* Posts by dogged

4790 publicly visible posts • joined 16 Nov 2009

Show us the code! You should be able to peek inside the gadgets you buy – FTC commish


Re: Open Source FTW

> And this is where guys like the readership of these esteemed pages come into it. Amongst plenty of others.

In theory.

In practice, what you get is a whole lot of people shouting about how the code they run is safe because it's reviewed by millions whereas actually, none of them have reviewed it and odds are pretty high that nobody else has either.

Microsoft legal eagle explains why the Irish Warrant Fight covers your back


Re: I've Said it Before and I'll Say it Again

@Kurt - I think the OP referred to government attitudes, not individual attitudes.

Someone please rid me of this turbulent Windows 10 Store


Re: Just like OS/2

No they won't.

They'll provide tools to recompile iOS and Android source to Windows binaries. That's not the same thing at all.

Sorry, kids. Microsoft is turning Minecraft into an 'educational tool'


Re: What's that smell?

Yeah, desperately marketing free software.

Oh, wait...

Continuum gets some Qualcomm mid-range support


Continuum does support keyboard shortcuts.

Also, the Universal RDP app is now out (albeit in beta) so there goes the "can't do Win32" thing.

But hey, you can probably spin that as a fail too.

Att: Windows Phone owners: Win 10 Mobile has been spotted and it wants your phone


Why not fuck off?

You, yes YOU: DevOps' people problem


So you're a marketer.


Windows 10 phones are not dead yet. Acer, Alcatel OneTouch just made some new ones


Re: My phone should work like my Windows PC

No, I'm a debian user who writes software for several platforms (mainly C and C++) and recognizes that OS evangelism is ultimately self-harming and makes everyone who joins in stupid.

And I am most definitely not a fan of Microsoft's Escher-inspired licensing system.


Re: My phone should work like my Windows PC

Are you on a personal crusade to slag off Windows Phone on every article that mentions it or are you being paid?

The Register's entirely serious New Year's resolutions for 2016


Actually, I thought Lewis' MilTech articles were excellent.


Re: So the new formula is:

DevOps advertorial about software nobody needs but some managers think might be cool.


Re: Careful

> I can understand why you would want to curb adolescent excess

Shit, are they sacking Lester as well?


Re: we plan to be a big part of the prosperity

> The BOFH's victims are usually well past the stage of treatment being any use!

So homeopathy will be exactly as effective as actual medicine, which some insane people will regard as proof of something.

Apple on the attack against British snooping bill. Silicon Valley expected to follow


Re: Confused...

It doesn't appreciably except for the timing. When the USA PATRIOT act (epic naming, guys, not cheesy at all) was introduced pretty much all of America was convinced that Osama bin Laden was going to fly a 747 into their personal trailer with all their guns in it the within the next 45 minutes so SIGINT and law enforcement could ask for anything at all and get it.

None of the big IT players had any chance against that and Google were probably hoping to be awarded the contract since that's their business model anyway.

Things are a little different now.

Steve Jobs mural highlights plight of Syrian refugees


Re: THis is just stupid cherry picking

> The most likely outcome for an influx of Muslims is "no go" zones, elevated rape statistics etc etc.

That's bullshit. Hundreds of thousands of Muslims peacefully integrated in the UK and you come out with that kind of crap?

No wonder ISIS are winning, You've already surrendered.


Re: Big war

> "they" do take our jobs and our women

If some dude from off a refugee ship takes your job and your women despite barely speaking English and not knowing anybody, you have to ask yourself exactly how shit you are that they're so much better.

CIOs aren't loving SAP's HANA. Yep, somebody's afraid of commitment


> What are they going to do about it? Rip out SAP.

And write their own software based on a standard DB that only does what they want, instead of the 90% of unused functionality in every SAP installation?

Excellent idea. It'll never happen.

Microsoft steps up Windows 10 nagging


> Let me guess! A MS employee?

In this case (since it concerns the possibility or not of upgrading to Win10) more likely an anti-MS advocate.

We have lots of those. We have lots of anti-* advocates and they don't need reasons or logic or, self-evidently, any technical ability.


Take a backup.

France says 'non' to Wi-Fi and Tor restrictions after terror attack


Re: dogged dogged hspasm Bon!

I was going to explain but life is way too short.

Be happy or unhappy, Matt. Whatever works for you.


Re: dogged hspasm Bon!

> Dread Pirate Roberts would probably love to post a rebuttal -

Which is an excellent example of the FBI knowing exactly what they were looking for before they even started looking, not to mention some extremely useful phrases to run against the encryption.

Paranoia is healthy in this day and age but it's better when you back it up with some research.


Re: hspasm Bon!

@Matt - it's not really. Yes, it can (under some circumstances) be trivial for the Five Eyes to locate Tor endpoints and traffic analysis can tell you which node is up or down. This accompanied by seemingly innocuous items like power usage (smart meters, anyone?) can help to locate the exact source machine but, and this is important, only if you know who you're looking for and what you're looking at before you start.

TOR can be broken but it's useless for fishing expeditions.

Review: Star Wars: The Force Awakens offers a new hope for the franchise


> aren't they energy weapons?

Nobody knows. The fact that they have a definite "length" and are significantly slower than light would tend to indicate that they are projectiles of some description.


Re: "That" bikini?

I'd hoped Carrie Fisher would wear the bikini again without CGI just to punish all the nerds who go on and on about the bloody thing.

Windows XP spotted on Royal Navy's spanking new aircraft carrier


> http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-449887/Iran-hostage-Mr-Bean-branded-disgraceful-mother.html

I dunno about that, you'd have to ask Lewis Page. I was never Navy.

However, 1) shame on you for linking the Daily Fail as evidence of anything ever and 2) yes, she does seem like a disgraceful mother, abandoning her kid for her sister to raise and then slagging him off publicly in a shitty excuse for a newspaper.


in fairness that's the RAF. Although Crab Air were always full of shit.

Be afraid, Apple and Samsung: Huawei's IoT home looks cheaper and better


Re: Huawei

Because you already have the NSA and GCHQ there so it's a bit like getting a cat to keep the mice down.

After Death Star II blew: Dissecting the tech of Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens


> Indeed, on the Isle of Wight, 1938 was only a couple of decades ago!

That long?

Beleaguered Microsoft customers: Streamline your licensing


Re: how about the SME's then?

> Back in the day, when a business was discovered by MS to possess insufficient licences, they were granted a period of time to "get legal"

That hasn't changed. I think it's about six months, as a general thing. I agree with the study that licensing on many MS products is not so much byzantine as an outright tribute to MC Escher (no kids, that's not a rapper) - especially those products which no offer a hosted Azure alternative.

I can't help wondering whether that's deliberate.

Mozilla looses Firefox 43, including Windows 64-bit variant



Is is possible....


#1 sounds easiest and probably most effective.


Re: My two cents (most likely unwelcome)

> After quickly looking at your posts I'd say you tend to be combative and insulting to other view points, hence the downvotes.

Absolutely, but some days you post a thing and then notice that you have a single solitary downvote on everything you've said for the last week, whether it was combative and insulting or not.

Kids' TV show Rainbow in homosexual agenda shocker


Re: Surprised to read this far @dogged

> John Ryan, the creator of "Captain Pugwash", was a bit of a knob for taking a libel case over a few joke

Well, no. If creating children's books and TV is your living, you don't need a reputation for adding smut.


Re: Surprised to read this far

Ah, that tiresome old rubbish again.

Microsoft beats Apple's tablet sales, apologises for Surface 4 flaws


Re: @John Robson

> ."oh, I don't want to buy an iPad for junior, I just saw an article that it is on the way out and everyone is getting Microsoft's tablet!"

But nobody's reporting this except the Reg. Not even Ars Technica (which belongs to the same group as the company that did the survey). Do normal punters read the Reg?

No. They don't.

I await you claiming that the Register have been bribed by MS.


Re: Wishful thinking

> with the exception of Apple laptops

well, quite.


Re: If we can cut through the fanboy drivel from both sides briefly....

But OSX malware does.



Re: If we can cut through the fanboy drivel from both sides briefly....

> Nice try but an abject fail. Boss has Iphone, you have shit windows phone. Boss has Mac and Ipad, you have fart bang crash prone Windows and no slate.

Boss only does email and even then, secretary prints it all out for him. You have actual productivity software.

It doesn't run on a Mac but then, what does?


Re: More Microsoft marketing lies...so silly.

> Yep, more units sold at cut down prices or even just given away.

Citation needed because if you're giving away a SP3 or SP4, I'll take it.

I don't need it but hey, you don't want it (presumably for religious reasons) so I'll happily take a pice of shiny new tech off your hands.


Re: Figures lie, liars figure

@Mikel - actually, the Zune was pretty beloved (especially the HD, as I recall) but only by about 100 people since there were only about 100 available for sale and then only in the US. Absolute marketing incompetence rather than a poor product.

It certainly sounded better than an iPod.

Then again, very little sounds quite as poor as an iPod.


Re: "nine of out ten Surface 4 owners"

@VinceH - be nice. Pascal's English is superb but it's not his first language.


Re: More Microsoft marketing lies...so silly.

> So what is the real reason why us here in Blighty can't get our hands on a Surface book for another three months?

No idea. Either distribution supply lines or maybe they can't work out how to send emails without the @ over the 2.

I have to say though, I'd never import a laptop (or buy a Macbook) purely because I don't want to have to dick around with a US keyboard layout.

EDIT - and the Kin was telecoms carrier-specific so at least they had a reason for that. No reason at all for the Zune other than utter incompetence or deliberate self-sabotage.


Re: More Microsoft marketing lies...so silly.

Certainly nobody in the UK bought a Surface Book, but mostly because you can't until April.

On the plus side, they should have sorted the Sleep bug by then.

Ashley Madison blackmailers try again with snail mail


even if they have used their real address, nobody is stupid enough to believe that this is normal practise. Thus a "return to sender, not known at this address" is all that's required.

Help! What does 'personal conduct unrelated to operations or financials' mean?


It means he got his cock out in a board meeting.

Windows Phone won't ever succeed, says IDC


Re: Simplistic analysis

> dogma

I see what you did there.

> That is probably based on your dogma that iPad (with or without keyboard) cannot possibly be a productivity device.

Not at all, which is why (above) I referred to the iPad Pro as a "high end productivity device".

Do try to pay attention.

Enraged Brits demand Donald Trump UK ban


Re: You got off lightly about religion and your wife

> if (...) you had discussed the piece of cod...

which passeth all understanding?

Eurocrats deserve to watch domestic telly EU-wide, say Eurocrats


Re: Still annoyed by stone-age restrictions on products

I demand video of a French dalek.

Microsoft pitches lobotomized Cortana for iOS, Android handsets


Re: but, more importantly

toupée tape.