* Posts by BA

16 publicly visible posts • joined 7 Jan 2010

Microsoft commits: We're buying GitHub for $7.5 beeeeeeellion


Re: "VS is not only great but free for commercial use."

Section 4.a of that license agreement is the killer for me.

I.E. giving M$haft a license to slurp my machine and project to death.

Trump buries H-1B visa applicants in paperwork


Re: Great!

Thank you for spoiling my day by mentioning wipro.

We used to call them "Why Program" because they would just slap a couple of generic scripts together to form an application and then spend months debugging it and wondering why we wouldn't give them a break and give them Enterprise Admin rights for 50 generic service accounts and remove all the rules on the firewalls !!!

Those guys should be put against the wall before the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation marketing division.*

* Copyright Dougals Adams.

That microchipped e-passport you've got? US border cops still can't verify the data in it


Even worse.

They haven't distributed the charts showing where the ar*e and elbow are on a human body.

Infinidat techie: Let me tell you a thing or two about ruler-format SSDs


@Blast Radius

I think it describes the size of the hole in your bank balance when you become an early adopter.

Adapting your systems and software to take full advantage of extra capacity/performance will sting a little.

No wonder Marvin the robot was miserable: AI will make the rich richer – and the poor poorer


Re: AI will make the rich richer – and the poor poorer


i don't know where you live, but in the UK the improvement of the agricultural equipment came about 100 years after people flocked to the cities. Most farms in the UK were not fully mechanisaed until the early to mid 1900s.

Virgin Media customers complain of outages across UK


Re: Maybe I've just been really lucky, but...

I've had the same experience.

The only time the service was down for any noticeable time was when the network suffered from Fiestaitis (could have been Corsaitis) but after it hit and ripped the green cabinet from the ground and bounced off a wall it was hard to tell.

Even then the service was up again 12 hours later.

Sweet Christmas: Micron more than triples SSD capacity with 9200


I suspect

that the price is indicated in the product capacity i.e. more than an arm and a leg.

1.4 Total Bodies and up.

:-) .

Google wants to track your phone and credit card through meatspace


Re: We're already being asked for email addresses at the till

@Ivan 4

Great idea !

I'm going to start using the address of my holiday home in Thailand. Good luck to them trying to find the Thai characters on their keyboard.


UK's first Investigatory Powers Commissioner: Lord Justice Fulford


He has all the powers

Unfortunately it is all the "Powers of the Power Puff Girls".

He can yak and yak as much as he likes. but there is no bite as the commission has no teeth.

Ad-blocking is LEGAL: German court says Ja to browser filters


Re: It's my computer

Too true.

Ads are displayed on my computer if I want them NOT because they want to send them to me.

Operation Redstone: Microsoft preps double Windows update in 2016



"Anything-as-a-Service" usually means that the producer has run out of "features" to add to their product or can't think of any new products to make to continue selling products.

They then try to trap people into paying month-by-month for minor tweaks and fanciful UI changes to a moribund product. "You may think that is like the music/film industries, but I couldn't possibly comment."

BT to gobble EE for £12.5bn – BTEE phone home


Re: Too big?

Nope, the sniff test says it will still be a big pile of poo.

Record labels sue Pandora over vintage song royalties



isn't it about time that the record industry mentioned pension plans to "musicians".

The rest of us get paid for the work that we do, when we stop work/retire we live on our pensions or savings. If a "musician" earns 20 million (Dollars/Pounds/Euros) that ought to be enough to last them to the end of their life.

And bugger Cliff Richard and Feargal Sharkey for being totally conned by the "music mafia" and for expecting to be paid well past their sell buy date.

Apple patents facial recognition tech for mobile log-in


Re: Seriously?


But it "Must" be new because its a mobile device and that is a new world.


We had facial recognition for logons to computers in the 1980s (Dec VAX etc...) as well as door entry systems (I know not very secure as they could be easily fooled/spoofed).

SCO: 'Someone wants to buy our software biz!'


I bet it is a typo

It is the new Hollywood blockbuster

SCO White and the seven UnXis IP holders.

Johnson reveals ID register linked to NI numbers


Re: Mother's Maiden Name

How about if your mother's maiden name isn't written using the Roman alphabet ? I doubt that they have the ability to key in names in Thai / Korean / Laos / Burmese / Chinese character sets and even if they did there are often multiple translations.

I suppose there is no chance that they can store them as JPEG images of the writing.

Yours, Anon, son of squiggle squiggly squiggle(no 2)