* Posts by Jason Hindle

875 posts • joined 24 Jun 2009


Watchdog slaps down Three's claims to be building the UK's 'fastest 5G network' – again

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If Three's 4G network is anything to go by....

They've no chance. They've relegated themselves to the bargain basement, all you can slurp crowd and just don't have the capacity as it is (either cellular or backbone).

Windows 11: What we like and don't like about Microsoft's operating system so far

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Application Launcher…

“ Out of the box, the Windows 10 Start panel is an annoyance, but with a bit of effort can be made into a useful application launcher”

It’s been a while since I’ve frequently used the application launcher on Windows or Mac. I just use Spotlight (or Windows) search.

I read elsewhere that Windows Timeline is no more. Now that’s a disappointment - it really sets Windows task view apart from Mac Mission Control.

All hands on Steam Deck: Fancy a handheld Linux PC that runs Windows apps, sports a custom AMD Zen APU and a touch screen?

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Re: Valve hardware and a bad track record

“ The battery life sounds a big hurdle here”

Former Gamegear owner here. I forget whether that had four or six AAs but, good grief, it was the great destroyer of Duracells and needed to be used plugged in at any opportunity.

How many Brits have deleted life-saving track and trace app from their phones? No idea, junior minister tells MPs

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Re: "We have always been at War with ...

"How? My wife was pinged to self-isolate for five days. But that was ALL it said. It didn't say when the contact might have happened, it didn't say where. So what's she got to base the "informed decision" on?"

For Android:

- Settings -> Other

From there you will see notification date and encounter date.

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Re: "We have always been at War with ...

"at least with the masks the vast majority of people wear."

Sorry, but I'm calling bullshit on that one. A single layer changes the probability, two layers more so and so on. It's not hard. From next week I would not get on a bus unless wearing an FFP2 standard mask at a minimum. For now, I'm happy with the washable three layer masks I use (for the amount of time I spend in environments where masks are required).

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Re: "We have always been at War with ...

"It's far worse than that."

It's not that bad. It has to be a constant exposure of something like 15 minutes. The app is way better than many give it credit for. However, I think the doubly jabbed in particular are justifiably narked after taking part in the biggest clinical trial in all of human history! Just give us our bloody freedom and enforce mask wearing where appropriate.

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Re: "We have always been at War with ...

"and if you do happen to get pinged, even if you are double jabbed you'll have to sit at home for days not even able to go out for shopping. Just for possibly being in the same room as someone who has tested positive, even if you show no symptoms. No thanks."

According to the Citizens' Advice it is not actually a legal requirement to isolate if pinged by the app. Within the app, you can find out which day the contact took place and made some sort of informed decision based on that (e.g. if you never left the house that day). Not sure what would happen if you tried to check in somewhere after being pinged though.

Report: 83% of UK software engineers suffer burnout, COVID-19 made it worse

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Re: Never ask a barber if you need a haircut.

"Agile may work in a funky Web2 startup, but, in large organisations there are very few success stories."

I think the problem for large companies, with existing applications to maintain, is that they are agile in neither the architectural or infrastructural senses. The code just isn't there. In other words, adding that rapid new feature leads to a great deal of regression testing on the rest of the product. And the tools often aren't there to support the rapid deployment cycle. What was designed to give engineers agency ends up being quite the opposite.

Me? I'm happy with the vaguely conventional/waterfally process while picking up various tools and ideas that sprang from the whole Agile movement as and when they fit.

11-year-old graduate announces plans to achieve immortality by 'replacing body parts with mechanical parts'

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We need progressive nanotech replacement

Once you have that, especially in the brain, the whole problem with transference of consciousness goes away. You literally become someone/something else without realising that is what is happening. This gets us around the problem of knowledge transference that Frank Herbert identified: the capacity to carry out big projects that last hundreds of years. Of course, modern IT partly solves that with the modern, office Wiki :-).

Giant predatory ancient insects pioneered mobile comms 310,000,000 years ago

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They sound a bit like

The aliens in the Three Body Problem trilogy. I love it when life imitates art (and science fiction).

The M in M1 is for moans: How do you turn a new MacBook Pro into a desktop workhorse?

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More like comparing a lemon with an Apple.

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Re: A Mixed Bag for me

Well Parallels works and I was able to get ARM based Ubuntu to work with my specific use cases. However, ARM based Linux does have some surprising limitations. As far as I can tell, you can forget about using Eclipse or the JetBrains tools (though VS Code puts in a surprising appearance) and there's little in the way of browsers other than Firefox. Windows? Yes, it runs but it's ARM based Windows and we're still waiting for Microsoft to get their **** together with that.

Overall, it works for me and what I need to do (mostly a bit of Java as far as any development goes), At the moment though, I think M1 Macs are best suited to to the kind of developers who fire up XCode and develop for Mac and iOS,

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

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Re: So will this be the full Windows that runs on mobile?

That was the disastrous Windows Mobile 8. Mobiles are now powerful enough to run the full OS. Microsoft has a big advantage over Apple in this area in being a software first company. So where Apple would never allow full macOS to run on an iPad, for fear of cannibalising sales in other areas, Microsoft is free to provide a phone or tablet that can be all things to all people*.

* Though they did try and fail with this in the tablet space. Samsung shows the way in this area, with its DEX product.

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So will this be the full Windows that runs on mobile?

Being able to run Android apps does look like the gateway to something that runs on mobile. Obviously, Microsoft would need to skin it to win it.

Stop. Look... Install Linux? The Reg solves Microsoft's latest Windows teaser

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Will WSL become LSW?

Enquiring minds need to know.

Apple scrambles to quash iOS app sideloading demands with 'think of the children' defense

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Perhaps a happy medium would be to....

Have an option to switch sideloading on but in a way that sensitive apps can detect*? For example, your bank may prefer their app doesn't work on a device deemed insecure? The only way to switch off such an option (which effectively jail breaks the device) would be a full factory reset.

* Merely mooted because it looks like this will ultimately be forced on users whether they want it or not. I certainly don't want it - I have Android for that (and the only app I've ever had to side load onto my Android phone was Didi Chuxing).

Windows 11: Meet the new OS, same as the old OS (or close enough)

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Re: Marketing. Of course it's marketing.

“ I guess that bit about macOS11 being built for the M1 ARM processors passed you by, didn't it?”

Oh, so you’re saying OSX should have become OS11 when they recompiled everything for Intel?

Edit: How does that pan out with something like Ubuntu (I have 20.04 running on both Intel and ARM).

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Marketing. Of course it's marketing.

Same with Apple. They’ve gone from 10 to 11 to 12 in a couple of years. Yet it’s still just good old 10, based on the same basic kernel and bloated with new features, some of which I’m sure we’ll think are quite alright.

Roger Waters tells Facebook CEO to Zuck off after 'huge' song rights request

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Re: Assange -vs- Navalny

Assange is a true Marmite man. I can't stand him either, but tend to be against extradition to the States on general principles.

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Re: Well, we've never seen him trying to eat a rat, whole

But I think the balance of probabilities is still in favour of Lizard Man.

Realizing this is getting out of hand, Coq mulls new name for programming language

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Re: Ahh, knocking off in the WFH era

Sometimes means going from vim to vin.

Linus Torvalds tells kernel list poster to 'SHUT THE HELL UP' for saying COVID-19 vaccines create 'new humanoid race'

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Re: For once...

Well thank **** it's not dRNA - the conspiracy nuts would have had a field day.

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I think I just switched from ambivalent to actually liking Linus

No two ways about it, the man is Marmite. The numbers say it all. Late Feb, hundreds were dying ever day. Now we have the same case rate and average deaths < 10. Have been we been experimented on? Well yes, and I made my peace with that before consenting to the first jab. Now less people gasping for their last as a result. What are these bloody idiots going to do if something worse than COVID-19 comes along?

Fastly 'fesses up to breaking the internet with an 'an undiscovered software bug' triggered by a customer

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Fastly? We now know who they are, and where they live

Which, I'm guessing, is a level of exposure Fastly never wanted. Their greatest error was, erm, making a mistake :-/.

FYI: Today's computer chips are so advanced, they are more 'mercurial' than precise – and here's the proof

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I see this ending only one way

A corrupted processor core and your computer attempting to use your smart home (or pacemaker) to murder you in the middle of the night.

Can a 21.5-inch iMac beat the latest-and-greatest M1 model in performance? Kinda

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Re: Now that would be an interesting race

Linux on Parallels*, on an M1 Mac, vs Linux on bare metal, on an Intel based Mac. Windows under ARM is still work in progress so wouldn't be a fair comparison.

* Which runs up in seconds BTW.

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

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I think Apple will partly lose this one

I’m not expecting a complete win for either side, but I’m expecting the final judgement to blunt some of Apple’s sharper practices. Apple’s walled garden is, in effect, Apple’s house and of course Apple gets to decide who gets invited to its house party. What happens beyond Apple’s house, on the other hand, is an area where Apple should have less influence. I’m therefore expecting two significant changes:

- Links to developer sites unrestricted in both the App Store and the App, facilitating a more direct relationship between the developer and end user.

- And I think also differentiated pricing between App Store and developer website.

For most smaller developers it’s going to be business as usual. Letting Apple take care of payments processing will continue to make sense. Likewise, for most end users who will continue to find the path of least resistance is to hand over their fingerprint (or face) and let Apple take care of the rest. But Apple will likely have to expect the loss of a fairly hefty chunk of revenue.

Apple to summon staff back to the office in September

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Bonkers approach?

Not the three day bit. That’s Apple’s choice and I’d grudgingly accept that if my employer made the same demand. But three days of a full house when fewer people, a bit more spread out, everyday, would probably be healthier? This disease isn’t going away and nor will the reasons to be a little bit cautious and manage the risks it presents.

Who gave dusty Soviet-era spacecraft that unwanted lick of paint? It was an idiot, with a spraycan, in Baikonur

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Re: Soviet tech..

It's the remote control stuff that was most impressive at the time. I think the US would have struggled to achieve that back then. No idea how much truth there is in this, but I was told the Soviets wrote a lot of the systems in Pascal!

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Re: Soviet tech.. @CrackedNoggin

"There were complaints about the Concorde's noise because it was noisy. The SST had the additional feature of being too noisy inside the aircraft - not good for luxury appeal."

It was noisy alright. In the late 80s, the pilot who flew one over our house, in Old Trafford, to impress his mum (local to us, apparently) got in a ****load of trouble over it. We thought a bomb had gone off very close by (and that was just fairly low, subsonic).

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Re: Soviet tech..

Nope. It landed without crashing and was unmanned. Technically a triumph, not a failure, by what turned out to be a fast failing state.

Dominic Cummings: Health secretary's 'stupid' targets delayed building UK test and trace system to combat COVID

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Now I know how most here feel about Cummings

And I agree. But before throwing him under a bus, isn’t he just too useful and idiot to waste at the moment? Hold that thought.

Google employee helped UK government switch from disastrous COVID-19 strategy, according to Dominic Cummings

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Just what is the poop capacity of an unladen sparrow? We ask because one got into the office and left quite a mess

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Invest in a snap screen

We have one of these on the back door:


Note: If you have cats (or builders), they will destroy it.

Beijing bashes Bing and lashes LinkedIn over improper data collection and storage

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Re: V Scary

"So stopping multimillion pound companies from scooping up citizen's personal details is a LOSS of liberty?"

Something I've ruminated* over quite a bit, of late. It is in point of fact a perfectly healthy LOSS of liberty. For the companies in question 8-D.

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

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I think there are better ways to make the point

Including consumer choice and understanding the risks, benefits and drawbacks associated with each OS approach. Anyone can buy a Mac and play Fortnite. Likewise anyone can buy an iPad and play only those games Apple allows. Given Federighi's comments, I'd expect to hear some noises from Jobs's grave....

Guy who wrote women are 'soft, weak, cosseted, naive' lasted about a month at Apple until internal revolt

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Re: Reputation is everything

Reading publications was probably not part of the process. A US company typically does its due diligence via a dope test and a trawl of state criminal databases.

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Re: Reputation is everything

If you hire an employee and subsequently discover their past could damage your reputation, you behead them immediately and move on. The ifs and buts are in pretty short supply. No one has a fundamental right to a job with the fruity company. No one has the right to a life free of consequences.

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Well, everyone is entitled to their opinions

While having no such entitlement to a job. Rights and responsibilities where the rights of the Chaos Chump in question are not the only rights that matter.

Openreach slaps another 5 million premises on top of FTTP connection target, expects to pay 'minimal tax in the UK' over next few years

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They are laying cable in my area

Erm, I live on one of those streets that always seems to miss out (only bit of the area never to have had Virgin). Odd place to be, so fortunate to be just around the corner from the cabinet.

Colonial Pipeline was looking to hire cybersecurity manager before ransomware attack shut down operations

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Someone dodged a bullet

Imagine having to deal with that first day on the job.

On eve of national industrial ballot, BT, EE, Openreach agree to temporarily suspend compulsory redundancies

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Re: The other way they're saving money

Used to be a lot of ex military engineers (former bomb disposal engineer did our first FTTC install - now he *could* work a cabinet while blindfolded) but they can move on quickly if they're smart. Standards have definitely dropped!

Microsoft's Edge browser for Linux hits the Beta Channel ... if you're into that kind of thing

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ARM64 support

Oddly enough, Chrome hasn't been ported to ARM64 Linux either. One of a number of odd omissions I came across while testing Ubuntu 20.04 on my M1 MacBook. Edge is ARM native on the Mac (as is Chrome - Google couldn't get that out of the door quickly enough) so I expect this is something Microsoft could address reasonably quickly. If they wanted to, that is.

So what if I pay peanuts for my home broadband? I demand you fix it NOW!

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Re: Feature suggestion.

Oh, that's easy. See:


But can it run Avid? The Reg hands shiny new M1 MacBook to video production pro, who beats it with Blender, Handbrake, and ... Hypercard?

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The business side and economies of scale...

It’s not just impressive performance but impressive business also. Currently Apple provide the Mac Mini, MacBook Air, MacBoo Pro, iMac and two variants of the iPad Pro with just two variants (8Gb and 16Gb) of the same SoC. They’re all pretty much the same bloody computer, providing impressive economies of scale at the level of one of the most costly components. It will be interesting to see how Apple handles (or redefines) the high end with its (currently) very different economies of scale.

Docker Desktop for Apple Silicon is here, but probe a little deeper and you'll find Rosetta 2 staring back

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It’ll be interesting to see what limitations pop up

ARM in a desktop PC (or at least this level of desktop PC) is still quite new. Even ARM Linux has some limitations*.

* Though some might regard Google not being arsed to port Chrome to Linux/ARM as a positive advantage.

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

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Re: Ahh, our dearly deported former expats

“ Brexit voting 'expats' about being thrown out of EU countries for not meeting clear and simple residency requirements ?”

Alas, I’ve lost my violin. Perhaps I’ll find it when I find it when I empty the Ewbank.

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Whenever I see a headline like this....

My first thought is “I wonder if they voted Brexit?”

Ever wondered what it's like working for Microsoft? Leaked survey shines a light on how those at the code coalface feel

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You can tell a lot from employees’ social media footprint

Microsoft and Google employees generally seem quite engaged with the world. At certain other places, it seems employees wisely think it’s best not to be seen having an opinion.

Microsoft calls time on Timeline: Don't worry, more features that nobody asked for coming your way

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I’ve had plenty of mileage from Timeline

I like it and it does set Windows apart from Apple’s Mission Control. It is Mission Control + history. Corporates dislike it presumably because it means details of documents opened, and so on, on Microsoft servers? Being able to stop for the day, and then continue where I left off (smaller device) on the commute was pretty cool. It’s now disabled on the corporate Dell.



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