* Posts by getHandle

451 publicly visible posts • joined 28 Apr 2011


Freecycle gives users the gift of a security breach notice


I've had an email - yesterday, IIRC.

Lesson 1: Keep your mind on the ... why aren't the servers making any noise?



Mailchimp 'fesses up to second digital burglary in five months


Wait, what?

Mailchimp is a legit company? I used to get so much junk from them that I assumed they were spammers. Not so much recently, though.

Microsoft teases Outlook Lite for Android


This is needed!

Every time my wife complains about her Moto G9 grinding to a halt it's when she's trying to do something in Outlook. Not a high end phone but certainly not under-powered. Typical bloody MS software...

Version 251 of systemd coming soon to a Linux distro near you


Re: Software Junk

MrChromebox (.tech) and GalliumOS FTW! My Lenovo N22 is about to go EOL so seemed like the ideal time to try it - works really nicely, even with only 2GB RAM. Just needed to figure out that wifi had to be off when installing to eMMC.

Robots are creepy. Why trust AIs that are even creepier?


Re: Now steady on

That comment raises questions on a number of levels for me...

Ubuntu 22.04 LTS arrives on everything from a 2GB Pi to AWS Graviton


Re: Doesn't work.

That won't upgrade to a new release. Try do-release-upgrade.


The application process is still tortuous

With a distinctly US flavour and rejection nothing but a form letter with no justification or advice. Won't be bothering again.

Another brick in the (kitchen) wall: Users report frozen 1st generation Google Home Hubs



Putting the speaker in "smart speaker"...

Report: 83% of UK software engineers suffer burnout, COVID-19 made it worse


This! 100%

The great fire sale continues as Capita sells government joint venture Axelos for £380m


Keep going!

I know a number of people who wish they'd sell their NHS pensions department to someone competent...

UK dev loses ownership claim on forensic software he said he wrote in spare time and licensed to employer


Isn't that what the "productive weekend" you have right after your last day of employment is for??

Accenture, Capita, IBM jump on £800m framework to make the NHS more agile as UK.gov announces further reforms


Re: Accenture, Capita, IBM and an £800m budget -- A match made in heaven

Even if Covid didn't get you, that lot certainly will!

We turn away for a second and Corellium is already showing off Ubuntu on Apple Silicon


Who for?

Personally I can't help feeling that the intersection between people who buy Apple hardware and Linux users is quite small, but what do I know? The only time I've spent more than £300 on a computer (or phone for that matter) was when my eldest insisted on a Windows machine for gaming. He's written out of the will now...

Mysterious metal monolith found in 'very remote' part of Utah


Re: Someone with too much time & money ...

Men of a certain age had strong feelings for Heather in all her roles...

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledges £12bn green economy package


Re: Not a chance !

Apparently some councils legislate the other way - eg a maxium of 0.75 parking spaces/bedroom on average in flats - to try and discourage car ownership...

If you can't understand how Instagram 'influencers' make millions, good luck with these virtual ones doing even better


Re: Yesterday I had the following conversation

Tea made with our kettle reboiled does taste a little different... But I assume that's because it was a cheapo kettle and needs descaling!

Google extends homeworking until this time next year – as Microsoft finds WFH is terrific... for Microsoft


Re: Words and meaning

I think we last heard from senior management in May... Not a problem but not very reassuring for more junior members of staff. All they get is me interrupting them a couple of times a week!

Consumer orgs ask world's competition watchdogs: Are you really going to let Google walk off with all Fitbit's data?



If they reverse the trend of every update to the Fitbit app causing flakier connections, adding pointless cruft and advertising services I don't want, then I say bring it on!

Never knowingly under-digitally transformed: Retailer John Lewis outsources tech function to Wipro


So. Farewell then John Lewis

You broke your price promise, you're closing stores, you're outsourcing IT... Basically, you're f*cked.

It's National Cream Tea Day and this time we end the age-old debate once and for all: How do you eat yours?


Re: It doesn't matter..

Given your throughing, no one really cares...

Windows fails to reach the Finnish line as Helsinki signage pleads for help


Re: Is Finland part of Russia?

Please don't feed the trolls

Korean boffins build COVID-bot to shove a swab right up your hooter


That's how the test works...

And they wonder why half of home tests are void... You would be afraid of spearing your cerebellum!

Windows 10 once more in print condition: Microsoft applies out-of-band fix to Patch Tuesday cock-up


Why do people put with this nonsense?


Earnings up, broadband users (and voice calls) down: TalkTalk posts prelim results for FY 2020


Re: Comments?

TalkTalk customer here, faster broadband, FTTC - 40Mb consistently. No problems as long as you don't have to actually talk to them! (Customer services are dreadful in a number of ways...)

VPN drops out rather regularly but that could just be Cisco ;-)

Damn Wifi-hub is a bit on the bulky side, but no biggie.

Former Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman calls on UK govt to legally protect data from contact-tracing apps


Re: "A minister's letter is not legal protection"

The amount of crap I get via mailchimp from companies I've never heard of, let alone signed up with... Bar stewards should be prosecuted.

Could it be? Really? The Year of Linux on the Desktop is almost here, and it's... Windows-shaped?


Re: Nothing to do with Linux, all to do with Windows.

Spot on!


Re: If only!

If the price of running Linux is outlook Web Access and a couple of rdesktop sessions then so be it! God OWA is primitive though...

Incredible how you can steal data via Thunderbolt once you've taken the PC apart, attached a flash programmer, rewritten the firmware...


Re: Just one of multitude...

Sales guys...

It's only a game: Lara Croft won't save enterprise tech – but Jet Set Willy could


Striplights in a meeting have never dissolved a hangover for me

Only exacerbated them! Some quiet coding on the other hand works a treat.

Review of IR35 is in: Quelle surprise, UK.gov will forge ahead with controversial tax reforms in the private sector


Two months??

It normally takes longer than that for the government to decide to start thinking about something. Conducting a review in that time is laughable.

Don't worry, IT contractors. New UK chancellor says HMRC will be gentle pushing IR35 rules


They can afford to go soft for a year

When they can still go back at least 4 years, and possibly up to 10, afterwards...

Guess we have to do this the Huawei then: Verizon sued by Chinese giant for allegedly ripping off patented tech


Re: Prior art

"I strongly suspect this proves that the checking for prior art isn't as strong as it could be"

And the award for understatement of the year goes to...

Rockstar dev debate reopens: Hero programmers do exist, do all the work, do chat a lot – and do need love and attention from project leaders


"..manage these people more efficiently by retaining them."

Yep - not retaining people is definitely not efficient management... <facepalm>

Oddly specific 'cyber attack' hits Alaskan airline RavnAir and one plane type


Shame one of their other airlines wasn't called PenTestAir...

Want to live long and prosper? Avoid pirated, malware-laden Star Wars free vid streams – and pay to watch instead


The troll is strong with this one


Tesla has a smashing weekend: Model 3 on Autopilot whacks cop cars, Elon's Cybertruck demolishes part of LA


Unfortunately adaptive cruise control radar doesn't work like that

See, eg, this Wired article.

UK taxman updates its employment-checking calculator for IR35: Still crap, say contractors




Bloodhound gang hits 1,010kph, retreats to lab to work on smashing the land speed record


Faster than flying!

Mind you, many forms of transport are faster than flying on Fly mayBe-operated routes and their legendary "delayed due to crew sickness" excuses...

Weird flex but OK... Motorola's comeback is a $1,500 Razr flip-phone with folding 6.2" screen


Want one

Won't buy one - too expensive at half the price! Still want one though...

Is this paragraph from Trump or an AI bot? You decide, plus buy your own AI for $399


Re: Is this headline from an AI bot?

Yours should be the one that says "Tips and corrections" on it...

What could go wrong? Redmond researchers release a blabbering bot trained on Reddit chats


Interesting but...

Mostly harmless pointless.

Remember the Uber self-driving car that killed a woman crossing the street? The AI had no clue about jaywalkers


Re: Surely

Wonder how it would cope with sofas...

.NET Core 3.0 thought it was all ready for release. And it would have been too, if it weren't for those pesky Visual Studio kids


"(now distant) past..."

Hahaha, pull the other one, it's got bells on it!

Are you who you say you are, sir? You are? That's all fine then


Re: Accounts names

I once called a utility in my wife's name to change something and couldn't be bothered with their BS, so when they asked if I was her I just said yes. They either didn't care or didn't dare challenge the fact that I didn't sound female...

Plot twist: Google's not spying on King's Cross with facial recognition tech, but its landlord is


You think that's bad...

You should see the MFlow "human recognition" cameras at Gatwick! Complete with evil-KITT style circling light!

An Army Watchkeeper drone tried to land. Then meatbags took over from the computers


So the project is on track then

Everyone knows the first half of any project takes the first 90% of the time/money and the second half takes the other 90%...

Silly money: Before you chuck your chequebook away, triple-check that super-handy digital coin


..the biggest of payments problems...

I'm very happy to have my mobile and my money kept separate! Especially given the ease with which they can be nicked, explode or dropped down the toilet....

Those darn users don't know what they're doing (not like us, of course)


Re: The unfamiliar can always catch people out

Took me a moment to figure out who Granny was...


The unfamiliar can always catch people out

Our ageing golf went into the workshop and they loaned me a shiny new polo, but the damn thing wouldn't start, flashing up some kind of red warning symbol about a foot pedal.

Little did I suspect that modern cars need you to press the clutch to allow them to start! Embarrassing but understandable...