* Posts by Tom7

200 posts • joined 3 Aug 2010


What do we want? A proper review of IR35! When do we want it? Last year! Bunch of IT contractors protest outside UK Parliament


Someone hit the publish button a bit early?

So it's rather a shame that Saj is no longer chancellor...

Remember when Europe’s entire Galileo satellite system fell over last summer? No you don’t. The official stats reveal it never happened


Re: WTF?

Ah, yes, the vaunted "two sevens" reliability standard.

Oi, Queenslander who downloaded 26.8TB in June alone – we see you


Someone hit the publish button a bit early?

It's a little more complicated than that because you need to find out whether nbn's numbers include the encapsulation overhead (and find out what the encapsulation is) and then decide if you want to include the encapsulation bits in your numbers. But thereabouts, yes.

OPPO's Reno 2, aka 'Baby Shark', joins the deepening pool of high-spec midranger mobes


Two things to note

I've recently purchased a OnePlus 7 Pro which also has a mechanically-extended selfie camera. It's rather unnerving; for some reason, every time I open eBay in Firefox, the selfie camera pops up briefly - I assume it's taking a photo of me. Of course, on any phone with a fixed selfie camera you just won't know this is happening.

The other thing that midrange phones almost always skimp on (and which is not mentioned in this review) is waterproofing - and the Reno 2 is no exception here.

This fall, Ubuntu 19.10 stars as Eoan Ermine in... Dawn of the Stoats


Someone hit the publish button a bit early?

See here


Someone hit the publish button a bit early?

The link still only shows 18.04 LTS and 19.04 downloads.

Don't mean to alarm you, but Boeing has built an unmanned fighter jet called 'Loyal Wingman'


I sure wouldn't want to be flying the manned half of this if the unmanned half has weapons...

Go, go, Gadgets Boy! 'Influencer' testing 5G for Vodafone finds it to be slower than 4G


Looking at the graph of download speed, it's pretty hard to argue that it'd reached its peak.

OneDrive is broken: Microsoft's cloudy storage drops from the sky for EU users


The Register was keeping quite a useful count of Office365's actual availability in these articles, but that seems to have been abandoned, possibly due to the complexity of defining whether "Office365" as a whole is "available".

By my rough count, we're somewhere down around Office352.

Huawei MateBook Pro X: PC makers look out, the phone guys are here



It tops out at 8GB RAM. Yes, you can fit more - because when I buy a new laptop, the first thing I like to do is throw away the RAM it came with (because the chance of there being a free slot is PRECISELY zero) and spluring another £150 on it.

13.9" is a little on the small side for my not-as-sharp-as-they-were eyes.

But oh my, it's pretty.

Agile development exposed as techie superstition


At the same time, asking for randomized, controlled trials of methods of managing large projects is kind of unreasonable. Why not go the full medical-grade route and ask for randomized, controlled, blind trials? Engineers aren't allowed to know with management method they're using...

Hot NAND: Samsung wheels out 30TB SSD monster


Blast radius?

Can someone point me to a reference on this? Are we talking actual explosions? Google doesn't turn up much...

Sorry, I can't hear you, the line's VoLTE


Re: "only when you buy them directly from Three"

Oh, good. So the only way to escape the Three walled garden is... to... join Apple's walled garden?


Re: Correction needed

Hmmm, so they've updated the list since I looked a couple of months ago. Still no good if you bought your own handset.


Re: Correction needed

They may have been first - but two and a half years later, they still only support a handful of handsets on it, and even then only when you buy them directly from Three.

Huawei's just changed the way you'll use Android


My Elephone has a similar setup, and it sounds like the reviewer would even prefer it. It has the fingerprint sensor on the back, then a touch button at the bottom of the screen. Tap to be back, double tap for home and hold for the task switcher. It does indeed work well.

Train your self-driving car AI in Grand Theft Auto V – what could possibly go wrong?


Wait, what?

It's a great fit because it runs on a different platform from all your AI tools? At the very least, if the connection is platform transparent then it doesn't matter what platform the game runs on. It doesn't make it a "great fit."

Huawei Mate 9: The Note you've been waiting for?


Re: Competition

Well, so go buy a phone that costs £650 and let the little ones find some other way of breaking it. I can afford three broken and replaced phones to break even with your purchase cost.


Re: Competition

Specifics? I've really still yet to fault it. I'm probably not the most demanding smartphone user - I use it for web browsing, email, Facebook, Skype and, you know, making phone calls - but I can't see a lot wrong with it. OTA updates also seem pretty regular and do make significant improvements (which I guess is another way of saying it shipped before the software was ready, but I'm not complaining).



TBH I'm having trouble seeing how this is hundreds of pounds better than the cheap competition.

I've recently bought an Elephone P9000. It kicks the Huawei into the gutter for value. Alright, the screen's 0.4" smaller on the diagonal and it won't hit quite the same benchmark numbers. And... I'm struggling to think of anything else where it doesn't match up. It's a gorgeous 1920x1080, 400+ppi, display. The camera is 13MP, with laser focus and two-tone flash. The bezel is perhaps a mm larger than the Huawei. The body is a single piece of aluminium. It's Android 6.0, but the beta of 7.0 was available to download a couple of weeks ago. It doesn't have waterproofing or a stylus, but neither does the Huawei. It *does* support wireless charging, which the Huawei doesn't..

The speakers are pretty rotten to listen to. But you can own one tomorrow if you throw £185 at Amazon.

South Australia blacked out by bad bespoke software, not wind farms


Low voltage ride-through is not something you can just arbitrarily reconfigure to happen as often as you want; it usually involves dumping a significant proportion of the turbine's output power into a resistor - and they have a limited capacity to get hot before they melt.

Wind generators are generally unhelpful in this regard. Because of the way their inverters work, they need the grid to be operating at rated voltage to export power. Any voltage dip is amplified by wind generators as their contribution to the grid also dips.

British jobs for British people: UK tech rejects PM May’s nativist hiring agenda


As others have pointed out elsewhere, this is the problem with having a government full of remainers implement brexit. They see the referendum as a xenophobic, isolationist outcome and feel bound to abide by it - when that's not the basis the campaign was fought on and, when asked, not the outcome those voting leave say they wanted (on the whole). So they end up proposing what amounts to a sick caricature of what the leavers actually wanted.

When UKIP thinks you've gone too far in your immigration policy, you need to sit down and take a long, hard look at yourself.

'Geek gene' denied: If you find computer science hard, it's your fault (or your teacher's)


I suspect that having a liking for something is more important than having a "gift" for it. I remember hearing concert pianist interviewed some years ago. I don't recall the exact words, but the interview went something like this:

Interviewer: "Do you feel privileged to be so gifted at something so unique?"

Pianist: "I'm not gifted."

I: "But look at what you've achieved. You're one of the best pianists ever. You must have a gift for it."

P: "No. Anyone could do what I do. All you need is the willingness to practice the piano for ten hours of every day of your life."

Not many people have the willingness to put that sort of time into *anything*, and so not many people are that good at anything. Some people start something and really, really like it, and that gives them the impetus to keep going and work at it.

Unimpressed with Ubuntu 16.10? Yakkety Yak... don't talk back


Re: I find what people hate about Ubuntu weird

Forgot to add the footnote:

[1] Except that typing `calc` brings up LibreOffice Calc and not the desktop calculator. Perhaps it's just me, but I find this one of the most annoying things about any desktop I've seen in the last five years (though I managed to avoid Win8.x).


I find what people hate about Ubuntu weird

Because Unity is one of the better interfaces I've come across. I say that as a fairly die-hard command-line/Emacs user: With Unity, you never have to touch the mouse. I mean, using the keyboard is actually faster than using the mouse for almost every task. Every application you want to start, just hit the super key and start typing its name. Four letters in, you're almost guaranteed to have the right one[1]. Same for menu commands; hit Alt and start typing. You'll get what you want.

What's got me worried about recent releases is Snaps. The great idea of distributing every application with all of its dependencies. Remember DLL Hell? Yeah, that. It can only be so long before they realise that snaps take up a *lot* of disk space and hit on the brilliant idea of a central repository of every version of every shared object used by every application. Remember Windows SXS? Yeah, that.

I'd like to know, for how many people was conflicting dependencies on Ubuntu actually a problem? I've never seen it - but perhaps I'm not quite keen enough at following the bleeding edge.

Nul points: PM May's post-Brexit EU immigration options


"...even as evidence to the contrary starts to accumulate."

Do you mean the stock market growth post-referendum? Or the jobs growth? Or consumer confidence? Or retail sales? Or manufacturing sector sentiment? Or services sector sentiment? Or commercial property sales? Which accumulating evidence are we talking about here, exactly?

New UK trade deals would not compensate for loss of single market membership


Re: @Tom7

So point to some pre-vote predictions about the economy that turned out to be right. Come on, they're experts. There must be some, right?

You don't quite seem to understand. You don't assess whether someone's prediction was right by checking whether they've got letters after their name. You check whether their prediction was right by comparing what they predicted to what's actually happened. This isn't hard, unless you've got your head shoved so far up your arse that all you can do is give a muffled whine, "But they're experts!"


Re: "Amirite...?"

You tell me. Did they predict the FTSE100 would go up, or down? And is it now lower? Or higher?

When it became clear that the FTSE100 was very quickly going up, did they predict the FTSE250 would go up, or down? And is it now lower? Or higher?

Did they predict that unemployment would rise, or fall? And did it rise? Or fall?

Did they predict that retail sales would go up, or down? And did they go up? Or down?


Re: We've heard enough from experts

And to all the down-voters: That's the internet equivalent of sticking your fingers in your ears and saying, "Lalalalalalalalalalala. Don't want to hear the good news!"


We've heard enough from experts

These are the same economists who said the vote would cause a ~9,600 increase in unemployment in July, right? Oh wait, unemployment fell by 8,400.

These are the same economists who said the vote would cause a slump in retail spending in July, right? Oh, wait, retail sales rose by 1.4% in July (bonus challenge: spot brexit in this graph).

These are the same economists who said the vote would send the FTSE100 through the floor, right? Wait, what, the FTSE100's up? Oh, no, don't look at that, it's not a good indicator. Look at the FTSE250 instead. What, that's up too? Shit, better issue a new doom-and-gloom report on trade.

I'm getting pretty sick of this BS. What's the point in issuing a report that essentially says, "Hey, look, if we make all the worst-case assumptions, things look pretty bad!"? So far all bar one of the expert economic predictions have proved exactly wrong (the exception is the value of the pound - as an exporter, I'm not complaining). The only person who's been consistently right turns out to be Michael Gove: The "experts" know bugger-all.

Prominent Brit law firm instructed to block Brexit Article 50 trigger


What a horrible waste of time and money

AFAICT, the basis of this action is that the country's entry to the European Union happened through the European Communities Act 1972, and triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon treaty without an act of parliament would be using prerogative powers to override that legislation. Since the prerogative powers are generally subject to legislation, as the sovereign-in-parliament is sovereign, not the sovereign, then using them to override legislation in this way would be unlawful.

But. The Lisbon treaty was added to UK law by the European Union (Amendment) Act 2008. So doesn't that legislation incorporate the Lisbon treaty into UK law, giving the government the right to trigger article 50 when it wants?

I'd be interested to hear informed opinion counter to this position; as far as I can tell, existing legislation enables the government to trigger article 50 without a new authorisation from parliament.

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Re: RSS Feed Links

Though it seems to have reverted. Was I part of some A/B testing?


Re: RSS Feed Links

Nice to see this fixed recently.

Why you should Vote Remain: Bananas, bathwater and babies



You have.... about 16 hours 33 minutes. Get cracking.


Some stuff to like in here, but some of it is plain stupid.

You want eventually something like the Euro, but not much more political union. Meanwhile, European governments are pushing towards tighter political union in order to deal with the problems caused by the Euro. Y'see, currency unions don't work very well without corresponding fiscal unions, and since one of the big jobs of governments is still taxing and spending, for the Euro to work then major portions of government policy have to be decided at the European, not national, level. Hmmm.

You see the EU as "a defence against local knee-jerk narrow-mindedness at Westminster." Well, at least it's _honestly_ anti-democratic. You're saying, in about as many words, that you prefer to be ruled by unelected bureaucrats than by an elected government. Why not abolish parliament and bring back the personal rule?

"Why not push more of the enterprise and creativity (and probity and humour, even!) of the UK into EU institutions and make it work better for everyone?" Because we tried that; look at exactly what Cameron won. If this whole exercise has shown us anything, it is that the EU is unreformable because those who run it don't want change.

Labor's broadband policy decides 39% fibre is healthy NBN diet


AFAICT, the costing amounts to, "FTTP will cost about the same as FTTN, assuming that FTTP costs are considerably less than what they actually are." 'Fantasy economics' seems about right.

England just not windy enough for wind farms, admits renewables boss


Re: selective use of facts

Yep. For instance, he quotes 'REF's current "real" spot price' for wind energy as £101/MWHr. This might be true, but is heavily cherry-picked. The monthly average for May was more like £65/MWHr and the monthly average hasn't topped £100 since May 2013, generally hovering around £75 +/- £10 since then. It's still above the wholesale electricity price, but then the wholesale price is subsidised.

Brits who live in 'smart cities' don't really know or care



What are smart cities?

'Toxic' WIPO catches flak as US congressmen call for Gurry's head


"Rouge countries," eh?

Typical "red under the bed" politics from congress, then.

Canonical accused of violating GPL with ZFS-in-Ubuntu 16.04 plan


Re: @HCV - I don't quite get your point

Spot on. The problem is that the Linux kernel folks view compiling a kernel module as "creating a derivative work" of the Linux kernel. It is a fairly fine line - the GNU folks have always regarded linking a library into a piece of software as creating a derivative work of that library and I believe have won this point in court, though I can't point to the case off the top of my head. This is why there is also the LGPL, which allows creating this sort of derivative work without forcing the (L)GPL onto the derivative.

The kernel has no such exception for linking, so the question becomes, when does loading a kernel module cross the line into linking a dynamic library? There are arguments both ways here.

Boffins' 5D laser-based storage tech could keep terabytes forever


What's not to like?

Well, I don't see any numbers for read or write speeds...

GCHQ Christmas Card asks YOU the questions


Re: Very cryptic

And attempting to load the image through the link in the article grinds to a halt part-way through. Maybe the first challenge is to get the image to load?

Wikimedia sweeps shill accounts after stunt doubles, waterparks scammed



The English Wikipedia currently averages about 10,000 new accounts *every day*. What good is having a clear-out every two years where you purge 400 of them?

Samsung smart fridge leaves Gmail logins open to attack


Oh, come on!

This is BORING! Can we have an interesting security vulnerability now, please? Who on earth looked at this and thought, "Oh, we don't need to verify server certificates! It's not like the rest of the world does it!"

Canadians taking to spying on their spies


Good, but don't hold out hope

The internet is an echo chamber that tends to sound progressive, libertarian and left-wing; too often the electoral reality comes as a profound shock to the twittering classes, who thought they had the event sewn up.

Wikiland turns to Shapps and says ‘those emails you wanted, we deleted them, sorry’


Surely acting in a partisan manner during a general election is acting in a partisan manner during a general election, whether the opposition won or not? The only relief to be felt that Shapps didn't lose his seat should be because he's probably a bit less determined for vengeance.

Microsoft Edge web browser: A well-presented mea culpa


Or, in other words...

It's fast but lacks any features you'll need for anything beyond reading text websites. But we're hopeful that Microsoft will do the right thing and fix the problems and fill in the features.

Just like they did with IE.

NHS blows £5 MILLION on delayed Care.data


Editorial failure

Thats "£5 MEEEELLION," surely.

Samsung gets KINKY with new Galaxy in 50 SHADES OF GREY


It looks like a fork

In fact, it's the Galaxy Fork.

With built-in calorific analysis, it can determine how much weight you're putting on as you eat it. The built-in accelerometer lets it count mouthfuls, giving you a breakdown of calories per mouthful and how this changes through the mean, and also to estimate lifetime fatigue damage on your crockery. An optional NFC device allows it to individually identify your plates (when the appropriate labels are applied), and the data gathered is uploaded to Samsung's Plate cloudy big data analysis system, giving you estimates of when you should replace each piece of crockery to avoid accidental in-dining breakage experiences.

Behind the scenes, of course, Samsung will be selling your crockery damage data to plate manufacturers, allowing them both to optimise plate lifetime and to target advertising to those whose plates are more worn.

Spent the weekend watching Game of Thrones? You're a FAT LONELY SADDO


Just one remark


Mine's the size 25 with the empty address book in the pocket.



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