* Posts by NickyD

26 publicly visible posts • joined 7 Jun 2010

Parts of UK booted offline as Virgin Media suffers massive broadband outage


Certainly gone down again for me, in the Filton area near Bristol - 100Gb monthly 4G as a backup, better stop downloading this months PS5 games though.

Australia gave police power to compel sysadmins into assisting account takeovers – so they plan to use it


Re: Tsk tsk tsk

Yes, because, like Australian privacy, its fallen down a well!

It's Google's hardware launch day, and what do we get? A few Pixel phones, Nest kit, and another Chromecast


Stopped reading after 'backside cameras' as I went into mind-boggle overload.

Who watches the watchers? Samsung does so it can fling ads at owners of its smart TVs


Re: Good reason not to upgrade

Good points, but downvoted for the abomination that is "loosers ".

BT cutting contractors' rates by a fifth and halving notice period because 'coronavirus'


Re: This years excuse

"It's simply taking advantage of the fact that many contractors don't have anywhere else to go at the moment as an excuse to squeeze contract terms."

It's called "Supply and Demand", welcome to capitalism.

What a time for a TITSUP*: Santander down and out on pre-Bank Holiday payday


Can confirm

App on android phone works for me too.

Pervasive digital surveillance of citizens deployed in COVID-19 fight, with rules that send genie back to bottle


Re: Nothing to Hide nothing to Fear

Pint of what he's having, please.

Open wide, very wide: Xerox considers buying HP. Yes, the HP that is more than three times its market cap


Plus ca change

"that includes jettisoning costs by making 9,000 employees redundant"

Hats off to the the bold new strategy, surprised no one thought of that before.

Between you, me and that dodgy-looking USB: A little bit of paranoia never hurt anyone


Re: paranoia

"Why is the branded USB drive any different ?"

Because you don't really know who made it and how? You may trust your contacts, but do you know how many layers of procurement and supply they went through to source these cheap 'gifts'?

Risk vs benefit - no real benefit vs a tiny (but > 0) risk of possibly severe consequences.

Text bomb, text bomb, you're my text bomb! Naughty HTML freezes Messages, Safari, etc


Re: "Do not use for bad stuff"

"Did he really think that just saying "don't do bad" would be enough ? Well, as the first poster demonstrates, it isn't."

He probably thinks its a legal disclaimer, "sorry occifer, I told them not to be naughty so its not my fault".

Dumb autonomous cars can save more lives than brilliant ones


Re: Better than the next guy

Upvote for 50 is mid-life :)

Speaking in Tech: The worst government IT deal of ALL TIME


Re: Why didn't they sell off the extras?

(For you Brits, Democrats are "blue" and Republicans "red", but are effectively a single party compared to the actually different political parties you have in the UK.)

Um, you'd get plenty of arguments here about that.

Football rights value soars in wake of TV Now lawsuit


Re: The end of the world

I still haven't recovered from hope taping killing music.

Ukraine file-sharing site disappears


Am I the only one...

who read "6000 TB = 1 PB" as = 1 Pirate Bay?

'Mainstream media' mute in SOPA piracy debate



implies courts and judicial over-site etc etc, not just shutting down a website on an accusation alone.

Survey: Apprenticeships will fix IT skills gap



are the reasons there's a skills gap. I was made redundant from a general IT and software support role (off-shored to India) over a year ago, but all the companies (over 500) I have approached want people who are already good at the role they have vacant. No one seems willing to spend money and train a potentially suitable candidate with the lacking skills.

On £65 JSA a week i can't afford to go and professionally learn C++ or Java programming*, and the little I learned on my HNC wouldn't even get my CV from an agency to the employer.

Short term solution fixation, no long term thinking :(

*or Enterprise level VMWare, or Citrix etc ad infinitum

Profit piranhas want a bite of HP



You will have been replaced by an off-shore team by then :p

Councils and police to publish speed camera data


Only inaccurate in one way.

Speedometers are allowed to overread by up to 10% but NEVER underread. Therefore you can never be going faster than it tells you, 31 in a 30 may be implausible, but more down to the accuracy of the speed-camera etc; however who who would pay a fortune to argue that in court and risk much heavier penalties than the default fine and 3 points?

Man admits writing script that slurped celebrity iPad data


Oh for a democracy....

...where all are equal under the law.

"And any time White House staffers and other powerful people are targeted in a hacking crime, you can be sure there will be consequences."

Special rules for special people? I guess there were no VIPs in the PSN hack then.

New Sony hack exposes more consumer passwords



You can't steal knowledge, poor tabloid sensationalist journalism again.

What is UltraViolet™ and why should you care?



..has been and always will be bad for the consumer - a logical fallacy to create use by adding restrictions.

Submarine seized by pirates turns up in Vegas pawnshop



If they'd have made a copy rather than stolen the original it would be piracy, surely? </sarcasm>

SeeSaw video-on-demand service to close


No point

I think the lack of a point played every part in its downfall - those that can surf the web can use things like iPlayer, 4od etc etc, and with a little step froward can grab everything via torrents. What compelling reason did they offer Joe Public to use or even pay for their service?

Sony restores PlayStation Network parts


Well that's enough sunshine and real life...

.. back to the basement

Mail my printer - I'm busy!


Oh dear

Cue loads of spam using up all your paper and inks? Not surprised an ink manufacturer thinks this is a great idea!