* Posts by Josco

150 publicly visible posts • joined 22 Jul 2009


US actors are still on strike – and yup, it's about those looming AI clones


Re: Brand management

In my case it's 'how little are you paid?'

UK policing minister urges doubling down on face-scanning tech



Another step on our sleep walk to a police state.

BT confirms it's switching off 3G in UK from Jan next year


I thought they already had.

Judging by the woeful reception I get from 3 where 3G seems to be their default coverage but nothing works and phone calls are poor I assumed they had already removed it.

My mobile is not 5G compliant so I probably need to upgrade...

Largest local government body in Europe goes under amid Oracle disaster


Easy win but challenging keep.

What is it with governments, national or local? How do they bollox it so often? This looked like the win was easy for Oracle but the challenge is to come up with the goods.

China crisis is a TikToking time bomb


Dance with the Devil

I think that article encapsulated the issues well. I suspect that for most people it will be a case of "I have nothing to hide and there products are very good value..."

Brit MPs pour cold water on hydrogen as mass replacement for fossil fuels


Burn Water

Never managed to understand basic chemistry and why water doesn't burn (Hydrogen & Oxygen - bloody flammable!)

BOFH: Come back to the office. Your hotdesk is nice and warm


Christmas Bonus from BOFH

Always enjoy these sporadic offerings, this one is a bonus indeed.

Croatian EV maker Rimac claims 412km/h speed record


Not enough range.

I was reaching for my cheque book but I think that 205 miles (in optimum conditions) would induce range anxiety.

Microsoft hits milestone to replace datacenter generators with fuel cells


Hydrogen - Fuel of the Future

I believe the Hindenburg disaster in 1937 set the human race back decades. Possibly too late to save us now...

If you didn't store valuable data, ransomware would become impotent



I think it was aimed at me, I found it interesting.

Green hydrogen 'transitioning from a shed-based industry' says researcher as the UK hedges its H2 strategy


Re: Might be worse than burning coal

Absolutely agree, nuclear is the only valid solution to our energy needs, SMRs more so. This is proven technology as used in submarines and you don't see many submariners with two heads or other radiation issues.

Then we can talk about nuclear fission...

Taiwan president pokes the bear by saying the nation needs to lessen its supply chain dependency on China


Re: Oh bother!

I see what you did there. Have a beer.

Move aside, Technoking: All hail the Sweat Master and his many inspirational job titles


#Me Too

It still reads as Tech-noking to me even after Dabbsy's excellent explanation.

So how do the coronavirus smartphone tracking apps actually work and should you download one to help?


Re: What's to stop...

...makes you monumentally stupid...

Lucky there aren't many people like that around!

Review of IR35 is in: Quelle surprise, UK.gov will forge ahead with controversial tax reforms in the private sector


Not really a suprise.

Thankfully no longer concerns me personally but it's still a buggers muddle.

Log us out: Private equity snaffles Lastpass owner LogMeIn


No one has mentioned Dashlane

I'm worried now that I may be missing something important.... Is Dashlane bad?

It's 2019 so, of course, this Wells Fargo employee accused of stealing customer cash posed with wads of dosh on Instagram, Facebook


How many trainers?

Had a shufti at the Instagram postings, how many pairs of trainers has he got? And they're all so clean, and expensive I shouldn't wonder.

How do you get 14,400 followers with only 20 posts? I've done nearly 30 and got 15 followers.

I really don't understand social media...

Beware the trainee with time on his hands and an Acorn manual on his desk


No one has mentioned Elite?

I am surprised that no has commented on the fantastic Elite game shown on the screen. I lost many hours to that game.

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


Re: Interesting wetware hack

"Tax is for the little people."

I'm a little person; physically, financially and intellectually. I don't like tax either.

NASA trumpets Orion completion as India heads to the Moon


India is going to the moon with my tax.

The UK is still giving aid to India I understand, aid paid for by my tax.

With HS2, the NHS, MP's salaries and pensions and a myriad other costs I am going to have to work for the rest of my life to pay for it all.

if developer_docs == bad then app_quality = bad; Coders slam Apple for subpar API manuals


"But many people don't as Xcode itself isn't very well documented."

I agree with that. I am not a developer or code writer in any shape or form, just an inquisitive amateur, but I've had an idea for a (brilliant) iPhone app that I fancied having a go at. The help for the Xcode SDK is no help to me and I've got bogged down at the first hurdle....

Ah well, back to HTML, CSS and a little poorly written PHP. My plans for a money making app on the back burner.

Whatever you've got to say about Google, it can't hear you over the sound of it banking $85m a day in pure profit


Re: Who is paying?

Could I say that I have never been first to comment before?


Who is paying?

I use Google quite a lot, Gmail, Maps et al but I have never knowingly clicked an advert link nor responded to any of the adverts that are thrust upon me. I have a similar response to junk calls. So who is responding and making the advertisers cough up?

I could be willing to pay for email (an allowable cost against tax I should imagine) if that would prevent a lot of spam.

Forget your deepest, darkest secrets, smart speakers will soon listen for sniffles and farts too


It would be inundated in our house!

If it can record and note the sound of farts then they're going to need more storage for all the noises my family makes.

Want to hack a hole-in-the-wall cash machine for free dosh? It's as easy as Windows XP


Physical access is quite easy

A few years ago I had a temp job changing the signage on a certain banks network of ATMs. This required me to have unfettered access to the machines and all work was carried out during opening hours. Rarely was I questioned about what I was doing by members of staff, and there was never any check that I was certified to carry out the work and no ID was ever requested. On external machines I would await my turn to access the ATM with members of the public in the queue and then proceed to attack the machine with various tools to remove its outer coverings. No one questioned me, not even the two coppers who passed on one occasion.

I have to say that at no point was I able to actually connect to the inner workings because I had neither the knowledge or the tools, but I doubt any one would have said anything even if I had.

Amazing what a Hi-Vis vest can do.

Shift-work: Keyboards heaped in a field push North Yorks council's fly-tipping buttons


V.amusing but...

There's a cost here in removing them for proper disposal, this cost has now passed to me through the taxes I pay.

F***=off, Google tells its staff: Any mention of nookie now banned from internal files, URLs


Bus Heating?

Not sure why the heating system on a bus is relevant.

New algorithm could help self-driving cars scout out hidden objects


Could I have a little privacy please?

That rabbit looks like it’s having a poo, leave it in peace.

Britain ignores booze guidelines – heads for the pub


Look away Nanny

It's Friday and I'm going for a beer or two.

Might have another tomorrow too.

UK.gov not quite done with e-cigs, announces launch of new inquiry


Vape shops spring up like weeds

In my little town there are 4 vape shops all within sight of each other, they are each almost completely empty of both product and customers. I'm not sure what rent they have to pay, and I have no idea as to the cost of the product or the markup, but it doesn't seem economically viable as a business. Is it a front?

So thoughtful. Uber says it won't track you after you leave their vehicles


Pretty boring tracking me

Home - pub

Pub - home

Home - pub - 'nother pub - home pleesh

BOFH: Don't back up in anger


New technical terms.

I thought I was up to speed with most jargon, but I haven't heard of bitwise comparison of tesla signatures on the disk surface. Can it really detect as low as 3 or 4 micro-gauss?

Marvellous stuff.

Revealed: UK councils shrug at privacy worries, strap on body cams


Re: plastics

Our council refuse operators sort unsuitable plastic at the road side and leave it on the pavement to blow away. Now they are going to charge extra for garden waste too.

It is an immutable law of local councils/authorities that the more you pay the worse the service gets.

Tobacco giant predicts the end of smoking. Panic ensues


I know what's next...

"Perhaps it's dawned on the more fanatical Public Health campaigners that the end is in sight, and a new cause is needed. "

Beer! That's next on the list. (Oh how I hope I'm wrong).

Three outsources staff to Capita


Re: Currently a 3 customer

Me too. Not too much choice, so back to Vodafone we go. There is a slight upside though, 2 years ago no provider had any service round here, now they all have except 3.

The return of (drone) robot wars: Beware of low-flying freezers


Re: Street Cameras on every corner?

There are reckoned to be over 6 million CCTV cameras in use by the authorities in the UK, never mind the number of personal and business systems. By one estimate people in urban areas of the UK are likely to be captured by about 30 surveillance camera systems every day. That's systems, not individual cameras.

Big brother is in the house.

Prominent Brit law firm instructed to block Brexit Article 50 trigger


Vote Again and get it right this time

This is all part of the establishment's campaign to have another referendum and get the sheeple to vote remain.

England just not windy enough for wind farms, admits renewables boss


Create Gas then

Both wind and solar are intermittent, usually producing power when it is not needed. I recall hearing an interview on the radio where it was suggested that the power produced could be used to create gas, this gas could then be absorbed by the national gas grid which has sufficient elasticity to accommodate this irregular . When power is needed then a gas power station is fired up. Simples!

I also agree with those respondents who suggest river power. My local river (The Wharf) has never run dry in all the years I've been here.

Computerised stock management? Nah, let’s use walkie-talkies


Do you have any tea?

I was in a very good bread shop recently, they had a huge range of home made bespoke bread along with the usual white & brown stuff. In comes a customer, "May I help?" asked the assistant. "Some bread please." replied the customer.....

Investigatory Powers Bill: As supported by world's most controlling men


Re: To all at, and involved with the coalition...

I, too, have added a smidgen to the cause and am no doubt on a little list somewhere.

When customers try to be programmers: 'I want this CHANGED TO A ZERO ASAP'


Any chance of a solution?

Not all of us here are programmers and I could stare at that code for an eternity and not know what I'm looking for.

I do a little HTML, CSS and PHP and some aeons ago a small amount of classic ASP, all of it laughably simple. I've always thought of coding as a little like Shakespeare; I can read Shakespeare, I can understand (some) Shakespeare but I certainly can't write it.

Lincolnshire council shuts down all IT after alleged 0-day breach


Re: Dissapointed

Haven't got to the elasticated trousers yet, but I'm counting the days.

New open-source ad-blocking web browser emerges from brain of ex-Mozilla boss Eich


Re: Sounds interesting

Dr Dobbs Patent Nerd Sex Attractant Pills, do they work? Do they also do them as suppositories?

Cisco shocker: Some network switches may ELECTROCUTE you


Is this POE?

Is this anything to do with that new fangled Power Over Ethernet I've read about somewhere?

You want to DISRUPT my TECH? How about I DISRUPT your FACE?



Turtled Necked Twat, brilliant!

Apple Watch is such a flop it's the world's top-selling wearable


Re: Who actually wears a watch anymore? And why?

I do. I like to know the time, quite easy with a swift flick of the wrist and a pretty face (analogue).

My mother always used to keep her watch an hour fast so as not to be late, didn't work.

£100 MILLION poured down drain on failed UK.gov IT projects - in just ONE YEAR


myBOL - How appropriate

Another usual bollox from those in charge. I did agree with Little Mouse though, I thought the figure a little low, but then we are not privy to all the information either.

Apple’s $700 BEEELLION market cap makes it more valuable than Switzerland



If I had that much I wouldn't squander it on 538,876,058 basic models. I'd have the better specced version, just one though, mustn't be greedy.

And a new Ferrari.

And a big house in London.

And Roman Abramovich's yacht.

And a night out with Claudia Schiffer

And another night

And another night




And 10 lottery tickets.

Pics in SPAAAACE!: Hasselblad sells for $275,000


When not if

When I win the lottery a Hasselblad is near the top of the list, but not as much as this one.

Holy cow! Fasthosts outage blamed on DDoS hack attack AND Windows 2003 vuln


It's my fault, sorry

I moved a customer to LCN a few weeks back and they crashed and lost all Email connections and some websites.

I moved a domain to FastHosts this weekend (for their Catch-All mail facility) and they have broken too.

Sorry, I promise to leave well alone.