maritime...)

I'm glad to see that the OS are moving with the times.

Vodafone, EE and Three overcharging customers after contracts expire


O2, too.

I had a contract with O2 and they didn't tell me about the end of my contract, and being an inherently lazy bastard, I didn't do anthing.

Then, I lost my contract phone and bought a replacement on Amazon and thought "bugger this for a game of soldiers" and stalked down to O2 prepared to wax greatly wroth upon them, but they meekly, okay, willingly, gave me a new sim-only contract - half the price and far better terms.

Now, here's the thing. Up until then, when I'd been meekly paying for a phone I'd paid off well over 18 months earlier, I'd never heard a dicky bird from O2. Immediately after I switched to a much better deal for me, I started getting rung about 3 times a week with "incredible offers on new hardware" which I ended up having to block with Truecaller.

Odd that.

Tell the public how much our tram tickets cost? Are you mad?


Edinburgh doesn't have a tram network, it has a tram line.

A very, very expensive tram line.

That was took nearly half a decade longer to complete than advertised.

That was badly laid and had to be dug up and repaired before it could be used.

That was so badly thought out that in spite of advice from many parties was laid in such a way that it crosses cycling lines in a very awkward fashion which has necessitated some odd road markings. If you want to see the fun that the council had trying different things out, use the history settings.

SpaceX gives free ride to replacement for Facebook's fried satellite


Aviation industry hits turbulence as Airbus buys into Bombardier’s new jetplanes


Re: Missed a point...

And it possibly won't work. The BBC website website says that it could be ruled as "trade circumvention", and therefore not be allowed.

I love disruptive computer jargon. It's so very William Burroughs



SQL. Discuss.

Royal Bank of Scotland customers say digital services gone TITSUP


Re: Critical resource sub-optimality

Sobers up?

In Scotland?

That'll mean sometime next week. If you're lucky.

Blade Runner 2049: Back to the Future – the movies that showed us what's to come



Can you have a favourite dystopia?

All far too different, and I'd have trouble choosing one. I liked the first robocop as it touched on matters of identity and memory, I enjoyed Blade runner as it touched on the idea of memory and identity, but from a completely different angle.

I think I prefer both of the above over e.g. Star Trek, as they are set, in the words of "Max Headroom" "20 minutes into the future" and address issues in a society not far removed from our own.

They're all good fun though.

Microsoft Edge shock: Browser opts for Apple WebKit, Google Blink


Re: "Microsoft said it hasn't ported its EdgeHTML engine"

"Edge on Windows 10 Mobile is the biggest piece of shit around. Nothing fucking works properly. The text rendering with its bullshit random font size generator is garbage."

Quoted for truth - I always have to start Edge twice, because the first time I start it, everything is rendered in a font you need a microscope to read...

Not only that, but it's inability to stream audio under the lock screen in its recent incarnations is infuriating... I need my fix of Radio4...

Hipster disruptor? Never trust a well-groomed caveman with your clams


Douglas Adams already pondered thusly...


When you have been in marketing as long as I have, you’ll know that before any new product can be developed, it has to be properly researched. I mean yes, yes we’ve got to find out what people want from fire, I mean how do they relate to it, the image -


Oh, stick it up your nose.


Yes which is precisely the sort of thing we need to know, I mean do people want fire that can be fitted nasally. "

Foiled again! Brit military minds splash cash on killing satellites with... food wrapping?


Re: What about...

Aye, but how much fuel will it cost to get the fuel to Ascension island?

HPE server firmware update permanently bricks network adapters


HP are getting good at this

Earlier this year they bricked a whole bunch of laptops with an update, they already bricked Proliants in 2014 with an update, marvellous QC there chaps...