* Posts by pepper

294 publicly visible posts • joined 12 Jan 2011


BOFH: Why, I LOVE work courses. Please tell me more, o wise one!


Re: Raging River

Well, I always suggest killing the most hated Dave or Debbie(Slagathor if either one is really called like that), using their entrails to build a trebuchet or catapult(whatever is fancied) and then pling everything over to the other side, head to the winchester for a cold pint, and wait for this whole thing to blow over.

US Air Force: 'Loose tweets destroy fleets'


Elephant in the room

It's called a Elephant's march/walk :


ICANN banked $60m from dot-word auctions. Just what exactly is it going to spend it all on?


And let's be honest here. How many have the scam/spam alerts firing off when we see a .ping domain just as everyone thinks the .biz domain is solely reserved for spam.

I should really get to finding a list to block all those new domains.

US trade bods: No, your iPhone can't detect CANCER


Re: Minor slap

[Citation needed] when it comes to telling people it really works.

Huawei? Apple and Samsung's worst nightmare, pal


Or ships... Lot's of ships: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samsung_Heavy_Industries


Re: Whose worst nightmare? Samsung's! Not Apple's.

Well, it is generally considered to be a place where some sort of continued civilization has occurred, even though it has seen plenty of power switches(much like ye old Mesopotamia). Another contender for one of the oldest civilizations is Egypt, which has also seen a continued existence of a society much with the same genetic makeup.

All in all, it's a silly/stupid statement that has not much merit from a historical perspective and generally paints with a extremely overtly big brush.

GCHQ: We can't track crims any more thanks to Snowden


Did they just admit to being incompetent and useless and given the figures or years gone yonder and these days, can we then safely presume that they really never served a tangible purpose?

I think I'm starting to fancy their current 'openness'.

Google Tax part 94: EU's H-dot wavers over copyright levy


Bit hazy on the details, but isnt it just delisting of the news websites in news.google? I can still happily find them by a normal google search.

What baffles me more is that if users find google's offering so useful, why havent the news agencies made their own offering? Seems like a winner to me if properly executed.

And on the 'blackmail' part, you cant expect to force a website to list you, and pay you for the honour if they wouldnt want to? I understand the monopoly google has but dont these laws affect all search websites?

All in all, I dont really get the problem.

HORRIFIED Amazon retailers fear GOING BUST after 1p pricing cockup


Re: parking on hills...

And using the gear for parking and not the handbrake in the winter to avoid the handbrake freezing stuck!

Searching to destroy ... Bing? Facebook JILTS Microsoft


Re: Does this article...

What do you mean Warm? I thought Slashdo.... Oooooooh.


Re: Does this article...

Yep, the images are too big on the site, doesnt make any sense at all. Especially for a context less purpose as in a article like this.

Brit gun nut builds working sniper rifle at home out of scrap metal


Re: Scrap metal?

Indeed, scrap metal would have led me to believe the author when on a metal-casting binge and decided to smith it into a replica weapon!

Nice job nonetheless, must have been very satisfying!

UK flights CRIPPLED by system outage that shut ALL London airspace


Re: Backup plan?

AWACS are indeed the backupplan, although there should always be a active secondary cover airborne, might be the replacement ships.


No, you have secondary radar and control systems(part militairy) that can take over in a emergency. Not sure what is going on right now but it might be more then just a power failure.

I remember reading about a software error that caused the reported altitude to be wrong in a piece of software for the ATC, I think that was in San Francisco.

Devs: Barack Obama's gunning for your job!


Re: Let me guess: "Hello, World!"

I take it you first had to design and build your own engine before being allowd to drive a car? How about first learning to cast the steel?


Re: Let me guess: "Hello, World!"

Alright, but that is a archaic technology not really being used on a day to day basis anymore, atleast not in direct interaction for most people, and it's more in the domain of the Electrical Engineer then a programmer/coder that would possible design a interface or a website. It's a wide field nowadays, nothing like it was in its beginning, and yes I understand the value of going back to basics but its not a good introduction at all.

You dont teach people to fly by throwing them off hills in the old gliders or the wright flyer, we have passed that stage no matter how interesting it might be.


Re: Let me guess: "Hello, World!"

Copying code from others or a book is how most people start... How did you start coding then? Did it all magically drop down from the skies by the gods of bits'n'bytes?!

Égalité, Fraternité - Oui, peut-etre. Liberté? NON, French speedcam Facebookers told


Re: I just can't be arsed anymore!

> (*) If you're in the right lane and passing traffic then the guy in a X5 or woman driving a MX5 (it's usually > one or 'tother) sitting 2 metres off your bumper at 80mph, gesticulating and flashing lights can take a long > walk off a short pier. It's tempting to "brake check" them, isn't it?

It did cross my mind but I would have expected this gentlemen to swerve into me the first oppertunity he got. When he passed me it was obvious that he also wasnt paying the attention he should to maintaining control of his vehicle.

In retrospect, I should have flipped him off after he started flashing his lights(which is illegal where I live). But oh well, better let him trundle off and wait behind the other traffic just ahead.


Re: I just can't be arsed anymore!

Aye, I do that as well, and I've noticed that speeding doesnt yield me any time advantage anyway.

Just today some plonker was hugging my tail and flashing his lights because in his opinion I obviously wasnt overtaking the traffic quick enough, even though I was doing 125KM/H and overtaking lorries that were doing 90KM/H... Then again he could have overtaken me earlier and was probably miffed that he didnt do it. In retrospect I should have shown him the finger.

Also, I could still see him ahead of me 4 minutes later...

How HAPPY am I on a scale of 1 to 10? Where do I click PISSED OFF?


Re: @Stoneshop (was: Such surveys are invented by marketards.)

Owning a plane isnt that expensive, and if you enjoy flying a N amount of hours a year then it already quickly evens out compared to renting. I even know some people that got the certification required to do their own maintenance on their aircraft cutting the costs even more.

Holy sh*t! Amsterdam man in pop-up public toilet shock horror


Re: Comedy gold right there!

Aaah yeah, but it looks like the lid literally blew off and launched the moped. I've also heard reports that the man actually wished to employ the rising lavatory at the time. Not sure how he would have missed the moped anyway...


The victim actually suffered major injuries and has been transported to a hospital.

At the bottom, 'zwaargewond' means heavily wounded. In this case it refers to his belly.


I'M SO SORRY, sobs Rosetta Brit boffin in 'sexist' sexy shirt storm


Re: Your comments confirm misogynist attitudes in IT

How adorable, the trolls are out in force skimming the interwebs. How very enjoyable!

Bit ranty though, you pretty much gave away the goal of your post right of the bat, best to use subterfuge a little more so we can get a little game out of it!

Also, making broad sweeping general statements is rather sexists, you also presume guilt without evidence and a host of other applications of bad logic. Are you yourself not what you accuse others of being?

Bible THUMP: Good Book beats Darwin to most influential tome title


Re: Important

Well, then I would argue that The Epic of Gilgamesh would blow any other suggestion right out of the water, twice as old and probably one of the most important works for establishing written script(from our current perspective that is).


Man brings knife to a gun fight and WINS


So the suspect actually managed to disarm a man with a gun that appeared at his door? That is actually quite impressive and sensible given the circumstances!

EDIT: Nevermind, the whole switcharoo got my confused for a second. The writing isnt very clear about who's who in this report.

Why US Feds and g-men kick up a stink about a growing smartphone encryption trend


Re: We say, they say.

Peter File?

Apple blacklists tech journo following explicit BENDY iPhone vid


Re: mind games

Actually, my best bet is that heat is a factor in the reported bending in pants, Especially since it seems to buckle at a weaker part. Why exactly I dont know because I'm pretty sure the design could functions with the right materials.

Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 FINE


Re: @Brenda McViking

I hate to break it to you but in a circuit is exactly the point at which something is about to pop up into your view, sometimes at the same height, different speed and converging angle. I take it you havent flown much in VFR traffic? It's just as bad as a kid jumping your plane, only then messier.

iPhone 6: The final straw for Android makers eaten alive by the data parasite?


Re: Premium Android

The Sony Z2 was on my to be considered list for a short while until I realized that I havent forgiven Sony yet for the Other OS fiasco on the PS3. I went with a LG G2 which is a damn fine phone!


Re: Vertu

The Z1 to 3 line seems very populair, I see that phone pop up everywhere in the past few months.

Jesus phone RAISED from DEAD. Watch iPhone 6 get BURNED, DROWNED, SMASHED


Heh, my father's iPhone 4S survived a similar ordeal only cause I have picked it up and placed it in a safe place multiple times. It's even better when he goes on that he cannot find his phone!

Why Apple had to craft a pocket-busting 5.5in Plus-sized iPhone 6 (thank LG, Samsung etc)


Re: Gaining hardware but losing software = losing market share?

Steve, yes it works on IOS 7 but that is not available for the iPhone 3GS, sort of frustrating since it's still a working device.


Re: Gaining hardware but losing software = losing market share?

Steve, the Podcast feature from the music player that could update and track podcasts is gone in the 6.18 IOS Software. I was a bit puzzled when I wanted to subscribe to podcasts but the device wouldnt allow me(even though all sorts of guides told me I could). This was on a iPhone 3GS. Turns out that Apple seperated the Podcast software from the Music Player, fair enough... Well no, turns out you can only install that on 4S versions and up(IOS 7+), effectively removing features from older models. I came across a few other instances of this as well. Add to that no good free software for podcasts for IOS 6 and well, it's just looking extremely shoddy.

Apple's big bang: iPhone 6, ANOTHER iPhone 6 Plus and WATCH OUT


Re: Few questions

Not sure the Nexus 4 has those, havent seen the fingerprint bollocks on any phone at all really. Most android flagship phones of last year did already have all of those features though, not sure the camera things are such a big deal, it looks more like marketing speak. If you do enjoy good camera's you can always check the HTC or Nokia phones, they are lovely.


Re: Well I never

So it's not gold but alloy'd gold. Great, seems redundant really.

Also, I've been heavily underwhelmed with Apple, seems like they are a year behind all the other flagship phones nowadays.

Jony Ive: Apple iWatch will SCREW UP Switzerland's economy


Re: When a design is essentially perfect why change it?

Aluminium can be a excellent and strong material to use if you alloy it correctly! Dont blame the material, blame the designer!!

BOFH: We CAN do that with a Raspberry Pi, but think of the BODIES


We got sensors like that where I work, when in the storage room behind a shelve it will turn off(badly placed sensor), so people always jam the door open with a fire extinguisher so that there is atleast light coming in. We also got a similair sensor in the riveting box that doesnt trigger if you are at the far end so it all goes black...

Wish we just had normal light switches..

Royal Navy parks 470 double-decker buses on Queen Elizabeth


Re: Kudos all round

I agree, this has been a very enjoyable saturday experiment!


Re: There are at least three options for multi-role aircraft TODAY.

Well, the F-16's are useless in a carrier configuration, the airframe is not build for it(One does not simply strengthen a airframe). The Arrestor is more a experimental emergency braking system next to the parachute system. Its not advisable to use it if you want to avoid lengthy inspections.

BOFH: On the contrary, we LOVE rebranding here at the IT dept


Re: GCHQ wants to know what NSA hasn't a clue about and isn't being recorded for reporting in leaks

Hey now! I like that he's back as well! It's like a eadon only then less annoying!

TrueCrypt considered HARMFUL – downloads, website meddled to warn: 'It's not secure'


Re: Thing is...

Heh, I just did a quick search for that Wajam company, I ended up on the wiki page and started reading the talk pages(which are often quite informative).

That company is massively trolling wikipedia in the hopes of getting any positive PR.

Welcome to Heathrow Terminal, er, Samsung Galaxy S5


Re: Airports are becoming luna parks - allowing customers to travel is not their main aim

Ah yes, the seven rings of hell.

Some worthy readings: http://www.skygod.com/quotes/airports.html

Apple, Beats and fools with money who trust celeb endorsements


Re: @Fihart re snakeoil

Haha thats gold, he seems to be mixing facts with fairy tales!

UK.gov data sell-off row: HMRC denies claims it'll flog YOUR private info


Re: Daily Mail?

@ Evan Essence

Not sure, did a quick search for his Open Data User Group, but it doesnt really exist on wikipedia(the link to it does...). I get a feeling its a recent rebranding of something else.




This whole Open Data User Group really just looks like a front for companies to siphon off private data, it appears to be under control of companies and doesnt really have any 'user' interest groups at hand, the british equivalent of the EFF/Bit for Freedom etc.

Dodgy all around really, if I wouldnt know better I would scream scam from the top of my lungs.

EDIT: There is a certain irony in his request for El Reg to "Please engage with the Open Data User Group for a balances view". Looks like his group himself never attempted any such thing!


Re: Daily Mail?

Btw, that open_paul lad joined up today and only made one post so far(the one above). So likely someone involved in the project or a shill. Or both.

Really? Sigh. Really? Apple's lawsuit against Google is REVIVED


Re: Consultation fees (@ pepper)

@Mephistro, it would be the only reality show worth watching also!


Re: Consultation fees

Hah good one, I've said it before and I say it again, employ the BOFH method of negotiations, N'th people enter, 1 person leaves, you will find a brick underneath your chairs. good luck!

Nokia halts sales of Lumia 2520 Win RT tablet over zap-happy charger


Re: Been there done that

Filhart, you might enjoy this reading:


I found it very enlightening concerning chargers.

I QUIT: Mozilla's anti-gay-marriage Brendan Eich leaps out of door


Re: It's a shame

"You can't take away rights someone doesn't have in the first place."

Blacks didnt have any rights either in many countries, doesnt make that situation a valid or just one.

Marrying black people as a white person was not done either half a century ago, look how we changed! I love the fact that churches are always trying to 'hijack' marriage, even though its a governmental instrument.

Seattle pops a cap in Uber and Lyft: Rideshare bizs get 150-driver limit


Re: Pure protectionism, folks

What really? Surely if you are a wine distributor it would be advantageous to be able to distribute online?