* Posts by ChrisElvidge

121 posts • joined 17 Aug 2011


Lonestar plans to put datacenters in the Moon's lava tubes


What happens on the "other" side?

"One side of our bigger natural satellite is tidally locked and constantly faces Earth, meaning it would be possible to set up a constant, direct line-of-sight communication between devices on the Moon and our planet."

I think you'll find both sides are tidally locked!

Timetable for industrial action ballot against BT imminent


Profit / Front-line workers =

~ 25.5k

Help, my IT team has no admin access to their own systems



Is it really IT that insist on password changes? Or is it some c-type who has heard that passwords should be changed regularly for "security" and has conviced some higher-up to issue an edict?

IT blamed after HR forgets to install sockets in new office


Re: The current poster boy for this being our favourite Russian dictator.

Pfeffel : new word of the year for the OED?

TikTok under investigation in US over harms to children


It's the algorithm?

"The concern is that the algorithm,

which determines what content others see,

sends users, youths in particular,

down an addictive and harmful rabbit hole."

Well, just ban any and all algorithms directing content.

Let people find content for themselves.

Indian services giants target emerging technologies with PaaS plays


Software defined vehicles

Does this mean I can have a car when I need to visit someone, a van when I need to deliver something, a motorhome to go on holiday?

SDV is misnamed.

Oracle, SAP suspend business in Russia amid invasion


Operation PissOnPutin?

Or: Operation PissOnPutin?

When product names go bad: Microsoft's Raymond Chen on the cringe behind WinCE


Re: reminds me of a song

If OMO doesn't whiten it and DAZ doesn't brighten it - FUCK it.

Macmillan best-biscuit list unexpectedly promotes breakfast cereal to treat status


Re: Re:Hobnob has no worthy challengers?

In my estimation:

Keebler's Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Aldi/Lidl Chocolate Oaties

Astronomers detect burps of interstellar cannibal from 480 million light years away


As usual, the CMA would be late to the party. This event happened 480 million years ago.

Smoking smartphone sparks emergency evacuation of Alaska Airlines jet, two taken to hospital


Re: Absent apostrophes

Or too many?

See Qudo's above!

Amazon sets the date for televised return to Middle Earth: September 2022


Not more fucking elves.

India ponders why just three per cent of its broadband services are wired


Re: Take care of the poverty first.

"However, given that 2020 saw millions of laptops sold in India, there are quite a few people that do have the means to use a wired connection."

How does that even compute?

I use a laptop (and wifi) and a wireless hotspot. No wired connection in sight.

'Biggest data grab' in NHS history stuffs GP records in a central store for 'research' – and the time to opt out is now


Re: link for online opt out.

Page last reviewed 10 July 2019; Next review date 10 July 2022.

Are they keeping up to date?

Home office setup with built-in boiling water tap for tea and coffee without getting up is a monument to deskcess


Re: misread title

I fancied it was just another way for the Home Office to waste more taxpayer's money.

Pigeon fanciers in a flap over Brexit quarantine flock-up, seek exemption from EU laws



Just one of the muttley restrictions brought about by Brexit

How to ensure your tech predictions catch on in a flash? Do the mash


Re: in the year 2525

Zager and Evans didn't think so.

UBports community delivers 'second-largest release of Ubuntu Touch ever'


Re: Yes.

"Windows phone was really easy and welcoming and great to use (and that's coming from a Linux user)."

And it still is!

California bans website 'dark patterns', confusing language when opting out of having your personal info sold



Possibly the appeals process could/should be changed too. Instead of being able to continue with a practice that has been deemed illegal by a "lower" court until the appeals process has been completed, the practice could be banned until/unless the appeal process deems it legal.

Stop us if you've heard this one before: Microsoft to lure users with industry-specific solutions in the cloud


Re: Hmm

Like SAP is fully customisable?

Recovery time objective missed by four weeks, but Parler is back online


Re: Tea Party Patriots

The word "Patriot" is one of those words that should set off some alarm bells. It's almost 250 years ago since Samuel Johnson said that "Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel" and its use has not improved since then.

As I remember it, it was a comment on scoundrels not on patriotism. (Scoundrels like Pitt the Elder.)

Linus Torvalds labels Super Bowl 'violent version of egg-and-spoon race'


Owdham Edge - site of Oldhams RL "scraps"

But now the game has changed, you see

You can't play dirty on TV

Google, Apple sued for failing to give Telegram chat app the Parler put-down treatment


Re: @Overunder Am I bad for not...

I may disagree with what you're saying, but I'm willing to fight for your right to say it.

but also:

you're not using my megaphone to say it.

you can't force anyone to listen to you

Did anyone tell Logitech about lockdown? Biz launches pricey video chat kit for office conference rooms and 'huddle spaces'


Re: Depressed...

Would that be a mount of Venus?

The CIA's 'entire' collection of UFO records has been made available for you to sigh at


Re: If there is nothing there ...

There's nothing there NOW!

Developers! These 3 weird tricks will make you a global hero


Menu standardisation

Does no-one remember the early days of the menu system when company A (could have been Microsoft or Lotus) sued company B (could have been Lotus or Microsoft) for copying their menus system into a competing product?

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


Clever sheep?

Lets call him Shaun

It may date back to 1994 but there's no end in sight for the UK's Chief customs system as Brexit rules beckon


Check an HGV is Ready to Cross the Border?

'Another IT system supposed to ensure the smooth departure from EU border arrangements is the "Check an HGV is Ready to Cross the Border" system, formerly known as Smart Freight, also set to go live in December.

'It is designed to ensure HGVs carrying exports from the UK to the EU have the necessary paperwork before they get to port.'

Wouldn't it be better to ensure HGVs carrying exports have the necessary paperwork _before they leave the warehouse?_

After all, planes don't take off if there is no landing slot booked (AFAIK).

I work therefore I ache: Logitech aims to ease WFH pains with Ergo M575 trackball mouse


Bluetooth mice

I used to use BT but found, when dual-booting Linux/Windows, I was constantly re-pairing said mouse whenever I changed OS. Now, using a mouse+dongle combo, I just switch OS and mouse follows.

Linux Foundation, IBM, Cisco and others back ‘Inclusive Naming Initiative’ to change nasty tech terms


Re: What about that special house?

You mean the one that rhymes with 'toilet'?

Hey, over here, I'm talking... Academics help computers figure out which way you're facing when you speak



I thought the idea (I don't have any) was that "Hey, Alexa" or "Hey, Google" was designed to tell the device who was talking to what.

Shouting from another room. Will that work?

Windows Server robocopy to gain auto-compression ahead of big file moves


Windows not-Server

I hope that the robocopy in Desktop gets the same treatment.

Japan testing sandwiches that discount themselves as they age


Crustless bread is common in Spain - and perhaps elsewhere. Not seen it commonly in UK.

Palo Alto Networks threatens to sue security startup for comparison review, says it breaks software EULA



Perhaps the EULA terms should be contested - it might help to make EULAs unenforceable (hopes). Then NDAs could/should be on the block, too.

Microsoft builds image-to-caption AI so that your visually impaired coworkers can truly comprehend your boss's PowerPoint abominations


Re: Dick Pics

Like this? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cressida_Dick

A decades-old lesson on not inserting Excel where it doesn't belong


Try these two

Planmaker gets this right: =-28.96+25+5-1+0.02-0.06

None I've tried gets this right: =111111111*111111111

bc and mysql do the maths correctly, though.

Please stop hard-wiring AWS credentials in your code. Looking at you, uni COVID-19 track-and-test app makers


Perfidious Albion?

As title.

How do you solve a problem like Privacy Shield? US and EU policymakers kick off discussions


EU data

If an EU company owns the hardware and site - even though it uses US software. Who owns the data?

I was screwed over by Cisco managers who enforced India's caste hierarchy on me in US HQ, claims engineer


Re: General concern

Frost Report 1966 - Cleese, Barker, Corbett

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


Oh Sharon

She noted in the memo that John Lewis's sales had shifted to 100 per cent online at the height of the pandemic from 40 per cent prior to the crisis

Yes, well you closed all the shops because of the pandemic.

CompSci student bitten by fox after feeding it McNuggets


Serious bites?

Being bitten by an unknown animal should always be treated as possible tetanus / rabies transmission. (I know rabies is not endemic (yet)).

Honeypot behind sold-off IP subnet shows Cyberbunker biz hosted all kinds of filth, says SANS Institute


IPv4 subnets should not be sold

They should be returned to (in Europe/Middle East) RIPE

Laws on police facial recognition aren't tough enough, UK data watchdog barrister tells Court of Appeal


Re: There's several issues with sitting judges today

It's perhaps not that they don't understand, they want the definitions written into the court records so no-one can say later "I didn't mean it that way."

Only true boffins will be able to grasp Blighty's new legal definitions of the humble metre and kilogram


Re: Candela

It's the caesium in the ur-kilo (see article) that's decaying.

BoJo buckles: UK govt to cut Huawei 5G kit use 'to zero by 2023' after pressure from Tory MPs, Uncle Sam


the plan was in danger of being voted down in Parliament by his own MPs

If using Huawei is a good idea, why can't Labour vote with the Gov't to stuff the "no huawei here" MPs?

Fancy some post-weekend reading? How's this for a potboiler: The source code for UK, Australia's coronavirus contact-tracing apps


Re: Schneier posted a thorough takedown of contact tracing apps

Govt: "We have a problem and something must be done"

AppCoder: "This is something"

Govt: "OK. Lets do it. Problem solved"

It is becoming more and more obvious that (sorry Clemenceau) pandemics are far too important to be left to politicians.

Brit magistrates' courts turn to video conferencing to keep wheels of justice turning


Could be onions in the 'swag bag' and the jemmy is just to help him fix his bike.

India launches e-government platform for 125,000 villages and drone land surveys to put them on the map


Re: For the sake of pointing out the obvious

The reference should not then have the (common) misspelling; it is: The Domesday Book

Delivery drones: Where are they when we really need them?


Last scene in Midsomer Murders' Death By Persuasion?

Thunderbird is go: Mozilla's email client lands in a new nest


Re: Oh God No

Totally +100. I'm still using 52.2, anything later stops Thunderbrowse and Element Hiding from working. It's amazing what you can get rid of with Element Hiding Helper.



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