* Posts by Confuciousmobil

219 posts • joined 31 Dec 2009


Are you sitting comfortably? Then we'll begin. Hang on, the PDP 11/70 has dropped offline


In the story did the boss not realise that the HD went off every time he was there? Did no one else?

Random times of day weren’t very random.

Twitter hackers busted 2FA to access accounts and then reset user passwords


Does anyone still use Twitter?

With a wave of Nokia's wand, behold as your 4G network magically becomes... 5G


So carriers can say they have 5G while not really offering anything better than existing 4G?

I’m sure the public will lap up their shiney be 5G phones.

I’ll wait until 5G delivers decent speed benefits.

Oh what a cute little animation... OH MY GOD. (Not acceptable, even in the '80s)


Iomega Zip drives - they weren’t exactly floppies but were often referred to as such and were popular for a brief period of time.

Repair store faces hefty legal bill after losing David and Goliath fight with Apple over replacement iPhone screens


Re: The law would appear to be an ass ...

I buy Apple products because they work.

I have tried Android ald was appalled by how many options there were to do nearly what you want. I prefer to have something that I know will work without having to find something from some dodgy source that doesn’t quite do what you want and then find another app that is similar but with different features.

I can’t be arsed with the faff of android, I gave all that up with Windows mobile which, on paper, did everything the iPhone did when it came out.

YMMV but I’ll stick with Apple, thank you.

Coronavirus didn't hurt UK broadband speeds in March. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, on the other hand...


I don’t know where you are but I’ve never had a problem in the 10+ years I’ve been using Virgin.


Re: Yeah? What about upload speeds.

I’m still getting 35Mb +

My download speeds are restricted by my WiFi as I’m a couple of floors away from my router so I’m only getting 160 but that will do.

Outages batter UK's Virgin Media into wee hours as broadband failures spike 77% globally


My Virgin, broadband, tv and phone, all went down Monday evening but was back up by the time I rebooted.

I’m still very happy with their service. If someone else could provide 500Mb service I’d probably look at them, as it is, I’ll stick with Virgin. They have provided an excellent service, despite the increase in usage, the vast majority of the time.

Lords: New IR35 off-payroll tax rules 'riddled with problems, unfairnesses, unintended consequences'


Re: unintended consequences

I have plenty of lead in my pencil. My wife thinks ‘swinging the lead’ has a very different meaning....

COBOL-coding volunteers sought as slammed mainframes slow New Jersey's coronavirus response



Why does everyone assume he meant COBOL? He clearly says Cobalt.

Any CAD designers out there that could help him?


Vietnam bans posting fake news online


Fake news

Maybe this is fake news?

'Azure appears to be full': UK punters complain of capacity issues on Microsoft's cloud



Look out of the windows folks.

The clouds have all disappeared. That is why people are having problems, we are not used to having no clouds in the UK.

In deepest darkest Surrey, an on-prem SAP system running 17-year-old software is about to die....


Outsourcing always saves money.

Bringing it back in house always saves money.

If you do both often enough, it pays for itself!

LastPass stores passwords so securely, not even its users can access them



I forgot my LastPass password a couple of years ago and never managed to get back into it.

My passwords are all in a note on my iPad which has more security than writing them in a notebook.

Biz forked out $115k to tout 'Time AI' crypto at Black Hat. Now it sues organizers because hackers heckled it


How much?

How much do you have to pay to get a good, positive hearing at Black Hat when selling Snake oil?

Asking for a friend.

Giffgaff goody-baddy-bag billing faff: Ofcom fines operator £1.4m for overcharging folks by almost £3m


Re: Overcharge by £2.8 million

Refunded most of their customers?

I, my wife and two children used to be with GiffGaff but left when they reduced our data allowance as they now did 4G.

Their 4G speeds were far lower than 3G speeds so I moved us all to providers who were cheaper and provided decent data speeds.

GiffGaff have made no attempt to contact us and I am sure there are plenty like us. So they’ve made a donation to charity for us? Aren’t we the lucky ones...

Code crash? Russian hackers? Nope. Good ol' broken fiber cables borked Google Cloud's networking today


A single point of failure? WTF?

Another TITSUP* on this lovely Tuesday: Virgin Mobile takes time out to enjoy the sunshine


I didn’t even notice, I had 4G access , maybe I was out of 2G for a while but it didn’t affect me.

I get 100Gb a month with unused from the previous month rolled over for £20/month at full speed 4G (normally 70-100Mbs) so I’ll stick with Virgin, not had a problem myself, if you have then feel free to find someone who suits your needs better.

Barnet Council reckons Capita's dropped the ball on outsourced services


Pong pong

Outsourcing saves millions. Everyone knows that.

Bringing it back saves millions. Everyone knows that.

Do it enough times and you will save enough s the service actually makes you money.

Replace one shower with another is far better than paying for the service you actually want. Cheaper is obviously better....

Apple heading for Supreme Court showdown over iOS App Store 'monopoly' gripe


I use Apple devices precisely because you can only buy from one place and you know the apps will work.

If you want a total mess, go Android. This case is farcical and should be thrown out immediately.

It's not you, it's EE ... again! Mobe network hit by 'PDP authentication failure' snafu


Re: Data costs

If use Giffgaff on my phone but for data only neither come near £20 for six months data.


Re: Data costs

£18/month is nearly what I pay every 6 months. How does £108 for six months compare to £20? I don't need calls and it's PAYG. Why would I pay £18/month rather than £20 /6 months? :confused:


Data costs

I was at Brooklands yesterday and couldn't access the Internet on 3G. It was a pain.

But if someone can tell me of another carrier that will provide me 6 months of data (limited to 1Gb /month) then I will certainly consider it, but I have yet to find anyone apart from T-mobils who can do this.

Back seat drivers fear lead-footed autonomous cars, say boffins


Oh dear

Oh god, we're going to get cars driving even slower? Round towns that's a good idea, I just hope these things are allowed nowhere near our motorways.

Google, Amazon 'n' pals fork out for AdBlock Plus 'unblock' – report


Maybe it's just me

I used to use an Ad blocker but now I dont.

For the first couple of days the adds annoyed me -now I really don't noti them.

Someone argued that they use bandwidth but that surely only relates to mobile devices and 1Gb/month is more than enough on my iPad and iPhone as I am on wifi most of the time.

If you have severely restricted bandwidth it might be worth blocking adds but otherwise they really are not that bad - most of the time.

I used to spend a lot of time tinkering to get things working but now can't be bothered.

I realise there are a lot of techies here that enjoy spending 90% of their waking hours trying to save themselves 5 minutes but I'm to old for that now.

I'd rather things just work, and the vast majority of the time they just do.

Finding out that Ad Block is basically just blackmail makes me realise how glad I am that I don't wor about it any more.


Apple in 2007: Who wants a stylus? Apple in 2010: We want a stylus!


I bought my daughter a Livescribe 3 for Christmas. I guess Apple will sue them if they get this patent....

Analysts claim itty bitty iPhone Mini to land next year


I have an iPhone 5 and won't upgrade to a 6 because it is to big. What I want is a smaller phone, the 4 had the right size screen, the five is to big. How is one with the screen The size of the five a 'mini'? It is to big, give us a phone size phone, I have an iPad for a large screen.

It does remind me of Apple before Jobs returned though, too many products and not enough focus.

Man asks internet for $1k for pebbles. INTERNET SAYS YES


I love the generic advice everyone gives.

I am a member of a Whisky club and I think the only thing we all agree on is that we all like our whisky in different ways (but never with more than a splash of clean water)

One bit of advice we were given was that if you do have ice you should use bottled water and make sure you wash your icecube trays (when was the last time you washed yours?) it is contaminates that give you a hangover.

The range of whiskys is stunning and they all taste different. Japanese whisky is great, so is Irish - but both over priced compared to scotch of a similar quality (at least in the UK). Indian Whisky is surprisingly good, unfortunately I can't say the same of English whisky.

Best advice is try them all - or just stick to one you like.

Just because you don't like one does not mean you won't like another and what one person raves about you might hate.

Just enjoy!

Oh BOY! The MICKEY MOUSE Apple Watch is no heart-throb



Who are the target market? Most of my family own iPhones and iPads but I have a watch I like and wouldn't swap it for something cheap and tacky like this. My children don't wear watches or see the point in them. I can't see who would actually buy such a thing.

Which means they are likely to be ubiquitous next year.

'Apple Watch' sapphire glass maker files for bankruptcy protection


Assets and liabilities?

If they have assets of $1 billion they are laughing, if they have liabilities of $1 billion they are in trouble.

But assets and liabilities of $1 billion surely makes them neutral....

Reg hack hacked off by iPhone 5 repair notice


I'm eligible.

I'm eligible but will I take mine in? Heck no!

I've had no problems and even if I did, it's not worth losing my JB for.

Oracle smacks JD Edwards help site with cease and desist order


I was using the site when it was taken down.

A great loss :(

He provided a great service, I can get the information other ways but none so continent as this site.

I have, of course, written to Oracle but, surprise, suprise, no reply.

Does Apple's iOS 7 make you physically SICK? Try swallowing version 7.1


Not for Jailbreakers

I thought I'd just say the obvious, don't upgrade if you want to jailbreak.

BlackBerry makes its devilish Android trickery official in OS update


I'm impressed!

I thought Blackberry had already gone out of business. Nice to see one last gasp....

Apple iPhone 5s still world's top-selling smartphone – report


Re: Corporate League Tables

"The fact that the Android ecosystem is by far the most popular (81% of the market, according to IDC) is absolute proof that consumers demand that diversity, and is a far more significant metric than which specific device sells most, for exactly the same reasons that the vast size of the Windows ecosystem comparred to the tiny Mac monoculture is a more significant metric than the sales figures for any single model of PC versus sales of the Mac."

Absolute proof that users demand diversity? That made me laugh.

Most users just want a cheap phone and Android provide that, they will go for whatever they can get and don't "demand" anything.

The high end has very little competition, it's Apple or Samsung. Apple have few, high margin, phones while Samsung have a multiplicity of devices. The rest (including Samsungs lower end devices) are high volume, low margin devices. I would like to see some decent high end Nokia devices make an inroad just for some diversity, but with Microsoft that seems unlikely.

A whopping one in four Apple fanbois uses OBSOLETE TECH


It will be higher

Once the JB is released I'm sure the uptake will be a lot higher. My iP5 is on iOS7 as there is no JB for it, my iPad is JB on iOS 6.1 and will remain there until I can keep my JB on iOS7

Xbox One FAILS to beat PS3 - yes, PS 3 - week one sales


Re: It's actually quite good

Saved me typing a reply, couldn't have put it better myself.

I bought the XBox because I've always bought XBoxes, a friend bought the PS4 because he has always bought Sony (and he hates MS)

I like my XBox, he likes his PS4, it's certainly not something we argue about, if you feel that strongly about your console maybe you should think about getting one df these life things I've heard about?

Apple stalls iWatch, 12.9-inch iPad from Quanta rumored for mid-2014



The iPad is a device for consuming information, not creating it, although it makes a great input device for some apps.

That's where MS went wrong with the Surface, trying to make it a Jack of all trades.

I can't see a larger iPad being successful - but then I said the same of the iPad mini so, no doubt, it will be a great success.....

Those Xbox One first-day glitches: GREEN screens of DEATH, disc crunching


Mine's fine

I like my XBone :)

XBOX ONE ROUNDUP-of-the-ROUNDUPS: Everything YOU need to know


Mine is on its way

I'm looking forward to getting mine tomorrow. But, judging from the comments on here, I will have trouble finding people to play online with as everyone else seems to think it is terrible.

Oh we'll, I will just have to play with myself....

BlackBerry on the brink: Security kink sinks rinky-dink Link sync in a blink



The number of comment especially as most of them are about the headline, speaks volume about the volumes of Blackberry users....

Android mobes outsell iPhones, but Apple gets MORE PROFIT THAN ALL


I love...

I love how people get so worked up about this so I will say it again.

I like my Apple products and hated Android when I tried it.


Show us your Cook: Size is everything for Apple iWatch fans, apparently



The Fandroids come out in force at the mention of anything Apple.

I like Apple products but have no interest in an iWatch. Having said that, if one is actually released if past experience is anything to go by I will probably change my mind once I actually get to see and use one, but to read the comments here you would think that Apple had just said they were going to kill everyone's first born.

If the Fandroids get this wound up about a rumour of a possible future device we should be able to actually hear their heads exploding if it is actually released.

I have no interest in the device itself but hope Apple release it son just to see the reaction of the Fandroids.

Maybe I'm an iSheep, but I'm half Welsh - and we like sheep ;)

Android in FOUR out of 5 new smartphones. How d'ya like dem Apples?


Re: "one important factor behind their success: price"

I think you got the wrong icon, surely you meant tho joke icon?

iPad Air not very hot: Apple fanbois SHUN London fondleslab launch


It's obviously terrible

El Reg and the Fandroids say so.

Actual reviews such as http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/tech/news/a528527/apple-ipad-air-review-technology-on-a-diet-but-does-it-deliver.html disagree but I have learned from reading the well informed comments on here that a 64 bit chip is slower than a 32 bit chip and the weight loss is 'minimal' .

If you are a Fandroids, fine, go and buy an Android tablet and phone.

I will stick to Apple products because I, personally, like them and my foray into the world of Android was a horrifying experience (I gather this is not the case for most but it will take a lot for me to try it again)

I, personally, can not justify upgrading from my iPad 3 to the Air but I am fairly certain that the next iPad will be enough of an improvement for me to upgrade.

If Apple made massive improvements each year people would complain about obsolescence, the increment ale approach means my 'old' iPad is OK but after a few iterations I want to upgrade.

Suits me.

Have you reinstalled Windows yet? No, I just want to PRINT THIS DAMN PAGE


Joy at last!

I bought an HP6500a when it first came out because it was one of the first AirPrint printers.

It didn't work.

IF I was lucky I could print one page before it died and needed to be reconnected to the wireless network. Then, after about half an hour of a lot of noise, if I was really lucky I might get it to print another page provided the paper didnt jam.

I was told that wireless printers never work so I basically gave up and email stuff and print it at work if I really needed a hard copy of something.

Then, last week, I decided to try again and bought a Canon MG5400 and... It works!

Not only can I print from my laptops, desktop and server but also from my iPad and iPhones! I can also scan directly to my iPad and printing photos just works, they come out on 6 X 4 photo paper in tray 2 and everything else comes out on A4 in the other tray, no selection, no hassle, it just works!

I've not yet tried printing on DVDs with the supplied DVD tray, but was pleased to find it duplexes by default.

Print quality is great and it just works.

I've printed more in the past week than I have in the past couple of years.

I've found a printer that actually works!

Please don't tell me it's all going to go horribly wrong - I don't want to know. At the moment I am in that joyous state of believing that printing needn't be hell.

Google RIPS aside curtain, exposes Nexus 5 phone, KitKat Android 4.4 coupling


Nice phone

Nice phone for people that can't afford an iPhone......

Three million Adobe accounts hacked? Sorry, make that 38 MILLION


You think their Bots can actually tell?

Z30: The classiest BlackBerry mobe ever ... and possibly the last


To late

If they had released this a year ago it probably would have saved Blackberry.

As for complaining about a $600 price tag - what price do you think high end smartphones go for? I wish my iPhone was that cheap.

Peak Apple: Has ANYONE at all ordered a new iPhone 5c?


Not surprised.

Most people are waiting for the 5S - the only people I know who have ordered the 5C will be getting the S as well. The C isn't the main show here, not surprised sales aren't exactly soaring.



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