* Posts by Scott 53

274 posts • joined 16 Dec 2009


NASA hires Nokia to build first 4G network on the Moon as part of plan to boldly go back to lunar surface by 2024

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No point in using it to connect to Spotify

In space nobody can hear you stream

What a Hancock-up: Excel spreadsheet blunder blamed after England under-reports 16,000 COVID-19 cases

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Re: Seen it wreck data loads of times

"Anything but Excel"

My answer to "What format do you want?"

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Ah, CSV and Excel

I remember a conversation with a "data analyst" at a major insurance company, who was meant to send me a .csv but sent an .xls instead. Easy mistake to make, sent an email to remind him and got a .csv by return. All good so far, but the file wouldn't load. When I opened it in Notepad++ to check the format, it became obvious that what the "analyst" had done was to rename the original spreadsheet file... Because they were a customer I had to limit my sarcasm in my next message.

Big US election coming up, security is vital and, oh look... a federal agency just got completely pwned for real

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Re: Passwords in Email

But it's OK if you send an encrypted document in one email and the password in a completely separate email - right?

England's COVID-tracking app finally goes live after 6 months of work – including backpedal on how to handle data

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NHS app

Is this an NHS app, or an "NHS" app, as in "NHS" (i.e. Serco) Test and Trace?

He was a skater boy. We said, 'see you later, boy' – and the VAX machine mysteriously began to work as intended

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Re: Contact-tracer spoofing is already happening – and it's dangerously simple to do

"For you Brits, that's an Alsation."

Translation: Alsatian.

Fairphone thinks its fair to offer a not-very-major and slightly-more-recycled new model

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Re: O/S

It says Android 10 on their website

Um, almost the entire Scots Wikipedia was written by someone with no idea of the language – 10,000s of articles

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Re: Enough

I'm going to assume you mis-spelled all those on purpose. Oh, and it's "Queen's".

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: Tut tut

Tom Tugendhat may be uninterested but I wouldn't believe him if he claimed to be disinterested.

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

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Re: Crapita

The 737 pilots were laid off some time ago

Korean boffins build COVID-bot to shove a swab right up your hooter

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Alien meets Pr0nhub

Someone got so fed up with GE fridge DRM – yes, fridge DRM – they made a whole website on how to bypass it

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Re: Entirely legal

Chocolate smelling distance

Happy days. Living in Selly Oak as a student, sometimes you'd smell Cadbury's (particularly nice on an Old Jamaica day) and on other days you'd get a waft from the Davenports brewery on Bath Row. Showing my age, I admit.

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes: UK man gets 3 years for torching 4G phone mast over 5G fears

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Re: @ Iglethat & "since hes proven that hes a gullible idiot"

just answer 2 simple questions

You are attempting to reason people out of a position when they haven't reasoned themselves into it. This will not end well.

Contact-tracer spoofing is already happening – and it's dangerously simple to do

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Re: Contact-tracer spoofing is already happening – and it's dangerously simple to do

to count as a contact you have to have been less than 1 metre away from them or between 1 and 2 metres away from them for 15 minutes or longer

15 minutes, eh? Sadly, not a problem

NHS contact tracing app isn't really anonymous, is riddled with bugs, and is open to abuse. Good thing we're not in the middle of a pandemic, eh?

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Re: Just say no

"So the question is who do you trust most?"

More a case of who you do distrust the least?

The Rise of The (Coffee) Machines: I need assistance. I think I'm running Windows. Send help

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Re: Not quite Windows

So 'Unkown Fatal Erro' was actually a clue to the underlying issue.

Meteorite's tiny secrets reveal Solar System's sodium-rich, alkaline liquid past – a clue to formation of life

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Re: sorry to be pedantic

Don't worry - it's not just you.

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Shaped like a raspberry. Thanks for my new word of the day.

Apple owes us big time for bungled display-killing cable design in MacBook Pro kit, lawsuit claims

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Re: WTF every time

"Interesting as the solution for the vanishing cursor is -- wait for it - OPEN CLOSE the laptop"

I think you're the kind of person who fixes problems by turning it on and off again.

ATLAS flubbed: Comet heading our way takes one look at Earth, self-destructs into house-sized chunks

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Re: We've had that argument before...

I once encountered milk and sugar in the teapot. Sterilised milk. I didn't go back.

The duke of URL: Zoom meetups' info leaked out through eavesdrop hole

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Headline writing

doesn't get better than this.

Boffins examine interstellar comet Borisov to find out what its home was like. Pretty unpleasant, it seems

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They always come in threes

Is this an ASP.NET Core I see before me? Where to next for Microsoft's confusing web framework...

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"Blazor" is not a combination of "Browser" and "Razor". "Brazor" would be, as would "Browzor".

Fresh cup of WTF with lunch? TeamViewer's big in Twitter's domination-as-a-service scene

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"A quick squiz"

I'd check urbandictionary before you use that phrase again. Unless that's what you meant, of course.

IBM veep partly blamed Sopra Steria for collapse of £155m Co-Op Insurance Agile project

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"Data, data everywhere, not any byte to drink"

That's nor any byte to drink.

Tinfoil hat brigade switches brand allegiance to bog paper

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Re: you'd still struggle to get through a couple of rolls

"I got to teach the woman soon to be my wife about her own anatomy"

Mansplaining taken up a couple of notches.

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Re: Buying extra bog roll understandable

Indeed. I used to cough to cover up a fart, but now I'm farting to cover up a cough, and accidents happen.

Microsoft Teams gets off to a wobbly start as the world and its cat starts working from home

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"binging on Homes under the hammer "

Other search engines are available, and will possibly cope better with the additional load.

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

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Re: "Or heard the sphincter-loosening words: 'What's a backup?' "

"She's a good cook and my wife"

How very modern of you.

In case you want to flee this wretched Earth, 139 minor planets were spotted at the outer reaches of our Solar System. Just an FYI...

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TNOs don’t emit a lot of light

I'd suggest that they don't emit any light at all. They do, however, reflect a bit.

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

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"Helpdesk roles are perfectly well gender-neutral... anyone can man a helpdesk."


'Unfixable' boot ROM security flaw in millions of Intel chips could spell 'utter chaos' for DRM, file encryption, etc

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Re: A backdoor ?

I think if this was some agency's cunning plan, they would have ensured it wasn't described in the documentation. Surely.

Firefox, you know you tapped Cloudflare for DNS-over-HTTPS? In January, it briefly knackered two root servers at the heart of the internet

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As Homer Simpson would say


Auf wiedersehen, pet: UK Deutsche Bank contractors plan to leave rather than take 25% pay cut for IR35 – report

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Re: Alternatively

Sounds like the plot of 1990 with Edward Woodward. That didn't look good.


Artful prankster creates Google Maps traffic jams by walking a cartful of old phones around Berlin

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Re: I don't think this does as much as people think

I as in Lisbon last year and about 30% of the people on trams and buses had Google Maps out so they knew where to get off, myself included.

El Reg presents: Your one-step guide on where not to store electronic mail

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Re: Deleted

Is "stupidness" a word now?

We've heard of spam filters but this is ridiculous: Pig-monkey chimeras developed in a Chinese laboratory

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Ho Hum

Margaret Atwood covered this in 2003. It's fair to say it didn't end well.

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

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Speed of light


299,792.4574 km/s is the figure I learned.

50 years on: Apollo 12 failed at selfies but succeeded at dismantling a probe

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Re: Nice article

Maybe I'd be able to spell "astronaut" properly as well.

That's audiobooks for you.

50 years ago, someone decided it would be OK to fire Apollo 12 through a rain cloud. Awks, or just 'SCE to Aux'?

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Re: Apollo 13

well they didn't go to the Moon.

They went to the Moon, went round it and came back again. They just didn't stop there.

Boffins don bad 1980s fashion to avoid being detected by object-recognizing AI cameras

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Re: I have a crazy idea

A "Little Bobby Tables" QR code?


Delayed, over-budget smart meters will be helpful – when Blighty enters 'Star Trek phase'

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Re: Yet more bollocks arguments

can see what we are using by the quarter hour

Meters save up the quarter hourly readings and then send them all in one go once a day. Your supplier might be able to work out when you were out after the fact, but won't get an instantaneous view of your usage.

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Until they do figure it out, project the losses with a back-of-the-envelope calculation, and hit you with fifteen years of unpaid bills at once.

if a problem is the utility company's fault then they can only back bill you for one year.

Japanese hotel chain sorry that hackers may have watched guests through bedside robots

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Re: another thing I'll never experience

, and in the south, Toulouse

So you saw two of these conveniences?

Inside the 1TB ImageNet data set used to train the world's AI: Naked kids, drunken frat parties, porno stars, and more

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Re: 445 – bikinis – rather than the bicycles in 444

Hey Vladimir - send nukes.

I discovered the world's last video rental kiosk and it would make a great spaceship

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Re: Recycling

And a great heavy chain whose purpose eludes me.

Have you not read about the Battle of the Blackwater?

Robocop needs reboot, $200m for AI research, UK govt knowingly deployed racist passport system – plus more

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Re: "instead of helping her, the thing just yelled at her to “step out of the way"

Obviously they need to have a notice above the emergency alert button saying "Do NOT press this button".

The button should be labelled in black on a black background and when you press it, a small black light lights up black to let you know help is not on its way.

MacOS wakes to a bright Catalina sunrise – and broken Adobe apps

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Re: It is not as if Adobe has not had good notice

Flash, ah ahhhh, what did you expect?


Windows 10 update panic: Older VMware Workstation Pro app broken

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Re: "Win XP only seemed good because they finally built a desktop OS on the NT kernel"

Ah "Windows NT4 Workstation" ... I don't think I ever saw one in the wild

We had to use it at an FE college as our key application wasn't certified to work on Win 95. It worked perfectly on Win 95, but as it wasn't certified we didn't take the risk. It didn't crash often, as I recall, but it took a while to get used to pressing Ctrl-Alt-Del to log in rather than triggering a reboot.

Tough luck, Jupiter, you've lost your crown for now: Boffins show Saturn has more moons

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Or do they mean Celtic?

So we'll have moons called Billy McNeill and Jimmy Johnstone?



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