* Posts by Harman Mogul

47 publicly visible posts • joined 1 Apr 2011

With less than two months left, let's check in on Brexit: All IT systems are up and running and ready to go, says no one

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Re: Ulster becomes an independent state?

My interest was piqued so I went for a look and found a promo by Donegal TV on YouTube. I learned the town is home to the Letterkenny Institute of Technology, which gets quite a lot of running time in the fillum. It's a long way to Tipperary or, for that matter, Dublin.

Sophos was gearing up for a private life – then someone remembered the bike scheme

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Re: De minimis

De minimis lex non curat – the law does not concern itself with trivialities

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

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Re: Pages of speculation and re-hashed arguments

There was quite a lot of new info about electricity usage in Norway to be fair

Boss sent overpaid IT know-nothings home – until an ON switch proved elusive

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Re: Way Back...

Yup, got some of them in my home

France gives les citoyens the right to cock up official paperwork

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"Forgot your tax return, mon ami? Pas de problem!"

"Up to a point, Lord Copper."

Bye bye MP3: You sucked the life out of music. But vinyl is just as warped

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Wi-fi, a hostile environment for vinyl

If you have a large collection of vinyls, it's too much of a fag to convert them to any other format, so the only game is to keep on with the turntable. But it co-exists poorly with wi-fi.

I was expecting great things from my LP12 after it was rebuilt by Peter Swain at Cymbiosis, and so it proved. But the fly in the ointment is the wi-fi signal floating about, which induces a quite audible burbling in the low-output moving-coil cartridge. This is a bloody nuisance in quiet passages.

(I'd be interested to hear if anyone else has experienced this.)

In the event, the solution is very easy. Turn off the wireless router and pay full attention to the music rather than fiddling about with digital gadgets. There's nothing like listening carefully for enhancing one's pleasure in music. This does pre-suppose that the music played is worth listening to.

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"Push it round the other way...push it round the other way..."

Gulp! Drones dodge spray from California's gaping moist glory hole

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SFX required!

A rubber duck would do

Stanford boffins find 'correlation between caffeine consumption and longevity'

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Re: confused

Haha, nothing post-factual here, even in jest!

UK.gov was warned of smart meter debacle by Cabinet Office in 2012

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Surge pricing?

Sounds as though it's as intended as much to shape pricing as demand, rather like Uber's surge pricing.

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Boat anchor

None of this is of the slightest help when a random accident such as a dragging boat anchor ripping up cross-Channel cables is capable of knocking out half of the grid's capacity, as happened in the recent Storm Angus. Search "channel electricity cables damage'.

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Re: Consumer benefits?

A propos of which, I see that 'techUK' yesterday posted a vacancy for Programme Head – European Exit whose remit is to play a "Central role in techUK’s policy team responding to Brexit and creating a coherent policy response to ensure that UK tech continues to thrive both through the Brexit process and once the UK has left the EU."

Good luck with that!

Apple seeks patent for paper bag - you read that right, a paper bag

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Re: Grammar police alert

Continuous past tense not insisted on in US English

Google's become an obsessive stalker and you can't get a restraining order

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Re: Do people care?

There is another way to combat PCNs — denial. Follow the appeals procedure and make it clear that you will go to PATAS (the arbitration service) and beyond if need be. The outsourced administration (in the Midlands) will concede. It's a numbers game and it's simply too costly for it to send somebody qualified down to town to appear in front of the arbitrator to contest a determined and credible appellant.

How IT are you? Find out now in our HILARIOUS quiz!

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Top bombing!

Pornography, violence and JG Ballard: High Rise, the 1970s' internet

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Re: Ballard predicted Facebook

Excellent! Thank you for reminding us of this one.

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Odd that Jim Ballard should be characterized as 'analogue'. When I interviewed him at his home (somewhere beyond Heathrow, Thames Ditton I think), I also invited him to write a piece for the magazine I was representing. He suggested a theme of the potential of computers. This was 1975 I think, some time before the microprocessor. (Although the IBM System/360 was already a decade old.) Unhappily his agent nixed the commission.

DS5: Vive la différence ... oh, and throw away the Citroën badge

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Re: Meh...

As to the GS (and GSA), great car, but so noisy under acceleration, and hated damp weather. It also required mechanics of great skill, with plenty of time at their disposal, to keep in shape.

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Re: Meh...

What anon forgets is that the designers of the DS forgot to equip it with a modern engine. As I recall it was fitted with a feeble pushrod engine that had originally seen service in the 1934 Traction Avant. This new car suffers from the same fault — old-school engines. Diesel is not the future of passenger cars!

No doubt PSA ran out of money to create a modern powertrain, just as Citroën did with the DS, which was intended to have an air-cooled flat-six. Surely someone, somewhere, must be trying to fit a DS with a Subaru 3.6-liter boxer engine? A Chapron convertible so modified would indeed be a car to treasure.

Smile! Brit transport plods turn bodycams on travelling public

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Re: Who is Kidding Who?@ Hairy Fairey

What do you mean by 'road taxes'? None of the tax take is hypothecated for roads. Is the figure you give for vehicle excise licences?

Apple's 13-incher will STILL cost you a bomb: MacBook Air 2015

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My 11-in MBA is four years old I think, and still a pleasure to use. But the battery life is nothing like four hours now, and the cost of replacement no doubt will compel its retirement. Seven hours battery life is a strong argument.

Let's get patchin' now, everybody's watchin' how, baby fix Safari with me

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Inspired headline writing again, well done subs!

Vanmoof Electrified Bike: Crouching cyclist, hidden power

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Re: Like them

That would be Mr H talking, I surmise.

10 Top Tips For PRs Considering Whether To Phone The Register

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Re: Your mother—and mine

Ah ha yes, good catechism but can be more succinct:

"Are you buying or selling?"

If you need to run the whole script, this follows:

"If you're buying, how may we help you? If you're selling, fuck off."

Apple CFO's departure signals changing of guard

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"Oppenheimer's deadly toy"

Interesting that Apple's CFO shares the same name as Robert Oppenheimer, the "father of the atom bomb". Now there was a disruptive technology.

Mac OS X Mavericks 'upgrade' ruins iWorks

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Same boat, still afloat

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Re: Ribboned for your pleasure

Strewth, bloke writes a great article free of charge and is majorly downvoted for it. What's that about?

MS Word deserves DEATH says Brit SciFi author Charles Stross

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Re: Piling in on Word Abuse

Agree 100% with all four points.

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Re: Perhaps - a few pixels to the left

Splendidly level-headed posting nails it!

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Re: There's a lot of life left in WordPerfect

This may be 'anecdotal' evidence, but is very telling.

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Re: My environment, not ours, MINE.

True. I used to have a mini-set of commands, just enough for me to get along fine with. (I am a copywriter.) I would tear off this little tool palette and park it to one side, suppressing all the others, and have plenty of room to Get On With My Work. Even the stylesheets worked for me. Alas, all gone now.

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Those wasted nights...

...spent re-doing large, multi-author bid docs, trying to nudge those tables into place without shagging the pagination or -- always the fear -- getting that 'out of memory' error message that meant you would have to start all over again. Again. If only I could have those chunks of my life back!


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Top marks to the sub!

Another great headline to add to the collection.

Rotten Apple iOS 7 fury: Glitchy audio or is today's music really that bad?

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Re: Ask a woman who has ....

Indeed, tis v painful.

OK, so we paid a bill late, but did BT have to do this?

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Re: Clueless engineers

Wish I could agree with the several posters here who give a thumbs-up to BT's working engineers.

This was my experience with Openreach working for BT.

Decide, with heavy heart, to sack Virgin (had been with Cable London since 1996) on grounds of absurd congestion in street, and lamentable response time to US-based servers.

Engage Zen, who arrange for BT to install (re-install) copper. Engineer lets me know he's dong me a favour by putting master socket 4 m from point of entry into building (3 m I think is the usual limit). All works, and website edits now possible without a 2-min delay.

Months later, it is spring and the sun comes out. Time to open the windows! Oh dear, engineer has sent signal cable through window sash! Call tech support, get the usual Bangalore runaround. Eventually rep calls me back: "Good news sir, I can take ownership of your problem!" Goes on to explain, however, that the engineer call by Openreach will be chargeable, 120-something plus VAT. No, I don't think so, say I.

So I explain my predicament to the nice people at Zen, who suggest that perhaps if I made it known to the chief executive's office, it might result in a speedy and satisfactory outcome. And so it proved. Within the hour of emailing that office, an executive complaints officer phoned and arranged all.

And guess what? The Openreach engineer who came round to put it right was the same diamond geezer as made the original balls-up. It took him about 5 minutes, chuckling the while, to re-route the cable through the window sill, where of course it should have been in the first place.

Let the sun shine in!

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Re: Good Experience with BT

Declaration: my father was in the GPO team that pioneered Subscriber Trunk Dialling, out of the Southampton exchange. If only everything else BT did since the introduction of STD were such an undisputed, unremarked success, the company would be an example for the world!

But as we see from the many posters here, it is not.

Superstar cluster-Zuck as Facebook tries out celeb-only edition

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You were right first time, us is right and we is wrong.

Any storm in a port

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USB is a piece of cake

...compared with optical cabling. At least with USB, when you get it wrong, you just turn it over and then it is right. Every which way you turn an optical connector, it's wrong.

Love in the time of the internet: A personal memoir

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We can all do it!

>It's not too hard to craft a good bit of writing

Ha ha, the triumph of hope over experience!

Is social networking good for anything more than cat pics?

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Re: short sighted

Why the downvotes? It's an intelligent rebuttal of Verdox's sensible exposition.

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Re: I see what your problems is

Yes, that's the one that always gets me too.

The business mullet: Cool or tool?

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Shoes -- the foundation of the look. To anyone that cares, the shoes tell them what's what. Always chrome leather, and of good quality -- Church's, Lobb, or even M&S. And properly polished, please!

Nothing gives you away as a no-hoper so much as those ghastly mud-coloured cornish-pasty shoes.

Happy birthday, Lisa: Apple's slow but heavy workhorse turns 30

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A really fascinating read. It reminds me of all the stuff I failed to grasp when subbing Practical Computing magazine. I went to the UK press launch of the Lisa and as far as I could tell it was operated by PFM. But the drink did not aid comprehension.

Publisher hails CS Lewis 'space trilogy' e-book debut

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'Sign of the 3rd-rate mind'

'Ah, H.P. Lovecraft -- a sign of the third-rate mind' -- thus a friend's tutor, spotting a novel among the history books brought to his tutorial.

No such censure for C. S. Lewis, considered one of their own at both Magdalen and Magdalene!

Chain Reaction finds and plugs security hole that led to fraud

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Not a whitewash

I didn't see any outage at CRC's ecommerce site. My card was scammed, but their customer service rep was as nice as could be when I called, and promptly sent me the £30 compo voucher mentioned above. Which I have now spent.

The Reg's coverage was pretty fair, but what I didn't see reported was how scammed cards were first tested by purchasing mobile phone top-ups before being used for bigger spends. But I understand this is an old story.