* Posts by cynic56

83 publicly visible posts • joined 16 Dec 2009


Drag Autonomy founder's 'fraudulent guns' and 'grasping claws' to the US for a criminal trial, thunders barrister


Re: OOoooooK

Standard American practice.

Four cold calling marketing firms fined almost £500k by ICO


Re: What's worse?

Does the 30 day rule apply to all crimes? I might take up bank robbery. If I get caught, I can keep trying for another 30 days. Even I might succeed in that time.

Get off my lawn: UK.Gov looks to reform land access laws for network operators weeks after PAC savages full-fibre gigabit targets for 2025


Re: Not in my back yard unless youtube is buffering

A piece of advice ...

If you intend misrepresenting facts to the point where even a Tory would be embarrassed, it really helps if you don't post a link which blows your argument to pieces.

Four women seek release from forced arbitration to sue Infosys for widespread gender discrimination


Re: Unfair contracts

They just need to change it to "page one of none" and blame Microsoft Word. Simples!

'My wife tried to order some clothes tonight. When she logged in, she was in someone else's account ... Now someone's charged her card'


Re: Even Outlook

5) Don't use 365.

US election 2020: The disinfo operations have evolved, but so have state governments


This isn't the real problem though

Why are we so bothered about disinformation from foreign governments. Here in Blighty,almost all lies and disinformation come from our own government and their mates in the media.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, health secretary Matt Hancock both test positive for COVID-19 coronavirus


Re: Policing by consent

A straw well clutched, sir. In years to come we'll wonder whether more b*llo*cks was spoken about Brexit or Coronavirus - could be a close run race.

UK's Ministry of Defence loads up £4.6m for one plucky IaaS and PaaS provider to host Oracle Primavera apps


I remember the days ..

.. when Project Management software cost a couple of hundred quid and ran on a PC that had less computing power than your doorbell has now. Some projects even used to run on time, to budget and met customer expectation - but that was a while back.

UK enters almost-lockdown: Brits urged to keep calm and carry on – as long as it doesn't involve leaving the house


Re: And use food delivery services where you can.

And its no good blaming people for overcrowding the Tube trains when they all knew the tube was at least 70% full the day before and at no stage in between did they demand EMPLOYERS close their offices and shops - and lets be really stupid and close half the stations and reduce the number of services. All the directives were aimed at little people - none at business.

If your boss says go in you probably have very little choice in the matter.

If they restricted travel earlier and more comprehensively and told businesses, shops and sports earlier then we wouldn't be in this mess. Until about two days ago their first and second thoughts were business and the economy, the rest was just platitudes.


Freedom of Information coverup clerk stung for £2k after deleting council audio recording

Paris Hilton

Re: Million dollar question

You are wrong, wrong wrong! Real player was brilliant and unforgettable.

Ok. I admit that my only encounter with a Real Player video was the Kylie Minogue Agent Provocateur underwear ad.


You're not Boeing to believe this: Yet another show-stopping software bug found in ill-fated 737 Max airplanes


Re: FAA trusted Boeing to self verify

I tried a downvote, but that wasn't enough. You're an m*r*n with a distorted view of reality.

Sir John Redwood backs IR35 campaign, notes review would have to start 'immediately' before new off-payroll working rules kick in


I don't know if you're half as good as you seem to think you are - but you sound like a complete arse anyway. Doubt many employers or colleagues would want to be with you for more than an hour anyway.

Revealed: NHS England bosses meet with tech and pharmaceutical giants to discuss price list of millions of Brits' medical data


Re: Thankfully..

Is it wrong to call this AC a tw@t. I'd laugh if it wasn't enough to make you cry. The stupidity of people and their ability to delude themselves into believing everything they hear in their own self imposed Echo Chamber is staggering.

IT contractor has £240k bill torn up after IR35 win against UK taxman


Re: I cannot understand why HMRC pursues contractors so much.


Welcome to the World Of Tomorrow, where fridges suffer certificate errors. Just like everything else


I have given many comments an upvote here - but this one is PRICELESS.

A spot of after-hours business email does you good, apparently


is there a particular problem with the mental health of employees on the Isle of Wight?

Well, well, well. Fancy that. UK.gov shelves planned pr0n block


Or HS2

Tinfoil-hat search engine DuckDuckGo gifts more options, dark theme and other toys for the 0.43%


Re: Study philosophy!

I can't decide whether to upvote or downvote this. Mainly because I haven't got a clue what you're talking about. Sorry I'm so thick.

Consumer campaign to keep receiving printed till receipts looks like a good move – on paper


That's quite a significant asterisk there for a lot of people. Receipts are no problem as long as you have Camscanner too.

As halfwit, would-be dictator buried by UK judges, Spain would like to dig up a very real one


Baud ...

Presumably you have the same sense of relief about Germany not suffering from communism in the 1930s?

Google spaffs €3bn on power-grubbin' Euro bit barns while boasting of its 'biggest renewable energy purchase ever'


Re: Already carbon neutral

Twaddle (narrowly avoided an expletive). Don't believe anyone's carbon-neutral claims, especially a company earning 130 billion dollars a year - all of which is totally dependent on electricity consumption.

'Ridiculous, rubbish, outrageous, complete bollocks': Just some reviews for Amazon's corporate contribution to Blighty's coffers


What sort of reckon b*stard idiot downvoted you?

German ministry hellbent on taking back control of 'digital sovereignty', cutting dependency on Microsoft


Re: About time.

Oh no. Anything but Europe. Have you never heard of Brexit?

Florida man pretending to be police pulls over real police, ends badly, claim cops


Absolute Cr*p! PCSOs are more like social workers. I've never heard of them giving anyone a hard time -EVER, and believe me, I am a very sympathetic audience. Now, if you want to talk about private parking enforcement wardens employed by the council, that's a whole different ball game.

Dear El Reg, Will Windows 10 break my VPN? I read it on the web so it must be true


Re: Sophos Anitvirus does kill Windows 10 1903 build laptops

In my experience Sophos never likes anything.

UK privacy watchdog threatens British Airways with 747-sized fine for massive personal data blurt


Re: The Nitty Gritty - title too long for The Register etc.

You are a bad person! My brother almost lost his job for (innocently) using the phrase N*tty Gr*tty (see, I can't even bear to type the words because they are so racist )- honestly!


Re: GDPR-exit

Why? I'm sure that I read that American 3-letter agency and general 'we own the world' attitude meant that Safe Harbour was dead and no-one would deal with the US corporate data harvesters because it was now illegal. My arse! All I have seen is an unremitting wave of business to AWS and Microsoft cloud.

Oh and by the way, stop correcting 'harbour' to the incorrect 'harbor' . I am still on the side of the pond that can spell proper (like).

Julian Assange jailed for 50 weeks over Ecuador embassy bail-jumping


Re: "... a fear that, ironically, is now coming to pass"

@ I ain't sparttacus.

Hi. I'm a Nigerian Prince and I have a deal that a man of your intelligence may be interested in.

Cyber-insurance shock: Zurich refuses to foot NotPetya ransomware clean-up bill – and claims it's 'an act of war'


Re: Eh, it’s Mondelez.

MyffyW, have you actually tasted Cadbury's chocolate in the past few years? I agree that 20 years ago it was the best milk chocolate but consider it to be barely edible now, wouldn't even want it as a gift.

I used to work at Cadbury's in Bournville in the 70s and 80s. Happy days. Loved the smell of chocolate which fillewd the air for miles around.

Excuse me, sir. You can't store your things there. Those 7 gigabytes are reserved for Windows 10


Re: 32GB HP Monstruosities

That used to work for me twenty years ago on a 56 k line in 327x or VT51 mode. Sure as hell doesn't work now with the huge amount of sh*te that needs to flow down the pathetic Comms infrastructure of Third World United Kingdom.

Even at work, with much faster Comms, our cloudy world takes an eternity to open a browser or document or spreadsheet - and our laptops have a tidy spec. At home - don't even dream about it.

Diagnosis: 21st century is FUBAR. Despite technological advances, you can rely on government, greedy monopolies, management and obviously Microsoft to make you yearn for yesteryear.

UK white hats blacklisted by Cisco Talos after smart security code stumbles


Re: A worrying precedent?

All the sh*te the T*ries have dumped on us since 79 and you're still bothered by Blair's brief period of T*ries Lite. Never mind f*cking up whole communities and regions, destroying the infrastructure, giving away the nation's assets to their mates at discount prices, overpopulating the country to the point of breaking - all in the cause of cheap cheap labour, fubar of the entire housing sector, Brexit FFS, Brexit for the sole purpose of internal effing T*ry internal politics, Cameron, Osborne, The Witch, the needless deaths of thousands in The Falklands due to their own incompetent foreign policy, corporatism, homelessness, the surveillance state, stealing our pensions, corruption, control of the electorate by owning the media, endemic bigotry and racism.

Sorry, but anyone who can look at modern day UK and claim that the problems are due to w*nker Blair needs to take a serious look at their logic circuits.

Phew, galactic accident helps boffins explain dark matter riddle


Re: Misleading title

No. Not until you define 'dark'

Ticketmaster tells customer it's not at fault for site's Magecart malware pwnage


Re: Java f'in script !

Upvote just for the double email address bit


Re: Offsite scripts GAH!

Which bank please. I'm paranoid.

GCSE computer science should be exam only, says Ofqual


Re: Doesn't matter

"This would have happened around the time the last labour government came to power, say 97."

Of course it would. Yawn.

Agreed with most of what you said, though.

Nikola Tesla's greatest challenge: He could measure electricity but not stupidity


Re: country & western singers

"the back doors of the lorry in front burst open, and hundreds of logs are flung out..."

Now it's getting much more complicated. Should it run over Beech before Ash, Horse Chestnut before Sycamore, Elm before Oak, on number 4 - the larch. I didn't even know these AI cars were qualified Dendrologists.

Budget 2018: UK goes it alone on digital sales tax for tech giants


Re: A tiny step in the right direction

This argument is getting silly. Silly, silly, silly.The last recorded purchase of fuel at a Motorway service station was by Mr Arthur Tremlett in 1973. In his defence he stated that he was wearing the wrong glasses and misread the price.

Obviously I am excluding purchases by employees whose company car deal also includes free fuel (b*stards).

Florida man won't be compelled to reveal iPhone passcode, yet


"whereas the UK system is concerned (supposedly) with finding the truth."

Glad you added "supposedly". Although it probably needed 24 point, bold, capitals, underlined with flashing lights and a brass band accompaniment. Truth and justice rarely encounter our legal system these days.

Apple might be 'collateral damage' in US and China trade dust-up


Re: 3D Printing reply

Upvote for the kisses. Don't get many kisses from El Reg - or anywhere else for that matter. After all, I am in IT.

Top Euro court: No, you can't steal images from other websites (too bad a school had to be sued to confirm this little fact)


Re: Prepare for...

Please tell me you are joking.

Labour MP pushing to slip 6-hour limit to kill illegal online content into counter-terror bill


Re: Funny how everyone points at the Tories doing all kinds of shenanigans...

Why are you so fixated on him being Labour and, horror of horrors, a Bl**rite. You should be more concerned about whether this is a good thing or a bad thing. PS. since it attempts to constrain the power of the megacorps, it's a good thing.


Re: Who decides what is illegal?

I think that level of effort is entirely within their capabilities - given they get paid literally billions for doing absolutely f*ck all.

Microsoft tries cutting the Ribbon in Office UI upgrade


How can I get used to the ribbon interface. They move everything around all the time. Most of the ribbon is full of sh*te I don't need and most of the stuff I want is missing or misplaced.



Re: Why do I smell...

I'm still on 2003. Everything since has sent me on the hunt for 'Anger Management' courses.

Press F to pay respects to the Windows 10 April Update casualties


Re: "Upgrading users should be able to ignore the viewer as before."


How many upvotes can I give you? However many it is, it isn't enough.

Well done, UK.gov. You hit superfast broadband target (by handing almost the entire project to BT)


Re: 95%? dubious..

As far as my ISP is concerned, I get up to 38Mbps fibre and they are happy to charge me more to upgrade to 76Mbps. In practice, I have never actually reached even 15Mbps. I am certain I am included in the 95%.

This is just a bare-faced lie by the Government and BT.

Oh good, half of Defra's Brexit projects involve IT


Re: How difficult is it really?

I take my hat off to you, except for omitting the 'joke' icon.

Many farmers are totally dependent on these and mass bankruptcies and suicides would follow because they are operating in a 'broken' system. We were going to put a stop to the madness of the CAP subsidies when we joined the Common Market in the seventies. Forty years on and we haven't even dented them.

It is almost inevitable that farm subsidies will INCREASE when we leave the EU. The Government will need to work out the replacement scheme, which will involve negotiating with the vested interests of the agricultural sector - and we all know how good the Government are at negotiating with vested interests - ask the Banking Industry or BT /Openretch or Train Operating companies .... or just about anybody.

Digital minister: We're still talking to BT about sorting crap broadband


Re: Foregone conclusion

It isn't how many operators you have. It's how they are motivated or controlled. One operator would be fine if Ofcom and their like had any balls.