* Posts by goldcd

738 posts • joined 12 Jul 2010


In the market for a second-hand phone? Check it's still supported by the vendor – almost a third sold are not


Re: LineageOS?

Unfortunately not always the answer.

e.g. I had an old nVidia tablet that stopped receiving official support, so switched to Lineage. Was a bit buggy, but was now getting updates - and then Lineage dropped support. In the end just went back to the working, if old, stock OS.

Maybe one approach would be to allow you to pay for specific items to be supported.

e.g. I pledge a £1 a month to support device xyz, and if somebody commits to supporting it, they get that shiny pound of each user each month.

Google employs people to invent colours – and they think their work improves your wellbeing


I quite like painting with it

pigment rich and goes on beautifully.

Still, it is getting a little 'common' now - rows of the stuff at homebase.

Little Greene is my middle-class paint of choice.

NASA trusted 'traditional' Boeing to program its Starliner without close supervision... It failed to dock due to bugs



Although they seemed to have adopted the much simpler approach, of buying back their own shares.

I've no idea why this isn't seen as a giant red-flag.

You, as a company, have say 500 million you're not quite sure what to do with. Traditionally you'd leverage your resources and expertise to invest in new research/manufacturing with a view that you'll get a decent return on the investment, and ultimately an increase in your share price. Current approach is to just buy your own shares - same result to share price, but a lot easier.

Logitech G915 TKL: Numpad-free mechanical keyboard clicks all the right boxes


Corsair do a reasonable one

K93 - Cherry Reds, RBG-free lighting, about £75

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes: UK man gets 3 years for torching 4G phone mast over 5G fears


3 years?

Maybe could be sentenced to an OU physics degree.

Dickens' forgotten spaceship classic: A Tale of Three Missions


Only tangentially related

but there's a great video showing ULA's rocket building from SmarterEveryDay - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0fG_lnVhHw&t=1082s

Remember that clinical trial, promoted by President Trump, of a possible COVID-19 cure? So, so, so many questions...


Quite a fun analysis of his paper (and his previous questionable stuff)


Broken lab equipment led boffins to solve a 58-year-old physics problem by mistake


I just loved "the nuclear charge is slightly potato-shaped"

I'm sure there's a 'correct' word - but well I'll never look at anything the same again.

Alleged Vault 7 leaker trial finale: Want to know the CIA's password for its top-secret hacking tools? 123ABCdef




Here's a bit of Intel for you: Neri a day goes by that HPE doesn't feel CPU shortage pinch


Which is why AMD is using "chiplets"

Pry the heatsink off the top, and you'll see chiplets with a load of CPU cores on them, clustered around a central IO chiplet.

One benefit to AMD is that if say one core core on a quad chiplet fails, and they don't sell a 3 core CPU, they don't have to bin it. They can pair it with another 3/4 success and flog it as a 6-core.

RuneScape bloke was wrongly sacked after reading veep's salary details on office printer


Re: Personal Usage

I think the OP should have said "At an employer you'd want to work for..."

Anecdotally, we've still got some lovely HP printers in our office, and I'm unaware of anybody using them for anything other than the odd personal printout for years.

My employer may not be able to offer a subsidized canteen, sleep-pods or at-desk massage - but providing a decent printer as a perk has meant we could all chuck our home ones in landfill and reclaim some domestic space.

'Literally a paperweight': Bose users fume at firmware update that 'doesn't fix issues'


Re: There’s a reason people say

But Apple is "the Apple of Speakers"

The mod firing squad: Stack Exchange embroiled in 'he said, she said, they said' row


Surely it's just a bit of civility

If he/she wants to be referred to as she/he - then why is it such a big issue to go along with it?

Sure mistakes will happen and both sides should overlook it, but I always feel a bit queasy when people "want to make a point of it". That's not a mistake, that's a statement you're making about your refusal to recognize a request from the other person.

I dunno - way down the spectrum from that teacher who insisted on calling the child "Robert" (as that's your proper name) even though they'd told everybody they preferred to be called "Bob" (as that makes you sound common).

US government sues ex-IT guy for breaking his NDA (Yes, we mean Edward Snowden)


As an idle thought, on the topic

I had an idea that maybe this "you can't benefit on something that's illegal" could be extended.


I'm sure today there's a dev working within the NSA who's been asked to do something that they have personal qualms over the legitimacy of that they're doing.

That's a tough place to be. I'd presume your current justification is that this "isn't your problem" - NSA asked you to to do it, you did it, and you believe they'll "cover you ass"

Imagine an alternative world. You share what you've done, it's marked as being illegal, your salary is clawed back (you shouldn't profit from breaking the law).

Biz tells ransomware victims it can decrypt their files... by secretly paying off the crooks and banking a fat margin


Same thing's happened in the Art world for years.

Somebody nicks something worth say £10M - that's what the premiums were paid for, and that's what the insurer has to pay out on.

Thieves can't actually shift the art for £10M though - traditionally you'd get a very small percentage to give it to a hooky investor who'd look at it in his vault, or just used as portable collateral for criminal deals.

Point is - painting is only worth £10M to the insurer who paid out the £10M.

So art recovery specialists exist.

They'll 'manage to recover the art through opaque means' for say 20% of the value. Now maybe they're more resourceful and have greater powers than our police services... or maybe it's just that they can discreetly say they'll hand over a million in cold-hard-cash for the recovery, no questions asked.

Everybody's happy - except I guess people paying premiums on their art..

Owner gets their art back, insurer saves 80%, recovery specialists have a million profit, criminals have cash and nobody still coming after them.

Important piece is the art-recovery specialist, as the third-party that bridges between the legal and criminal side. Gives a nice legal line item in the insurer's accounts.

Must watch: GE's smart light bulb reset process is a masterpiece... of modern techno-insanity


It might make sense though..

hear me out..

If you've got a large number of bulbs installed somewhere that's hard to reach (for example 36 in a high ceiling) and for some reason you want to re-set them all (e.g. the thing they all were paired to is kaput)..well the paper-clip in the hole isn't really practical (36 trips up a ladder you need to move each time).

Allowing them to be reset with power, allows you to happily stand on the floor, flipping the switch they're all slaved off - and they're all re-set in one go (or in the handy sets, that map to your handy light-switches).

Of course, if this bulb's just in a table-lamp, it's just stupid.

Das geeks hit crowdfunding target: IBM mainframes are coming home


A white vinyl ElReg vulture would look lovely on that red

If they say wanted to offer some sponsorship..

Legal bombs fall on TurboTax maker Intuit for 'hiding' free service from search engines


Sorry - did I miss something?

This seems to be getting a little bit silly - seems entirely fair that a company can ask not to have pages they don't want indexed... not indexed.

Would we want to reverse this?

Now if those pages existed due to a government requirement they existed, well then the government should point the right people to them.

I hate stuff like this where "I loathe both sides" - but in this case one side did something sensible and one side didn't.

Gather round, friends. Listen close. It's time to list the five biggest lies about 5G


Of course it's nearly all bollocks

I work in a "service to telco" industry - so am subjected to it on a daily basis (both ingress and egress of the bullshit).

However, there is interesting stuff nestling in there.

First up the bullshit - amazing speeds on your phone. Frankly we're not even needing what we've currently got. Most people when looking for a contract would happily take a tenner off a month, to downgrade to say the 2nd fastest 4G provider. To imagine we're all going to pay more per month, and buy a new phone, for more speed is delusional.

The more interesting stuff is all in the future.

First up - bandwidth is theoretically incredible - but scales inversely to the frequency. You can have the speed or coverage - but not both. Putting aside mobile handsets, there's a pretty decent case for high speed domestic broadband delivered over 5G. No longer does your street need to be dug up with cables to every house - stick a few access points on some lamp-posts and a dongle on your window and you now have gig-e. Problem is that this is of limited use to traditional mobile - just another way of DSL/Cable providers being able to connect you.

"Edge Computing" - This comes in two flavours. The operator can run their network on virtualized components spun up closer to you, reducing impact on their back-haul. Secondly awesome consumer processing (ninja-GPU running your VR headset) can move out your local hardware to 'the cloud'. Problem is that these mini-data-centres don't actually exist yet and I'm unsure where the money to make them spring into operation is going to come from. Reality is that Huawei and their ilk will currently just sell you a new box/card that replaces the 4G-only thingie you had - and that's what's currently ticking those 5G boxes.

"IoT" - we could do this today with IPv6 on 4G. IoT is a lot of devices, with minimal data requirements. If another person suggests that 5G will enable the telemetry of my self-driving car to be 'processed in the cloud', I will punch them. I get dropped calls today - but I don't die.

"Slicing" - maybe the only thing I think has legs. Idea here is that part of the 5G spectrum in a particular area can be dedicated to a particular use.

e.g. Telco X provides an eSIM for all the devices of a company (laptops, phones etc). You get normal global roaming as today, but in each office your provider allocates a chunk of the spectrum to just your company's devices and maybe spins up a router in the box at the base of the mast. i.e. merges office wifi and roaming/vpns into a seamless 'it just works' experience. Downside of this is that it's kind of contradicts the previous 'features' of 5G - Is the important thing the client, the connectivity, or the service?

Idiot admits destroying scores of college PCs using USB Killer gizmo, filming himself doing it


*IF* these devices had decent replaceable or resettable fuses

then this would have been less of a story.

I know I'm going off on a tangent, but when you look at what you can put through a USB C socket now, and the stories of shonky cables etc etc - you'd kinda-hope that your best solution wouldn't be to get a soldering iron out, and the worst would be a logic board replacement.

Click here to see the New Zealand livestream mass-murder vid! This is the internet Facebook, YouTube, Twitter built!


Re: Why share?

Fortunately I can post about this in a more 'abstract and philosophical manner' - as your story didn't happen to me.

My take is that groups of people, as you describe, thrive when they can talk in their little echo-chamber - nobody calls them out, and within they can one-up each other with their most transgressive statements. If your friends all seem to be "medium-strength racists" - your social win is being "more racist" ~ Nobody joins a club and wins the leadership election by questioning the doctrine.

It's a disease of being human. These little cliques go off, get ignored, fester and metastasize in their own filth - and then when they erupt we all claim collective ignorance.

Only defense we have is to ensure they remain connected to the majority, nothing is hidden, and we can inoculate the majority early on.


As my humble counterpoint

Whilst I don't particularly like Facebook - but I don't think they're to blame for this pool of excrement murdering a lot of innocent people.

Maybe more pertinently (or naively) I can't believe that anybody who saw this video would be swayed to join his cause - In much the same way I doubt watching an ISIS beheading would inspire us all to all go off and fight for the caliphate.

"Think of the Children!" is a worn out trope, and can't just be appropriated from ridicule when handy to your current thinking.

A lot of current news-stories seem to be covering "ironic-racism" as a 'cover', a 'gateway', a 'tactic' to win people over - and my own view is that hiding/censoring/whatever information plays into this strategy. Just show the scum. Show everything. Make people watch and pick a side (we all know once sides are picked, we become inoculated to argument).

When I become benevolent dictator of the planet, the day after a similar act, your facebook landing page will run this footage in the centre of your screen. Maybe on one side it'll show the 'lolz and memes' of the shooter, and the other, on every f'in shot it will pause and play back one of those saccharine auto-montages of the life that was just taken.

Facetious, yes, and I wish I had a cleverer way of presenting my point - but telling the world "49 people are dead" misses the point.

Something Facebook might actually be good at doing - show that these weren't "49 deaths". Show these were 49 individuals, with even more than a name, a religion and a stock-photo. People posting pictures of their cats, planning a cinema trip, trying to get more than 4 people to turn at at a place at a time and all the rest of the banality that is actually relatable to.

I loved that when you wrote this story you deliberately didn't mention the fuckers name. Next step on this path is to mention every name of all those he killed - and give them the voice that he took (even if it is a picture of their cat pulling a silly face).

Blighty's most trusted brand? Yeah, you wish, judge tells Post Office in Horizon IT system ruling


Re: Wrongly convicted ? Fuck off.

Yes - and the government really didn't like it.

Few years old but first thing that came up on google - https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/feb/23/britain-refusing-compensate-victims-miscarriage-justice

HMRC: We 'rigorously tested' IR35 tax-check tool... but have almost nothing to show for it


Now that should be the next FOI request

"How much did we pay for that page?"

xHamster reports spike in UK users getting their five-knuckle shuffle on before pr0n age checks


Re: Incompetence expected

I'm not entirely convinced Netflix care too much about VPNs.

In their ideal world, they'd have one single library/store that was available globally.

Only reason they can't, is all the regional licensing tied to the content they've bought in from external producers. By at least being seen to do something, they can tell those producers they're trying to stop it leaking out where it shouldn't. If they actually did manage to truly block people, then those people might decide to stop giving money to netflix.

If they really wanted to lock the place down, they'd tie credit cards, to addresses, to regions, to localized logins, to IP addresses etc.

Begone, Demon Internet: Vodafone to shutter old-school pioneer ISP


slip over PPP

You probably owe this guy some money - https://thanksfortrumpetwinsock.com/

Watching a 'live' picture of a coffee jug

*nostalgic sniff*

Pewdiepie fanboi printer, Chromecast haxxx0r retreats, says they're 'afraid of being caught'


Re: What TheHackerGiraffe has accomplished

Then you've clearly not been watching either of them..


Re: What TheHackerGiraffe has accomplished

I'm late to the party

But in a world of Jake Pauls - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wO2RIEKMSg

Think there's something quite nice about the #1 Youtuber recommending books by Japanese authors to 'the youth" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNar3Dh9zDk

Grandmaster flash Samsung dominated SSD market in 3Q2018


I wouldn't normally post a Linus link

but - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OffzVc7ZB-o

I think he raises a pretty valid point about SSDs in general (getting slower).

Spinning Rust (putting aside weird stuff like shingles) was pretty simple to understand. Disk was a particular physical size, span at a particular speed, density kept going up - and everything got better (storage capacity and transfer speed).

SSD tech allows for more interesting design decisions - Sure you can have faster speeds, but for how long do you want that speed?

Mobile networks are killing Wi-Fi for speed around the world


Just to echo so many more of the comments

Why is speed still considered to be such a big deal?

Even the providers seem to be getting a bit non-plussed as to how to demonstrate the 'value' of their connections - I fondly remember the little sub-text explaining how many 'music files' you could download per minute. Or 3G "allowing video calls" (that nobody ever made).

Highest 'normal' usage I can think of is a spangly Netflix 4k HDR stream - which comes in around 15M.

You could do this on 3G HSDPA, to your phone (not that it could display it). LTE and 5G... well there's network efficiency for the operator, but current marketing seems to be confined to 'low latency' .. nice, but.. really, that's the best you can come up with?


Or to take another example, I upgraded my home connection (Virgin) to 200M - not because I need 200M, but because it was the only service they had with non-abysmal upload speeds.

While back I noticed my download was 320M - and they hadn't even bothered to tell me, they knew I'd care so little (upload speed is still semi-shite though).

Is Google's Pixel getting better, or just more expensive?


I like my Pixel XL

and I've had various Googley phones since my original Nexus one.

The reason I like it is simply that it has 'nothing annoying' - Didn't like it costing more than a Nexus, but after suffering with random phones over the years.. I'll pay for the thing 'just working'.. not rooted it, haven't installed an alternate OS, haven't installed some convoluted framework to intercept API calls blah

I then realized the reason I like it is for all the reasons I've disparaged Apple over the years.

I'd happily upgrade, but there's nothing out there tempting me on the subsequent upgrades. I'd like OIS, Stereo speakers, Qi charging - but then I'd be losing the headphone jack, muttering about wtf it's only got 4Gb of RAM and it's the best part of a grand.

"I'm fine" - and I think this is a more general problem for the industry.

Most people seem "quite happy with their phone"

Blighty: We spent £1bn on Galileo and all we got was this lousy T-shirt


I think the issue was the binary question

1) Leave things as they are

2) Change things

Option 2 leaves quite a lot of wriggle room for personal interpretation/bullshitting.


GBH surely

I want them to stick around to share Sunday lunch rat with me.

TalkTalk's £1.5bn 3-million home fibre broadband hopes on ice for now



Surely a missed opportunity for a fibrenation/hibernation pun?

Congrats to Debbie Crosbie: New CEO at IT meltdown bank TSB has unenviable task ahead


Funny you should say that...

I had a summer job in the late 90s, just after the two banks had merged.

Whilst 'officially merged' they hadn't actually joined up their IT at this point. So you could happily stroll into my TSB branch and ask to withdraw many thousands from your Lloyds account (I forget the amount, but might have been 5k, when we would ask them to hold on whilst we phoned to check they actually had the money).

You could then happily spend your day visiting other branches and doing the same - with only the over-night clearing possibly picking up on it..(within a few working days)

Huawei Mate 20 Pro: If you can stomach the nagware and price, it may be Droid of the Year


No - that's when you unlock with a reglar RGB/2D camera

Mate 20 has got similar 3d scanning thingie that Apple does.

(so yes, you could probably defeat it with a 3D model of a head, but that's only a small step away from cutting off my fingers for access)

FCC Commissioner slams San Jose mayor for not approving 5G cells… then slams him for approving them


"and the imposition of a flat free for hosting a cell site"

Sign me up - I'll host whatever you want for free housing.

Can only assume the uptake's been dimmed in 'merica until it gets rephrased to a 'condo'

My hoard of obsolete hardware might be useful… one day


I've still got a pile of 2x10 terminators, T-pieces and connectors.

Very satisfying when you feel the need for some impromptu-sculpting/construction


Re: I was going to write exactly the same thing

I just googled "tool library" - seemingly there's one already under a mile from where I'm sitting..

They seem light on the IT side of things, but intend to change that.


I was going to write exactly the same thing

More like a local library/storage unit.

Create a list of everything that could possibly be needed. If they have it bin yours, if they don't take yours in.

Then if you need to borrow something, pop in and take it. I'm not even too bothered about theft, I've got so much junk I willingly press into the hands of anybody who expresses the slightest indication it's what they need.

As well as all my IT gubbins, I'd like to include those tools you buy for single jobs. Currently on my desk I've got a mega-pack of washers, tap-spanners and grinders I used to sort out a couple of annoying taps. Suspect I won't need these for another decade..

Would be quite a useful addition to the high street - don't need any more charity shops, and good reason to get somebody to go in.

This just in: What? No, I can't believe it. The 2018 MacBook Air still a huge pain to have repaired


Let's see what Apple pricing for say an iPhone repairs is


So, I've cracked the glass back on my phone, or.. well anything that isn't a screen.. maybe if I look closely there'll be a foot-note that it can 'cost up to' and maybe some ball-park numbers...

Can't for the life of me imagine how people get the idea into their head that there's a place for 3rd party repairs and/or Apple may be in the business of trying to push upgrades over repairs..

Mac users burned after Nuance drops Dragon speech to text software


As you seemed to be reviewing windows 10, whilst using 7

Just thought I'd have a crack at seeming at accessibility was like - to say read a PDF as your suggest.

Ctrl+Win+Enter turns narrator on, which seems to give you a running commentary of whatever you've loaded, hovering over (including right click options).

Found PDF and opened it (defaulted to Edge) and got description of the doc (name, it's 5 pages, currently showing one page per screen). Then had bar at top that read me the PDF. Nifty 'karaoke' thing that highlights text it's currently reading, and lets me 'jog' through sections (auto-scrolling and highlighting where the focus is).

I know it's cheating as my vision is fine - but honestly didn't seem that bad.

The Chinese are here: Xiaomi to bring phones to the UK next month


Samsung are worse

Mine just refused to boot.

Support was hidden option on their phone system.

Had to wait for them to send shipper. Then sent it back to them.


"Where's my phone?"

'Oh we were going to charge you £200 for the broken screen. Will you pay?'

"The screen isn't broken, it's just dead"

'Yes it is'

"No it isn't"


Grudging - 'If you pay we'll re-assess the damage'

"Well screen wasn't broken when I sent it to you. Fine. You have another look"

'Oh we can't, we returned it to you as being uneconomical to repair'


'Not for you breaking the screen it's not'


Phone arrives back in exact state I sent it to them, intact screen and all.

"I've got the phone in my hand, the screen is fine, can I sent it back SO YOU WILL REPAIR IT?"

'Sir, the screen is cracked'

"It's in my hand and absolutely fine."

'I don't know what you're trying to do sir. You have broken your screen and we will not fix it'


"You are THE worst company"

'OK, we'll let you drop it off at our nominated third party system, but we'll need your credit car number to charge you for the repair to your screen and anything else they find'

I actually gave up at this point and bought another phone.

Huawei Mate 20 series: China's best phone, but a pricey proposition



I'm due an upgrade on my original Pixel XL, and after being remarkably unimpressed with the Pixel 3, was looking at a switch to Huawei.

Decoding the Chinese Super Micro super spy-chip super-scandal: What do we know – and who is telling the truth?


What a lot of FUD

If Super Micro construction had been compromised, well you'd think one of these boards would have escaped to an outraged owner who'd have provided a photo of the 'unknown chip'

As it stands "There's been a massive hack" - and then "a massive coverup" - and all involved wish it to go away (except for a load of third parties who've both leaked the details and hidden the evidence)

Desktop Telegram users showing off not only their silly selfies but also their IP addresses



The first and only security bug I could actually have found myself, and I missed it..

Hacky hack on whack 'Hacky Hack Hack' Mac chaps hack attack rap cut some slack



You'd think if a random 16 year old had managed to break into your systems TWICE, you'd just give him a job with a gag-clause.

Good thing the Russians are rubbish with computers, or we'd be in real trouble.




Damn, I double posted, and there's no delete button.



Fortnite 'fesses up: New female character's jiggly bits 'unintended' and 'embarrassing'


Maybe the internet has jaded me

But that actually seemed pretty tame and well frankly respectful of the physics of real "boobies".

Wasn't DOA style moon-gravity balloons, nor original TombRaider giant rigid silicone cones with a ridiculous skimpy clothing mesh applied.

Yeah, I can see why they've been called out on it - but really?

Correct response would have been to apologize for the lack of slightly-jiggly crotches on the male characters, and get to work on the mo-cap.

Android Phones are 10: For once, Google won fair and square


Android never assumed they'd got it right

When IOS and Android were young, there were all manner of glaring omissions from each platform.

Pinch to zoom, copy & paste, ability to choose your own default apps, choice of screen size, OTA updates etc.

You could bicker in a fan-boy fashion over it, but the gaps are mainly gone - but how they were filled varies massively.

Apple with each successive piece of hardware/OS told their users what they were getting new in a lovely polished silo. Apple knew best and made sure the damn thing did what it said it would.

Android just let people fiddle, alternate apps, rooting, intercept frameworks, custom OS etc. My Android (my side) would always be able to do the latest and greatest things - and quite frequently would be out of action for a day as I tried to work out how to recover the latest bricking my fiddling had caused.

Today - I see less of a difference. I own a Pixel and have never even felt the urge to root it. Conversely though, I can't really think of anything that would prevent me switching to IOS (I seem to have conveniently forgotten my arguments over fixed batteries, removable storage, eye-watering prices).



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