* Posts by dave 81

211 posts • joined 26 Jun 2009


Bored binge-watchers bork beleaguered broadband by blasting bandwidth: Global average speeds down 6.31%

dave 81

Re: The death of broadcast TV?

AndrueC How long till they have modify their plus boxes to make the ad's unskippable?

Pretty much why I never watch 4oD or ITV hub. Youtube on anything but a PC (thanks ublock Origin) is starting to get annoying as well since the double adverts were introduced and the frequency increase once they kicked off a bunch of revenue generating content creators.

It's been five years since Windows 10 hit: So... how's that working out for you all?

dave 81

Re: So here is a question for the group.

Modern flat UI's bug the living shift out of me. If its clickable make it obvious like it used to be. Having to hover the cursor over all the random bits of UI text to see if they highlight or underline or the cursor changes is a PIA. And don't get me started on the Ribbon! Finally got used to where things were, and the latest effing update of 365 rolled down from corporate changed the locations. /rant

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An inaccuracy.

Noticed an inaccuracy in the article.

Windows 8 was never in anyway better than Windows 7.

At historic Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google CEOs hearing, congressmen ramble, congresswomen home in on tech market abuse

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Reptilian brains are just not good at memory.

Someone made an AI that predicted gender from email addresses, usernames. It went about as well as expected

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good link

Here's why your Samsung Blu-ray player bricked itself: It downloaded an XML config file that broke the firmware

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Thanks, added configprd.samsungcloudsolution.net and samsungcloudsolution.net to my pihole block list. Not that I have used my blueray player in years.

Detroit cops employed facial recognition algos that only misidentifies suspects 96 per cent of the time

dave 81

Re: collateral damage

Thank you for replying with out using any of the expletives I wanted to and still making the point of what complete $%^£%$^^£% Nathar is.

Capita Consulting ditching more than a quarter of its workforce 45 days after consultations with consultants

dave 81

Re: What do you call Capita shrinking by 25%?

If only it was across the whole of crapita. And even then, no enough.

Rental electric scooters to clutter UK street scenes after Department of Transport gives year-long trial the thumbs-up

dave 81

Rental sucks.

Sorry, but the rental idea sucks for anyone but tourists. If they actually wanted to reduce traffic, then privately owned would be the way to go. I doubt the rental company is going to like me keeping a bike at my house, where its convenient to actually use, and I am certainly not going to pay rent on something I could buy, and buy a much better model as well. I suspect lobbying and kickbacks for this idiotic decision.

Couple wrongly arrested over Gatwick Airport drone debacle score £200k payout from cops

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Payout, but no justice.

I bet they are going to get charged room and board by the corrupt system for the time spent in jail. And I bet not a single person in the police or CPS is going to pay for the violation of their rights. Because we are all equal, but some people are more equal than others. Until the police and CPS no longer investigate themselves, and qualified immunity is seriously limited, we are all just sheep grinding in the system.

City of London Corporation explores options to escape Oracle's clutches

dave 81

Re: "The current Oracle solution is considered not fit for purpose"

Anyone purpose. Oracle will not be worth it.

Scottish cops dangle £6m for help understanding 160TB treasure trove of structured and unstructured data

dave 81

Re: a single rack

They do, but that video is deleted after 30 days. Or accidentally deleted sooner if someone requests it showing the police doing something wrong. The number of hard disk errors on police computers is a weird and inexpiable anomaly,

As anti-brutality protests fill streets of American cities, netizens cram police app with K-Pop, airwaves with NWA

dave 81

If only I could get my friends to investigate me

If only I could get my friends to investigate me if I ever get accused of a crime, just like the police get the police to investigate themselves. That is the root of the problem.

Former Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman calls on UK govt to legally protect data from contact-tracing apps

dave 81

Re: Wrong demand

Correct. Doesn't matter what protections are in the law, it is proven that the Government will abuse what ever they have.

The end really is nigh – for 32-bit Windows 10 on new PCs

dave 81

Re: Probably just as well, given how much RAM it uses..

PAE has been around since the Pentium pro, and Microsux Windblows has never supported it for the desktop.

Mama mia! Nintendo in need of a plumber after leak sprays N64, GameCube, Wii code

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Nintendo leak

Modern Vintage Gamer on utube did a good video on the leak for anyone who wants a bit more depth to that story

Nine million logs of Brits' road journeys spill onto the internet from password-less number-plate camera dashboard

dave 81

Re: Massive invasion of privacy

its weird. The commentards alternate between die hard socialists and liberals on here.

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Massive invasion of privacy

By an increasingly authoritarian government. And yet we keep voting these monster in. So who is to blame?

What do you call megabucks Microsoft? No really, it's not a joke. El Reg needs you

dave 81

Re: I'm so angry I can't think

I agree with all the reasons there. And that ribbon, still drives me nuts today

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I always use Microsux Windblows.

Ofcom waves DAB radio licences under local broadcasters' noses as FM switchoff debate smoulders again

dave 81

Re: DAB is terrible quality due to low bitrates

Thanks, saved me the need to comment this. Dab is just many channels of low quality crap. Long live FM.

And why is no one talking about DRM like used in europe?

Control is only an illusion, no matter what you shove on the Netware share

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Johnny Castaway

There is a version that works on XP I used to run. Great fun.

Just checked, and screensaversplanet have a method for getting it to run in 64 bit windows by making it a DOSBOX application. Guess I will test that our when I get a break from helping panicking companies sort out their capacity problems with Remote Access.

All the IT ladies (all the IT ladies), all the IT ladies (all the IT ladies), now put your hands up! Oh, still not many here

dave 81

Re: Meh

Too stupid to get into IT? As someone who is working in IT, I would say way to smart to get into IT.

dave 81

Re: Are they struggling, though?

Any company I have worked for would love to hire women in IT. There are just none applying.

More than a billion hopelessly vulnerable Android gizmos in the wild that no longer receive security updates – research

dave 81

Re: And in comparison...

Yes, that is not because of any manufacture support.

And it is possible to do the same thing for your phone if there is a linageOS* version available, you can keep it up to date yourself.

*or other OS if you really want. Don't know of any, and haven't bothered to look.

Reddit gets downvoted as site takes a Wednesday tumble

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Just switched to browse cat memes

On imgur while reddit was having a wobbly. What boost to the economy?

Remember when Europe’s entire Galileo satellite system fell over last summer? No you don’t. The official stats reveal it never happened

dave 81

Re: 77% is ridiculously low

Might it go as high as 88%?

You spoke, we didn't listen: Ubiquiti says UniFi routers will beam performance data back to mothership automatically

dave 81

Use a firewall

Come on, what are the AP's doing that cannot be blocked with a firewall?

Free Software Foundation suggests Microsoft 'upcycles' Windows 7... as open source

dave 81

A better Idea would be to

Get IBM and MS to opensource OS/2. Then build a truly good operating system from that.

Problems at Oracle's DynDNS: Domain registration customers transferred at short notice, nameserver records changed

dave 81

Re: Yet another reason Oracle sucks.

Yup. I did the same. Shame that Java is so ubiquitous, but I am sure that Oracle's lawyers are hard at work finding ways to extort for it's use.

GSMA report: Sorry, handset makers, 5G is not going to save the smartphone market

dave 81

Re: The wife could get the shop done in half the time if they were on their own

Yep, I write a list before I go, do the family shopping, and I am back in half the time.

dave 81

For a mobile device, 4G is more than fast enough for me.

What will the extra speed of 5G give me? I can watch HD content already. I don't use the phone for downloading much except an audible book once a month, and that tends to be when I am wifi anyway.

Okay, if I was to tether then maybe it would be nice, but at the speeds offered by 5G you could run a home network. Hell, even at 4G speeds you could run a home network.

I don't see any benefit to 5G speeds on a mobile device.

If at first you don't succeed, pry, pry again: Feds once again demand Apple unlock encrypted iPhones in yet another terrorism case

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Re: Yeah, sure

Yup, Tried to explain it to my Idiot MP Alok, but either too thick to understand, or all the stated reasons for wanting this are lies, and its all about control.

Samsung says sorry as union-busting chairman and VP head off for 18 months in the chokey

dave 81

Re: Another reason…

Weirdly despite all thier fsckup's, I still like like IBM. Even after working a 2 week service contract for them.

Hate speech row: Fine or jail anyone who calls people boffins, geeks or eggheads, psychology nerd demands

dave 81

Free speech is offensive by definition.

Anything you say will offend someone somewhere. Stop all this bullcrap hate-speech nonsense, and restore the right to cause offense.

Post Office coughs £57.75m to settle wonky Horizon IT system case

dave 81

Not good enough.

All affected need full compensation for all losses as a result plus interest.

Still in preview, but look! You can now develop Azure Sphere apps in Linux – if you dare

dave 81

Re: Sorry, MS, I can never forget what Steve said.

Never forgive, never forget.

dave 81

Sorry, MS, I can never forget what Steve said.


Steve Ballmer said that "Linux is a cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual property sense to everything it touches"

China fires up 'Great Cannon' denial-of-service blaster, points it toward Hong Kong

dave 81

Fuck China

And fuck our spineless politicians for doing fuck all.

Tory chancellor pledges to review IR35 rollout in UK private sector – just like all the other parties

dave 81

In other news, lying liars tell lies again.

Who is going to believe the liars who said they would review it when they beat New Liebour, and then went on to strengthen it. Or who would be believe tax and spend Labour? Or even then there is the anti-democratic 3rd party? Screw the lot of them.

Why can't you be a nice little computer maker and just GET IN THE TRUNK, Xerox tells HP in hostile takeover alert

dave 81

Re: But HP are shift.... and I may be completly out of the loop here.

Thanks, that makes sense.

Although HP buying Xerox? With HP's support, and QA? Dead within a decade.

dave 81

But HP are shift.... and I may be completly out of the loop here.

No idea what Xerox is like, but from my experience of HP anything, they have shit software, shit support, and okay hardware. WTF does Xerox want with them, especially for that kind of money?

Halfords invents radio signals that don't travel at the speed of light

dave 81

Bitrates and broadcast media.

The problem with DAB, at least from reviews like from TechMoan, is the appallingly low bitrate of most stations. Plus who actually listens to broadcast media in these days of on demand podcasts, Spotify and other streaming music, and audio books?

'Sophisticated' cyber attack on UK Labour Party platforms was probably just a DDoS, says official

dave 81

Politicians can't help spin the issue.

Make it sound much worse than it is for the extra sympathy and publicity. I hold the lot of them in utter contempt.

IBM: Why yes, Red Hat is doing great. Thanks for asking. The rest of Big Blue? Sure, wait – someone's at the door...

dave 81

Re: We are planning a quick migration strategy

Tried Oracle?

Sod 3G, that can go, but don't rush to turn off 2G, UK still needs it – report

dave 81

Set a date, and stick to it.

Unless forced, 2G will continue to be used for decades like with all older technology that there is a reliance on. A switch off date, and a reasonable date at that needs to be set, and stuck to. Otherwise we are not going to see 2G switched off in our life times.

Help! I bought a domain and ended up with a stranger's PayPal! And I can't give it back

dave 81

Re: As I've said before

Thank you, added to my contacts should I ever need to get hold of them.

P.S. 020 numbers are in the format 020 xxxx xxxx

Three UK goes TITSUP*: Down and out for 10 hours and counting

dave 81

Re: "experiencing intermittent service"

Been fine in Reading. Only made the one phone call to another three mobile in Croyden.

Her Majesty opens UK Parliament with fantastic tales of gigabit-capable broadband for everyone

dave 81

Another nail in the coffin

"These meaningless statements from politicians really piss me off. "

That is everything any politician ever says.

HP to hike upfront price of printer hardware as ink biz growth runs dry

dave 81

Another nail in the coffin

Saw one once when I was a kid. Dad took me to the print room at his work. Loud, but fast for the time. Beat the hell out of the 8 pin dot matrix we had at home.



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