* Posts by Baldie

25 publicly visible posts • joined 13 Feb 2011

Silent Merc, holy e-car... Mflllwhmmmp! What is that terrible sound?


I have a solution for the problem of "awful silent cyclists". Check out ElliptiGo long stride bikes - nobody has ever walked out in front of mine. Though motorists who have never seen one before can be a bit dangerous, and it is noisy enough to make it quite hard to have a conversation on a ride without shouting a bit.

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


Would have spoiled a good brand name

Ditto. I will modify it a bit to include the fetishist / naturist photos, the heart breaking email from an ex lover and the guy who signed up to just about every dating site in the western world.

Take-off crash 'n' burn didn't kill the Concorde, it was just too bloody expensive to maintain


Surprise Sighting

I saw this plane on its way to Filton. I often ran along the Thames towpath to Chiswick in those days, and one day coming round a left hand bend, I saw Concord's nose overhanging the opposite bank. Funny place to park an aeroplane I thought, and ran on.

It made sense a couple of days later when the Evening Standard was full of pictures of it being floated down river on barges. Funny route from Heathrow to Bristol I thought, what about the M4?

Bill Gates says he'd do CTRL-ALT-DEL with one key if given the chance to go back through time


Would have spoiled a good brand name

The first shop I ever saw where you could buy software (in Boston in about 1986 I think) was called CTRL-ALT-DELI. I just Googled it and the name now seems to be used by a catering outlet.

I still haven't found what I'm malloc()ing for: U2 tops poll of music today's devs code to


Re: I mostly code to..

I thought I was in 100% agreement, but Ligeti?

To your list I would add Brian Eno (and most of his collaborators), John Adams, Steve Reich and Johan Johansson.

Microsoft to spooks: WannaCrypt was inevitable, quit hoarding


"by then-Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt"

Sounds good to me.

Chinese bloke cycles 500km to get home... in the wrong direction


Re: Sun

Shurely in China you use the sun to tell which way is south?

Well, someone had to

MPs tell BT: Lay more fibre or face split with Openreach



...is what I have, living about 500m from the centre of a county town of a home county. It stands for Fibre To The Nearest Farm, because BT got government hand outs for laying that (well, really to the cabinet nearest the nearest farm). Us people on the edges of the town have to wait for local government to stump up for fibre to our cabinet. Makes sense to me... not. We are currently down for Fibre to our cabinet in early 2018.

Brit 'naut Tim Peake will run the London Marathon – in space


The key difference is that Boston is a downhill course and as such is not eligible for world bests. London, though it is a bit downhill, is legal for the purpose. And at several thousand kms per hour he is going to be in with a shot. Though I think he may be disqualified for not actually starting in Greenwich.

Ex-BT boffin Cochrane blasts telco's 'wholly inadequate' broadband vision


Re: Look, It's all very simple

A relative was a pretty senior executive in BT. He moved out of London to a place with about 2.5MB d/l five years ago. Still has it (he gave up even trying to get it sorted after a few years).

They are a lot worse than you think.

Amazon threatens UK with James Blunt, muscles into music streaming


Re: Huzzah!!

I don't have any better suggestions, but pretty certain that 'golden streams' is a non-starter. People might gag on that.

Mine's a pint - of beer.

Peak Google? Chocolate Factory cuts costs amid dwindling growth


Re: Not just that

...but that is no way to run a company.

Well, they don't seem to have been doing too badly...

Assange™ celebrates third year in Ecuadorian embassy broom closet


G4S or Serco would be a huge saving. They would be much cheaper, and probably before long Assange would have escaped, saving us all a packet. (Though it would play havoc with those police officer's mortgage payments).

Virgin Media to splurge BEELLIONS on UK network infrastructure expansion


Re: Spell Checker

Atoghluh I nciote taht no canhecs wree tkean wtih Togymplyceia.

ZX81 BEATEN at last as dev claims smallest Chess code crown


Re: @werdsmith & A non e-mouse

This from Mark Twain?

UK Scouts database 'flaws' raise concerns


Re: UK Scout Database

Floored or Flawed? This worries me. As does the unpredictability of your shift key.

no a happy parent

I think I would be less worried about having my kids' data stored on a system where people could look up their birthdays than putting them in the charge of people with such little command of their language.

But I do realise I am old fashioned like that.

Crap broadband holds back HALF of rural small biz types


Re: I heard a Radio 4 thing about this last year.

I recently moved to the county town of a home county (a county where many villages have fibre, apparently) and am approximately 50m from the cabinet. Just after I moved in (about 7 months ago) I saw some contractors doing some cabling just down the road and I confirmed with them that they were doing something to enable fibre. "Be another couple of weeks" they said cheerily. BT are currently predicting 3-6 months. I am an SME of just one, so not economically significant, but really fed up that since Maggie sold the family silver we have watched pretty much the whole developed world improve more rapidly than us while the company that still enjoys an effective monopoly in (huge swathes of) this country pulls us down (town and country). But loads of Tories (and a few unprincipled socialists) made some cash so that's OK, eh?

Boybanders ONE DIRECTION launch DoS attack on open-source bods


I am fed up of their evil schemes

A few years ago they tried to prevent me getting my phone back from the shop that had repaired it by staging some sort of meeja luv in. After fighting my way to the door through crowds of pant wettingly excited pre teen girls I managed (without too much difficulty it has to be said) to convince the security guard that I had never heard of these people, and just wanted to get my goods back. I was allowed in to the hallowed event where I may have stood shoulder to shoulder with a young superstar, or a phone shop attendant - not sure I am able to tell the difference, while I reclaimed my phone.

This is the only time 1D have ever intruded on my life. as my 10 and 12 year old daughters both think they are pants and never play their 'music'.

NHS refused to pull 'unfit for purpose' Care.data leaflet


Re: "must try harder"

This is a problem, and it came up a few times at a recent NHS Hack Day that I attended. But even if health systems were such that the drop-in centre and hospitals knew what your meds were, the situation were you to require social care is much worse. Completely different system run by local authorities, and often the providers (who will often be the ones actually administering the medication) are private companies to whom the work has been contracted out (at the lowest defensible rate). There is so much that can go wrong by the time they get their information.

But back to the point of the article: this arrogance (and one might guess the individual concerned) has cost much, much more than stopping a print run. But compared with that the arrogance of asserting that an organisation such as HSCIC (with a history of privacy and hacking cock-ups) would be able to keep control of the data is much worse. And that ignores the issues of the effectiveness of anonymising the data, which has been shown to be totally useless, particularly when someone has more than one condition.

NoSQL pioneer to inject your database with ACID


Re: Dick Pick

That was multi-values, not key-values. His items (I think that's what they were called) had a lot in common with json documents, limited to 3 levels of nested arrays (which isn't much of a limitation, normally).

NHS website hit by MASSIVE malware security COCKUP


care.data anyone? Don't think so

Parisian cabbies smash up Uber-booked rival ride

Paris Hilton

Same thing happened to me on Saturday night. The driver (I think unintentionally) missed a turn into the road I wanted when the meter said €6.10. Only having been in Paris for 24 hours I assumed he knew a short cut. When it became clear he was clueless I directed him to the road in question and paid up the €7.95 that was by then on the meter. Grrr. When the regulated services start to behave competently and/or with decency then they may have a case.

Paris because of the geography and the air-head greedy taxi driver.

Why British TV drama is crap – and why this matters to tech firms


Gina McKee

..is (was) in Line of Duty. Not Blackout. Unless she had a small bit part while I was out getting a coffee.

Speaking in Tech: The worst government IT deal of ALL TIME


Re: Retired?

Maybe the retirement was not the choice of the salesperson. Though if that were the case you would have thought Cisco would let it be known that they had asked him to leave. And what steps they had taken to ensure that such outrageous mis-selling doesn't happen again.

Don’t Look Now hailed top Brit movie


In defence of Bad Timing

Four great (or at least charismatic) performances, a train crash of a doomed love affair and a brilliant sound track (Keith Jarrett and Francois Rabbath). I would have put it higher. But then I would have put Fish Tank in the top 10 and moved the Railway Children up quite a few as well.