* Posts by Shez

21 posts • joined 31 Dec 2010

Weird flex but OK... Motorola's comeback is a $1,500 Razr flip-phone with folding 6.2" screen


Re: Want one

Half the size, but twice the thickness

The safest place to save your files is somewhere nobody will ever look



Around 2000 I did a desktop rollout in a hospital, after the first few I got the first call to say a user had lost their favourites in Internet Explorer, could I go back to have a look. I had been backup up the favourites (for it was merely a folder in the user's profile or my documents folder) so wondered how it had been missed as I walked through the maze of corridors to the consultant's office.

Upon arrival I checked the favourites and sure enough, nothing there, I went to the back up from the old machine and checked favourites... still nothing. I asked the consultant to show me how she accesses her favourites. The consultant opened the browser, clicked the down arrow at the end of the address bar and pointed at the blank list that dropped down.

Possibly the most worrying thing is that I only have 6 bookmarks (as they're called in Chrome) because I do the same thing and my attempts to remember to save URL's in browsers properly have repeatedly failed.

HMRC 'disciplined' almost 100 employees for computer misuse over 24 months


Re: It's not clear from the article what the offences were.

Which is probably where the 8 people fired come in.

All this is really proving is that HMRC have methods and procedures in place for auditing, detecting and taking action against people who you wouldn't want handling the financial data of the country's citizens.

Good on them.

Tesco parking app hauled offline after exposing 10s of millions of Automatic Number Plate Recognition images


Free Parking

Tesco have made the parking free in Gateshead so there is some good which has come out of it.

Truckers, prepare to lose your jobs as UPS buys into self-driving tech


Re: Doomed to failure

DLR in London has been level 4 since it opened in 1987

Techies take turns at shut-down top trumps


Re: colourblind

I think Klingon would be preferred by many of the Data Centre colleagues I've worked with.

What made a super high-tech home in Victorian England? Hydroelectric witchery, for starters


I believe the swing bridge is still powered using the original equipment installed by Armstrong's company, although it's much rarer for it to swing these days.

Fixing a printer ended with a dozen fire engines in the car park


Re: Engage pedant mode.....

Water Vapour and Steam are both usually invisible.

Steam is a gaseous form of water (i.e. no air present). Water vapour describes molecules of water in the air, the water in the vapour can be small droplets of liquid water (multiple molecules joined together) or a gaseous form of water (individual molecules).

Steam can be released into the air where it will mix with the air and form a water vapour. The visible plumes which are often referred to as steam is the condensation of water vapour within the air to form droplets of a visible size - note this is still a water vapour because it is water in air.

You must be yolking: English pub to launch eggstravagent Yorkshire pudding


"And East Midlands "Airport"? You call that an aiport? That ain't an airport, THAT'S A LIE!"

have you ever been to Durham Tees Valley airport?

Batteries are so heavy, said user. If I take it out, will this thing work?


this must be why Apple made their batteries non-removable

How fast is a piece of string? Boffin shoots ADSL signal down twine


Re: If the engineer has a quiet moment...

you might be thinking of a ground start, which is where to signal to the exchange that the line has gone off hook, the phone briefly connects the ring wire to ground so the exchange can detect the current passing.

Western Dig's MAMR is so phat, it'll store 100TB on a hard drive by 2032



Maybe I've been spoilt by the historic increases in capacity, but a 10 fold increase in 15 years doesn't sound all that impressive to me. If that's because we're getting to the limits of the technology then I suspect another technology (whether that be flash or something else) will come along to take the low cost mass storage crown.

Gov claws back £645m in BT broadband from subsidy


"...and at least I'm not giving the BT weasels anything.

I've got to admit that I'm reasonably happy with EE's 4G->Ethernet widget. "

erm, not wanting to start another discussion like the BT/Openreach thing above, but you may want to look into who owns EE these days.

Private sub captain changes story, now says reporter died, was 'buried at sea' – torso found


Re: Starting to make sense.

Not only deliberately mutilated, with the arms, legs and head removed, but also in a way which appears to have been an attempt to prevent the buildup of decomposition gases, the torso was also attached to some metal as ballast.

It's sounding less like the honourable "sea burial" that was first implied, he clearly didn't want the torso to be found.

Drunk user blow-dried laptop after dog lifted its leg over the keyboard


I used to work in a hospital...

...it was never dog pee I had to worry about

This many standards is dumb: Decoding 25Gb Ethernet and beyond


Re: cat-8?

The category of cable refers to the cable alone, you can terminate a cable with any compatible connector you want, in this case RJ45 is compatible with Cat-7... it's just not supported or used much.

3... 2...1... and 123-Reg hit by DDoSers. Again


Re: Why oh why

yeah, the domains aren't really used so it's just cheap parking for me.

Slim pickings by the Biggest Loser: A year of fitness wearables


Re: left handers

I think ambi is short for ambiguous not ambidextrous when referring to sexuality

Smartmobe made 'intermittent bright flashes and a hissing noise' in Biz class seat


Re: Some sense at last

is it really that sensible to put an electrical device in an electrically conductive container full of water?

Ultimate bacon sarnie scrap starts to sizzle


Re: For me

"Much better to leave enough room under the grill to do both the toast and the bacon."

grill? - where does the grill come into cooking bacon? if this is the ultimate bacon sarnie it has to be fried - in the fat saved from the last lot of bacon, none of this olive oil malarkey.

Labour moots using speed cameras to reward law-abiding drivers


Speed is the answer

It seems that Labour (and many other motoring organisations) have overlooked the fact good driving is not all about speed. If they honestly believe that they can determine a good driver based purely on the speed they travel through a known monitoring point then they're wrong. Driving is a complex skill and any reward for good driving should take all elements of that into account.

I assume they only plan to reward drivers who not only stay within the speed limits, but those who use the inside lane, and who ensure they indicate correctly when pulling out to overtake before returning to the inside, and observe a suitable gap between themselves and the car infront, and keep their car in good working order (will the camera's check for broken lights even if they're not switched on, or deduct points for using fog lights unnecessarily), and who haven't just slowed down to pass through the monitored area, need I continue?


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