* Posts by DF118

593 posts • joined 2 Mar 2011


Fool me OnePlus, shame on me: Chinese phone firm fingered for fiddling with performance figures – again


Re: Bugger, shattering my bubble...

Same. Work Samsung A40 is infuriatingly slow, plus the Samsung bloatware, unwanted apps and OS overlay are all, frankly, horrible.

Personally idc if OnePlus have been fiddling the numbers, although with the prices they're at now I'll almost certainly never buy one new again. Luckily I just picked a mint 8 Pro for £250 and if that lasts me as long as my 3 did (still going strong when it got nicked) then I'll be happy.

The only thing the Sammy has going for it over both my OnePlus handsets is its size. If OnePlus made a smaller handset I'd go for that in a heartbeat. The big screen is nice for browsing and PDF manuals but the ability to have it in a pocket and not feel like I'm going to snap it in two every time I have to shoehorn myself in under some desk or the back of an equipment rack would be nicer.

Ireland unfriends Facebook: Oh Zucky Boy, the pipes, the pipes are closing…from glen to US, and through the EU-side


Re: Wouldn’t it be better if the US adopted GDPR?

I do love it when foam-mouthed Brexiters throw up that "EU armed forces" bollocks.

Even if it did happen I'd have welcomed it. Not because it'd be any less infested with corrupt, venal arms dealers than the UK has now, but because it'd at least give our home grown shysters, tax vampires, pocket-dwelling politicians and regime-enablers a good hard poke right up the jacksie.

Um, almost the entire Scots Wikipedia was written by someone with no idea of the language – 10,000s of articles


Re: Enough

> you want to include your local dialect as a language?

Yyyyyeah, great logic, except Scots is a language. If your rule for determining whether or not a language is worthy of the name boils down to whether or not it looks and sounds a lot like another one, then half the languages in existence right now would fail that naive "test". Don't be so reactionary. What's it to you anyway? Do you begrudge any other language its right to exist, and if not then perhaps ask yourself why single out Scots?

Splunk sales ace wins sex discrimination case after new boss handed her key accounts to blokes deemed 'flight risks'


Re: Sex discrimination or just bad management?

Right enough, if I'd come out with that level of sub-literate illogical drivel I'd have ticked 'post anonymously' too.

Boffins baffled by planet nugget whizzing round white dwarf that should have killed it


Re: Core

Heh - that's some seriously dense gas.

Neptune, Uranus and Saturn are all thought to have solid cores, so not an implausible concept.

Game of Thrones author's space horror Nightflyers hitting telly


Re: I was interested

Alastair Reynolds adaptations when?

This x9000, plus Iain M Banks and Peter F Hamilton.

Was at a reading with Banks and Hamilton around the time The Hydrogen Sonata and Great North Road had just been released. During the Q&A, Banks in particular was very hopeful about adaptation doors having been opened by GoT.

I would absolutely *love* to see a talented production team take on the challenge of portraying Hamilton's Prime aliens from Pandora's Star.


Re: Dark Matter cancelled

science fiction TV history is littered with good stuff (or stuff that showed a lot of potential) that didn't last

Amen to that. 'The 4400' and 'Being Human' are the two that spring immediately to mind whose cancellation saddened me. It's almost not worth mentioning Firefly which is practically a byword for the whole phenomenon.

Better filters won't cure this: YouTube's kids nightmare


Presumably you're one of those "guns don't kill people" people.

New phishing campaign uses 30-year-old Microsoft mess as bait


Re: Stupid MS Techs

"Macros and VBA in Office documents are a different class of problem."

Seen some really rather cleverly obfuscated VBA code which spunked a small executable binary to disk byte by byte. Allowed to run on an air-gapped machine, the resultant exe created a small and very tenacious startup entry intended to grab and execute the real payload.

Let's dig into how open source could KO the Silicon Valley chat silos


Re: Quick - call a sociologist

"Interesting, considering for me the killer feature (on other channels like SMS or email) is absolutely nobody being able to tell whether I saw a message or not - disabling "message was opened" replies even if requested is the first thing I do in any email client. Plausible deniability, people. YES, I INSIST."

As always, Mr. Munroe has a strip for that...


Dark web souk AlphaBay shuts for good after police raids


Bloody americans, coming over here with their weird shaped pills. Whatever happened to good old proper British round ones? Eh?

WannaCrypt outbreak contained as hunt for masterminds kicks in


Re: 5% of 1000 000 is 50 000 desktops.

So just exactly why is getting a health app to run on a current OS so f**king difficult?

There are other reasons, but in my org the main reason is managed software providers being dicks, and bamboozling the beancounters and execs into forcing IT to "just do what you need to do to make it work".

The IT managers are, as usual, little more than willing messengers.

Take a bow, Atos.

BBC detector vans are back to spy on your home Wi-Fi – if you can believe it


Re: Hardwired connection

Someone didn't read to the end of the article!


"Which you should, by the way"

...only if you actually watch it, by the way.

Last panel in place, China ready to boot up giant telescope


Re: "put away the hex key"

Hex key?

Round our house we call them Alien keys, after the old dear spotted a typo in the assembly instructions for some piece of MFI tat in the mid-1980's. Seems apt.

Firefox 48 beta brings 'largest change ever' thanks to 'Electrolysis'


Re: No mention of...

And yet the only time I've ever suffered a drive-by download and malware infection via JavaScript I was using Chrome.

Just because someone does a thing doesn't mean they're doing it properly.

Scots denied Saltire emoji


Re: @ Khaptain our national animal, the unicorn

From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lion_and_the_Unicorn:

"The Lion and the Unicorn are symbols of the United Kingdom. They are, properly speaking, heraldic supporters appearing in the full Royal coat of arms of the United Kingdom. The lion stands for England and the unicorn for Scotland."

Also worth noting that the unicorn is chained. I'm no student of heraldry, but I think the statement intended there is fairly clear!


Re: Right this wrong!

Or, fer cryin' out loud, lighten up!


Catalonia is probably a better comparison for Scotland

Debatable. UK is a union of unitary nations, of which Scotland is one. Catalonia is a technically "autonomous" region of a long-unified Spain. Both have significant independence movements, but politically and legally their situations differ enough that I don't think Catalonia is any better* an example than Martinique.

* Or worse, for that matter.


Re: "sadly no deep-fried Mars bar"

:D There's hope for you yet!


@ Khaptain Re: our national animal, the unicorn

as a Scotsman this is the first I have heard of us having a "unicorn" as our national beastie

Look on your passport.

Technically it's Scotland's heraldic animal, not the "national" animal, but since we don't really have one of the latter (if you discount the odd wild haggis sighting in cartoons) I think folk have settled on the unicorn. I think it's a brilliant idea.

Also Blade Runner.


"sadly no deep-fried Mars bar"

You nearly managed it. A whole article with Scotland in the headline, without mentioning deep fried mars bars, haggis, irn bru or buckfast. Here, have a compensatory bridie.

Facebook to kill native chat, bring opt-in crypto to Messenger


Article short on details

Will this include desktop use? My partner has been getting the Play Store autodivert when attempting to use messaging on the mobile site for a couple of days now, but it seems messaging on the desktop site is unaffected (so far at least). I tried to advise her against installing FB bloatware but as with most people she has taken the path of least resistance.

Of course the article may be short on details because FB itself is keeping characteristically mute. A quick Google search tells me they've tried to force mass migration to their Messenger client at least once before, and people didn't like it then either.

Winston Churchill glowers from Blighty's plastic fiver


Re: "the UK's first plastic banknote"

I see your point, but unequivocal statements like "the UK's first..." are either true or they're false, so I can't in good geek conscience agree that an argument could be made either way. Nor would I admit to splitting hairs, because the article doesn't say the Clydesdale notes aren't in general circulation (clearly they are - I've bought beer with them ;o) only that the BofE ones would be in future.


Switch survives three hours of beer spray, fails after twelve



Oswald's a Brit, so when he says “football” he means soccer.

No, he means football.

Mud sticks: Microsoft, Windows 10 and reputational damage


@Alumoi Re: It's the data harvesting

If you're not paying for a product you're not a customer, just another product. Did you pay for Windows 10? Nope. You paid for Windows 7/8.

Presumably those paying for new machines with OEM pre-install, or buying the retail version for their own build are somehow magically excluded from your spurious logic?

A snip at £116.99.

Building a fanless PC is now realistic. But it still ain't cheap


Re: Been there, done that.

if the fans are speed managed, it can easily become annoyingly distracting

Most temperature controlled fan headers are so badly implemented and aimed at performance over silence, with little or no hysterisis built in to the controlling logic. The only retail board I ever saw do fan control well was Abit's IP35 Pro. It was outstandingly good. Then they pulled out of the motherboard market.


Anything that requires more than a tiny amount of power should never be fanless. Not because of the heat, but because there is no such thing as a silent coil. Been there and done it umpteen times. A powerful system with a single slow-running fan (lovely broadband noise) beats a fanless system of the same power every damn time.

You've seen things people wouldn't believe – so tell us your programming horrors


Haven't seen much of other people's code...

...but what I have seen makes me feel (a lot) less embarrassed about my own.

Worst was some consultant who'd taken what should've been a simple string padding operation in VBA to get a valid 8-character payroll number and turned it into a multi-line conditional...

If Len(strPayNo) = 1 Then

strPayNo = "E000000" & strPayNo

ElseIf Len(strPayNo) = 2 Then

strPayNo = "E00000" & strPayNo

ElseIf Len(strPayNo) = 3 Then

strPayNo = "E0000" & strPayNo

ElseIf Len(strPayNo) = 4 Then

strPayNo = "E000" & strPayNo

ElseIf Len(strPayNo) = 5 Then

strPayNo = "E00" & strPayNo

ElseIf Len(strPayNo) = 6 Then

strPayNo = "E0" & strPayNo

ElseIf Len(strPayNo) = 7 Then

strPayNo = "E" & strPayNo

End If

Not only had he done this, but he had replicated it EVERYWHERE. That code block appeared something like 140 times. At first I thought he'd cut and pasted it, but then one of the users told me the guy had been charging £1k+ per day for his services (working on site) and I got the sinking certainty that he had just sat there for days on end and typed every single line out by hand.

This was a public sector (NHS) organisation he'd fleeced, and it was just a one-man project for a few weeks. I shudder to think what else is out there in public sector land.

How El Reg predicted Google's sweetheart tax deal ... in 2013


Tax avoidance is legal, tax evasion is not.

If I had a pound for every time I read that phrase in the comments to a piece on corporation tax, I'd have a hell of a lot of evading avoiding to do.


Apart from his central premise characterising tax campaigns as being entirely made up of virtue signallers who will let Osborne and Google away with "an easy win". Yeah, apart from that, it's excellent.

Firefox-on-Windows users, rejoice: Game of Thrones now in HTML5


Re: ...of the dumbest ideas from dumbville

DRM on Streaming? Well, a decent HD camera and 42" HD monitor defeats it.

And what you get is a crap copy with saturated colours, bloom and excessive motion blur, assuming you don't get crazy flicker. Far better (not to mention cheaper and less hassle) capturing video directly from a VM.

Top Android app devs found exfiltrating mystery stealth packets


Re: @Chris 125

No argument with any of that; I'm just making the observation. Plus, given the choice between:

A) Being unable to use an app because it refuses to work with a given set of restricted permissions, then seeking to spend time "reviewing" the app to gripe about said refusal to operate.

B) Finding something else


C) Simply granting the permissions.

...I highly doubt even a small minority of people would choose option A.

Like I say, I'm with you on what apps should and shouldn't be asking for/getting, however the trouble is the (apparent) quid pro quo of having some new shiny game/app/whatever is seemingly enough for them to just hand over control. Devs know this and exploit it, and until more people start to care about their privacy, that state of affairs ain't going to change.

I seem to remember reading also that part of the Google good-developer-guide-thing (probably not an official name) states that you have to intelligently handle lack of permissions come Android 6, not just bomb out totally.

"We're sorry, but you agreed to the EULA, which states this software requires the following permissions, which you have not granted. Please grant the permissions listed in order to continue."

To you and me, that's definitely bombing out, but at the same time it's a perfectly intelligent way to handle it. And more to the point, nobody can force your user to grant permissions, just like nobody can force you to provide a function/service without getting what you want in return for it.


@Chris 125

Which is why the move to more granular permission with Android 6.0 is welcome

It's a great idea, but I fear the practice will simply become that any app, when so denied any given permission, will either refuse to operate, or operate in some kind of useless limp mode, until the permission is granted/restored.

Seems unlikely that Google would have any reason to force app devs to give up their user data addiction, especially when it comes to behemoths like Faceache.

This can already be seen happening with Facebook platform apps. FB now permits users some granularity of choice on permission requests, however when you deny one or more requested permissions many apps in return refuse to operate.

Firefox 42 ... answer to the ultimate question of life, security bugs and fully private browsing?


See, out IT dept...

...loves jumping on stories like this as "evidence" that open source is inherently less secure, because open source.

This logic seemingly only applies to desktop browsers though. Smart phone and server OS's are apparently immune.

Microsoft now awfully pushy with Windows 10 on Win 7, 8 PCs – Reg readers hit back


Re: Time to Evaluate Alternatives

Absolutely. Tonight, after months of fighting with XBMC on Windows, I finally ditched MS on the HTPC and installed Kodibuntu. Everything now works as it should. The only pissing about I had to do was temorarily disconnecting the HTPC from the telly and plugging it into a monitor because the TELLY is crap at low res i.e. changing BIOS settings.

The desktop OTOH might take a bit more effort to make the switch!


KB3035583 came back

Just checked after reading this, and there it was, KB3035583, in the optional updates, ticked again. I had previously uninstalled and hidden that update. Will now be keeping an eye on this daily, and watching out for the Upgrade to Windows 10 "optional" update, cheers Reg.

Somewhat annoyingly, I have just sent a freshly-minted W7 laptop out into the wilds of the in-laws' house, taking care to hide 3035583 first. No doubt the next time I see it, it'll be infested with W10.

OFFICIAL: Zuck's BIG in-your-face Facebook Messenger SHOVE finally pays off


so they can retain the ability to send Facebook messages on their phone

I investigated this. It turns out there's this thing called the "World Wide Web", and Facebook has a "website" on it, which can be used to send Facebook messages from any browser-enabled mobile, without having to go anywhere near either the main FB app or the FB Messenger app.

Hey, Facebook – these are the new Like buttons you should have used



the Reg doesn't take over people's lives the way Facebook does

Dunno, for a while there back in 2002-9 (ish) when LP was on top form as a contributor, the Reg did take up a considerable portion of my day*. Defence procurement being one of those things you don't know you're angry about until someone like Lewis comes along, lays it all out for you and goes: "SEE?!"

* Work day, of course.

NHS to go paperless by 2020. No, really, it will, says gros fromage


Doing it all wrong

When will the NHS get that massive top-down, global IT projects in an organisation of its Brobdingnagian magnitude, are guaranteed doomed from day one?

Scot Nationalists' march on Westminster may be GOOD for UK IT



Salmond was pro-business, backing both Murdoch and Trump (two noted socialists), and the SNP's policies have broadly favoured the middle class rather than the poor.

It was McConnell who sucked up to Trump. Salmond got rid of that bampot in short order after Labour got booted out of Holyrood, and noised him up into the bargain with an offshore windfarm within sight of his precious golf course.

Pure speculation here, but I'm minded to think Murdoch was the one sucking up to Salmond, not the other way round. Salmond probably rues the day he stupidly let the dirty digger get within a hundred feet of him.

They're basically Blairite.

That might've been worthy of consideration as valid criticism if the SNP had ever invaded Iraq. To the best of my knowledge they have never done this.

A Brit in California moves to the Lone Star State – just swerve the TexMex grub


Smiling isn't forbidden here, being polite to other drivers isn't deviant behaviour

I've never been to Milton Keynes, but all my smily happy friends from Scotland and Yorkshire (who are also, much like myself, polite to other drivers) tell me that everyone there is lovely.

Didn't the Left once want the WORKERS to get all the dosh?


Complete bollocks of course, but then that's Marx for you. Reasonable, even excellent, analysis up to a point and then the leap off the 10-foot board into the deep vat of stupid.

In that respect exactly the same as Ayn Rand.

Androids in celluloid – which machine deserves the ULTIMATE MOVIE ROBOT title?


Re: Wot, no Data?

Or Bishop, or the T-1000, or, or....


Wot, no Data?

As far as I'm concerned the result will be null and void unless you put Data in the list of candidates.

Martha Lane Fox: Yeuch! The Internet is made by men?!?


Oh, Andrew!

I do love it when you go off on one!

Apple's warrant canary riddle: Cock-up, conspiracy, or anti-Google point-scoring


Re: What?

Wouldn't HAVE.




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