* Posts by kiwimuso

246 posts • joined 13 Nov 2010


BOFH: You say goodbye and I say halon


Re: Royal Institution lecture

@R Boyce

"There's a very interesting clip from an RI lecture on the use of 15% oxygen. Largely fire-proof but safe to breath."

Ah, that explains what happened to me when I was working in Mexico City and for a weekend side trip I did a Gray Line trip to climb Popacatapetl. (Yes, what could possibly go wrong!)

We drove up the mountain on Friday night, where we were to spend the night at a lodge at 12,000 feet.

As we were due to wake up for the climb at some ungodly hour of the morning like 4.30, I went outside for a last cigarette (as I was still smoking then) but was denied the pleasure as my cigarette lighter would not ignite.

I think I was aware at the time that it was probably reduced oxygen at that height, but this explains it much better.

It also explained the effect we felt when testing our then new CO2 fire suppressant system in our new computer room, where the gas was discharged and the testing engineer allowed us into the room after it had mostly cleared. I remember it was a weird feeling as it it felt like I had run a marathon, as in shortness of breath without doing any actual exercise. Exactly the same feeling I got at 15,000 feet on Popacatapetl, although at that point I had been exercising rather a lot, but the shortness of breath feeling was exactly the same.

Icon, 'cause that's NOT what happened.

Yes, another channel to watch.

The lights go off, broadband drops out, the TV freezes … and nobody knows why (spooky music)


Re: Bundled TV over internet "service".

@Alistair Dabbs

".....all sorts of mental equipment."

Mental equipment? Like a brain, perhaps????

This always-on culture we're in is awful. How do we stop it? Oh, sorry, hold on – just had another notification


Re: Not office hours? No contact


.....90 day sales figures at 4:50pm the evening before a 9am presentation they are planning to make....

As I used to quote, "lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part."

Or words to that effect.

US Air Force announces plan to assassinate molluscs with hypersonic missile



It is - if it's your harbour/waters!!!!

Lessons have not been learned: Microsoft's Modern Comments leave users reaching for the rollback button


Re: "Modern Commenting"

""not because they were necessary or fulfilled specific needs but just for the sake of change."

Well how else are these companies supposed to sell more products if they didn't keep up the changes!

"Change for change's sake" should read, "change for profit's sake".

Preliminary report on Texas Tesla crash finds Autosteer was 'not available' along road where both passengers died


Re: I'm looking forward to seeing them sold in India

Further to the above post, when I briefly worked for 6 months in Mexico City, driving there was a whole new ball game.

The city is made up (mostly) of alternative streets operating in a one system in opposite directions. These roads seemed to be up to about 6 lanes wide which posed rather a problem if you were in one of the centre lanes and realised you had to make a turn.

If the cross street was going right to left and you wished to turn left from somewhere in the right hand lanes, one attempted to get to the right and positioned one's car in front of the others already waiting at the lights, thus being first away when the lights changed in your favour.

It was even more exciting when trying to turn right and didn't happen to be in the right most lane, in which case, again, one followed local custom, and simply signalled to the right, and started to make your turn from whichever lane you happened to be in. Fortunately, the locals seemed to realise that it was going to happen from time to time, and kindly let one turn without much ado.

I once had the situation, where 3 cars, all in adjacent lanes were turning into the side street all at the same time. Me? I was the sucker out in the 3rd lane.

All 3 cars successfully made the turn.

P.S. that was in 1992, so my memory may be a bit astray about the number of lanes on those roads, but it was lots. It may of course, have changed completely by now, but I fear it is probably worse these days.


Re: I'm looking forward to seeing them sold in India


"....you push the nose out until there is only enough road left for n-1 streams."

Exactly how I learned to negotiate the roundabout at Hyde Park Corner in London in the early '70s when I first got to London.

I was dutifully waiting, giving way to traffic already on the roundabout, as proscribed, then realised after a while that if I continued to do that, I would never get out, because the traffic was unending.

I also adopted the 'black cab' method as described above, which is just slowly edge out until some kind soul let's one in.

My first lesson in driving in London's heavy traffic.

End-to-end encryption? In Android's default messaging app? Don't worry, nobody else noticed either


Re: Just another Google project

Really? Who told you that?

Incidentally, I use SMS all the time for brief messages, as do 100% of my friends.

I tried to remove myself from a family group on Messenger, which could be used as an alternative except for the reason I removed myself. My phone was constantly pinging because someone had put something on Messenger which was nothing to do with me, and then lots of people started adding their 2 cents worth. Bloody drove me mad.

I was then reinstated by one of the family because I was "one of the family" so I turned off notifications, so now I have peace and quiet. The downside is I miss out on some of the news, but as we use SMS or an actual phone call to communicate one-on-one, it's not a great loss.

Samsung to introduce automatic call blocking on Android 11-capable flagships



"...only accept calls from people who are in my address book? If it's anybody else I don't want to speak to them"

So you don't want to talk to someone who is trying to reach you to inform you that your wife/child/other has been involved in a nasty accident, or has been arrested etc,etc.

Nice to (not) know you sir or madam.

BTW, I (nearly) always answer the phone, but if there is dead silence on the other end I hang up as it is almost certainly a computer generated call prior to handing over to a real person.

If it was a real person who is a bit slow in responding, then they will/can phone back. Or not. Up to them. I'm not bothered either way.

Simple, and doesn't get me wound up, nor do I have to chase numbers to block. Cost me, oooh, all of 10 seconds.

TomTom bill bomb: Why am I being charged for infotainment? I sold my car last year, rages Reg reader


Re: As I read that

Dear werdsmith.

You really do have a comprehension problem with the English language, don't you.

BoJo buckles: UK govt to cut Huawei 5G kit use 'to zero by 2023' after pressure from Tory MPs, Uncle Sam



"Build from scratch high availability platforms to host a myriad of s/w that will scale up to millions of subscribers without falling over? Good luck with that..."

It's quite simple. You buy Huawei products, as they are acknowledged to be the leaders, analyse the shit out of them (i.e. pinch the IP) improve of the sloppy coding, and voila! Success!!

If you can't learn off successful companies, what else are you gonna do?

Academics: We hate to ask, but could governments kindly refrain from building giant data-slurping, contact-tracing coronavirus monsters?


Re: In the Antipodean version... @Magani

" this is just as believable as the Tooth Fairy, Easter Bunny, Santa et al."

Oi! You leave our Jacinda out of this.

A paper clip, a spool of phone wire and a recalcitrant RS-232 line: Going MacGyver in the wonderful world of hotel IT


Re: Proper lash up

The church at Hever Castle where Queen Elizabeth I's father Thomas Boleyn is buried is called the new church.

It was built in 950!!!

US prez Donald Trump declares America closed to those flying in from Schengen zone over coronavirus woes


Re: Green card holders and the immediate family of US citizens get a pass.

Arrange the following words into a suitable sentence.

door. horse. stable. bolted. locking

Un-fucking-believable!! That is all.

US Homeland Security mistakenly seizes British ad agency's website in prostitution probe gone wrong


@One does not drive on the wrong side of the road when visiting a foreign country by accident...

Oh yes, one does.

When I was working in the U.S. I had occasion to find myself driving on the wrong side of the road for several hundred yards until I realised.

I won't bore you with the details of how it happened, but it involved dual carriageways and single lane roads. Fortunately, the single lane road (2-way normal road) was a very quiet street, so no harm done but it focused my attention I can tell you.

T'was the only time so it worked.

I also know of several other expats working there at the time, who had similar experiences. Usually only happened once, though, fortunately.

Welcome to cultured meat – not pigs reading Proust but a viable alternative to slaughter


Re: ""What was a wistful daydream just five years ago is now an inevitability,""


"And sod the poor animals, eh?"

Poor animals, eh!

So, what are you intending to grow for the predators of this world, such as the cats, crocs, sharks etc.

Hell even birds and insects prey on other species. Not to mention whales!! Damned inconsiderate of them eating all that krill!! There oughta be a law against it.

Grow up!

It always amazes me that for some reason, humans eating other animals or beings is apparently immoral, but it's perfectly OK for the rest of the world's creatures to indulge themselves on their feathered and furry, not to mention exoskeletoned (and others) friends.

Traffic lights worldwide set to change after Swedish engineer saw red over getting a ticket



Hey mate, you obviously haven't driven in Auckland recently. More red light runners here than anywhere I've been - apart from Amsterdam.

And more and more red light cameras because of it. Doesn't seem to stop the stupid arses though.

Amsterdam as far as I could tell, you don't stop crossing the intersection until the cars coming from the other direction actually start entering the intersection. Even worse when bikes are involved. They go anywhere, anytime, presumably until somebody hits them.

Oh, and I would love it id they brought in flashing aamber (or red) lights when there is little traffic around. When arriving on Vipond Rd at the junction with and Whangaparaoa Rd, in Whangaparaoa

at 11 p.m., it is possible to sit there on a red light for several minutes with nary another vehicle in sight. Then of course, naturally, Whangaparaoa Rd goes amber/yellow precisely when the only car for several miles/kilometers approaches it. Thus pissing off unnecessarily both sets of drivers. This has happened even after several cars have stacked up at the lights in Vipond, all of whom, I would assume have triggered the in road loop sensor.

Bugger, maybe that's whats wrong. Someone forgot to install the loop, or forgot to wire it up.

Consumer campaign to keep receiving printed till receipts looks like a good move – on paper



Does no one ever use them to reconcile with bank/credit card statements?

That's the only reason we keep them, then unless needed for warranty purposes are shredded once a month.

And if you DON'T reconcile your bank/credit card statements, you have a naive trust in other people.

It doesn't happen often but we have found mistakes in both types of statement, not to mention small amounts charged to the credit card without authorisation. Small amounts may not matter to me personally, but if it's done by a single perpetrator against >100s people, it's a nice little earner for them.

Au my bog: Bloke, 66, on bail after 'solid-gold' crapper called 'America' stolen from stately home


Re: There's cheap crap, and there is expensive crap.

I cannot believe that El Reg's headline does not say something like:

Valuable art work (loo)ted from Blenheim Palace.

Or alternatively: Gold-plated crapper (loo)ted from Churchill's blingheim palace.

Icon, cause this happens sometimes in these places.

COBOL: Five little letters that if put on a CV would ensure stable income for many a greybeard coder


Re: IF Year > 50

Ha! First language I learnt (1966) was RPG, a bloody awful language which I detested as I found it completely illogical. Then on to BAL (IBM assembler) with which I have written most of my code at various places. My first shop was a savings bank which ran an online banking system on an IBM 360/30 which had a grand total of 32Kb (yes, "K" of "core" storage memory. Oh, and 2311 disk drives which from memory had around 7 or 8 Mb. ( 7.25 Mb according to this https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_IBM_magnetic_disk_drives#IBM_2311 )

I went to the UK at the end of the 60's and worked for a company making small model cars. (No, not Austin or Morris!) I was employed as a BAL "expert" but was sent on a COBOL course as I was supposed to write Assembler subroutines which could be called form COBOL programs to handle unit record functions. E.g. card reader, printer etc as the built in COBOL functions were apparently not up to par. Other than the course, I never wrote another COBOL program until many years later (1980's I think) back in Kiwiland I was doing a contract which involved taking Assembler programs written for an !CL something or other. I had to read through, understand what the program was trying to achieve then write specs so a COBOL programmer could re-write the programs, this time for an ICL 1900 series machine, which incidentally was a lovely machine to work on.

At the end of several weeks trying to sort through myriad spaghetti code, the high-ups decided that they couldn't spare anyone to do it, especially as they were all effectively junior programmers, so asked whether I could re-write them.

I said I would give it a go, and wrote the programs with my rather, by then, limited memory for COBOL by simply typing in the way I thought that the language should be, then ran it through the compiler. I seem to remember that it only took me a couple of compiles to get the syntax right (all the error codes were available online) and I think it took maybe a week of testing with corrections to actually replicate the assembler programs.

I thoroughly enjoyed the experience as it was a nice challenge and it amused me that the so-called high level language programmers were astounded that a mere assembler programmer could actually write structured code. I told them it matters not what language you used, structured code is still structured code. Most of the spaghetti code, i.e. unstructured code, usually came about because of management's insistence that any mods should be done as quickly as possible, rather than properly.

Bane of my life that was. I got to the stage, that when asked for a job estimate for how long a job would take, I never, ever gave them the quick, and nasty estimate. It usually didn't take much longer to do properly so that's what I quoted for. It was always accepted, as they didn't have much option.

Thank [deity] I've finished with all that corporate bullshit.

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


Re: Eh?


Not according to this.


Electric cars can't cut UK carbon emissions while only the wealthy can afford to own one


Re: Cool but mostly hype

(Like India's compressed air vehicle, the AirPod).

No, like France's compressed air vehicle, AirPod, which despite the country designator apparently being in Luxembourg, is actually located close to Nice, France


Crunch time: It's all fun and video games until you're being pressured into working for free


Re: How do people with children do it?

.....and as I heard someone say many years ago, and I have since used myself a few times: "Lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part

It got a laugh, if nothing else, but made the point.

City-obliterating asteroid screamed past Earth the other night – and boffins only clocked it just 26 hours beforehand


Re: What about auto-updates?

"Kiwi - I'm starting to think you are actually me! :-)"

And me!!!

White House mulls just banning strong end-to-end crypto. Plus: More bad stuff in infosec land


Re: Governments don't like to think of themselves as repressive


"The legislature sets the laws, reflecting the majority view of the people according to the mandate they stood for election on...."

Ah, there's your big mistake. They SAY they're representing their electorate, but, but, but, do they always!

It's the curious case of the vanishing iPhone sales as Huawei grabs second place off Apple in smartmobe stakes


Re: Marketing


"Would you buy a phone that can't do any of the Chat and Social Media Apps, no Netflix or just about any app that needs some sort of API key to work?"

Bloody oath, mate!!!

Tesla driver killed after smashing into truck had just enabled Autopilot – US crash watchdog


Re: What's the point?


apropos your comment re reaction time, surely, if you are relying on someone's brake lights to tell whether they are slowing or not, then in my opinion, you are driving far too close.

What happened to the "being able to stop in 1/2 the clear distance".

I hope that you are not following me if you are relying on my brake lights.

My first reaction to something (well) ahead of the car in front is simply take my foot off the accelerator. My second reaction is change down sufficient gears that if I have to accelerate suddenly to avoid anything, then I am always (well, mostly) in the right gear to do so. Brakes are the last thing I resort to unless of course it is an emergency due to some f***wit changing lanes suddenly without either a) signalling, or b) doing so so late that it becomes an emergency. Or even not bothering to signal at all.

You know, the sort of idiots you get driving on our roads daily, and all done at around 100 kph!

I get the feeling that the more so-called safety gizmos that they put in cars the worse the driving becomes. How about those people that rely entirely on those they are cutting in front of, to be alert and have good brakes, you know, like large articulated lorries. Darwin will out, no matter how many safety assist, or laws are in place.

As I have often said for many years now, "You can not legislate for idiots or the ignorant."

Boeing big cheese repeats pledge of 737 Max software updates following fatal crashes


Re: Car analogy, software emulation

"It is all about cutting costs. And the most obvious cost to cut is the meat-bags that require wages, and breaks, food, ....."

Perhaps 'management' should think about automating themselves then, as they are quite clearly the most expensive meat-bags on the company payroll.

It would solve the "golden handshakes" cost to the company as well. You know the ones where the CEO fucks up, the company loses vast amounts of money and maybe the share price drops like a stone and when they finally let the CEO go they still get paid a handsome payoff, because "it's in their contract"!

Most other staff just get fired if they screw up.

Icon, 'cause it seems obvious to me.>>>>>>

SpaceX Crew Dragon: Launched and docked. Now, about that splashdown...


Re: Make them an offer?

No, no! The answer is obvious.

One of the launches drags a looong rope behind it. When it reaches the ISS, the waiting crew drag it in after it has been connected to an also suitable length hose, then just pump up the fuel that you need. Then for other commodities, like food, they could be shipped in small canisters in the same hose as the fuel.

icon> or it may be a reasonable idea. I was taking my cue from Arthur C. Clarke's "space elevator" concept.

U wot, m8? OMG SMS is back from dead


Re: Con Man's Delight


Jeez! Don't tell me you Yanks STILL use cheques!

I haven't written a cheque (or even a check) in years. In fact to be precise, December 2015!!!

Everything is done online or via a card of some description.

Pandas so useless they just look at delicious kid who fell into enclosure


Re: Perhaps

@Michael Wojcik

"....not closely genetically related to kodiaks or other ursinae."

There's always one, isn't there!

There's always one person that has to spoil a perfectly good commentard forum with actual science!!!

....and yeah, I know I'm a bit late to this party!!!

Fake news? More like ache news. Grandma, grampa 'more likely' to share made-up articles during US election


Re: Respect my authoritay

"I'm in my late 60s and it's the people older than me who often don't get it."

I'm 75 and I'm often being accused of being overly cynical.

I wonder why!

Suffice to say that my extreme cynicism started probably 20 years ago and has strengthened over the years.

Of course I implicitly believe "everything" I read in El Reg - well sometimes, when there are citations and all that jazz.

I have decided that most news seems to be opinions rather than hard facts. The opinions may be based around facts, but they are only opinions of the particular journalist as far as I can make out. No better than my own impeccable opinions!

Attention all British .eu owners: Buy dotcom domains and prepare to sue, says UK govt


Re: Wow, it's almost...

@Alan Brown

"Of course when the NZ population voted overwhelmingly for PR and MMP,"

So of course, New Zealanders voted for the most "undemocratic" system offered.

Oh, it's proportional all right, but no one get to vote for those on the "list".

A party can shove any old hack on their list and if the numbers come out right, they get in as an MP.

Democratic? Hell no!

Um, I'm not that Gary, American man tells Ryanair after being sent other Gary's flight itinerary


Re: It'll never happen...


"Wish there was some way to fix it (if anyone knows how, let me know, will be a great help)"

Well if you know the email address of the other person, then why not email them and suggest that they get in touch with their garage or whoever and correct the mistake.

The Great British Curry: Put down the takeaway, you're cooking tonight


Re: You call that a cheat ?

@I ain't Spartacus

I've developed an even easier method for perfectly cooked, separated rice with NO measuring at all.

Put a quantity of rice in saucepan. Cover with cold water for 10 minutes or so, or don;t even bother with this step.

Drain the rice if you have soaked otherwise just ensure water is a good knuckle above the level of rice, about a centimetre or so.

Bring to the boil. Boil for 4 minutes, max 5. Drain rice, (I use a sieve) place rice back in saucepan, put lid back on, put it on the lowest heat you have for 10 minutes. It might even work just with the residual saucepan heat alone. I haven't tried that as I have induction hobs which enables me to set an extremely low heat).

What you will finish up with is perfectly cooked rice, still slightly al dente, all separate grains, and even better, nothing stuck to the pot. If you don't want it al dente, cook it for 5 minutes.

Depending on your rice, you might even get away with 3 - 4 minutes boiling.


What a meth: Woman held for 3 months after cops mistake candy floss for hard drugs



Well the problem with that is I, and I'm sure many others, have no idea what any of these drugs look like so couldn't possibly know what substances I should not have in my car in case they were mistaken for an illegal substance.

Big data at sea: How the Royal Navy charts the world's oceans


Re: Not being a noisy neighbour


"Arbitrarily throwing explosives off the back of the boat isn't accurate enough for those purposes!"

Maybe, but much more fun!!! Just not for the marine life.

Has science gone too far? Now boffins dream of shining gigantic laser pointer into space to get aliens' attention


Re: This seems quite irresponsible

@ hoola

As always, just because you can, doesn't necessarily mean that you should!!!

Budget 2018: Landlords could be forced to grant access for full-fibre connections


Re: Market distortion ...

By Jove, you must have missed the bit about not being able to contact, or getting no response from the owner(s) in order to obtain permission - or not!

No response to request? Then permission granted by court order.

At least, that's the way I see it. Perhaps you have better/different comprehension skills than I.

Don’t fight automation software for control, just turn it off. FAST


Re: I'll still be driving myself thanks.


I love your optimism. Tradespeople and the like who work from their vehicles, and carry loads of tools, perhaps not so much.

Cyborg fined for riding train without valid ticket



"How does that work with a debit card and a credit card, both with contactless chip?"

Ha. Ha. You need separate cards for debit & credit? How quaint.

I have a single card used for either. At the time of the transaction I choose which I shall use for payment, bank account or credit card.

Very eco-friendly as well (if we're going down that route) as one bit of plastic less for landfill when it expires.

Remember the Yorkie pizza horror? Here's who won our exclusive Reg merch...

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Re: Northerners... @ I ain't Spartacus

"Chips with gravy is already an abomination "

Personally, I think that smothering chips in vinegar is an equal abomination, and also makes the chips go soggy.

Whatever heathen thought that vinegar (vinegar, for Deity's sake) is an appropriate condiment to drown chips with, needs to be flogged within an inch of his benighted life.

In fact, any sort of liquid addition to chips is an abomination. Although I must admit to a partiality to the continental habit of mayonnaise, and maybe, at a pinch, a smidgen of tomato ketchup. But only to dip said chips into as required, not actually smothering them and ruining the texture. Certainly not the abominable, overly sweet tomato sauce much beloved by other Kiwis!! I lost my taste for over sweet foods a long time ago.

Now awaiting the copious down votes from other heathens.

User stepped on mouse, complained pedal wasn’t making PC go faster


Re: It was funny but she did learn stuff there.

"I knew a bloke once (a lawyer, so entirely thick)"

That should have been, of course, NOT entirely thick, but on reflection maybe my original mis-comment was correct.


Re: It was funny but she did learn stuff there.

@ Ken Hagan

"The computer age for nerds dates from WW2. The computer age for normal people started around about 1990....."

Good God! How old are you! The computer age started to go mainstream at the very least, by the early 60s. I was writing RPG (ugghh!), Assembler, and later PL/I since 1966 for a bank first of all, then later after skiving off to the UK, more Assembler, COBOL, then later again 8086 assembler.

I agree that it started way earlier than that, but that's when it became mainstream - even here in New Zealand. My first job at the (savings) bank was for an online banking system, which incidentally was waaayyy before the Poms, judging by the banking system there in the early 70s.

I might add, that if the oldies didn't get it, I would suggest that was more the fault of the instructor rather than the pupils. If you have never struck a concept before, then saying "click on an icon" is totally meaningless, as is expecting anyone to know instinctively what a mouse was and how to use it. I knew a bloke once (a lawyer, so entirely thick) who was never shown how to use one, but managed to eventually work it out for himself. The only thing was, he held the mouse back to front, with the "tail" trailing over the front of the desk. Consequently any instruction to "right" or "left" click was totally arse about face for him.

Happily retired now and nearly 75, there are some modern concepts that people take for granted that I sometimes have a struggle with. Being used to a Samsung tablet and an Android phone, both with home and back buttons, I recently purchased an iPad which of course only has a single button, and of course these days no user manual to get you going. I am still learning new stuff on it because it operates quite differently to Android. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to switch to another open app (amongst other things). Oh yeah, totally intuitive. I figured it out because I worked out that there had to be an easy way, so tried all sorts of gestures, swipes etc, until stumbling upon it.

Incidentally an "intuitive" interface is all in the eye of the beholder. If you've written the interface then of course it's intuitive. Not so much for other people. I still have problems with a lot of website interfaces which in my humble opinion are a pile of garbage. It is also NOT clever to put yellow writing on a light brown background or vice versa. And there are several other colour combinations that do not work all that well either.

But then what would I know. I've only had over 40 years experience or writing software, designing interfaces, and learning how people handle such things. First rule, do not assume that you know what works for people, just because you understand it.

BTW why is El Reg using an American dictionary in a UK publication? It just flagged up "colour" which everyone knows is the correct spelling despite the efforts of some to "simplify" English.

California Senate OKs net neutrality law, gives FCC cold hard long stare

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Re: All well and good but...

@ JohnFen

"Nationalize the physical infrastructure."

Bingo! Or close to it.

Here in New Zealand, all telecoms were handled by Telecom which devolved from the old Post Office which handled (apart from postal duties) telephones and exchanges.

When they started playing games with external ISPs the government of the day stepped in and essentially told them to hive off the infrastructure as a separate company. So now we have Telecom (renamed to Spark, which I hope isn't an indication of things to come) and Chorus which is responsible only for the network. The government put in place certain controls to limit Chorus' ability to play favourites or whatever and also charged them with installing fibre nationwide (as far as is currently practical, so mainly main centres at present).

Chorus installs and maintains the networks and rents out use of same to the various providers.

Spark now becomes just another ISP vying for customers along with any other ISPs. Currently I have the ability to choose from at least 4 or 5 main providers (all offering deals I might say) over fibre or still VDSL if that is your preference although I can't see that choice lasting long as most fibre offerings are priced around the same as ADSL/VDSL. There are probably more but I can't be arsed looking them up.

So, what we have is a private company (possibly with some government shares in it, I know not) but regulated to a point to prevent any jiggery-pokery. Seems to work very well for us.

I love a free market, but some times it needs a little regulation to keep the sharks at bay.

I may have some of the details not quite right, but in essence, the above is the way it more or less works

OK, who had 'Montana' in the net neutrality state pool? Congratulations


Re: They have no right to do that

Ah, leave the stupid troll alone.

The fact that most, if not all, of the rest of the Western world and a lot of the non Western world manages to operate quite successfully on an open internet without breaking it will never convince idiots like this.

They simply spout bollocks to hear the sound of their own voice and don't even have the wit or intelligence to realise that they ARE talking a load of bollocks.

Destroying the city to save the robocar


Re: Obviously the solution is....

"The Netherlands seems to be rather warm in winter... being a marine climate probably helps."


How come then that when I had a 6 month contract in Amsterdam including the Christmas period, the canals started icing over. Not completely, admittedly, but any ice forming in the main city canals would seem to indicate a temperature below zero.

I can also vouch for the temperature as I cycled from the Jordaan district out to near Schipol/Amstelveen most days.

Icon, because I needed a bit of this after my journeys to and from.....


Re: Obviously the solution is....

"Automated wheelchairs."

Have a look at this as a possible solution to your problem.


All it needs is the automatic routing bit.

Should be a piece of cake to implement.

Social network smacks back: Accusers say it helps recruiters target age-groups in job ads


Re: age discrimination

"And not very bright."

You're making the mistake of conflating "being on Facebook" as actually "using it".

I made the mistake of signing on many years ago, but I rarely use it, but do occasionally get notifications of some of my rellie's doings and current whereabouts. Most of the time I get notified of what they had for breakfast. Delete!!! And they seem happy to post photos of their young children all over the Interwebz via Facebook, and no doubt other "social media", of which, mostly, I have no idea about, and definitely no desire to join.

el Reg is sufficient to keep up with the wider world of tech to which I once belonged. I have even managed to persuade viewers of my LinkedIn account that I am now retired, and have no need to be approached for my "ideal job opportunity".

Another UAV licence price hike? Commercial drone fliers rage over consultation



re Jon Smit

I think, codswallop yourself. If you cared to peruse his comment reasonably carefully, I doubt you will find any reference to the word "drone".

I think you are reading more into it than was actually stated. OTH it doesn't mean that a drone was NOT involved. He just doesn't state it.

Apologies if I am going blind and missed the reference myself.




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