* Posts by wolfetone

3347 posts • joined 6 Aug 2011

Indian app that deleted Chinese apps from Androids deleted from Play Store


Re: the common denominator in all of those disputes.

"Ooh, there was me thinking it was the British, but hey, blaming Muslims always works.

I don't seem to remember much Islamic presence in Las Malvinas, however."

That's exactly the point I was making. And it's disgraceful really that the anti-Islam post seems to be fairly popular here.

It's a bad day when El Reg becomes infested by Trump supporting right wing bigots.


It'd be too easy to go further with the above list and point out the common denominator in all of those disputes.

Black horse down: UK banking giant Lloyds suffers an online wobble


I think the Co-Operative Bank are having issues with their online banking/mobile app.

Then again, they've been constantly shit since they nearly went bust. So it must just be any other day with them.


What can we say. American technology ain't quite what it used to be.

Far-right leader walks free from court after conviction for refusing to hand his phone passcode over to police


"He told police: "I don't think think you have any grounds to suspect me of terrorism in any way, shape or form.""

He should've been detained under the mental health act then, as he's quite clearly not of sound mind.

UK big five carriers bin wired broadband download quotas for as long as we're all stuck indoors


So when Labour called broadband an essential, the Tories scoffed at it. Now that the shit hits the fan, it turns out it is essential?

Who knew.

The shelves may be empty, but the disk is full: Not even Linux can resist the bork at times


This can't be Linux

This is probably the Linux subsystem on a Windows 10 installation. Because Linux never breaks. Never ever ever. Heresy!

UK enters almost-lockdown: Brits urged to keep calm and carry on – as long as it doesn't involve leaving the house


Re: And use food delivery services where you can.

"However, I have a modest proposal: let the Army to do the deliveries"

Why is it that whenever there's a little bit of a crisis, or something that puts the shiters up people, the default response is to involve the Army?

Calm the fuck down, walk to your local shop and do your shopping and walk back home. There you get your bit of exercise and your food at the same time.

TeamViewer is going to turn around and ignore what you're doing with its freebie licence to help new remote workers


Calm down Prince Andrew

Tech won't save you from lockdown disaster: How to manage family and free time while working from home


I got to say that having a dedicated work space is probably the single most important thing to do get in terms of your mental health. It's too easy to work in front of the TV in the living room, but at the end of the work day where are you going to relax? Right now I'm in my dining room, and when it gets to 5:30pm I'm closing the laptop and walking to the living room until tomorrow where I go to work in the dining room. Then, on Friday, I pack it up and put the equipment in the corner so that the dining room can be used for non-work things for the weekend.

Thought you'd go online to buy better laptop for home working? Too bad, UK. So did everyone. Laptops, monitors and WLANs fly off shelves


Yeah I have to agree. I mean they don't inspire confidence in terms of build quality (they flex a fair bit), they're not bad. I can't fault them so far, except for the bloatware that comes with them. But that was swiftly resolved.


My gaffer told me that by the end of last week, the only reasonably priced laptops were Macbooks. All the other midrange business ones had been bought up. Ourselves we ended up with 9 Dell Vostro's.

My laptop though, a Latitude I think, has been on order since mid-February and hasn't turned up. And it'll go to the office, where I won't be. So that'll be fun.

Bad news: Coronavirus is spreading rapidly across the world. Good news: Nitrogen dioxide levels are decreasing and the air on Earth is cleaner


"The real question is why they can't add a disinfectant for this virus in with the mind control drugs that are already in the chemtrails? Ay chemits know?"

It won't soak through the tin foil hats.


I would think that it would work the same as the smoking ban in pubs.

The air in pubs has never been cleaner, but now we can smell each other's farts.

NHS websites will no longer burn up your mobile data allowance, say Brit telcos


It begs the question as to why it's taken this pandemic to have this happen?

BT's Wi-Fi Disc ads banned because there's no evidence the things work



Beyond Truth.

Eight-core 3.8 GHz CPU. 12 TFLOPS GPU. 1TB NVME SSD. 16GB RAM. Not a half-decent workstation, it's the new Xbox


It's impressive, although a little expected (as who wants just a slightly better console for the next gen?).

The main problem though is that games that come out on both the Xbox and PlayStation aren't exclusive. So these days there really isn't any reason to buy one console over the other. And the worst thing of all is the lack of local multiplayer going in to games for these consoles now. Sure we can do it online but what if you've got your friends around for a drink and you want to cause merry hell locally?

Oh yeah, we've got COVID19 to stop that. I forgot.

It's Baaaaaack (or is it?): Microsoft Teams suffers a Tuesday totter


Nope, just doesn't reach far enough now seeing as we're all working from home.

And Microsoft Teams doesn't have that feature for some reason.


Haven't really had any problems with it this morning. Just had one user tell me that their webcam wouldn't work, adamant the issue was with Teams as it had a wobbly yesterday.

Turned out there's a cover on the webcam on the laptop, and they had managed to close it without realising.

Still, you got to laugh.

Microsoft Teams gets off to a wobbly start as the world and its cat starts working from home


Re: "binging on Homes under the hammer "

Well it is a bit unusual, but I liiiiiiiiike it.


Had this issue this morning as I was helping troubleshoot issues our team were having working from home ironically.

US prez Donald Trump declares America closed to those flying in from Schengen zone over coronavirus woes


Well in fairness to Trump, COVID19 does affect the elderly the hardest. So he's got to do what he's got to do to keep himself alive.

Want to own a bit of Concorde? Got £750k burning a hole in your pocket? We have just the thing


Well I offered them £10, they said no. That's my dreams of a Concorde-powered Lada out the door.

Ah well.

Like a Virgin, hacked for the very first time... UK broadband ISP spills 900,000 punters' records into wrong hands from insecure database


Probably a DynamoDB instance.

Motorola bounds out the G8 with a harder, better, faster smartphone for the thrifty

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Fancy that: Hacking airliner systems doesn't make them magically fall out of the sky


Air France 447 crashed due to the onboard computers giving up due to inconsistent data provided to it by frozen pitot tubes. The pilots became confused with the information given, one was pulling up at the controls while the other was pushing down. The plane crashed in to the sea.

It's all well and good testing this in a simulator, but I'd wager that given conflicting information to a stressed out pilot, it won't always be good.

Surprise! Plans for a Brexit version of the EU's Galileo have been delayed


Re: So typical

I didn't know they gave Tommy Robinson internet access in his jail cell. Who knew?


Most Brexiters won't understand the issues involved in this, because they're all still cluching at their 1992 version of their local A to Z.

Our 'solution is killing us in a number of areas' IBM said about doomed £175m Co-Op Insurance project


I'm in the marrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrket for a pun.

Pope tells his followers to log off for Lent


He's not wrong. It's a pity the arseholes I have to deal with can't give up chatting bollocks for 40 days.

Down with this sort of thing etc.

How many times do we have to tell you? A Tesla isn't a self-driving car, say investigators after Apple man's fatal crash


Caltrans, Cones, & Autopilot

So the attenuator was broken, they put cones up to repair it later. What were the cones meant to do? Notify the incoming vehicle that they're better of crashing further up the road where there's another attenuator?

I know people have noted that Tesla have never called it Driverless, but they have referred to it as Self-Driving. So for as much as words matter, Self Driving means Driverless. But even calling it Autopilot means there is a minimum level of pilot input. On an aircraft the pilot must be there and keep an eye on things, but they don't have to put their hands on the column all the time.

So no Tesla, it's not driverless or self-driving. Its glorified cruise control.

If there's a bustle in your hedgerow, don't be alarmed now: Brexit tea towel says it'll just be the gigabit broadband


Hedgerows get faster broadband than my council flat or lush little hamlet?


Apple tries to have VirnetX VPN patent ruling overturned again, US Supremes say no... again


Just pay the bloody bill Apple, it's not like you're strapped for cash.

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


Re: Perhaps this is a little graphic...

I think it's unfair to compare HMRC to a bar of soap, if I'm honest.

BAE Systems tosses its contractors a blanket... ban on off-payroll working under upcoming IR35 tax reforms


Re: Interesting timing ...

Paraphrasing it, but don't but down to malice what can be put down to stupidity.

Your McDonald's demo has expired. For full functionality, please purchase a licence or try another fast-food joint


Re: Demo food

"It's probably made from all the bits of cow that don't go into the burger."

You mean, there's stuff that DOESN'T go in to the burger?!

London's Metropolitan Police flip the switch: Smile, fellow citizens... you're undergoing Live Facial Recognition


Yet another reason not to go to London.

For the moment.

Samsung will be Putin dreaded Kremlin-approved shovelware on its phones, claims Russia


Well at least Russia are transparent about it. We had to get Snowden to blow the whistle on the CIA's secret spying on individuals.

Larry Tesler cut and pasted from this mortal coil: That thing you just did? He probably invented it


As a mark of respect I copied this from another commentator here.

May he rest in peace.

Don't use natwest.co.uk for online banking, Natwest bank tells baffled customer


This bank costs real money.

Fire Brigades Union warns of wonky IT causing dangerous delays in 999 control rooms


This was highlighted during the Grenfell inquiry, and instead they jumped on the fact the firefighters let people down.

Google lives in an Orange submarine: Transatlantic cable will get by with a little help from some friends

Paris Hilton

"This capacity, enough to send a complete digitised Library of Congress three times a second..."

Yeah but, what is that in real Playmobil money?

Don't Flip out or anything, but the 'flexible glass display' on Samsung's latest pholdable doesn't behave like glass


Does a phone exist for Edward Scissorhands?


Why is this any different then?

Ofcom: Rule change to force UK comms providers to tell you when your contract expires


BT have been reminding me that my deal is about to end - 6 months ahead of time.

So I called them and asked them for a deal, they only gave me £1 a month off. Which, in fairness, is still a reduction.

The problem was that, while I was talking to the guy on retentions, on BT's own website I was being offered the same package for £5 a month less.

Call us immediately if your child uses Kali Linux, squawks West Mids Police


Thomas Shelby from Peaky Blinders pretends to be from the WMP.

"No hacking. No hacking. No f**king hacking. No Hacking. NO F**KING HACKING."


"Engage in to positive diversions"

Like they did with the Birmingham 6 and Hillsborough inquiries?

NBD: A popular HTTP-fetching npm code library used by 48,000 other modules retires, no more updates coming


Re: New is not always better

"I do understand the urge to do everything in the most fashionable modes all the time. However, if it ain't broken, don't fix it. The JavaScript ecosystem made the same mistake as the Java ecosystem. It has become a complexity and dependency hell. A wakeup call should have been the recent downing of an npm package."

The problem is with this mantra is that it doesn't make web agencies money, and it doesn't tickle the ego of the developer. They WANT the latest and greatest for their own benefit, not for the customer. They WANT the complexity it brings because it means they can charge the client more hours and get more money.

You can sit there and argue that things should be simple, if it isn't broken don't fix it, return to the idea of KISS. But if your boss or team leader is a w****r the idea won't fly. Yet it won't be them trying to work out why a dependency has failed or why the software is no longer supported by an open source project they don't contribute to.


These truly are the end times for TLS 1.0, 1.1: Firefox hopes to 'eradicate' weak HTTPS standard by blocking it


I bet in some future updates of Firefox and Chrome, they'll automatically furnish you with some sort of contraception when you attempt some love making with your significant other/significant investment as well.

Come to Five Guys, where the software is as fresh as the burgers... or maybe not


Re: I'm sure they can afford support

5 Guys is a lot of things, but it does not provide you with a better burger than Burger King. Unless a smushed ball of greasy bread, squished beef patty and a random assortment of failed salad gets you going in the morning.


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