* Posts by wolfetone

3386 posts • joined 6 Aug 2011

Did this airliner land in the North Sea? No. So what happened? El Reg probes flight tracker site oddity


Re: Obviously not GPS jamming

Unless it was highly targeted in order to generate an article on El Reg?

Amazon Lex can now speak British English... or simply 'English' if you're British


"from what I've heard Northern Ireland has its own unique variant"

So it is.

Think Jim MacDonald if you will. Remember how he used to speak so he did?

.UK overlord Nominet tells everyone not to worry about 'distorted' vote allocations in its board elections


Have Nominet become a Politburo?

Russian hacker selling how-to vid on exploiting unsupported Magento installations to skim credit card details for $5,000


"If you've ever had the misfortune to see a Magento database, you'll know why they haven't made a program to do that. It's EAV and custom columns and tables all the way down. Truly a database in name only."

COVID holds no fear for me, for I have seen and dealt with such a monstrosity as the Magento database.


"The best way to avoid such attacks is to migrate to Magento 2, a spokesperson from Sansec told El Reg."

You don't migrate from Magento 1 to Magento 2. You completely redevelop your website to use Magento 2, as there is no reliable way to migrate the data across from version 1 to version 2. That's potentially hundreds of thousands of products, orders etc, that have to be brought across some how without affecting audits etc.

Adobe though could not give a damn about that little issue, meaning retailers are at the mercy of web development agencies to do it for them. The costs are going to be eye watering.

I do not envy any retailer or solitary dev dealing with this at the moment. I really don't.

At the very last Moment.js: Time-and-date JavaScript library fetched 12 million times a week ends development



I wouldn't put much stock in to what Lighthouse says. Comes back with randomly different results, and flags Google's own JS products as things that should be replaced or removed.

Absolutely great if you use Google AdSense on your website. Or Google Analytics.

China, Russia and Iran all attacking US elections and using some nasty new tactics, says Microsoft


Re: This could al be avoided

Could we not just uninstall America and be done with it instead?

Bork, Beer and Breweries: Three of our favourite things


Tennents Super

Nothing super about it. It's shite.

Zero. Zilch. Nada. That's how many signs of intelligent life astroboffins found in probe of TEN MILLION stars


Any intelligent life would avoid us like the plague, so they'll be hiding from us.

And I don't blame them either.

Brexit border-line issues: Would you want to still be 'testing' software designed to stop Kent becoming a massive lorry park come 31 December?


Well, we can but hope that there's some sort of extension before then so we can get our shit together. But judging by how well our response has been to COVID, I will definitely be stock piling toilet paper from this weekend for the inevitable shit show that will unfold.

Dating apps swiped left on Pakistan’s request to clean up their acts, bans followed


I'm surprised Grindr was allowed in Pakistan at all.

Happy birthday to the Nokia 3310: 20 years ago, it seemed like almost everyone owned this legendary mobile


"due to an ancient mistake in the order / shipping I have a crate full"

How do you make that mistake? Were you pissed on eBay or something?

Bletchley Park Trust can’t crack COVID-caused revenue slump without losing staff



Remember how Bletchley Park treated TNMOC a few years ago?

Pepperidge Farm remembers, and karma's a bitch.

Oh what a feeling: New Toyotas will upload data to AWS to help create custom insurance premiums based on driver behaviour


I don't see the problem

The phone in your pocket is already telling the men in black where you're going, how fast you're going, how long you stay in a single spot.

Why can't Toyota?


Re: That's settled, then.

I bet you're an Audi driver, aren't you?

Aviation regulator outlines fixes that will get the 737 MAX flying again


I'm sorry if I've offended you Mr.O'Leary.


I emailed Ryanair, twice, to ask if the 737 MAX's they were buying had included the MCAS warning light.

They never responded.

Make of that what you will.

Virgin Galactic reveals giant mirror feature in cabin design for Beardy Branson's space bus


From the man who wouldn't sell his private island to keep his airline afloat while suing the NHS, comes this expensive white elephant.

Gone in 15 minutes: Qualcomm claims new chargers will fill your smartmobe in a flash


Imagine being that vapid that waiting an hour or two for your phone to charge is the worst thing in the world and you need a full charge after 15 minutes so you can carry on being vapid on Instagram.

Named arguments squeak into PHP 8.0, 7 years after first RFC


Re: "because you call it like, true, true, false, like what does this mean?"

OK Boomer.

Raytheon techie who took home radar secrets gets 18 months in the clink in surprise time fraud probe twist


He'd have got less for being a cop and killing an unarmed person.

Only EU can help us, pleads Slack as it slings competition complaint against Microsoft Teams


I hate to say this, but the Microsoft Teams product is better than the Slack offering. And to be honest, if an organisation is paying for an Office 365 license anyway, why would they want to use Slack for another cost?

Brit telcos deliberately killed Phones 4u, claim admins in £1bn UK High Court sueball


I do remember that EE and Vodafone pulled out, P4U went bump, the next day EE and Vodafone split P4U's stores between them.

You don't need an iPad to see how dodgy that looked.

Pokémon Go players fined for breaking down-under COVID-19 lockdown rules


Gotta Catch 'em All

Except for COVID19.

No one wants that.

Not even if it were a shiny.

Someone must be bricking it: UK govt website for first-time home buyers snapped up for £40,000 after left to expire


Fair play to them. Someone might as well benefit from the ineptitude that engulfs these government departments.

Because the people of the UK certainly don't!

GitHub redesign goes mobile-friendly – to chagrin of devs who shockingly do a lot of work on proper computers


Re: Qui bono?

"Most developers want familiar non-intrusive tools so they can get on with concentrating on their development, not constantly running up a learning curve for the tools."

I find it odd that those developers then develop interfaces and software that keep moving the goal posts in terms of usability for Joe Bloggs and his dog.

China praises Pakistan SatNav collaboration


What's the Chinese for "The enemy of my enemy is my friend"?

Chrome extensions are 'the new rootkit' say researchers linking surveillance campaign to Israeli registrar Galcomm


Ah, those Israelis. Up to no good as usual.

Customers of Brit ISP Virgin Media have downloaded an extra 325GB since March, though we can't think why


I did not know that PornHub actually used that much bandwidth. I am shocked. SHOCKED I tell you.

Hey is trying a new take on email – but maker complains of 'outrageous' demands after Apple rejects iOS app


"Hansson claims Apple's App Store practices are "capricious, exploitive, and inconsistent." "

Says the gobshite who can't be arsed getting it to work with standard email clients, and ransoms you to $99 as it stops him selling your data.

Shove your imbox up your marse.

Adobe about to pull the plug on Creative Cloud freebie 'at-home' access for students


Re: Are Adobe products the only ones ...

"that can be used to achieve what the students are learning ?"

I think it's one of these things that's mandated by industry. If you leave education to go in to a job, they're all using Adobe. So if you go in and say you learnt everything you know on GIMP, you won't get the job.

Creative industries are lazy in this respect. They financially hurt themselves to kit themselves out in Mac's with Adobe because they either don't know any better, they don't want to do anything else, and most of the tutorials on the internet are really related to Adobe products.

When they become cynical and get to the point of do they feed themselves that week or pay Adobe for a license, they'll learn that there are other tools available and that it isn't the tool that produces the work. It's the workman.

FYI, I do film photography and I use a combination of darktable and GIMP for my photos. Adobe Photoshop offers absolutely nothing of value in this respect.

Don't like Mondays? Neither does Microsoft 364's Outlook Exchange Online service


Had this yesterday. In a company of about 60, 40 of which working from home, only one person asked me why they couldn't access their emails.

So I wonder how productive the other 39 have been...

GitHub to replace master with main across its services


Ireland's a very funny place sir, said the man from the Daily Mail.


Re: A long time ago...

I had Ian Dury playing years ago in the car, and Spasticus Autisticus comes on. I'm bopping away with the windows down. She turns it off because it was offensive. She didn't know about Ian Dury at all.


So we're going to remove the master terminology because a few people have nothing better to do than be offended? Ok then.

What are we meant to do with cars? They often have a brake master cylinder, a clutch master cylinder and a clutch slave cylinder. Are we going to change that as well? And what about aircraft where you retard the prop? Shall we change that as well?

While we're at it, can we change the name or stop using the word landlord? As someone who's Irish I find the term highly offensive given it's history with the famine. Also, any company called Cromwell. Change the name of it. The bastard shouldn't be remembered, especially given he's the one who started this slavery bullshit with the Irish in 1625. The colour orange too, get rid of that. Ban it from use on traffic lights because I fear that a pipe band will start up "The Boyne Water".

But no. We're adults. We understand, well I thought we did, that if I have a problem with the brake master cylinder in my car it's named down to it's function. No one when they're inventing these things thought "I'm going to call this the master because I long for the day of being able to have a group of slaves do my bidding".

If people bothered their arses more with issues that affect the population more than daft terminology that has actual no relation to past horrors that share nothing other than a common name, then we, as a society, may be closer to ending homelessness. Ending childhood hunger. Getting everyone proper healthcare that could be afforded. But, yet, here we are.


Re: Proposal: Parent & Child

Thats offensive to people who can't have kids, or don't like children.

BoJo looks to jumpstart UK economy with £6k taxpayer-funded incentive for Brits to buy electric cars – report


Diesel is the way to go. At least if the world ended and diesel supplies dried up, you could stick some chip fat in it and go all Mad Max on everyone.


"Mop-haired Brit Prime Minister Boris Johnson"

This comparison is offensive to mops. At least they're useful.

Smart fridges are cool, but after a few short years you could be stuck with a big frosty brick in the kitchen


"In the absence of legally binding rules to ensure smart appliances remain supported..."

I beg to differ.

A fool and their money are easily parted. So if they think they're that important that they need to spend £1,000 on a box to keep food cold while tweeting about their own vacuous life, then they fully deserve to have the thing bricked after 2 or 3 years.

This doesn't need anything legally binding to keep the manufacturers from bricking the fridges. It needs common sense on the side of the consumer, and there's no legislation for that.

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.


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