* Posts by a pressbutton

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Cop films chap on body-worn cam because he 'complains about cops a lot'. Chap complains

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Black Helicopters

Re: I'm actually half on the officer's side here

DCI Plod to PC Plod:

Go and wander around that place where we we have been refused a search warrant. Leave your camera on.

PC Plod to DCI Plod:

will it be used for surveillance

DCI Plod to PC Plod:


PC Plod can now honestly say that data will not be used for surveillance.

HMRC: We 'rigorously tested' IR35 tax-check tool... but have almost nothing to show for it

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Re: CEST is fundamentally flawed because....

sir, have my upvote for

(BTW I hate the new Reg design. I'm down from several visits daily to once a week.)

The lighter side of HMRC: We want your money, but we also want to make you laugh

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re: The beatings will continue until moral improves.

Does repeated beating improve morels?

Time for lunch. Fancy an omlette

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Re: If we taxed the rich properly

... the meaning of 'Properly' will depend on whether you are

that rich person who has his (for is is usually a he) own subway system / private island


that not so rich person who has his or her own cardboard box.

(imo, in a rich, civilised society, not having somewhere warm and dry to sleep should be v.v. rare)

The Large Hadron Collider is small beer. Give us billions more for bigger kit, say boffins

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Re: New name needed - so what will "Bosonics" bring ?

... overpriced headphones?

IBM insists it's not deliberately axing older staff. Internal secret docs state otherwise...

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You might be onto something here,

according to rumor they have not been doing so well for the last few years...


IBM increased revenues by a real 1 percent in its latest financial quarter, but annual results were down for the sixth year in a row. The company is almost back to where it was 20 years ago, excluding inflation.)

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Re: Can someone explain this to me?


You should have learnt COBOL

Total Inability To Support User Phones: O2 fries, burning data for 32 million Brits

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Nigel from O2 on DownDetector


... and his handle is N-O2

aka Laughing Gas.

Microsoft polishes up Chromium as EdgeHTML peers into the abyss

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No, turning windows 10 into Windows 7 would be good enough for me

.. or even better XP

Consultant misreads advice, ends up on a 200km journey to the Exchange expert

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Re: Bad advice

I hope anon gave them a really hard stare

Bean-counting outfit Sage appoints bean-counter as new CEO

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Re: Perhaps

I work with colleagues who maintain an XML based interface to HMRC that is used to pass payroll information (RTI)

It changes every year.

The changes are not well documented

Edge cases are not properly thought through (not all payrolls are weekly or monthly), so there are often late-breaking changes.

In short, you are largely correct, there is no real reason for the API to change,

but it does, and keeping in step costs.

Dot-com web addresses prices to swell, thanks to sweetheart deal between Uncle Sam, Verisign

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Re: Can someone explain this to me?

well, that drainey swampey thing seems to be going just fine so far in the us

... if you live in a swamp and like being wet.

Should a robo-car run over a kid or a grandad? Healthy or ill person? Let's get millions of folks to decide for AI...

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Dumb question



the car detects one or more people it _might_ injure

- how about slowing down so the probability of any injury is < x%


the car detects one or more people it _will_ injure (for whatever reason)

- it should not have been going that fast - you (the human in the car) are about to commit GBH / manslaughter


the car does not detect one or more people it _will_ injure (for whatever reason)

- see B and as the car did not detect anyone, there is no decision tree to traverse.

queue bunfight over what x% is.

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Re: Who's gonna buy it?

If the car has radar, it will favour people with metal implants / fillings?

Morrisons supermarket: We're taking payroll leak liability fight to UK Supreme Court

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Re: I expect to be flamed

well, you pretty much do that every time you pay them.

the point is procedures / safeguards / security and control (as others have said)

Watch Series 4: What price 'freedom'? About as much as you'd expect from an Apple product

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Apple Watch:-


It seems you have just stopped making rythmic motions at about 120bpm

Do you want me to

- play "Sandstorm"

- launch pornhub

- book a uber home


Linux kernel's Torvalds: 'I am truly sorry' for my 'unprofessional' rants, I need a break to get help

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Best of luck to him

He may not be as rich as Bill G (who was reportedly also v. foul mouthed at times), but should have as much or more respect.

The only thing he should have done imo is to have a named 'understudy' in place a couple of years ago.

You need something like that- after all he could (literally) have fallen under a bus etc and on a project like this you cannot really just stop while the new person learns the ropes.

Hope the new person understands that.

Lenovo Thinkpad X280: Choosing a light luggable isn't so easy

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The last one that had a proper keyboard.

Built like a tank

Still in use

... Love it.


The only signature characteristics retained are the distinctive air vent and hinges - and the massive bezel around the display.

reminds me that the X220 vent is about 80% blocked when you plug it into the docking station.


Raspberry Pi supremo Eben Upton talks to The Reg about Pi PoE woes

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Re: Another option (USB over PoE)

... surely cold custard

Chromebooks gain faff-free access to Windows file shares via Samba

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Will it always be in a half price sale?

Will it get a bit shabby quite quickly?

Expanding Right To Be Forgotten slippery slope to global censorship, warn free speech fans

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Re: "should not be allowed to decide what Internet users around the world find"

And should Google be allowed?


You do not have to use google.

The other side of the point is that if you do not use google, or similar which will also be subject to the same rulings, you will not find it.

Neutron star crash in a galaxy far, far... far away spews 'faster than light' radio signal jets at Earth

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Call me old fashioned

..But i am pretty newtonian until my chips are about 7nm

AI image recognition systems can be tricked by copying and pasting random objects

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I can see the future

In 2022 you will see people wearing well-crafted images on their t-shirts that have the effect of causing any autonomous vehicle to halt.

Of course Toyota (other manufacturers are available) will then update their firmware.

And then someone will come up with a new image. (The image will be subject to 1st amendment rights - you cannot stop this)

new t-shirts will be produced.



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Pretty obvious really

Humans look at something and recognise the things in the picture

This is done by recognising _all the things they look like_ and then choosing the most likely in the context.

AI currently just says chair / not chair and that is why it is so easily spoofed.

Part of the problem is - what is a chair?

US voting systems: Full of holes, loaded with pop music, and 'hacked' by an 11-year-old

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It suits the current political agenda to have insecure voting machines.

(easy to point fingers at the Republicans but Dems do not have clean hands)

If you win, there was 'no significant' tampering and 'no evidence' of interference

If you lose - we was robbed!!!!

It is a symptom in the growth of distrust in the US and I can see someone just not accepting the result of an election over t he next 20-30 years

After all the alternative facts are out there....

Ever seen printer malware in action? Install this HP Ink patch – or you may find out

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Is there anything that can be done?


stop using pointers etc

stop using languages that allow access to things that act like pointers

(stop using VB :)

go back to slate and chalk. Would very much like to see a buffer overflow there.

You want to know which is the best smartphone this season? Tbh, it's tricky to tell 'em apart

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Re: Blackberry

Due next march ?


Your 60-second guide to security stuff Google touted today at Next '18

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Re: Question


What happens if I lose both of my Security Keys?

If you still have access to a logged-in session, you can visit myaccount.google.com and register replacement keys in place of the lost keys. If you have lost both keys and do not have access to a logged-in session, you will need to submit a request to recover your account. It will take a few days for Google to verify it’s you and grant you access to your account.

Pi-lovers? There are two fresh OSes for your tiny computers to gobble

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Re: Very nice.

... it just worked.

I know how you feel.

If you grew up with 6502 assembler and punched tape / cards, chances are you are still filled with a bit of wonder and appreciation when things ... just work.

Buttonless and port-free: Expect the next iPhone to be as smooth as a baby's bum

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Re: future models to be even more radical.

no, you mean scary

rumour has it that the next iPhone will have no physical existence.

you pay several hundreds of pounds and hear ringing noises, voices, and see shifting coloured lights.

.... in the land of Apple the phone plugs you in.

Brit reseller Aria PC's appeal against HMRC VAT fraud finding gets under way

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Re: The future...

I think he is laying grounds for an appeal

Capita admits it won't make money on botched NHS England contract

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Re: The future...

"We will not make money over the life of this contract"

I.e. we get this renewed and then we coin it

... and fair play as taking the financial hit and the political blame should help with the renewal as long as they deliver.

Boffins offer to make speculative execution great again with Spectre-Meltdown CPU fix

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Mandatory coding standards

... how is that compatible with 1st amendment rights?

IBM to GTS: We want you to 'rotate' clients every two years

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Almost Cunning

So, to use the fictitious names used above,


Client to Frank (long serving and knowledgeable) "I want to do X"

Frank to Client (who knows things) "That'll cost Y and take Z time"

Client to Frank (trusted) "Ok"


Client to Richard (new guy just doing the job) "I want to do X"

Richard to Client (who just asked and then added on some uncertainty) "That'll cost Y*3 and take Z*2 time"

Client to Richard (for they have little choice) "Ok"

... and if you are in a regulated industry, a 50% bonus for _absolutely no choice_

In defence of online ads: The 'net ain't free and you ain't paying

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Re: National Shite Day

Sir, have my and hopefully many other upvotes for that link

And a beer

At last: Magic Leap reveals its revolutionary techno-goggles – but wait, there's a catch

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Did they have cake at the end of the presentation?

As Tesla hits speed bump after speed bump, Elon Musk loses his mind in anti-media rant

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Re: The future...

Clearly ratfox does not work for a newspaper

Esp the grauniad

It's World (Terrible) Password (Advice) Day!

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2FA for me but not for you

2FA is used by a very small percentage of the population.

Probably a small percentage of El Reg's readers.

As long as it stays that way, I am happy as that means criminals will stick to the low hanging fruit and I will be relatively safe.

I use the word 'relatively' as anyone who is really motivated can gain access - or point a gun at me and gain access, but I am not rich nor do I have any juicy secret emails etc - so chances are very much against it.

Blighty stuffs itself in Galileo airlock and dares Europe to pull the lever

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Cake, and grief counseling, will be available at the end of the testing period

Samsung Galaxy S9: Still the Lord of All Droids

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Does the S9 still come with free keyboard burn-in?

If I was you I would not put your phone on a hot keyboard.

One solution to wreck privacy-hating websites: Flood them with bogus info using browser tools

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This is an NRA approach

Someone gets shot. There are two general responses

a) In the US some people say that if more people had guns and carried them around, there would be fewer shootings as there would be an 'Active response' and things woul

b) In other countries some people think that if you stop people having guns, things might be better.

In the context of malware, if you are running windows, you will have windows defender / mcaffee / abp/ noscript / ghostscript / this new tool etc keeping you safe. You are carrying more and more (metaphorical) guns to keep you safe.

That adds up to an increasing part of the CPU you bought and the electricity you paid for.

Or you try to find a way of regulating things.

Fatal driverless crash: Radar-maker says Uber disabled safety systems

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Re: Cause of Death: Ostrich Algorithm


all the posters going into great detail about how it was the human's fault for crossing the road in front of an autonomous car

- and -

all the posters going into great detail about how it was NOT the human's fault for crossing the road in front of an autonomous car

all miss one big thing:

In a public environment, Humans should not be killed by autonomous things ever.

Autonomous cars are there for the benefit of humans, not the other way round.

Corking story: Idiotic smart wine bottle idea falls over, passes out

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If you want to spend about £10 get a nitrogen gas bottle from a*****n, who (o/t) know far more about me than even my mum / wife etc...


replace cork.

put in fridge

bit more effective than a vaccuvin.

Facebook's inflection point: Now everyone knows this greedy mass surveillance operation for what it is

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Re: don't worry, our ads aren't as effective as we told you

I have no idea how effective advertising is.

I do know that Unilever has groups of people measuring exactly that, and suspect other similar companies do the same.

Unilever spends billions.

I view it as a sort of 'peacock' style evolution.

If you spend nothing, you lose, if you spend, you needs to spend about the same as your competiors (certerus paribus) otherwise you lose.

So the displays slowly grow until they restrict the ability to do something more useful, like product development.

Samsung’s DeX dock clicks the second time around

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Have you seen the remake of westworld?

Cambridge Analytica CEO suspended – and that's not even the worst news for them today

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$185.09 to $169.15, (about a 9% fall

Zuckerberg knows people have short attention spans because that is what the full Facebook dataset tells him

Fermi famously asked: 'Where is everybody?' Probably dead, says renewed Drake equation

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Re: Obligatory DNA

I was expecting someone who has actual expertise to comment but I thought that as the big bang was 13.x v.v years ago and the speed of light was finite, the volume of space we can observe is finite even though the universe is infinite and from that it follows that the number of worlds we can see is finite.

Man who gave interviews about his crimes asks court to delete Google results

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Re: The future...

I would wait for nt4 before putting much faith in any court case.

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Re: "not a high profile"

Are you sure he/she is paying the bill and not possibly some organisation he/she works/worked for?

Capita screw-ups are the pits! Brit ex-miner pensioners billed for thousands in extra tax

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It isn't just Capita

As others have mentioned, if the job requires less than one person, outsourcing makes sense.

Consider getting your car serviced - not many people diy, most take it to kwik fit. Consider having your teeth filled - not many people diy, most take it to a dentist

Following on. Many large cos have outsourced cleaners, but, Not many large cos outsource their accounting function.

So, outsourcing does work for non-core functions that can be done better by a more specialised group.

The thing is that with the rise of t'internet, that specialised knowledge is out there for anyone for find for not much.

This tells me that outsourcing should work where you employ less than one person (or in a complex area, where you cannot employ enough people to maintain the knowledge).

Beyond that it should work for a while, in new areas or areas where the business processes are changing, but once he work is well understood, and the processes change less, it will tend to work less well than in-sourcing.

This is why Jon Lewis (!) keeps on saying that Capita is an IT company and in the 'change' / 'transformation' business as that is where a viable outsourcing business _might_ be.