* Posts by Paul 195

199 posts • joined 20 Jan 2011

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5G mast set aflame in leafy Liverpool district, half an hour's walk from Penny Lane

Paul 195

Please, don't keep spelling it "idealogies". The word is "ideologies". I'm not engaging with the rest of your content though, which strikes me as the ramblings of someone with a narrow viewpoint pretending to be open-minded. And respect is something you should give to everyone, until they demonstrate they aren't worthy of it. This kind of "prove to me you are worthy of my respect" thing is pretty arrogant, don't you think?

PowerShell inventor Jeffrey Snover gets new gig driving ‘modern workforce transformation’

Paul 195
Trollface

The Return Of?

"“Applying the most important new technology (AI) to one of our most important assets (everything in O365).”

Clippy meets Skynet?

SAP proves, yet again, that Excel is utterly unkillable

Paul 195
Windows

Your number one competitor for almost any application you can develop is Excel. As well as the things it does well, it can be made to do *almost anything* to varying degrees of success.

Zuck loves free speech so much Facebook will censor 'anti-state' content in Vietnam after telcos 'crippled' access

Paul 195

Silicon Valley companies are deeply committed to building a better world that does not interfere with revenue or profits.

Stop worrying – Larry Ellison and Prez Trump will have this whole coronavirus thing licked shortly with the power of data

Paul 195
Facepalm

Re: Salvation from the Devil

The problem with the much touted Hydroxychloroquine treatment is that no-one really knows whether it works. Or what the dose should be for treating Covid 19. We do know that since Trump started using it to cover for the complete failure of public health policy in the US, that people have gone to hospital with chloroquine poisoning, and that patients prescribed Hydroxychloroquine for other serious conditions (like Lupus) are finding it hard to get their medicine. All without any real evidence that it helps treat Covid 19. See here https://edition.cnn.com/2020/03/23/africa/chloroquine-trump-nigeria-intl/index.html, and here https://jamanetwork.com/channels/health-forum/fullarticle/2764607 .

But @Bob, carry on believing what the orange man tells you. After all, the guy who had a full-blown toddler tantrum in front of the press today must be a more reliable source of medical iinformation than all those doctors saying, "hold on a minute".

Infosys fires employee who Facebooked 'let's hold hands and share coronavirus'

Paul 195
WTF?

Re: Misfiring joke?

I wonder why Muslims dislike the Indian prime minister? https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-50670393

Your unsubstantiated accusations about Muslims suggest that perhaps you share the prejudices of the thuggish BJP. Perhaps thuggish seems like a strong word? Then again, https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jan/13/attacks-delhi-universities-modi-muslims-allies

Not call, dude: UK govt says guaranteed surcharge-free EU roaming will end after Brexit transition period. Brits left at the mercy of networks

Paul 195

Re: Let's....

I'm looking forward to telling disgruntled Brexiteers who complain about higher charges, not being able to retire to Spain, etc: "You won, now get over it".

Dell slathers on factor XPS 13 to reveal new shiny with... ooh... a 0.1 inch bigger screen

Paul 195

Re: Hang on...

I've not found the combination of fingerprint reader/power button to be an issue at all on a Dell Precision 15 (last year's model). The power button only does anything if you actually push it, but it will read your fingerprint if you just touch it lightly. It's neat, tidy, and I only have to remember to push/touch one thing to get my laptop running and get into it.

No wonder Bezos wants to move industry into orbit: In space, no one can hear you* scream

Paul 195
WTF?

What about the workers?

99 comments on Bezos' implausible ideas about space, and nothing about his appalling attitudes toward worker safety. Or the fact that Amazon is apparently big enough to suborn the inspectorates meant to keep them safe. You don't need a good day to bury bad news, just a shiny object.

Bad news: 'Unblockable' web trackers emerge. Good news: Firefox with uBlock Origin can stop it. Chrome, not so much

Paul 195
Mushroom

GDPR

Since this is in breach of GDPR when can we expect to see some large fines being handed out? And since it requires the active co-operation of sites hosting the adverts, those organizations are presumably in breach and therefore also liable to fines?

Uber CEO compares pedestrian death to murder of Saudi journalist, saying all should be forgiven

Paul 195
WTF?

Simply awful

Uber - the only tech company who make Facebook look good by comparison. Is Zuckerberg paying them to run interference?

Microsoft embraces California data privacy law – don't expect Google to follow suit

Paul 195
Headmaster

Hi - good article, but not proofed to El Reg's usual meticulous standards, with a few sentences that aren't grammatical, have misspellings, or just don't quite make sense. Would someone like to run a ruler over it?

OAMigod! Microsoft has a cloud app spec for you – and hopes Rudr can't fail

Paul 195
WTF?

Re: Standards smandards

"The CEO and founder of Amalgam Insights has a bachelors in Women's and Gender Studies."

And the point you are trying to make, o anonymous coward, is what exactly?

'Ridiculous, rubbish, outrageous, complete bollocks': Just some reviews for Amazon's corporate contribution to Blighty's coffers

Paul 195
Flame

Companies like Amazon are treating us all like fools when they talk about how they pay all the tax they should and it's all fair and above boards. Murky corporate financial structures that enable them to siphon money from one jurisdiction to another are anything but fair. They are also playing a large part in the hollowing out of the domestic retail sector. Large retailers with bricks and mortar on the high street aren't able to avoid their tax nearly as easily, so their employees (who also pay PAYE etc) end up losing their jobs because they aren't competing on an even playing field. And the Exchequer loses the money it would have collected from those businesses that are now no longer viable.

Brit MPs: Our policies are crap and the political process is in tatters, but it's Twitter's fault, OK?

Paul 195

Re: "it has worsened the public's attitude towards them"

@Pascal Monett

I'm pretty sure the effect of shortening public discourse to what you can get over in 280 characters has done little to improve the quality of debate.

Paul 195

Re: The beginning of the end?

@tigra07

I must admit, I got a tiny thrill from the upvote. Is this how it starts?

Paul 195

Re: No s##t Sherlock...

I'm not a fan of Jeremy Corbyn, but his policies are not in any way "communist". They would have been the consensus view anytime before Thatcher. Saying that employees should be properly protected under law, and that large corporations and rich individuals should pay their share of tax is not communism.

Paul 195
Flame

The beginning of the end?

It seems quite likely that social media in general (not just Twitter) is having a damaging effect on public discourse. Facebook is being used to micro target particular groups with political advertising tailored to appeal to their prejudices. YouTube's tendency to "radicalize" vulnerable individuals has been the subject of many news articles. And Twitter is just a poisonous troll-den of like-minded people clubbing together to reinforce each other's prejudices before shouting at everyone who disagrees with them. Not to mention the misogyny and rape threats directed at women in public life. Plus, it's full of bots busy tweeting support for the indefensible.

A few years ago I believed that the growing incivility and unpleasantness of social media was a growing pain that would subside as we all found new norms of acceptable behaviour on these platforms. Now it would appear that a number of malicious actors have weaponised humanity's worst tendencies to turn us all against each other. The poisonous, shrill, shouty and above all moronic debate over Brexit is just the most visible symptom.

Now it's Terrance Dicks' turn to regenerate: Golden-age Doctor Who mainstay dies aged 84

Paul 195

Re: Sad that we've lost him

@Will Godfrey

I'm not the originator of your downvote, but you made two separate and unconnected statements in your original post. One of which was that you thought the writing in modern episodes left much to be desired. Some of the reboot era stories are actually better than those from the first time around, and some are just awful. Maybe someone was objecting to your blanket statement, rather than to "RIP Terrance Dicks". I'd hope no-one would downvote that.

Amazon: Carbon emissions from our Australian bit barns aren't for public viewing

Paul 195

Re: Not really sure...

@Bombastic Bob

Jeff Bezos is not a "lefty" by any stretch of the imagination. He does disagree with the great orange one about most things, but so did John McCain, and he wasn't a lefty either.

Jeff Bezos is a capitalist trying to build a monopoly, just like the good old robber barons of the early 20th century.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson moves to shut Parliament

Paul 195
Mushroom

Re: So, to sum up. . .

For an interesting comparison, the Brexit petition in favour of proroguing parliament managed to collect 304 signatures.

The petition requesting that parliament is not prorogued was gaining about 300 signatures *every ten seconds* this afternon. It's slowed down a bit now that (presumably) lots of people are travelling home from work, but it's still averaging around 250/second.

Paul 195
Facepalm

Re: Benito Jonsolini

Yeah. On the one hand, I tend to agree with those who say that insulting the intelligence of Brexiteers is condescending and counter productive. On the other hand, far too many of them make ridiculously stupid comments, like the one above about Verhofstadt.

Bomb-hoaxing DoSer who targeted police in revenge was caught after Twitter taunts

Paul 195
WTF?

Re: Not a Great Start in Life.

And of course, the small minded have downvoted your post, and the admirable post you replied to. And no doubt, this post as well.

Tesla’s Autopilot losing track of devs crashing out of 'leccy car maker

Paul 195

Re: Autonomous driving is months, years, or decades away

@Goresh No, but currently humans are doing a way better job of it than the machines. And in all sorts of weather and road conditions more challenging than Arizona highways in daylight...

You're not Boeing to believe this, but... Another deadly 737 Max control bug found

Paul 195

Re: Follow the money

Waterfall works reasonably well if you understand the requirements and problem space up front. Which for problems like "aeroplane should not fall out of sky" is probably the case. It does not work well when the thing being designed has to cope with constantly changing requirements, which often happens with commercial or enterprise software. Here Agile definitely works better. There are no silver bullets. Understand your tools and what they are applicable for, and don't use your hammer to put in screws.

Anyone else find it weird that the bloke tasked with probing tech giants for antitrust abuses used to, um, work for the same tech giants?

Paul 195

Re: Anyone surprised?

Spain, Nicaragua, Italy, Germany, Argentina, Uganda... nobody said all coups were right wing. Just the majority of them.

Paul 195

Re: Anyone surprised?

@naive

What a strangely appropriate moniker. The people running Facebook, Google, Amazon, etc probably see themselves as "liberals", but nobody could mistake them for "leftists". They are good old-fashioned capitalist monopolists. And Youtube and Facebook are by now well-known for basically showing people what they think they want to see. YouTube's unpleasant habit of showing more and more extreme material to viewers means that by now I would imagine your feed consists of flat earth videos, Klan rallies, and the occasional cute kitten.

Having bank problems? I feel bad for you son: I've got 25 million problems, but a bulk upload ain't one

Paul 195
Big Brother

Times have changed

Back in the good old 80s, there was no GDPR, and not even a Data Commissioner, and it really was the wild west. It wasn't uncommon to create test data by taking a subset of live data. After all, what was the worst that could happen?

Revealed: Facebook, Google's soft-money 'blackmail' to stall Euro fake news crackdown

Paul 195
Flame

Don't be evil

Unless it interferes with making shed loads of money.

Quit worrying about killer robots, they are coming whether you like it or not – and they absolutely will not stop

Paul 195
Paris Hilton

Worse than the terminator

Philip K Dick's Second Variety (also available as a mediocre film) painted the really chilling truth about autonomous weaponry long before the technology to build it was available: a machine does the thing that you designed it to, and carries on doing it whether or not it serves any purpose.

It makes The Terminator look like a nursery story. https://philipkdickreview.wordpress.com/2014/05/07/second-variety/

Paris to cheer us all up again.

May Day! PM sacks UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson for Huawei 5G green-light 'leak'

Paul 195

Re: Torydammerung?

@Voyna i Mor

As unpleasant and dim as Williamson was, I honestly don't think he's done anything as bad as any of Hitler's senior ranking Nazis...

Astronomer slams sexists trying to tear down black hole researcher's rep

Paul 195

Idiots like muhfugen give idiots a bad name.

Someone's spreading an MBR-trashing copy of the Christchurch killer's 'manifesto' – and we're OK with this, maybe?

Paul 195

Re: Mixed feelings

I don't think we should be referring to mass murderers as "nut jobs". The Christchurch killer has some unpleasant and irrational views, but calling him a nutjob serves to reduce his culpability as well as being prejudicial to millions of people who have mental health problems but get through life without killing anyone (except occasionally themselves unfortunately).

He committed his act of mass murder not because of mental illness, but at least partly because of a prevalent narrative that paints Muslims as problematic. But admitting that means that the many people complicit in spreading this narrative might feel bad, so let's just say this guy was crazy and let ourselves off the hook.

Brit Parliament online orifice overwhelmed by Brexit bashers

Paul 195

Re: No conspiracy needed

Usually it's quite exciting getting downvoted on El Reg, but I can't see who I offended with this post. Unless it was someone from Oracle unwilling to accept that relational isn't always the answer.

Paul 195
Holmes

No conspiracy needed

There's a good article here explaining a little about how they scale this website according to demand: https://technology.blog.gov.uk/2016/08/16/scaling-the-petitions-service-following-the-eu-referendum/ . Unless they've changed it since this was written, it looks like inappropriate use of a strongly transactional database is the bottleneck. This is one of the cases when a scalable non-relational database might have been a better choice for recording the initial petition signing, with the count updated in a transactional way only when the user clicks the link in the email they are sent.

Facebook's at it again: Internal emails show it knew about Cambridge Analytica abuse 'months' before news broke

Paul 195

Re: People who think this is a new phenomena in IT

Microsoft definitely played very rough with their competitors in the 90s - in a not dissimilar way to IBM in the 70s and 80s. But so far nobody has suggested they sold their users out to the highest, sorry, that should read "any" bidder. Saying "never mind Facebook, look at Microsoft" is just whataboutery.

I don't hate US tech, snarls Euro monopoly watchdog chief – as Google slapped with €1.49bn megafine

Paul 195

Re: Shame the UK doesnt have laws to deal with monopolies for the general public's benefit

Well of course, at the moment it benefits from all the rules that it helped draft as a valued member of the EU. In the future, who knows?

Brit prisoners to be kept on the straight and narrow with JavaScript and CSS

Paul 195

Aunt Dahlia? Is that you?

The HeirPod? Samsung Galaxy Buds teardown finds tiny wireless cans 'surprisingly repairable'

Paul 195

Re: Why bother?

I don't want to buy a refurbished phone. I do want to be able to keep the phone I currently have beyond the lifespan of a single overworked LiOn battery. Apple, Samsung et al are relying on us buying new phones every couple of years even though at this point the gains for the consumer with each new generation of devices are fairly marginal. And in some cases negative as manufacturers vie with each other to remove things like headphone sockets.

Paul 195

Re: Why bother?

Isn't the point not that these particular earbuds are not great, but that with a little effort gadgets can be made repairable? If Apple's designers and engineers are so good, then why are they not able to create gadgets which are easier to repair? Built in obsolescence should not be a viable business strategy; governments should tax the crap out of devices that cannot meet a defined set of repairability criteria. I would suggest starting with replacement of batteries (batteries are consumables and should be seen as such), and screens (which are inherently fragile).

Uber driver drove sleeping woman miles away from home to 'up the fare'. Now he's facing years in the clink for kidnapping, fraud

Paul 195

Re: Are you kidding?

@Doctor Syntax

Ain't it the truth. I sometimes think the main purpose of Uber is to make the other tech club titans look more palatable.

Paul 195
Flame

Re: Are you kidding?

Uber have some of the lowest ethical standards to be found in the corporate world. In the past their attitude towards complaints has been generally to . blame the victim. Remember this story about the women who got raped by an Uber driver in India: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-42291495

Hipster whines at tech mag for using his pic to imply hipsters look the same, discovers pic was of an entirely different hipster

Paul 195

Re: We have surely reached peak beard.

This is pretty unfair to those of us who had beards long before they were hip, and will still have them when they aren't

'Occult' text from Buffy The Vampire Slayer ep actually just story about new bus lane in Dublin

Paul 195
Mushroom

I'm enraged at the lack of a flame war. Buffy was superb TV. Have the angry hordes keen to defend it all disappeared into the Hellmouth?

Cut open a tauntaun, this JEDI is frozen! US court halts lawsuit over biggest military cloud deal since the Death Star

Paul 195

Re: About Oracle's entire future, not just Oracle Cloud v AWS

Amazon are dominant in this space, but not a monopoly. Azure is actually showing higher growth at the moment, and Google's cloud is also doing well.

Well Holby damned! We've caught a virus: Brit medical soap operas team up for 'cyber' episode

Paul 195
Alien

Re: Alternatively...

@alain willliams

Not Doctor Who - clearly the Gerry Anderson helmed UFO. Pure sci-fi genius complete with gull-wing cars, and mini-skirted space technicians with purple hair. https://youtu.be/RQj_WajKgDY

Fun fact: GPS uses 10 bits to store the week. That means it runs out... oh heck – April 6, 2019

Paul 195

Re: GPS is not this day and age

The ZX80 was a low-end device, but the Zilog Z80 chip it ran on was the processor for all sorts of much more serious machines. And it is true to say that its registers were mostly 16-bit (apart from the 8-bit accumulator used for arithmetic...).

Congrats, Satya Nadella. In just five years, you've turned Microsoft from Neutral Evil to, er, merely True Neutral

Paul 195

Re: Depends

If I was worried about data slurping, I wouldn't replace a Windows machine with a Chromebook. Slurping is baked into everything Google does, and is very hard to turn off.

Furious Apple revokes Facebook's enty app cert after Zuck's crew abused it to slurp private data

Paul 195
Flame

Re: Stupidity of the common man

I get a bit fed up with the El Reg commentards ready to lambast the stupidity of everyone else.

In this particular case:

1) they were targeting children

2) People outside the IT industry are not generally as well-informed about the bad habits of the likes of Facebook. Particularly as they cloak their behaviour in deceptive and misleading language .

Calling people stupid is just victim blaming. The culpable party here is definitely Facebook.

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