* Posts by Yet Another Commentard

449 publicly visible posts • joined 27 May 2011


For fanbois only? Face ID is turning punters off picking up an iPhone X

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Re: Smart Lock rulez

I guess all politicians are safe then!

Ofcom wants to crack down on pisspoor BT Openreach biz lines

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It would seem that BT uses its own incompetence as a defence against regulation. Which really is an odd old thing.

Samsung Galaxy S7: Big brand Android flagship champ

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That takes me back.

Did you find it under a pack of spangles, or hidden behind a barrel of Skol?

Keep up the good work and all that.

Doom, Mario, Pac-Man level up to video gaming's Hall of Fame

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What happened to...

Dune II?

Spawned just about every RTS game.

Civilization (just... one... more... turn...)

Like a Dell factory but what comes out is a LOT more fun: We visit Aston Martin

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Leather choice

In the unlikely event I can ever afford an Aston, put me down for the Ostrich leather. How could anyone not want that?

British cops cuff 660 suspected paedophiles

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Re: See ...

Indeed it "proves" to a politico, or a tame journalist that the increased snoopage on the populous is required.

To me it proves the police can handle this sort of thing very well without those extra powers. They just made 660 arrests without it, right?

Maybe all MP's web-use and e-mail should be checked by the rest of us first as a 'test' of the new powers. Nothing to hide, nothing to fear after all.

USA to insist on pre-flight mobe power probe

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Re: I wonder how they got this information?

It's called "security theatre" for a reason.

The TSA and others have to be seen to be doing something. All this is achieving is the removal of those who "may" have travelled to the US for tourism/work/whatever and adding to the pain of flying.

The TSA is always trying to stop the last terrorist attack, it can only guess at the next.

If the flight is suddenly terrorism proof, then the next best thing to do would be to simply destroy the airport. Not in an inept way like Glasgow. Airports are insecure land-side with thousands of people, all with a legitimate reason to carry massive suitcases.

It serves no purpose. It's the same as me saying that the Tiger repellent I have on my desk here in the West Midlands is awesome, I've had it on for three years and there has not been one tiger related incident near my desk.

Agreed, there must be some security, but there needs to be a balance. At the moment the terrorists have, essentially, won due to the way we spend so much money and time chasing shadows. Moreover some of this nonsense INCREASES the risk. I have to leave my bag unlocked if I travel to the US. How hard would it be for a nefarious baggage handler to pop a device, bag of cocaine etc into every bag passing through? When stopped by customs in the US and asked if anyone had interfered with my luggage my honest answer was "I have no idea, I have to leave it unlocked and out of my sight for hours. Anyone at start or destination could have put anything in there." Luckily nothing had been added, but the comment earned me a world of pain and a coincidental "SSSS" added to all my boarding cards after that.

Look out, sysadmins - HOT FOREIGN SPIES are targeting you

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Captain Darling: So you see, Blackadder, Field Marshall Haig is most anxious to eliminate all these German spies.

General Melchett: Filthy hun weasels, fighting their dirty underhand war!

Captain Darling: And fortunately, one of our spies...

General Melchett: Splendid fellows, brave heroes risking life and limb for Blighty!

Apple to grieving sons: NO, you cannot have access to your dead mum's iPad

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Re: Well done

@Adrian 4

Well if you don't want stuff passed to your heirs, you say in your will "don't pass XYZ to my heirs". Otherwise what's in the will is your, er, will. If you die intestate, then there are rules about it, essentially it goes to your relatives in sequence of closeness. Not happy with that game, write a will so you are happy. Easy.

Small pedantic point, but under most circumstances you'd need a grant of probate to deal with the estate, not just a death certificate. The solicitors in this case would know the rules and have one if necessary. The Court gives probate once it's happy the deceased is dead and that his or her estate has cleared its debts with HMRC (Inheritance Tax), and the person claiming to be the executor is the right person. After that the very purpose of the Grant is to say to all and sundry "John Doe is dead, this proves I can act on his behalf" to save going through this court order nonsense Apple has decided it requires.

I think Apple's stance is that "We don't know it's her iPad, and under data protection we can't tell you that." which is an obtuse reading of the legislation at best.

Elderly Bletchley Park volunteer sacked for showing Colossus exhibit to visitors

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Not sure I understand this...

Volunteer gets fired for showing important museum exhibit to interested museum visitors?

What next, Natural History Museum curator fired for showing dinosaur bone fossil to interested schoolchildren?

Italian woman stunned by exploding artichoke

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Missed opportunity - Arty Chokes Woman

Or something (it's early, first day back at work and all that)

Justice Ministry to spaff £70k finding out how prisoners like to use ILLEGAL mobes

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One of life's little ironies

That as a law abiding citizen I can't get a mobile signal in my own home, but they seem to be able to get one in Dartmoor prison.

Lyrics upstart Rap Genius blacklisted by Google for Justin Bieber SEO scam

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Are we thinking about this the wrong way around?

Why not just remove Justin Bieber from the internet?

Oi, bank manager. Only you've got my email address - where're these TROJANS coming from?

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Re: Wasn't it NatWest


I am sure they have sorted it. Or at least that impeccable holding company of theirs, the one with the perfect IT record, RBS, has sorted it for them.

Tube be or not tube be: Apple’s CYLINDRICAL Mac Pro is out tomorrow

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Any word on UK pricing?

I am assuming £2,999 or thereabouts.

We MUST be told: How many Bitcoins do I need to kill a melon-head?

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Re: Futures

Maybe there's a solution that if you dabble in commodities you actually have to take custody of the underlying asset for a while. No worries for a farmer, (s)he has the grain/milk/whatever there anyway.

No worries for the supermarket, they get the milk (or whatever) at a fixed price.

Big problem for bankers, suddenly having 127 million gallons of semi-skimmed dropped off in central London, Skinny latte anyone?

Apple iWatch due in October 2014, to wirelessly charge from one metre away – report

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Re: Google Glasses

Under most social circumstances my wriat is well and truly hidden and I never look at it for fear of being arrested.

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Re: When I were a lad ...


My Omega does that too, my general movement during the day easily keeps it going, and it lasts for about three days if I forget to wear it.

A quick word if you still have yours, and I have no idea how true this, is but when I last had it serviced the chap told me that should it "go flat" start it by winding rather than rotating. Apparently the mechanism will take less damage that way.

Ghosts of Christmas Past: Ten tech treats from yesteryear

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Re: FX570 was a superb calculator

My fx-100 I had for my O Levels still works, and is sitting on the desk by me.

BT network-level STOCKINGs-n-suspenders KILLER arrives in time for Xmas

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Re: OK

Oh, yes, and can we nominate others for blocking too, let's see mumsnet and the daily mail spring to mind...

Microsoft: Don't listen to 4chan ... especially the bit about bricking Xbox Ones

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and this children...

Is why taking advice from somewhere random on the internet is seldom a Good Idea™.

(and yes, I am aware of the irony of giving advice randomly on the internet to decry the use of random advice from the internet).

OMG, Andrex killed the puppey! Not quilty, exclaim bog roll boys

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Re: That reminds me...

For me it made me wonder if it was Andrex - Last Tango in Paris edition or something.

Mexican Cobalt-60 robbers are DEAD MEN, say authorities

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Re: Moral of this story: Don't handle pellets which give off a pretty blue light.


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Re: Doubt it will KILL them...

Or children.

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Re: Moral of this story: Don't handle pellets which give off a pretty blue light.

My alma mater had a small reactor which I visited once, and you could stand above it and look down through the water at the business end. Cherenkov radiation is really very, very beautiful. It's an odd diffuse light that seems to have no source, which is hard to describe. It's not like a torch in mist, there is no "beam" just a glow.

In any event "don't eat the glowing pellets" is good advice for life, more so even than "don't eat the yellow snow".

Apple's legal bill for Samsung patent fight tops $60m

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How can an exceptional case

Have similar cases upon which fees can be compared? Surely it's exceptional, or it's not.

SHOCK! US House swats trolls, passes patent 'extortion' bill

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Re: It was promising...

The way I read it the corporate veil would be lifted in these cases, so the owners of the company (shareholders either corporate or human) would become liable for the costs should the patent holder corporate be unable to meet them. That would be aimed to stop the exploitation of the veil in these circumstances. But IANAL and I have not read the draft bill.

Oh no, RBS has gone titsup again... but is it JUST BAD LUCK?

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Re: not just faults

"Too many outfits I've worked at regard "testing" as merely checking the known input produces the expected output. They don't bother checking boundaries, error handling, scalability or resource-hogging."

Indeed. During a SAP test at my old employer I was told off for going off the script and trying to break it by putting in stupid data (letters in value fields etc), or forcing it to do something it shouldn't. "We don't have time to test that" being the answer. Oddly enough, launch was an unmitigated disaster as the users all tried to circumvent the controls (successfully) or put in data in the wrong fields breaking reports and searches. Ho-hum.

Google in Dutch: Privacy changes BREAK data law, says Netherlands

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Re: Very interesting!

It is difficult to agree to Google's T&Cs when you are blissfully unaware that its advertising cookies are busy pimping your data. Even the tech-savvy Reg-heads above seem to forget that even avoiding obvious Google sites Jonny Internet User still gets tracked and monetised by Google.

The Dutch have a lever here - Google's tax schemes rely upon the use of a brass-plate company based in the Netherlands, a company that can't easily be switched to keep those lovely tax schemes in place. Register in the NL, you play by the NL rules no matter what you claim about the internet not being bound by such trifles.

Microsoft wields turkey knife, slices Surface to $199 for Black Friday

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Apple store

Is back up, same as described in the article, buy something get a voucher towards something else.

City of London cops arrest 6 suspected to be Microsoft counterfeit ring

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Re: Why City of London Police?

Fraud Squad based there, Wood Lane I think.

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Re: 100k

I agree, up to a point. Now consider how much does it cost to track down a murderer for such a small return; it's not as if the deceased will come back to life, or the perp will pay some form of life debt to the deceased's family. Despite that it is VERY worthwhile for the police to pursue the crime.

In this case it is most likely (having done this sort of thing with financial fraud) that MS did all the work, put it in a nice box, handed it to the City boys and said "book him Danno". Hence, a relatively small cost to you, the taxpayer.

Is it really £100k? no. Is it worse than murder? no. Is it a crime? yes. Are we now saying that certain crimes should be ignored? How about shoplifting? A banana stolen from Sainsbury's won't hurt the big "S", so one would assume that because Sainsbury's makes money out of you it would be fine to steal from them. Only it's not.

PC market: ABANDON HOPE all ye who enter here

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I remember the misquote was in (I think) the Level 9 text adventure "Snowball" and was a subtle cue to the player to hand over a particular item at the gate.

File-NUKING Cryptolocker PC malware MENACES 'TENS of MILLIONS' in UK

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Does anyone know...

If the perps actually do bother to decrypt, or just take the bitcoins and run? I mean, why would they need to bother once they have the cash? Perhaps they are rather odd semi-honest criminals.

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Re: And why aren't they going after this group??


I remain bitterly disappointed that the much overused and lazy -gate suffix wasn't used in the form gategate as it did, in fact, concern a gate. I guess as we now have a scandal about the scandal we are now at gategategate.

Coroner suggests cars should block mobile phones

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Re: Yes well...

On fixing the roads I seem to find that every patch or manhole (can we say that?) cover is in a position such that it's exactly where my tyres on the passenger side are if I am driving in a correct position on the road. Can we fix that too, as so many of them are ill fitting (I assume because world+dog drives over them) or raised it's dangerous in its own right. So to avoid them you have to pull out into oncoming traffic, or clip the pavement, which is even more dangerous and stupid.


The country roads bit is interesting, but I have no idea on bend related statistics. By us an alarming number of fatal incidents occur on a straight section of road where people seem to love driving into a "Bikers Beware" sign at high speed.

Utterly agree on roadsigns. Far too many, and there is no need for most of the brown ones which seem to proliferate alarmingly.

Speed is difficult, the issue is around "appropriate" speed, which varies by road, weather, other users, time of day etc etc. I mean on the same stretch of road you could do 60mph one day, but realise the next that even exceeding 20mph could be a bit dumb. Instead we use a blunt instrument because it's too difficult to deal with otherwise.

POWER SOURCE that might END humanity's PROBLEMS: A step forward

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"If I discovered a cheap and abundant energy source today and published it to the world, the entire global economy would collapse tomorrow."

Not too sure I follow the reasoning here - what's the chain of causation you have in mind? Not saying you are wrong I just lack the insight to tie together the idea that relatively cheap (at least it would be cheap at the margin, as in the next MWh costs next to nothing, but the first one is really quite expensive) relatively clean and almost unlimited power would destroy the world's economy within 24 hours of it being turned on.

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Re: Fusion & Free Clean Energy For All?

Indeed, especially as you can get there 20 minutes earlier by catching the previous train.

We had JET don't forget, and there is that massive thing in France that many countries have given cash to. Sadly it's just not as "politically useful" as many things, because the commissioning politician won't be in office or possibly even alive when it's realised.

I do wonder if calling it the "[Insert Politico of your choice] Power of the Future Research Establishment" would encourage funding purely as a massive ego stroke.

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Re: Science

@Capt DaFt

I thought "the future will be better tomorrow" (c) J Danforth Quayle

Eric Schmidt joins board of weighty biz journal The Economist

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Re: Can we have .....

I think it went on to mention "synergies" and "paradigm shifts" before having some blue sky thinking out of the box giving a helicopter view of the hot buttons. Or something.

Microsoft's EAT-your-OWN-YOUNG management system AXED

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My old employer did this too. Instead of the appraisal (which everybody hates anyway) being over fairly quickly we had people gaming the system, and actively trying to sabotage rivals. Not exactly goal congruent. Then after we’d had our appraisals there was a moderation process to see if we’d been judged fairly. This was rubbish and simply down office politics, so if you were “in” with the manager who shouted and bullied you’d get a good rating because he said you were a “good chap” (or woman) and he would protect his cronies. Others doing a better job but with more moderate managers would suffer. This process took weeks, and removed senior management from the business for much of that time. All that to fit a distribution curve that some HR wonk said was how it should be.

No wonder people left.

I did see a fraud at a company that did “rank and yank” whereby the bottom 5% of rated employees would be removed each year. As it was so bloody stupid and morale damaging several enterprising managers put ghost employees into their team, paid them a salary and then sacked them at the end of the year. The salaries were collected by real employees and divided up amongst the team at year-end. The team was happy with this game, senior management not so much.

The CURSE of WHO: WHY has there never been a decent videogame with the Doctor?

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Re: Dr. Who + B7 video game...

Didn't the Liberator feature in the BBC/Electron game "Starship Commander"?

While the BBC drools over Twitter, look what UK's up to: Hospital superbug breakthrough

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I could never see that either. I mean giving a reaction from Twitter is about as journalistically sound as hailing a cab and getting a quote from the driver. Or passenger. Or both.

Todays gushfest practically credits Twitter with the invention of the hashtag. I remember it in use on IRC before Twitter's founders were born (possibly) and it may well predate that too.

What amazes me most is that the BBC tech people can use Twitter - finding # on a Mac keyboard isn't all that obvious...

Thought you didn't need to show ID in the UK? Wrong

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Interesting, BMI from the Isle of Man to and from the UK insist upon photo ID. I have no idea why there would be a difference.

Consistency - we've heard of it.

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Re: Yawn.

My guess would be the requirements would be similar to the KYC financial regulations. As long as a landlord has a copy of [insert document] on file (s)he has done her/his best to verify the status of the applicant. If it looks okay (as in not a letter from the tenant's mum for example) then you'd be in the clear.

As the article says the number of landlords (or indeed anyone) able to spot a fake ID from the myriad on offer will be insanely low.

Don't forget how many MPs are also landlords - them getting it wrong would be newsworthy (witness illegal immigrant cleaners in the past for example) so you can't make the barrier too high for their sake.

That time when an NSA bloke's son borked the ENTIRE INTERNET...

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Surely double secret probation would be more appropriate?

Twitter jacks up IPO price range as the blabbergasm begins

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Anechdotes and evidence...

I've run a few classes over the last few weeks and out of interest asked if any of the students would invest in Twitter. I've put up the basis of the deal from the actual offer documents, and just done a straw poll. To make it a little more scientific I did ask all of them to close their eyes before holding their hands up (there is comfort in numbers in these things, so I wanted to stop that). So far out of around 150 students only three, yes, three would invest. It's not a good representation, but it's all I have.

My point - I feel a bit better. As if some of the future has some common sense.

FREEZE, GLASSHOLE! California cops bust Google Glass driver

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Two things...

She was, apparently speeding. If correct then that's illegal irrespective of what she had on her face.

Secondly - what's a google+ page?

Ohh! The PRECIOUS! Give it to uss. We WANTS it: Shiny iThings coming in 2014

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very, very unique...?

How, exactly?

Unique is "existing as the only one". You can't be "very" unique any more that one could be "slightly" pregnant or very dead.

HTC phone STOPS BULLET, saves Florida gas station clerk's life

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Re: Knowing the way beancounters work...

Nokia 3310s, surely?