* Posts by zb

238 publicly visible posts • joined 10 Nov 2010


Microsoft! Please, put down the rebrandogun. No one else needs to get hurt... But it's too late for Visual Studio Online


Re: This is Microsoft

And what is next month's name?

Square peg of modem won't fit into round hole of PC? I saw to it, bloke tells horrified mate


Re: ain't no problem in the world that can't be solved with hot-snot

You forgot about the Araldite.

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


Re: ISP -> Internet Service Provider

So why use them for your email? Anyone whose access to email is conditional on continuing to be a customer of the ISP is asking for trouble.

Grab a towel and pour yourself a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster because The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is 42


Douglas Adams? Never heard of him. And take it from be that the pan-galactic gargle blaster is over-rated.

Who needs the A-Team or MacGyver when there's a techie with an SCSI cable?



I said that many times but there were never any computers around.

Tech can endure the most inhospitable environments: Space, underwater, down t'pit... even hairdressers


Re: Might have mentioned this before...

It must have been a very sticky situation.

Buzz kill: Crook, 73, conned investors into shoveling millions into geek-friendly caffeine-loaded chocs that didn't exist. Now he's in jail


Some people are so stupid that I think maybe I should scam their money before someone else takes it. The thing that baffles me is how they ever managed to q accumulate quite so much money that they become fraud targets.

GIMP open source image editor forked to fix 'problematic' name


Steady on, there is no need to use language like "forking", there may be women and children here.

Pokemon Go becomes Pokemon No as games biz Niantic agrees to curb trespassing addicts


Re: They had to go and ruin it

Younger players? A couple of days ago I came across a group of at least 20 players and nearly all of them looked to be 40+.

KNOB turns up the heat on Bluetooth encryption, hotels leak guest info, city hands $1m to crook, and much, much more


Re: Hur hur hur


Farewell to function keys and swappable SSDs in the new two-port MacBook Pro


Re: Function keys are useless, good riddance

Thinkpad owner here. That is why I bought one. The solution is in front of you.

How an ace-hole AI bot built by Facebook, CMU boffins whipped a table of human poker pros


Nobody has touched on the human and psychological angle. The top players place great store on their ability to spot "tells" and to avoid giving them. That is why they often wear hoodies,and dark glasses, and practise their poker faces. Maybe against a computer one of their important skills is worthless. Of course online poker is different.

Guy is booted out of IT amid outsourcing, wipes databases, deletes emails... goes straight to jail for two-plus years


No, the CEO would not be doing that. Maybe his wife or children sacrificed 10 hours of their time for $50k. The auditors will want some of that good fortune.

Or maybe it was a typo in the report?

Cop a load of this: 1TB of police body camera videos found lounging around public databases


Re: Terror?

Maybe it should have been terrorbites - from a rabid ISIS member

This weekend you better read those ebooks you bought from Microsoft – because they'll be dead come early July


Re: Par for the course

And we can only speculate where Muscleboy comes from :)


Re: Do pay, and they'll take it away

I would be more inclined to send the money direct to the artist/creator and let them decide if their publisher, agent etc have done enough to earn their cut.

Atari finally launches its VCS console. Again.


Stop sitting on the shelf, is it a goer or not?

DXC Technology exec: What should our brand be known for?


Re: Each year, DXC asks PWC to run an evaluation of its services

In the land of the blind the one-eyed man is king.

IT sales star wins $660k lawsuit against Oracle in Qatar – but can't collect because the Oracle he sued suddenly vanished


Re: Things are changing while we watch

But today behaviour like that gets you the White House.

Uncle Sam wants to read your tweets, check out your Instagram, log your email addresses before you enter the Land of the Free on a visa


Re: Require Social Media?

You are lucky that they don't ask for your El Reg login, you would never be allowed in again

I'll just clear down the database before break. What's the worst that could happen? It's a trial


I already used it twice today :)

London's Metropolitan Police arrest Julian Assange


Thanks to Assange

Am I the only one who is grateful to Assange? Finally there is something in the news that is neither Brexit or Trump

Automated payment machines do NOT work the same all over the world – as I found out


In Sicily I loved the automated payments - compared with the alternative. The petrol pumps were automated on one side and "assisted" on the other. Spivvy attendants spot the rental cars and wave them into the assisted side where the perol costs 25% more.

The other gotcha is when filling the tank prior to returning it at the airport. The car has to be returned with a full tank but the automated system demands that you prepay for the amount of petrol you need. You have to sort this out with the aforementioned spiv watching and smirking.

5 reasons why America's Ctrl-Z on net neutrality rules is a GOOD thing


Re: @dan1980

Financialist? Wikipedia, the fount of all wisdom says:

Did you mean: financials

The page "Financialist" does not exist.

And that is one of the more enlightening web sites. Are you making this up?

Home Sec Amber Rudd: Yeah, I don't understand encryption. So what?


Don't confuse me with the facts

I already have my opinions.

US government: We can jail you indefinitely for not decrypting your data


Ridiculous, has anyone here ever heard of someone forgetting a password?

Which reminds me, I recently came across some old text files encrypted in vim. Can anyone tell me how to read them before the feds knock down the door.

Sysadmin bloodied by icicle that overheated airport data centre


Re: Welcome to the UK

Not just the UK, in my brand new apartment in Brazil all three showers had drainage points in the highest part of the floor. Must be something to do with being in the southern hemisphere and what Brazilians thinks of as down is really up

They did it on the balcony floor too!.

Huge ransomware outbreak spreads in Ukraine and beyond


Re: The next stage

Mathematically impossible, baseball bats pshaw! The politicians think that they can solve any problem with a new law.

Gordon Ramsay's father-in-law gets six months for hacking sweary super-chef's computer


Well pled.


Re: Yeah but...

I am shocked by her suggestion. Pulling out is not a good method of contraception. She should be ashamed of herself.

Sexbots could ‘over-exert’ their human lovers, academic warns


Re: "you're probably not going to be that bothered about human sex"

Reminds me of the old millionaire's adage:

"If it flies, floats or F***s: rent don't buy

'Upset' Linus Torvalds gets sweary and gets results


Safe space

I am not sure if kernel development will be able to continue when the millennium generation arrive, they will faint at the first message from Linus and demand a safe space

Wi-Fi baby heart monitor may have the worst IoT security of 2016


So the solution is to monitor your baby with a webcam, they have good security ... err ... I'll get my coat.

Boy, 12, gets €100k bill from Google after confusing Adwords with Adsense


Putting on my pedant's hat: yes a minor can enter a contract but not all are enforceable. Only contracts for necessities are binding.


Ludicrous Patent of the Week: Rectangles on a computer screen


Rounded corners

I hope it does not have rounded corners, Apple already invented them.

British bloke bailed after 'hacker plunders Pippa Middleton's iCloud'


He makes me proud to be British

At least it wasn't one of Putin's cyberlackies :)

Great British Great Bake Off gets new judge


Re: The BBC is skint?

It is probably a bit drastic to move to Brazii just to get good sports TV. I can get the golf majors, Tour de France, F1, Wimbledon, most important rugby internationals, loads of European soccer including live UK Premiership matches and loads more. Over half have commentaries in English too. Pity I don't get most Brazilian footie :)

WikiLeaks uploads 300+ pieces of malware among email dumps


Re: Peices

If you talk like Prince Charles hice is singular.

Google had Obama's ear during antitrust probe


Wow, Google have a hot line to the White House. Who would ever have thought that?

By 2040, computers will need more electricity than the world can generate


No big deal

Electric cars will be using all the world's electricity long before 2040 so plan to get rid of your toaster, computer, lights etc and live in the car.

The Reg Coding competition – 10 times as hard as the last one!


What about BASIC?

Huawei: Our fake phone camera pic shame


I would think that the people involved would know about EXIF data and be clever enough to edit it if they were trying anything dodgy. So my verdict is they are guilty of sloppiness rather than dishonesty

Russian government hackers spent a year in our servers, admits DNC


Hillary's mail server

I bet they hacked that as well.

The web is DOOM'd: Average page now as big as id's DOS classic


Google got lighter?

If you look at the source of their home page you will wonder how it got as big as it is. The statistics were:

266 Lines 42018 words 194,501 characters and 194502 Bytes.

All that to show a graphic, a few icons and a dozen or so words. Yes, I know it is a bit more complicated than that but ....

What's wrong with the Daily Mail Group buying Yahoo?


Re: Yahoo

"Curious - that's me too, and it's been like that for years. Anyone else?"

Does anyone use it any other way?

Mac hinge may change


Re: Whale oil beef hooked

You mean you will be unhinged?

Linux command line mistake 'nukes web boss'S biz'


But this all contradicts everything

we have been told about data security.

There are gazillions of web pages telling us how to safely dispose of hard drives. Everything from multiple overwrites to break them into a thousand pieces, heat them to 1000 degrees, grind them to powder and put it all in a safe for the next thousand years.

Now it seems that all one needs to do is run rm -rf as root "you just nuked your entire company.”

Did you know ... Stephen Fry has founded a tech startup?


Re: Cruel and viscious.

I think he meant 'viscous'