* Posts by wolfetone

3362 posts • joined 6 Aug 2011

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.


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.


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