* Posts by James 139

217 posts • joined 21 Jan 2010


Tough news for Apple as EU makes USB-C common charging port for most electronic devices

James 139

Re: Optional Chargers

One of the problems with PD, as people have discovered, is that the power supply needs to match the devices requests, there is quite a combination of supported voltages and currents.

So a brick providing 9V @ 3A, 27W, won't provide 15V @ 1.8A, also 27W, nor provide 5V @ 3A, 15W, unless its been designed to. Yet, you could buy a "27W" labelled power supply, which only works with one of the first 2, or worse, it only gives you 5V @ 900mA, the USB 3 spec output.

IBM ends funding for employee retirement clubs

James 139

It's that weird idea they have where they believe they, as the "important" executives, are the only thing that makes the company function.

I am sure quite a lot of them are easily replacable with cheaper, less entrenched, graduates and the likes.

Lawyers say changes to UK data law will make life harder for international businesses

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Re: And nothing much will change for 95% of companies

Something tells me, every time I read these sort of Government ideas, that they are convinced that most businesses in the UK don't do anything outside the UK.

It's the only thing that seems to make a reasonable excuse for it.

And, that being the case, only a small number are being expected to have to end up following 2 sets of rules, just a shame that past evidence suggests otherwise.

James 139

Re: Any business experience in government?

Likely only in so far as giving "advice" or taking "bribes" to pass a message on to a colleague who has better "advice".

UK to introduce new laws and a code of practice for police wanting to rifle through mobile phone messages

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Re: The device can only be examined by police investigating or prosecuting crime

Depends, actually investigating a crime, or looking for a crime to investigate based on a hysterical loonie or incorrect understanding of the law?

Probably just pedantry, as it just depends at what point it becomes "investigating a crime".

For the latter, i'd offer up all those times a plod has "demanded" to see, and sometimes wanted to delete, photographs someone has taken in public places that were not otherwise dubious.

As battle for future of .UK's Nominet draws closer, non-exec director hits a nerve with for-profit proposal

James 139

Re: Time to move away from GoDaddy and 1&1?

Oh good grief, thats just stupid.

Makes me glad I dont use them for domains.

Pure frustration: What happens when someone uses your email address to sign up for PayPal, car hire, doctors, security systems and more

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Re: Yup

Surely refusing to talk to you, because of DPA, should lead to you saying "Oh yes, youre quite right, do you happen to have contact details for the ICO so I can report this?", assuming you can actually speak or write to a real person that is.

Comcast to impose 1.2TB-a-month broadband download limits across more of America from next year

James 139

Re: Download caps are fake news...

What you have to watch for is ISPs deciding that those WFH, or otherwise using business-like internet resources, need to have the Business Plan, with its even higher costs.

UK taxman waves through £168.8m Fujitsu contract because no one else can hold up 30-year-old infrastructure

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I'm sure the difference between old and new systems is that the old systems had vastly less flexibility in development and, as a result, a lot less interference by "know nothings" with "grand ideas", so people took what they were given and liked it, usually because it did the job it was supposed to.

Microsoft tells staff work-from-home is now ‘standard’ – with caveats galore

James 139

Trouble is, it wont be YOUR cost of living, it will be someone elses use of average costs and you living of a tin of beans a day.

Nvidia promises once again to let Arm keep its Switzerland-of-chips biz model – and even license some Nv GPU tech

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I'm going with "cost" and/or "patents".

Das Keyboard 4C TKL: Plucky mechanical contender strikes happy medium between typing feel and clackety-clack joy

James 139

Re: No back light on a black keyboard?

*raises hand* I can do this.

It just takes years of usage and becomes second nature eventually.

Amazon gets its tax excuses in early amid rising UK profits – but leaves El Reg off the press list. Can't think why

James 139

Re: Not the fault of Amazon

I wish Margaret Hodge would understand this.

EVERY time theres some, usually Amazon, tax article, she dribbles the same crap about how they're being, basically, "dishonest" and not paying the taxes they should, as if it's entirely Amazons fault, rather than how tax law works in the UK. I bet she wouldn't voluntarily pay extra tax, just because she earns more than minimum wage.

Maybe she should start campaining for the Government, doesn't matter which one, to tax money leaving the country instead, that would catch everyone "sneaking" cash away.

Amazon Lex can now speak British English... or simply 'English' if you're British

James 139

My grandmother used to really hate his accent, saying that it wasnt very realistic, she was from NI.

All the more amusing given that the chap in question, Charles Lawson, is from Northern Ireland, and I can only assume they asked him to do some other accent that sounded like a non-native trying to put on an inaccurate impersonation of an accent.

Safety driver at the wheel of self-driving Uber car that killed a pedestrian is charged with negligent homicide

James 139

Re: However

I wonder if that's because you're watching the film, not doing nothing?

Now, repeat the test, but without the film and see if you can sit for 2 hours staring at the blank screen.

I won't be ignored: Google to banish caller roulette with Verified Calls

James 139

Re: That's what voice mail is for...

Surprising now many people call, particularly from obviously faked numbers, and then don't leave messages.

I'm still waiting for the day "I" phone myself, I might just answer that one.

Publishers signed up to Apple's premium News may be less than 'appy to discover the iGiant snatching readers

James 139

Re: Walls

As for browsers, I have seen Brave and Firefox on iOS, and I doubt they're the only ones.

And both of those use WebKit, because Apple require it.

University of Cambridge to decommission its homegrown email service Hermes in favour of Microsoft Exchange Online

James 139

Re: But It's Shiny!

And as all their mail admins will be reduced to pointing and drooling, they'll find that getting and retaining highly technical staff will get worse - we like doing interesting stuff.

It is the same problem in proper development circles. Surprising to most, drivers and lower level services are not written in VB, C#, PHP or JavaScript, yet most of the teaching, and UI work, has shifted that way.

Makes it tricky to hire useful staff, and even more challenging to explain to recruitment agencies that "C or C++ is mandatory", but at least they seem to have heard of those, so the disappointment in their voices is nice to hear.

US drugstore chain installed anti-shoplifter facial-recognition cameras in 200 locations – for eight years

James 139

Ah, so THAT's what's running Trumps brain.

'I'm telling you, I haven't got an iPad!' – Sent from my iPad

James 139

Re: Which is why I always turn off email sigs...

I've seen a fair few email sigs that contain, what looks like, a nice little 1in square portrait or company logo.

Fair enough, you think, until you discover that the bane of all life on earth, the HTML email client, has carefully and thoughtfully just set the element to that size, and the image is, in reality, some massive 4000 square pixels.

People should have to go on a course to be allowed to use anything but plain text emails, with annual refreshers so they don't forget how not to email.

This investor blew nearly $300,000 on Intel shares the day before 7nm disaster reveal. Yup, she's suing

James 139

Not really sure what the problem is.

Unless she sold the shares immediately afterwards, which makes her an imbecile, she hasnt actually lost any money, yet.

Probably find it isnt her money, and its either invested for a group of "friends" or she "borrowed" it from somewhere she shouldnt have in the hope of making a quick profit.

UK formally abandons Europe’s Unified Patent Court, Germany plans to move forward nevertheless

James 139

Re: advantages all backwards

"The problem there becomes that I can start patenting a great many things and doing little to bring them into reality, and then sit back and wait for the future to enrich my descendants. Imagine if Gene Roddenberry had patented much of the Start Trek ideas - no tablet computing without paying the Start Trek tax, no real time ML language translations, etc etc"

Which is why, as far as I know, sensible patent regimes give a patent a limited life, during which time you are expected to develop, manufacture, bring to market or just sell the idea.

Once the patent expires, anyone can follow your guide to make their own copy.

It isn't Disney "copyright", but for fast changing technology, it might as well be sometimes.

It's handbags at dawn: America to hit France with 25% tariffs on luxuries over digital tax on US tech titans

James 139

Re: Pay tax where users reside

Makes you wonder why politicians are always so reluctant to have any sort of record of who lobbies them...

I mean, it doesn't take a huge leap of imagination to equate fancy dinners or other "gifts" in return for listening to a lobbyist, with finding out said politician is doing something that benefits the lobbyists client.

IBM job ad calls for 12 years’ experience with Kubernetes – which is six years old

James 139

Re: Why wouldn't Tim Berners-Lee have 17 years experience designing websites?

If you read the actual tweet chain, the interviewer goes on to explain that, back in the Good Times, people weren't "website designers", they wrote things by hand in a text editor, hardly "design".

A good or bad explanation, maybe, but it is valid.

Linux kernel coders propose inclusive terminology coding guidelines, note: 'Arguments about why people should not be offended do not scale'

James 139

Re: Loaded words replaced by euphemisms

You can't call them those terms, it's not "nice"!

It's "intentional life extinguisher" and "non-consentual gentital fun timer"!

Oh dang, I think I over rolled my eyes there...

Remember when we warned in February Apple will crack down on long-life HTTPS certs? It's happening: Chrome, Firefox ready to join in, too

James 139

Re: Some sense for the web, disaster for internal

I feel your pain on the last point. It's like people never heard of "mitigating factors" or "it's entirely unnecessary", they just see a "red mark" on some automated scanner and start frothing.

More often than not they have also over paid someone to run the report, and who is conveniently offering to offer paid advice on it.

Section 230 authors despair of Trump, Barr, Biden, US Congress’ aggressive ignorance of critical tech law

James 139

There has long been a misconception over what "free speech" entitles you to.

A fair few people believe it means "what ever, where ever, when ever", without limits or restrictions.

Which is fine, and mostly true, in public owned places or when directed at Governments.

In private places, which includes publically accessible, the private owner is entitled to set limits, including denying you the ability to speak.

Machine-learning models trained on pre-COVID data are now completely out of whack, says Gartner

James 139

Re: But...

If suffiently unqualified people call it an AI often enough, it becomes the "mass market" term for it.

Like "information superhighway" to describe what, is now, very slow internets.

Facebook accused of trying to bypass GDPR, slurp domain owners' personal Whois info via an obscure process

James 139

"Why bother to sue when you can use the UDRP which is a lot cheaper (about $1,500 per claim and can include multiple domains) and it's a lot quicker too (takes about a month from start to finish)?"

Because they gain nothing financially nor is it as intimidating, it costs the defender a lot less too, so they might actually be able to fight it and not run at the mention of litigation.

But isn't the normal list of proceedures as follows?

- Hosting provider take down request

- UDRP request

- Done.

Big Tech on the hook for billions in back taxes after US Supreme Court rejects Altera stock options case hearing

James 139

Re: It's a scam

But you can sell stock you own at any price you like, off market.

I can give you stock I own for nothing, if I so wished, or even in exchange for other services worth more or less than the current stock market value.

Market price is just what open trading thinks its worth to someone else willing to pay for it.

James 139

Funny that, it seems to be the way many groups do it these days.

Why improve and reform when they can find ways to dodge the problem?

Consider the US police departments that have union leaders, and probably members, complaining about how they are being stopped from doing their job or being made to look like the "bad guys", would it not be easier for them to change their behaviour rather than try and defend it?

Trump then offers grants to police forces that do certain things, and you can almost guarantee that some of the people who will be involved in that are immediately thinking of ways to make it look like they are taking the steps, whilst actively not.

They have already found ways to be able to retaliate against "beligerant suspects" by provoking them or otherwise causing them to "bump" an officer.

Legitimising bad or poor practices does not make them good practices.

James 139

Re: "the amount of money at stake is enormous"

That is how it works for the rich, no?

Things arent fines or penalties, its the cost of doing something, because its low in comparison to their wealth.

No Wiggle room: Two weeks after angry bike shop customers report mystery orders on their accounts, firm confirms payment cards delinked

James 139

Re: There is no breach

Most places, that I can recall, at least request you provide the CVV number.

Before long, we will be having to deal with online shops just like banks, where an automated system phones/texts to confirm it really is us adding a new address, using a pre-approved phone number that requires access to the existing number to change.

James 139

Re: There is no breach

So they do, but in the UK I'd have to pay £6.99 a month for the priveledge, not worth it for the times I don't use paypal.

I know the fee includes a whole bunch of other "benefits", but I don't have a use for those.

James 139

Re: There is no breach

This is the same problem I had.

I opened a Cahoot account, now defunct, because it offered a virtual card, which eventually got withdrawn.

I then found Neteller, who also eventually stopped providing virtual card services.

Other banks have "promised" them over the years, but its never come to anything signficant enough for me to notice.

California bigwigs rule Uber, Lyft dial-a-ride drivers are employees, not contractors

James 139

Re: I know many people who work so-called "gig economy" jobs here in California.

That's one of the things I've always found confusing over the "gig economy" and the contractor vs employee "debate". This is mostly rhetorical, and I could have entirely misunderstood something about it.

To me, the two roles are different, and, probably incorrectly, clearly defined in my mind.

Contractors : Take jobs as they see fit, have to cover themselves in terms of medical coverage etc, can accept or decline jobs on a whim, hence flexible.

Employees : Get assigned jobs they can not refuse, under normal circumstances, without consequence, employer pays for medical coverage etc, required to work as directed by employer, hence rigid.

So, where someone wants to do a few hours here and there, why would they not want to be contractors?

Conversely, those that want to do it as a full time job, why wouldn't they want to be employees?

And, importantly, why do officials, and possibly the companies, not want to offer both?

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

James 139

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

This is my "argument" with counterfeit goods.

If its fake and says "Apple" or "Rolex", thats one thing, generally because people are stupid and don't question why they're paying so little for something, "its a bargain!!"

If its fake and says "Bpple" or "Bolex", then, as long as someone isnt trying to claim its a 'mistake at the factory', you know its a fake and the price reflects that.

Podcast Addict Play Store ban: Android chief says soz for incorrect removal, developers aren't impressed

James 139

What about split screen, slow motion and Quantel?

Tales from the crypt-oh: Nvidia accused of concealing $1bn in coin-mining GPU sales as gaming revenue

James 139

Re: Traders deserve what they get

This is entirely one of the reasons why I dont get why stock price is, in general every day terms, equated to a businesses ability to function normally.

Unless the business needs to issue more stock to raise funds, it is, surely, no different to owning a house in negative equity, in such that it only matters if you are trying to sell the house, it is no reflection on your ability to pay the mortgage and other bills.

Baby, I swear it's déjà vu: TalkTalk customers unable to opt out of ISP's ad-jacking DNS – just like six years ago

James 139

The first..

..rule of Internet Club is to use your own router.

The second rule is Dont Use TalkTalk.

Atlassian issues advice on how to keep your IT service desk secure... after hundreds of portals found facing the internet amid virus lockdown

James 139

Re: Rather inevitable wasn't it ?

We had a customer who deployed, what was basically software intended for LAN use, directly on the internet.

We pointed this out and said it most definitely wasnt advisible.

Our recommendation was that he lock it away behind even basic HTTP password protection.

His response? "Oh yea, we're going to use SSL".

I'm fairly sure that, after a year, it was still exposed, SSL-less and no sign of any additional password protection.

Just a case of convenience over sense.

Drones must be constantly connected to the internet to give Feds real-time location data – new US govt proposal

James 139

Re: Useless

Indeed, because security costs and, somehow, the car makers arent held liable for the insecurity.

At least not until it becomes a serious problem, class action lawsuit or government chew out.

Ring in the changes: Mandatory two-factor authentication, login alerts, targeted ads opt-out after punters voice privacy gripes

James 139

Re: "personalized advertising can deliver a better customer experience."

I effing hate that!

Go to website for company I work for, BAM! adverts for software I already don't pay for.

Go to website to check for software updates, BAM! adverts for something already in use.

Oracle tells Supremes: Fair use? Pah! There's nothing fair about 'Google's copying'

James 139

Re: A plague on both of them

"It could become impossible to write anything more than 'Hello World' without employing a lawyer to sort though all the licensing and rights issues."

I am not sure it goes quite that far though.

Oracles argument is that Google has taken their APIs and re-implmented them in a way that prevents Oracle from monetizing it, ie they have taken Oracles "work" and provided an alternative that is a copy, a bit like the difference between a genuine Rolex and a knock off "Bolex".

Writing software that uses an API would be unaffected, however an alternative version of the API would, think "printf" in GCC libC and Win32 C runtime libraries.

The people that should be really worried by an Oracle win are projects like WINE or ReactOS, where they are directly providing the same APIs but with their own implementations.

James 139

Re: A plague on both of them

Broadly resembled? Isn't Oracles argument basically "if it looks like a duck.."?

Such that having an API with the same name and declaration means its identical, even if said functions did two totally different things.

Next you know they will be claiming that source code file names are copyrightable.

UK government review of IR35 tax reforms? Like a broken pencil, say contractors groups – it'll be utterly pointless

James 139

Re: I am a genuine business, yet I'm now getting hassled by my clients!!

This seems to be exactly the kind of work most people envisage when you say "contractor", yet the Government conveniently ignores it and assumes "contractor" means "high paid permanent staff with tax avoidance".

Also, can HMRC not some how manage to make MPs all fall within IR35, after all, they are all fixed term contractors, no doubt with some on the fiddle.

No horrific butterfly keys on this keyboard, just you and your big, dumb fingers

James 139

Re: They may have sucked

Laser keyboards are easy mode though, this is when you set your virtual keyboard to INSANE! mode.

Having trouble finding a job in your 40s? Study shows some bosses like job applicants... up until they see dates of birth

James 139

Re: What jobs did they try to get?

I get the impression HR always believes that entry level positions, with entry level wages, are only wanted by those without experience, which they mostly view as the young.

I mean, why would a 50+ year old want to work in a job that pays them £20k, or less, a year? Surely that is their choice.

What's that? Encryption's OK now? UK politicos Brexit from Whatsapp to Signal

James 139

Surely the answer is watermarking.

Whilst you may have difficulty preventing people doing something, you can, more easily, do things that expose the individual responsible.



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