* Posts by Spanners

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Trump issues toothless exec order to show donors, fans he's doing something about those Twitter twerps

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Meh

Only a real person

You're only a real person to the GOP if you're a rich white guy

There are a few other less absolute filters, including

Over a certain age.

Claim to be "Christian" but ignore major parts of New Testament teaching. Or some parts of Jewish.

Straight.

Dislike brown people and all foreigners - AKA "patriotic"

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Devil

Re: Simple Response.

I suspect that, quite soon after Trump is replaced and the USA gets an adult for president again, Twitter and others will close his accounts.

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Meh

Re: Worst American president ever

The USA looks to pass us before it even gets to its 2nd, 3rd or 4th wave.

I suspect that many countries have had a lot more people getting Covid-19 than they currently have given numbers for. I include the UK in that.

Twitter ticks off Trump with new 'Get the facts' alert on pair of fact-challenged tweets

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Megaphone

Re: Rootin' Tootin'

A hundred thousand deaths, on the other hand

So far...

Man responsible for least popular iteration of Windows UI uses iPad Pro as a desktop*

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Re: I knew it!

That's standard practice - especially for a US corporation. Do you remember a phone company called Nokia???

Coronavirus masks are thwarting facial recognition systems. So, of course, people are building training sets from your lockdown-wear selfies

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Re: Mask that is simultaneously anti-virus and virus

Or you could put in the idea in https://xkcd.com/327

BoJo buckles: UK govt to cut Huawei 5G kit use 'to zero by 2023' after pressure from Tory MPs, Uncle Sam

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Holmes

Can't we just wait?

If we just do the "British thing" and think about it for a while, it is possible that the US might end up with an adult for president next year.

A grown up in the job might reconsider all the protectionist falsehoods that SCROTUS has come up with in his time as Idiot In Charge. The claims he made about Huawei need to be investigated and have been. His, and our, spooks apparently found nothing. They should keep those processes running. Our security services need to be as vigilant against US software .

Apple, Google begin to spread pro-privacy, batt-friendly coronavirus contact-tracing API for phone apps

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" I really don't like where this is all going"

We might not but I suspect that Dominic Cummings does!

Huge if true... Trump explodes as he learns open source could erode China tech ban

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Re: Please please please...

Or a satsuma with little legs and a wig.

Mirror mirror on the wall, why will my mouse not work at all?

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Dirty Mouse Ball

The most amusing thing I saw for cleaning mouse insides was at Glasgow University Library in the mid 1980s - a lady using part of her bourka.

Two items separated by 1000 to 1400 years working together!

Donald Trump extends ban on Huawei, ZTE telecoms kit in US companies to May 2021

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Black Helicopters

Hopefully

It will be nice if all this anti-free trade stuff gets cancelled in January when an adult takes over the big job in the White House.

I'm not holding my breath though. There are some very rich and powerful 1 percenters working to keep Trump there.

Latest Microsoft 365 'wave of innovation' really just involves adding or renaming a bunch of update channels

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Beta Channel?

Firstly, are they pronouncing it correctly - "bee" "ta" - not "bay" "ta"

Then, we just need to get them to admit what we already know - we are all beta testers

If you're going to spend $3tn, what's another billion? Congress urged to inject taxpayer dollars into open anti-Huawei 5G radio tech

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Boffin

I have wondered this before

How many of SCROTUS' stupidities will be easy to reverse or cancel when they get adult in as president?

I imagine that he wins (aaargh!) in November or finds some semi-legal way to block an election, it will be even harder to undo the damage when he does go as even the most blatantly stupid ideas become more acceptable with time. (See, for example, how many counties in the USA are still "dry"and how they do not allow those under 21 to even drink beer 86 years after the, semi, repeal of the 18th amendment.)

If they get rid of him, they can undo so many of his bad ideas that the USA might even lead the world into recovery after the pandemic. We can always hope!

India says its brains saved the world from the last colosso-crisis – cough, Y2K – proving it can become self-reliant

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Are you insinuating something?

The reason the Y2K crisis did not "happen" is that a very large number of us spent a long time doing things about it.

I wasn't aware that we were all in India. I certainly wasn't there, but some undoubtedly were.

We are going to get the same sort of stupid statements about Covid-19 before long - perhaps like...

"The government said that the UK would have hundreds of thousands dead. What a waste of time."

"I know someone who knows someone who met a bloke in the pub whose sister was a nurse and she said that there were only XXX cases." and

"It was just a US disease. It didn't affect most of the planet."

The health workers who are still dealing with this are like the Y2K fixers. Either you don't fix it and get blamed or you do fix it and all the stupids say that there was never a problem. The big difference is that I didn't have to wear PPE and risk my life!

If India was a big fixer, thank you. It has certainly been since that time that we have noticed you more.

Serial killer spotted on the night train from Newcastle

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Boffin

Re: Thats just Twerk

I thought Gluteus Maximus was the Roman Legionary equivalent of an RSM...

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Re: The only Haynes command is "assembly is the reverse of disassembly"

I would have thought of "do not dissamble.. number 5 is alive!"

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

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I used to see then called - Micro$oft

This had the dual features of showing money being a nearly central interest and that they are specifically USian.

There used to be a website www.microsith.com but it seems to have turned into a gambling site, or so my filters tell me. That explored the link between them and a secretive sociopathic and dangerous group and some people from Star Wars...

Baby Diesel? Little d'Artagnan? There is another child of Musk in the world

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Boffin

Formula for distance covered

How about naming him after a good old O Level physics formula?

The formula for distance travelled is S=UT + 0.5AT^2

In name form - Seutphatt

In US pronunciation - Sootfat

'VPs shouldn't go publicly rogue'... XML co-author Tim Bray quits AWS after Amazon fires COVID-19 whistleblowers

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Holmes

Re: Who are the downvoters, in this comment thread

Political activism has no place in the workplace.

Possibly true in a political dictatorship of a different political flavour.

However, banning social activism has no place in a civilised society.

The Great British anti-5G fruitcake Bakeoff: Group hugs, no guns, and David Icke

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Black Helicopters

Have you heard what they have not asked for?

I have heard that all the "protesters" in the USA that want everything to open up (to speed viral spread) have not asked for bookshops and libraries to reopen. I am still waiting to have this confirmed but my preconceived image of a redneck with a rifle does not include a library card in his pocket...

UK IT contractors slipping back into old ways of working now IR35 tax reforms delayed

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Big Brother

They are not reforms

They are a power/money/etc grab.

If you have to use the word, please put it in inverted commas as below

IR35 "reforms" on hold for a year.

This shows that whilst some officials may choose to use the word, they ay ot e as described.

Oracle faces claims of unequal pay from 4,000+ women after judge upgrades gender gap lawsuit to class action

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Headmaster

Re: @SuperGeek

the correct use of commas

Were you referring to the correct use or the US "acceptable error" style?

Whilst input from anywhere seems to be welcome, people from the USA may not be the best source of spelling and grammar corrections.

As Brit cyber-spies drop 'whitelist' and 'blacklist', tech boss says: If you’re thinking about getting in touch saying this is political correctness gone mad, don’t bother

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Pirate

"M and S words"

Haven't they gone bust anyway?

Florida man might just stick it to HP for injecting sneaky DRM update into his printers that rejected non-HP ink

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Bizzarre!

Why on earth is anyone still using an inkjet? Why do so many people "need" colour at home?

I have a mono laser printer. When it is nor printing or copying, it does not use toner. Being mono, it does not use colour when I tell it to print black.

My daughter "needed" to be able to print colour for her homework prior to her GCSEs in 2006. When she was off to Uni a few years later, I got rid of it and got a laser/scanner/copier and that's another cut in the expenses! No more having to use more money on cleaning the print heads than I just spent on lunch! No more neing aware how the cyan toner level is going down even though I have set the thing to mono.

I am sure that there are valid reasons for having colour inkjets but I am also sure that most people who have them don't need to!

Microsoft decrees that all high-school IT teachers were wrong: Double spaces now flagged as typos in Word

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Headmaster

Re: It may be a US "standard", but...

The serial comma (assuming you are referring to the Oxford comma)...

I am well aware that the OUP is very keen on it but my, Oxford educated, English teacher was not.

Certainly this was a while ago (1975 and after) and errors have been made into standards in cases ranging from Chaucer to Shakespeare but I have now reached the age where I can be critical of "modern" things and feel that if I limit this to such petty matters as this, I will do no harm...

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Boffin

It may be a US "standard", but...

What the USA defines as correct, is not necessarily so.

Will the next update expect me the use the "serial comma"? I am not going to. I was taught that was wrong and see no need to change,

Before I got into IT, I learned to type. I did Secretarial Studies in evening classes and have a Scottish Higher and an RSA2. I was taught to tap the space bar twice after a full stop to try and help legibility. I know there were other reasons too but legibility still applies. It makes sentences more discrete so that people can see where one finishes and another starts. This can make it easier to understand. We have enough problems with people not reading blocks of text without actively discouraging them!

Apple and Google tweak key bits of contact-tracing privacy plan

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My biggest concern

While anything like this sort of app carries potential risks, the risks from governmental abuse are far lower than the possibility that Apple, or even Google, might misuse it or pass it onto some other organisation.

The problem is that US "medical insurance" looks to be one of the most profitable scams in history and it desperately wants to spread to the developed world. Any help could help them make Billions!

Work from home surge may work in Wi-Fi 6's favour, reckons analyst house

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@Filippo

The 4G where I live is very good and I tend to have the WiFi on my phone turned off.

This works fine until I get a system update that refuses to download until it can go over WiFi to save me from "unexpected additional costs".

I don't get an option to download over 4g anyway. This means that I have to park the phone close to the router.

I cannot get "unexpected additional costs" from downloading without WiFi. I have "unlimited data". I suppose it is not infinite and if I had high resolution Netflix running 24/7 I might get an email or two by the end of the month. I don't so a couple of GB is not going to make any difference. I can't be the only person with this. I am sure I had the option in the past but, as I was not unlimited then, I didn't do it

Now I want to download updates over the PhoneCo internet, it won't let me. Is this the fault of Google, phone manufacturer or telephone company?

Scots NHS symptom checker pings Facebook, Google and other ad peddlers

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Big Brother

Re: I feel a grumpy letter to my MSPs coming on

If it was just websites, those of us more aware of the problem could run a VPN secure browser et. The problem is that it is much harder to lock down ones smartphone as tightly.

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Re: NHS 24 said that “all data is anonymised”

what medical/insurance ads to target you with.

As I am using the NHS, none of them. I live in a developed country where we stopped having to do stuff like that 70 years ago!

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Re: "Scots NHS symptom checker pings Facebook, Google and other ad peddlers"

"I started to get free prescriptions a couple of months ago and I never needed to move!

Iran military manages to keep a straight face while waggling miracle widget that 'can detect coronavirus from 100m away'

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Holmes

Re: you may laugh

What do you class as a reliable news source these days?

If SCROTUS* declares it to be "fake news", that is a pretty good start.

*Supreme Crap Regurgitator Of The United States.

From Brit telly presenter Eamonn Holmes to burning 5G towers in the Netherlands: Stupid week turns into stupid fortnight for radio standard

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Re: Don't follow the link I'm posting!

more free speech rights than Americans?

I have never been under the misapprehension that the US has more/better free speech than the UK. Not being people, however, our corporations may have less free speech than US ones. I'm fine with that...

From Amanda Holden to petrol-filled water guns: It has been a weird week for 5G

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Pirate

A brilliant British understatement"

Michael Gove may have proved himself a twat but calling it that proves he is definitely British.

For people outside the UK, those "celebutard" claims are total bollocks and BS.

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Coffee/keyboard

"stick them all on some remote island"

OI! I come from a remote island (or group of them anyway) and we don't want them.

NASA's classic worm logo returns for first all-American trip to ISS in years: Are you a meatball or a squiggly fan?

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Re: Meatball

Uncrewed missions are far cheaper

But this is investigation (still a good thing) and not exploration.

Microsoft expands AI features in Office, but are they any good? Mixed, according to our vulture

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"US English" can be very different from English

This sounds like an automated version of a fax conversation I had with a US supplier 25-30 years ago. He criticised everything from my spelling and grammar to my "bizarre date format".

My date format was correct, rather than the backasswards one they use in the USA.

My spelling was correct. I had not randomly substituted Z for S or removed the letter U from words like colour.

My, Oxford educated, English teacher at school taught me not to use what people in the USA laughingly call the "Oxford comma".

I had not phrased things in a manner that would have indicated I was about 6 and had, several times used words of more than 3 syllables.

(I can't remember who the supplier was but I think they made UNIX back up software and were in a "flyover state".)

That conversation was fun but having this discussion with a computer would be tiresome.

Infosys fires employee who Facebooked 'let's hold hands and share coronavirus'

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Re: Jeebus will protect you

As long as they are Trump voters and/or evangelicals

In the USA, some people seem to hold both of these mutually exclusive concepts!

That awful moment when what you thought was a number 1 turned out to be a number 2

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On this side (west) of the pond, it's "check".

On your side of the pond, the misspelling "check" is acceptable. It's still wrong.

The word "check" means to ensure that something is free from error/fault.

A pilot will do checks before he starts the aeroplane. Men will check that their flies are done up before leaving the toilet. If my dog wants to run across the road, I will check her by holding the lead tight.

Microsoft staff giggle beneath the weight of a 52,000-person Reply-All email storm

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We had one in NHS.net a few years ago.

At least this one seems to have a bit of humour in it.

All we had was middle managers stating that they were really too important for this and we should all stop bothering them...

TeamViewer is going to turn around and ignore what you're doing with its freebie licence to help new remote workers

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Happy

There's always Google.

My Chromebook has acquired such apps. It had Google Hangouts and Skype already, it has now got Teams for work and Zoom for some voluntary activities. Telegram has gone on for some secure stuff.

I think the big problem is that there are now so many of them. I used to have several IM apps and an application called Pigin on my PC that pulled them all together. We need something similar for video chats.

It's time to track people's smartphones to ensure they self-isolate during this global pandemic, says WHO boffin

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Re: Naomi Klein

I thought the UK Government was following a declared strategy

It was, but the Daily Mail and the Telegraph did not approve. That's, for example, why schools are now closed. As soon as Boris announced the policy, social media was full of idiots parroting the amazingly bad idea that closing schools was a great idea.

Now we have kids with their grandparents, older kids playing with their mates, kids off to relatives and so on. In theory, "key workers" are fine as we can stick ours into the schools as a childminding service.

Tech won't save you from lockdown disaster: How to manage family and free time while working from home

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Re: "Keeping in touch"

It is a Chrome app as well and runs natively on my Chromebook. MS Teams has an Android app and so works on it fine as well.

In fact, I think videoconferencing apps are ahead of the curve on this.

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Re: Add to the singing ban

You also need to be riding a unicycle and wearing a Darth Vader helmet?

Captain Caveman rides to the rescue, solves a prickly PowerPoint problem with a magical solution

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Re: Key workers

Here is an article from one of the organisations that owns the Government...

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/0/key-workers-uk-list-coronavirus/

UK Defence Committee probe into national security threat of Huawei sure to uncover lots of new and original insights

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Let's be clear

The main reason not tu use Chinese kit is so that US companies can make more money.

A secondary and minor reason is that Huawei is not as susceptible to US courts and when some some company owned judge in the USA wants a US corporation to have access to stuff, Huawei will tell him to get lost.

I would suspect China is less likely to spy on me than the USA. When US spooks finish finding what they want, they will pass it on to a US company, either for money or out of financial patriotism. I find the idea of a Chinese corporation knowing about me less likely to send me junk mail.

If this is on UK national Security grounds, US back doors in our 5G are precisely as dangerous as Chinese ones but the US ones are less predictable.

Take it Huawei, Pai: Senate passes bill to rip 'dodgy' kit from rural telcos

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Re: Broken political system

America used to have a centre-left and a centre-right party.

Nowadays, they show no signs of anything left of the middle. Obama was centre-right and the Republicans seem to be somewhat to the right of that.

The nearest they have to a socialist candidate has the full weight of their press, "aristocracy" and wealthy lined up against him.

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Re: Paranoia - again!

This is not and never has been paranoia. That would mean that the instigators genuinely believe it had anything to do with security.

It has less to do with security and more to do with helping some very rich people make even more money at the expense of taxpayers.

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Re: Let's face it

Nokia or Ericsson, both Nordic

Both from countries that practice looking after their citizens - known to the unintelligent as "socialism". That is even though all Scandinavian countries except Finland are monarchies.

Campaigners cry foul play as Oracle funds conservative lobby group supporting its court case against Google

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Devil

Re: Who expects honesty and decency from Oracle ?

suffer heavily under lawsuit after lawsuit

This will not concern many "conservatives". An awful lot of them are, agressively, technically ignorant and uninformed.

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