* Posts by Dan 55

13258 posts • joined 13 Jun 2009

One-size-fits-all chargers? What a great idea! Of course Apple would hate it

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They use USB C on their desktops, their laptops, and their tablets but it suddenly stifles innovation on their phones, i.e. they're making it harder to connect their own damn devices together.

Do they even know why they're opposing this other than it's an idea that's come from outside of the Cult of Apple?

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Re: Virtue signalling

I'm not sure what's worse, that post or the fact you were updated twice.

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Re: In a statement, a spokesperson for Apple told The Reg

in all seriousness though, what happens when someone comes up with a new connection standard that is somehow better than & incompatible with the current usb thing the EU want everyone to use?

we would then have 2 connections and increased cost?

USB C the connection is different to USB 3.2 the protocol. If there were a faster charging protocol then the device could use it, but both ends would need to be able to fall back to the current protocol.

Presumably the connection and the protocol would be revisited after every decade, but the connection is supposedly pretty future proof. If the connection changes 2 decades from now and the protocol changes a decade from now that's still a lot of e-waste saved.

what if Apple decide not to have a connection at all, will they be forced to put a USB port on all their portable stuff when its not needed?

If there's no connectors then they're not forced to have one, but it would be stupid to design a device with wireless charging only because it's not efficient. That's probably why Apple will end up doing it, because they just aren't an environmentally responsible company no matter how much their marketing department tries to greenwash things.

Mobile mobile museum looks to chart the history of portable phones

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The last decade

Will we be able to marvel at the selection of black and occasionally silver fondeslabs from 10 years ago until today, slowly increasing in size and more quickly increasing in price?

Google experiments with user-choice-defying Android search box

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Re: I don't get it

The advantage for Google is it ignores the user's privacy settings.

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Re: Oh ffs El Reg, shill for Google much?

Did you read the same article I did?

Thatcher-era ICL mainframe fingered for failure to pay out over £1bn in UK pensions

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Re: "These rules are only fully understood by a small group of specialists"

They've all retired, now they're fighting to get the right pension but nobody in the DWP understands how it works.

Google emits Chrome 94 with 'Idle Detection' API to detect user inactivity amid opposition

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Re: Surely that should at least take care of any "you have to allow this" shenanigans.

I would have thought uninstalling Chrome would be even more absolutely essential.

It's the end of the world as we know it, and we should feel fine

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Re: We shouldn't feel fine

Try getting a computer to display anything if you didn't also keep a compatible analog TV, with either the right RF or analog input. Or to produce a disk if you didn't already have one.

RF/composite/SCART as an output still works if the screen has the equivalent input, and most usually have the first two. RGB component can be converted to YPbPr with a dongle.

Your preservation of 80s equipment doesn't make it particularly resilient.

If you turned on an iPhone a decade from now, it wouldn't be able to talk with the different services at Apple's end and would probably be pretty useless as anything other than a simple phone... that's if it could still verify with the mothership if it's stolen or not. If your iPhone decided to release magic smoke, there's little you could do to fix it.

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Does it work though?

There was a lot to make better in the early '80s. From RS232 to printer configuration, from moving files between computers to making the memory in your PC work, much of the experience of using computers was dire. Standards weren't. Software was late, buggy, and ugly. Computers wheezed if you asked them to go up stairs. You had to know what an IRQ number was, and why it mattered. We forget because it was all new and the next version would be faster, more colourful, less irksome.

The IT industry constantly promised that the next version would work. At first, it never did. Then it did a bit. Now it does.

With the early computers if they did something you didn't like or didn't do something you'd like them to do, you could write the software to bridge that gap. Nowadays there's no chance with Windows and MacOS. Fancy setting your own fonts and colour scheme? They stripped that out because marketing want a certain look, no hotdog stand for you, it's going to be low contrast greys to screw with your eyesight. Do you want to disable telemetry? No, you're having telemetry, it's good for you. Your old printer is going to stop working with our new OS because we say so and no you can't use the old device driver because we changed how they work and enforced device driver signing just to make sure. Your old computer is going to stop working with our new OS because we want you to have hardware with a TPM module, silicon shortage be damned. Or our new OS on our new architecture won't run unsigned apps that we haven't approved for our app store. And the constant patches because of the constant exploits. This is working, for small values of work.

Even Linux is looking a bit bloated these days, not everyone can build a kernel to strip out unnecessary stuff, and then there's systemd. You'd have to go to BSD to get something less bloated, more understandable, and something you're more in control of.

Crank up the volume on that Pixies album: Time to exercise your Raspberry Pi with an... alternative browser

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Re: "I imagine it'll be pretty simple to fix"

Voicing an opinion like this is like signing a binding written contract in blood. One which has penalties for being unable to fulfil contractual obligations.

Clegg on its face: Facebook turns to former UK deputy PM to fend off damaging headlines

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Re: Faecebook defense 101

In case anyone is in any doubt, Clegg is defending this here:

Madness on stills (Byline TV video, 2m14s)

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The latest: "Voter ID will stop electoral fraud"

There were only two cautions and four convictions for voter fraud in 2019

I'm pretty sure requiring ID for voting will disenfranchise more than six people.

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If you're going to sell your soul to the devil, I guess you have to get used to working for merely evil people first.

Relics from the early days of the Sinclair software scene rediscovered at museum during lockdown sort-out

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Remember when a games developer could be one guy with a ZX Spectrum?

This twitter thread is worth reading. Bedroom coding was a way out for many people.

Apple, Google yank opposition voting strategy app from Russian software stores

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Perhaps it was something to do with trying to overturn an election result and incite an insurrection.

I have no doubt though that if Trump were still president, big tech would be dancing to his tune though. Especially Facebook.

Microsoft does and doesn't require VMs to meet hardware requirements for Windows 11

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Didn't we all convince ourselves that MS would remove the telemetry when Windows 10 final came out? Instead they backported it to 7 and 8.1.

So I wouldn't hold your breath for them to remove the TPM requirement. Consider yourself lucky if they don't backport it to 10.

RIP Sir Clive Sinclair: British home computer trailblazer dies aged 81

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Re: Literally a legend

That was it, the ZX81 lost the INUE from CONTINUE, the OMIZE from RANDOMIZE, the space from GO TO, and also the space from GO SUB to match GOTO in the keyword table at 0111 to give a grand total of one byte free in the 8K ROM at 1DFF.

ZX81 ROM Disassembly.

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Re: My ZX81 still sits next to my Xbox

I'm thinking how well I could switch from writing server software which is a pretty thankless task to writing embedded software which at least on paper sounds more interesting.

I think if I say in the interview that I used to program a 16K Spectrum, I'm in, right?

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Re: Literally a legend

And only the ZX81 had "GOTO", the ZX80 and the Spectrum had "GO TO".

Why I still remember that I don't know.

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Re: Fraudulent too...

Do you think credit for SMEs was easy to get in the early 80s?

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Re: Literally a legend

The story goes Tramiel came up with the Commodore 16/116/Plus 4 series to compete with the Spectrum but sales were pretty bad.

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Cheers Sir Clive

First redefining what the public expect computers to be (somewhat more cut back and pared down than the competition) and somehow miraculously delivering computers at a bargain price that nobody else could manage (they still insisted on proper keyboards and floppy drives).

But even so Spectrums had all the software and were enough to start me and many others off in IT and that's what counts.

And if he didn't sink all his profits into electric vehicles and portable TVs I'm sure he would have had an empire.

Sir Clive Sinclair: Personal computing pioneer missed out on being Britain's Steve Jobs

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Re: Cost

I don't know if the wafer-scale memory spin-off could be considered failed, they brought products to market. The only thing that stopped them was the price of RAM fell so much that it seems they could not find wafers cheap enough to compete.

Anamartic Ltd.

Sometimes we all feel a bit like Shutting Down. So just imagine how tired Windows 7 is

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Re: Windows 7 is still updated

Half-supported. Most of the help has gone and you have to get SP1 from the Microsoft Catalog site, it's been removed from the main site.

So I’ve scripted a life-saving routine. Pah. What really matters is the icon I give it

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Luxury. In my day we had 256x192 with attribute clash and we were thankful for it.

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Ooh la la, ceci n'est pas une pipe, etc...

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Re: Address oddities

But how do we know if British delivery companies can cope with a second line in the address if nobody ever uses it?

Technology does widen the education divide. But not always in the way you expect

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I also really hope the prevailing attitude of "Billy needs a tablet because everyone else has one, and because of all the apps he needs, and also it's just so good and educational while he doesn't have anything else to do" changes by the time my little ones get to school age.

I doubt it, schools are the first ones to be pushing Chromebooks. A new magical source of money from the special shop recommended by the school to go along with books and uniforms.

Technology doesn’t widen the education divide. People do that

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Do you expect them to do this remotely at home?

Royal Navy will be getting autonomous machines – for donkey work humans can't be bothered with

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"No robot killers 'in my lifetime' says admiral"

Unfortunately the admiral's name went down in history as the first casualty in the rise of the machines of 2024.

WTF? Microsoft makes fixing deadly OMIGOD flaws on Azure your job

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Re: "fixing deadly OMIGOD flaws on Azure your job"

Azure is hardly cheap though. It's as if you buy a ticket from BA and get Ryanair levels of service (which sounds about right too).

UK Cabinet Office calls off its search for a 'partner' in Whitehall SaaS ERP migration

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This is not the outcome you were hoping for

Government IT all over, really.

You can 'go your own way' over GDPR, says UK's new Information Commissioner

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Re: @Hubert Cumberdale

In the infinitesimal chance that you're not being deliberately obtuse, the source is Liz Truss at the Policy Exchange and the Politico journalist was present at the speech and this is reflected in the journalists own Twitter feed. You may find a report on the Politico Europe website.

So, the UK has to follow EU standards for UK businesses to export to its neighbours but there is a policy of accepting lower standard goods from RoW into its home market undermining the UK standards that UK businesses have to follow. Brexit makes very little sense to me.

As this debate seems done and dusted we'll stop here. I'm sure you'd love to carry on but there's no point, the facts speak for themselves.

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Re: @Hubert Cumberdale

That is not correct. Its not just the EU approach, thats the norm for all trade. Only importing what is acceptable by the importers standards.

You don't appear up to date with the British government's latest pronouncements on the matter. Liz Truss is on record to a Politico Europe trade journalist yesterday as saying that the UK will accept anything when imported but only UK businesses will have to follow UK standards.

So the UK will become very schizophrenic indeed:

- Home market - UK businesses must meet UK standards.

- Exports - UK businesses must meet destination country standards.

- Imports - shops will accept any old tat and put UK businesses at a disadvantage.

So because the UK will be accepting anything from abroad, UKCA will just turn into an albatross around British businesses' neck instead of a guarantor of minimum national standards.

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Re: @Hubert Cumberdale

An effect who's existence is disputed.

By people who failed GCSE Geography.

For a country to domestically follow the laws of all trade partners it would.

If the UK allows food produced according to another country's standards to be imported, it's permitting those standards. This is unlike the EU's approach which is only to allow food produced to single market standards to be imported.

What is wrong with it?

British, Australian food standard differences causing angst in free trade deal

We can dream.

They walk among us.

I see your complaining I just dont see at what.

None so blind as those who don't want to see.

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Re: Double trouble

UKCA's had the can kicked down the road a year and I bet it won't be the last time.

Eventually when it's finally running UKCA will just be a cut-price rubber-stamp of already-existing CE standards because it's impossible to argue against trade gravity. Source: GCSE Geography three and a bit (mumble) decades ago.

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Re: @Hubert Cumberdale

Also a country would be schizophrenic to adopt all the regulations in the world domestically.

It would. But then, before the UK had a vote at the table where EU regulations are set, which are in force in the single market and also carry weight in a lot of the world (Brussels effect, similar to the California effect) so it wouldn't need to be schizophrenic.

Now it's just going to have to import any old shitty Australian beef. And drop climate objectives in trade agreements. Because rattling our tin for trade agreements is the new post-Brexit Great British way.

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New proposals will repeal “onerous” rules and allow hospitality venues to voluntarily place the crown on pint glasses.

Strange of the article to omit that pint glasses are mostly made in France anyway. I guess the French supplier will add the crown, if the venue pays more for a distinctive design on the pint glass that nobody else has.

This will be part of a bigger package of changes designed to slash EU-era red tape to “improve competition, remove barriers to innovation and help both consumers and businesses”.

Yeah. Only the pint glasses are made in an EU country anyway...

Linux kernel minimum compiler raised to GCC 5.1, allowing potential C11 use

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If you can only put variables at the start of a block and then you delete some code in a function, you're in danger of leaving some variables at the top which could be deleted.

I suppose they'll be optimised away in the object code, but the source code should be clean and understandable.

Future of Jekyll project (engine behind GitHub Pages) in doubt?

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It seems to be a rather sad state of affairs when working software which hasn't received an update in nine months is considered in danger of becoming obsolete. There's a lot to be said for simple programs which are more-or-less 'done' and aren't constantly changing or pulling the rug out from under your feet with every update.

Technology has the potential to close the education divide. Key word: Potential

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Re: Quieter kids can speak up in chat,

I imagine speaking up in chat works just as well for kids in education as it does in the Teams/Zoom meetings that we all have to suffer daily.

Running on empty, out of battery, power draining... three things the UK government definitely isn't. Oh no

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Re: Running on empty?

There's a whole lot of kite flying between now and next May.

Facebook building 'on-demand executable file format' that self-inflates using homebrew compression

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Re: Start your engines virus folks...

It's probably more about slowing down Google Play app scanning, knowing Zuckerborg.

Apple emergency patches fix zero-click iMessage bug used to inject NSO spyware

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Re: Autocratic governments, that's a broad brush nowadays.

The UK left the EU of its own accord on a 52%/48% (of those that voted) advisory referendum.

The UK government said a few weeks ago that there would need to be sustained support in polls of over 60% over "a reasonably long period" for Scotland to have a referendum.

So which is more controlling again? The UK isn't a union of equals (as it wasn't in 1707).

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Re: Autocratic governments, that's a broad brush nowadays.

Have the downvoters forgotten about the #BorisBotArmy already?

Tech widens the educational divide. And I should know – I'm a teacher in a pandemic

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Re: Tech probably does widen the educational divide

Shouldn't that be just Sweden? Denmark sent children home in 2020 like many places because nobody knew what they were dealing with, then started opening up in 2021.

Sweden meanwhile did a split 50/50 home/school teaching in 2020 but didn't keep any useful data about what happened.


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