* Posts by AndrueC

4230 posts • joined 6 Aug 2009

Bad apples: US customs seize OnePlus earbuds thinking they're knock-off AirPods

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Re: How can we be sure

If you're imagining me you have a serious medical problem.

NASA is sending two small hand-luggage suitcase-sized spacecraft into the void to study binary asteroids

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Andre Norton had an entertaining series about Janus. It wasn't just an Asteroid in her books though :)

With a million unwanted .uk domains expiring this week, Nominet again sends punters pushy emails to pay up

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Re: @"They have some explaining to do."

such as what proof said person had that anyone wanted anything other than ".co.uk

Actually I like my .me.uk. Just sayin'

;)

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I have a .me.uk registered. Does this mean I should expect a begging/warning/threatening email from Nominet when they eventually realise that businesses don't care?

Back when I registered my domain .me.uk was actually more expensive than .co.uk and I could never decide if that was funny or stupid.

You Musk be joking: A mind-reading Neuralink chip in a pig's brain? Downloadable memories? Telepathy? Watch and judge for yourself

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Is this how Dollhouse starts?

I hope not. That proposed a rather grim future :(

Trucking hell: Kid leaves dad in monster debt after buying oversized vehicle on eBay

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Re: Unlikely story

Yup. My CCs are paid in full by direct debit every month. Still very useful because a)Section 75 of Credit act and b)It's not my money being taken when defrauded.

I don't want scrotes being able to siphon funds out of my bank account but if they want to steal my CC issuer's money it's no skin off my nose. I'll just strike the bad transactions off my statement and pay what's left.

But using a CC to borrow money? Hell no. I don't want or need it for that.

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

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Re: The death of broadcast TV?

Vice Grip Garage is good for a laugh as well.

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Re: "Overwhelmed"? "Broke"? Really?

I can’t help but feel we should be praising their engineers/teccies who kept this all going (despite years of poor manglement), with only a slight dip in performance which the vast majority won’t have even noticed in practice.

Especially for the bargain basement prices consumers are prepared to pay. The profit margins on being a residential CP are pretty small. It amazes me that UK telcos can justify any kind of upgrade programme. I've long assumed that BT only does it in order to retain the value of their local loop in the face of the mobile onslaught. Basically 'upgrade or become irrelevant'.

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Re: The death of broadcast TV?

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

The only change they've made in that respect over the last almost-twenty-years has been to implement skip-30-seconds, making jumping past adverts easier. Admittedly it took many years before they finally did it (had to wait until Sky Q was released) but the evidence is that Sky are fairly happy to allow their subscribers to jump over adverts.

What the other broadcasters who use their platform think I don't know. A lot of them don't have adverts on their catch-up service although that might be because it's easier to just make the original source material available without trying to insert adverts. Whatever the reason in a lot of cases the best way to avoid adverts altogether is to use the corresponding catch-up service so it doesn't seem like most broadcasters are bothered.

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Re: The death of broadcast TV?

I stopped watching live TV when Sky+ first came out.

Nearly two decades without adverts and being able to watch what I want when I want.

UK national debt hits 1.46 Apples – and weighs as much as 2 billion adult badgers

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Oh well. Hair today, gone tomorrow :)

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If you're going to be picky, good luck converting Apple's $2t value into cash :)

Aw, Snap! But you should see the other guy – they're in dire need of a good file system consistency check

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I used them for 14 months around 2013 and they were pretty good at getting me between Banbury and Birmingham. There were a few issues but most seemed to be caused by sad individuals foisting their terminal unhappiness onto us commuters. My only gripe was that I liked to use Snow Hill (it being quieter and also the terminus) and if anything went wrong the service went no further than Moor St. On a couple of occasions that meant a mad dash from Snow to Moor via the shopping centre.

And is there anything worse for a commuter than getting an SMS at 1530 telling them there is a problem with their train?

But I was only once seriously late. They had to lay buses on one evening and I was nearly an hour late arriving home. But most of the time they ran a very punctual and pleasant service.

I was damn lucky though. I was made redundant the same week that there was a landslide near Leamington Spa. That must have been a very unpleasant experience for my ex-fellow commuters.

50%+ of our office seats are going remote, say majority of surveyed Register readers. Hi security, bye on-prem

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Been working from home since lock down start and loving it. We already had two team members out of office (one emigrated to Canada, the emigrated to Wales). As far as I know our team is still fully productive. Maybe even more productive (I know I am). I don't think we'll be asked to come back in I will refuse anyway. It makes no sense driving 20 minutes to an office and back each day.

I doubt they'll kick up a fuss but tough luck if they do. I'm more than close enough to retirement to flat out refuse.

Brit bank Barclays probed amid claims bosses used high-tech to spy on staff, measure productivity

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And only recently the boss changed tack and said he wanted staff back in the office. I thought when I read it that sounded like the attitude of a typical blinkered boss who wants to micromanage his workforce.

He added: "We want our people back together, to make sure we ensure the evolution of our culture and our controls, and I think that will happen over time."

Now we know what form 'our controls' take.

NASA to stop using names like 'Eskimo Nebula' and 're-examine' what it calls cosmic objects

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Re: Human Nature

...in every single thing...

Oy! That's discriminatory against those of us not currently in a relationship with another entity.

Congratulations Peebles. Felicitations Queenzieburn. Openreach is bringing you FTTP (yes, they're real places)

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And for those who doubt what I say, this from the latest VM figures:

Virgin Media M100 38.7% of speed tests Median speeds 28.3 Mbps down and 5 Mbps up

Virgin Media M200 48.9% of speed tests Median speeds 108.5 Mbps down and 10.3 Mbps up

Virgin Media M350 11.8% of speed tests Median speeds 185.2 Mbps down and 32.4 Mbps up

Virgin Media M500 0.6% of speed tests Median speeds 387.9 Mbps down and 35.6 Mbps up

Virgin Media Gig1 <0.01% of speed tests Median speeds 387.9 Mbps down and 35.6 Mbps up

So most of their customers are happy on the lower tier packages. Over a third are happy on the lowest tier. Also worth noting that VM periodically closes the bottom tier and upgrades customers for free. Also worth noting that apparently only a third of people who can get cable choose to do so. Two thirds either don't want a fixed line or else are happy with what BT can offer.

FTTP is needed for future proofing not to satisfy demand.

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They've known for a long time. But because they are a part of that economy they have to be able to turn a profit. Market conditions still suggest only a weak demand for high-speed internet connections. Most people don't order the fastest service available to them.

AI assistants work perfectly in the UK – unless you're from Cardiff, Glasgow, Liverpool, Birmingham, Belfast...

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Re: The BBC are releasing their own

Or if it does understand you it'll do something only tangentially related to your request.

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Re: Speakers?

With the amount of effort I hear it requires to use them shouldn't they be called trainers?

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I used to shout myself hoarse trying to get my second Honda Jazz to understand me and make a phone call. Good job I rarely needed to. Honda fixed that in the next generation though. They removed voice control.

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

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Re: Over the years

It was a shame about OS/2. I used it during the Warp years and it was a great host for DOS and Windows development. If a VDM crashed you just started another and it was impressive how much low level stuff it supported - it even virtualised ATAPI calls.

The only thing that let it down was the WPS. Very powerful, true, but prone to locking. I used to have to ask a colleague to Telnet in and reset my shell now and again.

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Meh. It's stable, doesn't interfere with my work and I can do everything I want on my personal laptop. I still dislike the clunky 'fat finger support' UI and the Start Menu searching algorithm is crap.

But overall it's okay.

Edit: Oh and I forgot my mail/media server. Running on relatively obscure hardware (A low power AcePC) it just sits doing its thing 24/7/52.

MI6 tried to intervene in independent court by stopping judge seeing legal papers – but they said sorry, so it's OK

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Re: Did These Spies Actually Leave There Names And Addresses?

did it really take two spies to make the phone call?

One to hold the conversation and another to listen in.

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

:)

IDE like an update, please: JetBrains freshens IntelliJ, adds improved GitHub integration, Java support

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Would be nice if they'd move a bit quicker to resolve the long running performance issues that afflict its VS integration. It's sad just how much faster and more responsive VS is with R# disabled. Unfortunately as of yet VS is just a bit too annoying without R# but it's getting better. As it stands it's a case of choosing the lesser of two evils.

What the duck? Bloke keeps getting sent bathtime toys in the post – and Amazon won't say who's responsible

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Re: Were they lost from a catainer in the Pacific?

What do they use to trace sultanas?

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Re: Review stuffing

You can go blind inspecting your own meat.

Bill Gates debunks 'coronavirus vaccine is my 5G mind control microchip implant' conspiracy theory

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Whilst I loathe and detest the fact that Microsoft-era BillG (and his successor, Monkey-boy Ballmer) got insanely rich by pushing sub-standard products

It might be sub-standard but it has powered the PC revolution and even the wider IT revolution. Could something better have done that? Sure. Might it have turned out better if another company had been the major driving force? I doubt it. Who were/are Microsoft's competitors? Oracle? IBM? Lotus? Apple? Novell? Sco?

I think we are where we are (which for the most part is pretty damn good) because of how humans develop and exploit technology. Microsoft just happens to have managed to hang on to the beast and even direct it better/longer than most.

And for all that I struggle with MS software (one advantage of working from home is that I can rant and rave at Visual Studio as loud as I want) it has kept me in gainful employment for 30 years and provided me with all the computer fun I've ever wanted.

Black hole destroys corona

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Re: @Richard 12 - Question for those who might have the knowledge

At the least - I am not a scientist - if the shape of the curve follows a known pattern (eg; linear, exponential, bell) you work on 'educated assumption'. But I'd also guess that a lot of things can be backed up and predicted by the mathematics (which is sort of the same thing).

As an example if they've measured the output from 100k to 1000k and the emitted wavelength is 150*<temperature in Kelvin> then it's not unreasonable to assume that the frequency emitted at 10000k is 15000000hz.

Of course it won't be that simple but science is all about deriving rules based on observation and then testing those rules. If you can't prove a rule then it doesn't invalidate it. It just makes it more of a theory. Lots of science is theory.

Finally, made it to the weekend, time to breathe, relax, and... Cloudflare's taken down a chunk of the web

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Ah! So that explains it. I was surfing before bedtime and found there were a number of sites I couldn't get to any longer. I called my ISP (who answered because even after 10pm IDNet are awesome) but they were unaware of any problem with their servers.

's a little bit disturbing that a router in Atlanta can prevent me (a Briton) accessing The Register and Thinkbroadband. Not in a political sense but why are so many of my DNS queries to/from UK sites going via the Atlantic?

Twitter admits 130 A-lister accounts compromised to promote Bitcoin scam after 'social engineering' attack

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'The Bitcoin address in question has received almost $118,000'

A fool and their money...

Having seen some of the sample Tweets I'm saddened that anyone fell for it but not hugely surprised.

See you after the commercial breakdown: Cert expiry error message more entertaining than the usual advert tripe

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Re: Red triangle programs

Plus some Russ Meyer stuff.

Companies toiling away the most on LibreOffice code complain ecosystem is 'beyond utterly broken'

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Re: Personally...

..and eventually it becomes a sea of troubles.

Heir-to-Concorde demo model to debut in October

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Re: Can it reduce the time spent at airports

I mostly feel the same. Sitting in a tin can for a few hours is slightly boring (but a Kindle and music player sort that for the most part). But queuing and standing/sitting around in the airport is stressful. Reducing the flight time is tackling the wrong problem for me.

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It'll be okay as long as they don't wing it.

If there's a lesson to be learned in these torrid times, it's that civilisation is fleeting – but Windows XP is eternal

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Re: Tell us the story

The way I hear it they didn't have a leg to stand on.

Analogue radio given 10-year stay of execution as the UK U-turns on DAB digital future

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I see no reason to bother AAISP about this.

Data takes different routes through networks and just because the route between you and YouTube is fine doesn't mean that the route between you and an iPlayer CDN is. At some point after where they diverge there could be a problem - it's unlikely to be the iPlayer CDN. Now it might not be AAISP itself, perhaps one of its partners but either way it's something AAISP can probably control and based on their reputation I'd expect them to be interested in resolving it.

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Re: The future is behind you ....

I can't be bothered with radio in my car. I just have an iPod Touch stuffed full with most of my music collection. It plays on album shuffle and that's all I need.

Well..actually I'd prefer it to be a non-Apple device but sadly I've not yet found any other music player that will store as much or work as flawlessly. But lordy, how I hate iTunes.

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Indeed they aren't cheap. They are one of the really good guys and I'd expect a lot better from AAISP. What do their support say?

I'm with IDNet and although it sometimes takes a day or two to get through first line support they take any such reports very seriously.

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Even with 70mbps bandwidth on FTTC - the iPlayer often stutters now. Never used to be a problem even on 12mbps ADSL. Not sure where the bottle-neck lies - but YouTube is ok.

The problem will likely be your ISP. I bet like most people you went with the cheapest provider you could find. A 70Mb/s connection means little if the pipes carrying your data around the country are congested.

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Re: The future is behind you ....

DAB just sucks. It only exists because they want to use the FM and AM spectrum for something else.,

Plus they can squeeze more stations in (by lowering the quality but ho hum) which means more income from license fees.

Jaded moi? Maybe.

UK government shakes magic money tree, finds $500m to buy a stake in struggling satellite firm OneWeb

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Re: Just what we need

A friend of mine had one of those. He called it a Monty-No-Go :)

Barclays Bank appeared to be using the Wayback Machine as a 'CDN' for some Javascript

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Typical canned response by Barclays. I could imagine their email server having simple phrase recognition and sending that reply without any human intervention. It wouldn't surprise me if a third party offered that as a service. Just sign up and direct all emails to them and they will auto reply for you.

Pathetic.

Now that's a train delay Upminster with which London travellers shall not put

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Windows 10 once more in print condition: Microsoft applies out-of-band fix to Patch Tuesday cock-up

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Re: The current Windows dev process is horribly flawed...

I mean what the hell is Microsoft doing to break printing?

Has anyone mentioned Visual Studio yet?

* Sometimes takes a couple of seconds to respond to basic cursor commands.

* Sometimes loses the ability to respond to the keyboard (or retains that ability while losing the ability to render to the screen).

* Randomly changes the names of document tabs to '%2' and then sometimes leaves you unable to close a document that has changes.

* Fails to Rebuild until you've done a Build (had that one today).

* Doesn't always clean things properly even when you've asked it to.

An application that loads really fast..but then it turns out you can't actually do anything meaningful with it for <insert random delay here>.

Now granted only software developers use VS but farking 'ell it's like the VS development team don't care or assume that as fellow programmers we are more tolerant of crappy applications.

Only true boffins will be able to grasp Blighty's new legal definitions of the humble metre and kilogram

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Re: Me too

Same here. I am 1.81 metres tall and weigh approximately 78kg.

The only time I use imperial units are when driving and when playing golf. I keep meaning to change the latter but I have enough problems on the course as it is without suddenly switching from yards to metres. It's surprising how much of a difference it makes.

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I went to school in the late 80s where we were taught only in metric.

I went to school in the early 70s and was only taught metric. That might have been because the school - Blackfirs in Congleton - was newly built and only opened the year before (my brother was in the first ever intake). But still, I don't understand why anyone under the age of 50 struggles with the metric system and especially not why so many of that age or younger prefer the imperial system.

It's always struck me as something of a systemic failure.

GitHub to replace master with main across its services

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Re: Master copy

But if we're going to go down that route, 'git' itself is fairly problematic since it originates from beget and is a related insult.

Indeed. Calling a stranger a 'git' in a British pub would prove that point.

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