* Posts by vogon00

173 posts • joined 10 Nov 2011


BT Wholesale wants the channel to give SMBs a nudge before copper sunset in 2025


Re: Cellular are the winners?

Quote: "the point is not many people actually connect their devices via a wire to their broadband.". I don't agree with it either...but I guess it depends on the 'use case', the expectations, and the establishment.

I have some friends who are happy with the whole-home Wi-Fi lash-up I did for them as none of their I-things or Android things actually talk with each other on the local network, although I insisted they disconnect the smart TV from Wi-Fi and went Ethernet in that case...

I come across people who try running their SMB using an 'all wi-fi' method....and usually find 'Bill down the road does our server stuff....if he left the server connected via Wi-Fi that's good enough for us'...and are stunned when adding 1 cable speeds their entire business up...

As for me, during the last home renovation I ran at least two Ethernet cables to each room, and two to each wallplate if there was going to be a TV nearby. all terminating on a patch panel next to the switching fabric in the loft space. I move a LOT of data around internally (VMs, streaming media etc.) and wouldn't put up with 'slow wi-fi' the way some people do. Sooo much nicer to have 1Gbit or better where it's needed. That said, I had the opportunity and knowledge to avoid the 'all wi-fi' route despite it being the low-cost and convenient solution.

My point here is that non-enterprise-people's network architecture suits their use-case, lifestyle, budget and knowledge.


Cellular are the winners?

Having been involved with 21CN from it's inception in a previous life, I am severely disappointed with the result.

It's all very well having the latest shiny ultra-mega-top-notch-core IP network for business & residential customers (Hint : BT/Openreach do not), but if you cannot deliver traffic to businesses and residential users at scale and with reliability, what is the point?

IMHO, the largest issue OR faces is the wired (Cu/Al or whatever) 'metallic path' used to serve the last mile to customers. This has always been the hurdle to jump over and I think it'll get worse as time goes on, since without significant investment in the wired network things will deteriorate as the infrastructure ages further. I for one would prefer NOT to rely on something as old, creaky and poorly maintained as the OR wired network. OR:Sort out your aging wired network - your business depends on it.

You can be as clever and innovative as you like as a business, but unless you can get your product into the customers premises reliably there is not a lot of point. BT already offer an xDSL router/service with an integrated 'backup' cellular WAN, waiting for the inevitable xDSL outage - if that isn't an admission of failure, then what is?

I'm already seriously considering switching from an unreliable xDSL WAN with a piss-poor upstream speed to a cellular WAN, but only because (a) it suits my data service use-case, (b) it does what I need (I don't do anything speed or latency-sensitive), it can come in cheaper in the long run (No 2W Line rental component) among other things.

I'll be first in the queue to trial an above-6Ghz PTP and always on 5G service if and when it arrives. And no, I'm not considering Starlink - I've yet to hear a convincing argument strong enough.

Has anyone else out there already 'cut the 2W cord' (assuming they had one in the first place!) ?

How long till some drunkard puts a foot through one of BT's 'iconic, digital smart city communication hubs'?



What an absolutely wank idea. What wet-dreaming-product-person came up with that idea? I'd love to see their market research..

ISTR that someone worked out that, at one point, BT's market cap was worth less than the scrap value of their buried copper and that the 'asset strippers' might be able to make a killing if they bought BT Group (I think they forgot the costs of digging the stuff up!).

Now that BT don't have that 'asset' any more (It's OpenReach's now, right?), it's no wonder they are resorting to advertising and a 'product useful only for PR' strategy.

Catch of the day... for Google, anyway: Transatlantic Cornwall cable hauled ashore


Re: Beach cable baby

Very different to my recent beach experience. I was at Caister on the Norfolk coast and got to watch a Londoner drive his shiny 4x4 down the private road used to get the lifeboat into the sea to the beach, get a few feet into the sand and then get stuck. Que much thrashing of front tyres (Someone had to point out you needed to actually engage 4WD), followed by much thrashing of all 4 types as he dug himself in even deeper. When someone from the lifeboat org pointed out he shouldn't have been there anyway (Private road, illegal to drive on the beach, blocking lifeboat access), he got all arsey - think petulant but sweary child.

Fortunately, several people started booing him, telling him to STFU and calling him irresponsible* for having the 4WD and not knowing how to use it.

We were all praying for a lifeboat callout, as (hopefully) the lifeboat and it's very large tracked Caterpillar launching vehicle would have driven over his 4WD and his tiny dick to get to the sea.

*I'm being polite here. The words most commonly used began with a 'W' or a 'T' :-)

Glasgow firm fined £150k after half a million nuisance calls, spoofing phone number, using false trading names


Re: influencer

The famed Scottish publication The Daily record reported on the 5th of September 2021 that 'In an interview with a local Facebook site in Helensburgh in March this year, McCuaig was described as a “fashion influencer”.

In other (alleged) news, in conversations with several people who wish to remain anonymous [1], a large proportion of these [2] purported that McCuaig is a “Total waste of space”.


[1] Protecting my sources. [2] 51% of participants agree.

Italian stuntman flies aeroplane through two motorway tunnels


Re: My best through the Blackwall Tunnel was

My personal favourite : being a passenger in an AC Cobra (replica) with a '289' V8, accompanied by it's '427' big brother and reaching the Dartford tunnel.

On the approach, there is one Cobra in each lane, traveling fairly slowly to allow the traffic in front to get well ahead. On entry, the two vehicles overtake eachother repeatedly with plenty of RPM on....

What an absolutely effing glorious noise, petrol-head heaven!

In addition to upsetting the people behind us (their problem!), there was a seriously pissed-off lady BMW M3 driver on the way home later...she had been cutting us up for ages trying to get past us at roundabouts, and we tired of this, so the game of 'keeping pace' started...she'd put some more way on, my driver would catch up and so on for a few hundred yards until she was reaching an impressive RPM by the sound of it.....

This lasted until the driver of the car I was in got bored of the game, changed up out of 2nd gear and, from her POV anyway, disappeared, probably with a red tinge about us..

This, of course, happened ages ago as it's all polite and boring these days:-)

Electrocution? All part of the service, sir!


Re: "The power lead approached the PC..."

"not even knowing X or any other country has different power plugs !

... or even different fusing arrangements. My pet hate is that we order a 'UK' variant of a product and it does arrive with the expected BS 1363 / IEC 60083 'G' plug on the end...but it's almost always fitted with a 13 Amp plug-top fuse......which is usually totally inappropriate to both the power rating of the related equipment AND the size/capabilities of the cable between said wall plug and the device it connects to.

e.g. incoming product is a 120W DC-DC Converter, and the supplied 13A plug-top fuse would allow at least 3KW down the flimsy small-CSA wires attached to the before popping - and that's assuming the fuse DOES rupture at 13A, and the wall voltage is 240V (Hint:Neither is true in the UK, and not just because of the bloody awful 'final ring circuit' idea)*.

Fitting inappropriate fuses in UK plugs is an accident waiting to happen, as most people aren't aware of the correct rating. Personally, I'd prefer the 'default' fuse rating to be only 3A, i.e. on the safe side. Still, I suppose we're better off than the parts of the world that use un-fused plugs (This isn't a pop at the US electrical plug etc, but it's a good critique of the issues involved:-) ].

* Ones personal preference with current technology: [1] RCBO per-circuit in the panel, dimensioned for the circuit purpose, [2] All circuits are radial (As in the U.S., but that would be unpopular here in the UK) and [3] All plugs/fused spurs etc fitted with individual fuses (As in the UK) to suit the 'to-load' cable.

Remember the bloke who was told by Zen Internet to contact his MP about crap service? Yeah, it's still not fixed


Re: Opencircuit

Mmmm...yep, seconded! Although I don't live in a Virgin Media service area, I have in the past and still have friends that do.

Almost without exception, some portion of the 'drop cable' from the street to the house is exposed. My personal favourite was at an ex-neighbours home. After the install was completed, said neighbour invited me round to look at the 'speedtest' results. I found:-

A drop cable that comes up out of the tarmac pavement at the base of their 750mm high garden wall;

it had no mechanical protection on it's way up the public side of this here wall and could be damaged by anyone passing, bu accident or design;

It was then clipped to the wall with a single plastic-and-masonry-nail 'cable clip' (Too big for the task, of course) into a mortar joint between the wall's capstones;

It then draped nicely down to the bare earth flowerbed behind the wall, waving gently in the breeze;

after that, it ran over the shrubs and tree branches up to their house, where it entered the premises via a hole that looks as if it 'was drilled using a dull apprentice';

Neighbour-boy was sooooo impressed with the up/down speeds he'd forgotten to check the outside workmanship before they left to deposit his gift of tea and biscuits elsewhere. One VERY angry phone call and emails photos later, another appointment was made to do things properly. This time, we had a 'proper' underground conduit ready complete with draw cable in place and waiting for the Vermin Media knuckle-draggers - we didn't even bother asking them do that. You'd be surprised how hard it was to get them to use it! Dumb, process-driven cnuts!

Try placing a pot plant directly above your CRT monitor – it really ties the desk together


Re: It’s amazing what you learn here.

Upvoted for the I.T. version of a 'Dad Joke'..

Teen turned away from roller rink after AI wrongly identifies her as banned troublemaker


Dodgey data quality..

It's all very well embracing 'big data', but what you end up with is 'data quality' issues at 'big' scale.

I'm not a fan of AI/ML or facial recognition (I'm a people-person and in my 50s)...I should think the the false positives generated outweigh the benefits of the bloody stuff. I suppose it has it's uses, but until it gets a *whole lot better* there has to be human oversight to exert a degree of common sense on it's decisions.

97% Match....just means a 97% match by a bad algorithm on crappy data. I can understand the staff apologizing, but the people who need 'outing' as guilty are the numpties who made the system in the first place. I don't know the details so can't really judge, but the phrase 'not for for purpose' springs to mind.

tsoHost pleads for 'patience and understanding' as sites borked, support sinkholed


Branding update required?

Changing from "tsoHosts" to "ts0Hosts" looks good to me:-)

I can't say I have any experience of TSO hosting, but the above looks warranted..

Ah, I see you found my PowerShell script called 'SiteReview' – that does not mean what you think it means


Would that be the 'Armageddon' incident?

8-month suspended sentence for script kiddie who DDoS'd Labour candidate in runup to 2019 UK general election


Not harsh enough!

"working as a web designer"

Not harsh enough IMO! If he's working, he's earning....and probably earning reasonable coin with that job title.

If I had been the one passing sentence, I would have probably suggested he could choose to actually serve the 8 months in the bridewell or have it suspended...but suspended only if he spent those 8 months programming in VBA[1] using the Office-provided IDE. That'd teach him not to misbehave / be a dickhead at other peoples expense.

Actually, come to think of it, I doubt I'd be allowed to pass that sentence.... aren't 'Cruel and unusual' punishments forbidden these days?

[1] Partially obscured to avoid some of the horror induced by those three letters.

Microsoft approved a Windows driver booby-trapped with rootkit malware


Re: Ah, Microsoft

Either those, or they delegated the go/no-go decision to some AI that actually turns out to be pretty dumb.

My current opinion is that 'AI' and Tesla's 'Autopilot' feature have something else in common...they both claim to be something they are most definitely not..

Pub landlords on notice as 'Internet of Beer' firm not only pulls pints, but can also clean the lines


Re: There is something to be said for dirty lines

"Hemeling Lite"

The only thing I remember about Hemeling was the bastardisation of one of their adverts we used to use: ' Or would you rather be haemorrhaging? '*

* Tips hat to 'Not the nine o'clock news' for that one...

Hubble Space Telescope sails serenely on in safe mode after efforts to switch to backup memory modules fail


Re: Power Off

Right idea, unattractive terminology :-)

These days, I suspect it needs a snappier acronym to satisfy the PR wonks.... something more space-y like "SPACE" Tool : 'Space-bourn Percussive Adjustment and Correction, Enhanced'.

Come to think of it that's not too bad...certainly closer to the truth that Tesla's "Autopilot"..

BT sues supplier for £72m over exchange gear that allegedly caused wave of ADSL outages


"diagnose apparent line faults on BT's network which the latter says were caused by the defective JT blocks."

Don't see them winning this point. If you send your engineers out to look for line faults, they can 'see' upstream and downstream with their test equipment, which should reveal the 'fault', even if it a JT block or MDF joint at fault.

Several times in the past when I have persuaded OpenReach to send an engineer, despite the dire warnings of charges if it's MY wiring at fault (Hint - it isn't, I check each time, and 'test' at the demark/NTE with 'my' side disconnected), their TDR gear always shows up an impedance mismatch somewhere outside the property. On one occasion, the distance shown on the TDR to the 'fault' put the fault in the local exchange. Sure enough, turned out to be a badly punched connection on a Krone patch at the switch site...

The other thing that doesn't help is the records. Last I heard, the E-Side/D-Side records database maintenance had been outsourced overseas (and usually is wrong). Also a family member recently had to guide the OR engineer to a BT 'Manhole' in the hedge that didn't even appear on their copper network diagrams. Apparently, it was on the 'map' a few versions ago, then suddenly disappeared about 10 years ago.

The OR Engineers were chuffed as they had been looking for a whole load of faults in the village and were able to cure about 90% of them in one go!

Thanks, boss. The accidental creation of a lights-out data centre – what a fun surprise


Re: Hands in Pockets!

"Unless your family comes from Norwich"*

I've said this before (if you can be bothered to look), but I fail to see why people pick on Norwich or Norfolk when there is a much better target just south of us...

While we are on the subject, 'N-F-N' is usually known as 'Normal For Norfolk' and allegedly (?) stems from use in the patient notes/records of some medical doctors. I prefer the one disclosed to me by a local GP...'PRATFO', which was used for patients with hypochondriac tenancies - 'Patient Re-assured And Told to Fuck Off'.

I bet senhor Scorn hails from Scunthorpe Suffolk :-)


Re: Access denied

"now you've got all weekend to test the IT contingency plan."

I hope my response would have been just as legendary - 'No, you have. I quit, you twat. Seeya'.


Re: Access denied

Thanks to the similar stories on El Reg, I hope to never suffer something like this, as management are told to keep their hands in their pockets in the lab and they do not have write access to the important production-related network shares.

In fact, they are read-only for me too by default!

More power for your Raspberry Pi: A new PoE+ HAT to sate power-hungry peripherals


Re: Timelines

Lol, I'm not complaining about El Reg's reporting...

I'm moaning about the inaccuracy at the Pi Foundation site, and their claim to support a standard that does not exist. Typo or not, that's their problem and an org with the worldwide reach that it has shouldn't be making them.

My point is really that the errors (The 2003 vs 2009 part) , and poor detail (Signalling/negotiation, power pins Mode A/Mode B) make it hard for people starting out to make informed decisions.

Most of us here know POE, have used it for years and understand it's subtleties . If I put myself in the shoes of a noob desperate to learn from an affordable Pi system (We were all there once, with me it was the ZX81), I'd be disappointed if things didn't work due to either wrong info or misleading info on the manufacturer's site.

If the Pi Foundation really is trying to help educate the next generation, then they should pass on the full story, not just part of it. If you're going to reference specifications, then quote the right ones and tell the whole story. Teach, not confuse!

Here endeth this rant, as this evenings ration of Merlot is taking hold :-)


Re: 802.3at/af...really?

Thanks for the reply, however...

I don't disagree...they do indeed claim 'at' and 'af'. I am bitching about them claiming compliance to something that doesn't exist ('at' arrived 2009 IIRC) and they don't say if they are completely compliant to either i.e. do they do the signalling/negotiation or just 'passive'. Mode info i.e. power pins expected would be handy too....

I've asked the same thing of them, so I am interested to see what they say.

Of course, if I am being foolish, tell me:-)



I'm getting more of a curmudgeon as time goes on...so:-

Is this FULL compliance with the at/af standards, including the power control negotiation/signalling, or just the 'non standard passive POE only' stuff. Also, does anyone know what pins the power is on? Mode A or Mode B?

The official Raspberry Pi page for this claims it's compliant to IEEE 802.3at-2003 PoE. Last time I checked, 802.3at wasn't a thing until 2009...

....or have I just made a fool of myself?

Big red buttons and very bad language: A primer for life in the IT world


Re: "Mike learned an important lesson..."

Even though me working on electrical infrastructure is an increasingly rare occurrence, to this day I still completely remove the breaker from the panel that is related to the circuit I am working on and keep it on my person.

Why? You really cannot predict what the fuckwitts some people will do if they feel inconvenienced.

Thanks to a happening years ago which involved someone over-riding the 'lockout' I had left in place (Actually, cutting off the red 'lockout tag' padlock I had used to ensure no interference) and nearly barbecuing yours truly, all because the light in an unused stairwell wasn't working.

I still have the scar on my thumb to prove it ('Twas a 100V line public address system that bit me, if anyone is interested!)

UK data regulator fines American Express up to 0.021p per email after opted-out folk spammed 4.1 million times


Re: Relative costs and effective action

Beautifully written comment, that.

Mike 137 is most likely more erudite than I am , as I was thinking "It's about time the ICO stopped biting like a puppy, and more like an effing great big German Shepherd".

Another way of putting it would be that it time for a proper adult bollocking rather than these piddly little slaps-on-the-wrist-and-you-must-try-harder efforts..

I'm not saying the amounts involved should be huge, just enough (say 1% of last FY's net profits) to make someone take notice and feel mildly punished. I wouldn't worry about a time £1 fine either.....although raise that to a tenner and it would be a different story!

Should be easy money for the ICO, as Amex are hardly going to shut up shop/dissolve their corporate selves to avoid paying the fine, are they.

No, this isn't "Amex-bashing", but more "ICO Bashing" for being too soft and absolutely NOT being a deterrent.


Re: Ah, Amex.

@Loyal Commenter

I am old and grizzled enough to not be a member of this new-fangled 'commenteriat'...I am always a 'commentard' :-)

US postal service goes all in on AI


Wait a mo...EE-sip is American?

And there was me thinking it was for voice trunks up north....

Don't cross the team tasked with policing the surfing habits of California's teens


Re: Unions... double edged sword.

Automation would ensure that operator error would not kill people

That is the ideal. The reality is that a combination of the lack of upfront system design (not guesstimation), the 'lowest cost' software development methods and people combined with hubris would do the killing.

At least with a human at fault there is someone to blame, rather than some faceless megascale company/corporation. Most humans will at least understand human error - It's hard to accept that a piece of software somewhere is responsible and and forgive it .

It's also hard to specify and code for 'safety critical' systems. I've done stuff like that in the past, and the best motivation has never been the salary or desire to please the boss or beancounters, but rather how I would feel if my code or a system/subsystem I'd specified was demonstrably responsible for 'n' deaths or life changing events.

It's tough to give enough of a shit these says.

Apple faces another suit over its allegedly misleading water resistance claims


Upvoted as you don't deserve the single downvote you currently have, because:-

* You announced the 'edit' showing you'd bothered to check you assertion.

* You provided sources.

George Clooney of IT: Dribbling disaster and damp disk warnings scare the life out of innocent user


Re: Main frame sys progs had fun too

Some of you will remember having 2B+D/30B+D ISDN, Kilostream or Megastream circuits, or if you were really lucky something beginning with STM... Your ISDN came from the local telephone exchange, which is where I and my test & development colleagues came in. We had our own System-X switch for testing (GC25, if anyone remembers it).... which had an alarm panel with lights and a rather annoying buzzer.

Team boss was a good manager, but not so hot on controlling the shared switch, which gave us some issues sometimes (He'd initiate a 'rollback' and trash hours of our work).

Our solution (Well, mine!) was to adjust the Attachmate KEA! terminal emulator macros we used extensively so that, if your windows user name was <AccountOfBoss>, you could still log in but your terminal session would silently issue the TEEXA; command ('Test Exchange Alarms') and set off the lights and the buzzer..

Its was handy to be alerted about the boss being on the switch, and after a while he gave up logging in because of the noise! Result!

Beer is for anyone from A&TN who remembers GC{xx}, Vision ISP, CMUX(+ and 2), SMA Muxes, MD202, RENACE, XCD5000 and all the other kit I/we played with....fun times. Bonus for anyone who can remember what a TU1.2 is:-)

If Neil reads this, I still have the audio file we played to KR over his SDTA deskphone :-)

Half of Q1's malware traffic observed by Sophos was TLS encrypted, hiding inside legit requests to legit services


Encrypt, Encrypt, Encrypt, Encrypt...

...seems to be the current industry mantra, which is a good thing and a bad thing.

On one hand, I like encryption as it means there is less chance of 'leaking' stuff you really should keep secure (Banking, authentication details, loads of stuff). This is main benefit for us 'end users', let alone the non-cognoscenti 'Joe Public' who don't know enough to be concerned.

On the other, encryption can be a PITA even at small scale and like all 'security' stuff it can get in the way a bit. My main objection is that people like me can no longer peer into the data stream and figure out how something works and/or what has gone wrong. When encryption wasn't as ubiquitous as it is now, malware was easier to spot as it tried to obfuscate/encrypt what is was doing...which was a 'red flag' back in the day. Now, it's just more encrypted unobservable traffic... Personally, I miss the ability to 'reverse engineer' AKA learn-by-example using Wireshark :-)

Mine is the one with only port 80 in the pocket :-)

Encryption benefits you and the owner of the endpoint to are talking to - and that's it. e.g. only Microsoft/Google/Amazon/Other infrastructure vendor get to see and use the juicy personal data you provide them with, as they have access to the decrypted 'raw' stuff (Unless they sell it on, of course). I'm half tempted to go a bit further and say it only benefits them, not you, as it gives them a 'protected' revenue stream!

Mine is the one with only port 80 in the pocket:-)

After years of dragging its feet, FCC finally starts tackling America's robocall scourge


Re: Not so easy in the UK

The most devious thing I have seen over here recently was when I answered a call at my elderly mother's house on her behalf, from what appeared to be (from the CLI/CallerID) a number known in the UK as a 'local' number (From within your own area code / STD code area). The Asian gentleman on the other end of the line was, of course, calling from British Telecom to tell my mother that BT were about to cease her Internet service.

Anyway, as an ex-UK-phone-network-insider, I'm not surprised by this robo/bulk calling crap. Back in the day when POTS and ISDN (Basic 2B+D and Primary Rate 30B+D) ruled the roost most Telcos would 'police' the originating number (ON) from an ISDN device (POTS number was 'theirs' anyway), refusing to set up the call if the ON wasn't in a range of numbers previously associated with that specific connection - instant traceability and responsibility. If the end-user abused the system too much, the telco pulled the plug on them..

Once the UK network went mostly 'digital' (Meaning exchanges linked with C7/SS7), someone innovated and came up with the 'Intelligent Network' layer, who's job it was to clever things with call routing (e.g. punter calls 0800-26556257[*1], IN layer decides to route call to a less-busy call centre or elsewhere if the UK is shut due to night-time)... and policing ONs went out of the window. It also introduced/enabled the 'premium rate' rubbish and ability to fuck around with the presentation number given to the called party, although this was always supposed to be resolvable back to the originating entity.

Skip forward to now, and so many innovations later (VOIP, Gateways to the PSTN[*2] and Cellular networks, full number portability, easy commercial access to the C7/SS7 network allowing bulk call/text delivery) and the ingress points to the UK telephony network are now legion and IMO un-policeable - without a step-change in attitude, commitment and legislation.

As long as entity 'X' can make profit from the origination AND termination of bulk calls, robo or otherwise, this crap will continue. I count myself lucky that I live in the UK, as the robo-calling problem isn't as bad here - at least not for my TPS 'Protected' number.

I don't know what the 'fix' for this would be, although my 'broad strokes' offering would be that any corporate entity was required to deliver calls with a number traceable back to *them*, and where the call originates outside the national border, the incoming number is policed (somehow!). Bottom line is that things are unlikely to change while it's possible to profit from this BS.

[1] Bonus point if you guess the correct word. Hint:I write a lot of it.

[2] Soon to be in the company of Monty Python's parrot over here, apparently.

Deloitte settled HPE's Autonomy lawsuit for $45m back in 2016 and agreed to cooperate with US DoJ


Yet another example....

...of corporate stupidity, BS and political games..

OK, Deloitte's role in this farrago is less than clear and is likely to remain so, unless a judge decides to do some extra digging into their actions in the interests of justice.

Notwithstanding this I wouldn't be at all surprised if Deloitte end up being this decade's Arthur Andersen!

Microsoft 365 tries again at filtering swearing, bad behavior: Classifiers for seven languages offered


Oh, great - more editing.

Oh, FFS.

I can't see the point of this MS 'written content filtering'. It's the human author's responsibility to ensure the content they write is sanitised to the correct level for their audience - not someone/thing far,far away, with a different (most likely wrong) understanding of the authors situation and context.There are so may ways that AI proof reading can screw this up. How do you train an ML model to deal with nuanced multi-language documents anyway with any degree of accuracy?

It's got to be a human decision, by the author (and possibly the editor) of the whatever is written word is. There is already a scheme for doing this - simply tag things as 'NSFW' in the first paragraph. If people read past that warning, then they can't really take offence. It s a bit like getting a complaint about you walking naked past your own window; who's to blame - you for accidentally doing it, or them for looking? Smart people don;t take offence without real cause.

Yet another example of political in-correctness enforcement going too far, and being passed off as a useful innovation. I used to think Orwell's '1984' could never materialize.... now I'm not so sure.

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


Ohhh...real shops!

"elicit blank looks for those who enquire about them at their local mobile phone stores"

IMO, you get the same 'blank' look from the spotty yoof therein when you enquire about *anything*. Also, this isn't restricted to mobile phone shops, either :-)

My last visit to a 'real' mobile phone shop was only on impulse as I was walking right past it with my rather knackered mobe handy... I got so disappointed with the service from and product knowledge of the staff, especially the constant and obvious efforts to 'upsell' me into their own walled garden, that I've decided not to bother with any of their ilk in the future.

Rookie's code couldn't have been so terrible that it made a supermarket spontaneously combust... right?


Re: Not just me then.

Ohhh, ferric chloride,,,,i remember that... it's lovely stuff....NOT!

My personal wall-of-shame moment when experimenting as a young'un was to attempt to light up a neon indicator/bulb using household 240VAC, obtained by disassembling the bed-side light and twisting the phase and neutral wires directly onto the bulb leads.

I learnt quickly that a neon that usually operates on 90VAC doesn't like 240V and tends to disassemble itself with a loud 'pop', some smoke and some flames. I also learnt that the bed covering was flammable.

I soon moved on to bigger and better things, like blowing the fuse for half the sockets in the house by letting the soldering iron burn through it's own cable.

Fun times, they were - it's all boring and 'safe' now.

Ever felt that a few big tech companies are following you around the internet? That's because ... they are


Re: Not quite true

oh, the irony!

Citibank accidentally wired $500m back to lenders in user-interface super-gaffe – and judge says it can't be undone


Failure in understanding

> "Everyone involved had the same incorrect understanding of how the software worked."

Very true.

However, I can't help having the slightly different opinion that "Everyone involved had different and incorrect understandings of what the end result should be"

This isn't a snipe at Dave or any of the individuals concerned, just more of an observation that unless you understand the underlying reasons for the boxes you tick in the UI (No matter how crappily presented!), something like this is bound to happen.

Also, it appears the oversight (Human and automatic - there *was* some sanity check in the code, right?) failed here too.

Julian Assange will NOT be extradited to the US over WikiLeaks hacking and spy charges, rules British judge


Re: Dear Julian - Grow Up

Fair point:-)

I should have written 'as the rest of us generally do when caught or unmasked'.


Dear Julian - Grow Up

I think he should cease his whining and accept the consequences of his own actions, as the rest of us generally do. Come to think of it, he hasn't personally been doing much public whinging lately - I think most of the 'Assange-related-noise' recently is coming from his supporters or hand-wringers, who should also cease their moaning.

Actions have consequences, and generally the larger the target the larger the consequences. In this case, I think he was a damn fool an effing idiot to imagine he could twist the tail of the large tiger, as hard as he did, and expect to walk away unscathed. He really has no-one else to blame apart from himself for his current situation.

If I am overseas, I obey the local laws *and* take the sensible approach to local behaviour (Don't photograph the local airbase despite my interest in aircraft. Don't snap away at the local Military on exercise despite my interest in tanks [1] ).

I for one will be glad if/when he does leave these shores - we have spent too much time and money on him already. I say declaring him PNG and shipping him back whence he belongs (i.e. anywhere but here!) is a damn good idea. If the tiger who's tail he twisted still bears a grudge [2]....... well, he should have considered that at the time - especially knowing which particular tiger he was trying to upset. The guy is an effing idiot.

[1] Don't believe me? Please try this in Turkey or the TRNC.

[2] Where someone from .za keeps their car.

Buggy code, fragile legacy systems, ill-conceived projects cost US businesses $2 trillion in 2020


Not just the US!

The cost of shoddy software isn't a US only thing; it's a global thing. I should think that saying shite code 'costs the territory should actually read 'costs the citizens of erritory, as the costs of the crap code, remedial updates (if any!) and the expansion of organisational processes to work around the bugs etc. are always passed downwards by the Government or Business commissioning the code. El Reg is littered with stories of crap/late/abandoned projects

Also, an individual's 'code' is usually part of a larger system or component - and even if their bit of 'code' is perfect, if the other bits or the overall architecture are poorly dimensioned/designed the final thing will be shite.

All too often, people start to design stuff and start coding without an understanding of what they are actually trying to achieve. Taking time up front saves time and money later on - but taking time is not popular these days, and very few people seems to take pride in what they do.

Lay down your souls to the gods of rock 'n' roll: Conspiracy theorists' 5G 'vaccine' chip schematic is actually for a guitar pedal


Re: Social media

My 4 favourite / most useful lines from my moderately lengthy home dnsmasq [1] config are :





It's perfectly possible to exist without social media... once you realise it's mostly bollocks, and anything of value can be found in other channels..

[1] All hail and give thanks to Simon Kelly

It's always DNS, especially when a sysadmin makes a hash of their semicolons


Re: Corporate edicts can be helpful sometimes

What was his name? Schrödinger?

(the variable remains both initialised and uninitialised until the value has been observed).

You were waaaaaaay too soft on him. Sloppy behaviour like that is selfish - you're only passing the problems on to others. I would have verbally, possibly even physically, kicked his foolish arse.

Millions wiped off value of Capita outsourcing deal with English councils amid 'further contract variation agreement'

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US Air Force deploys robot security dogs to guard base


Re: Prototype?

I don't think he's Agent-ish at all; agents are much better dressed :-)


Re: Burning books...

"gets sent to hunt down Guy Montag"

...and that it gets sicced onto some poor unfortunate once they realise that their 'livestream' will show it's failure to actually kill the target it was supposed to, deny the public their entertainment and make the authorities look like chumps.

It looks like a Boston Dynamics 'Spot', cammo-ed up a bit.

Not a bad use case for the thing really... remote controlled mobile patroling / intrusion detection is a step forward....although I think it's only a matter of time before someone decides to put some sort of offensive (AKA 'Self-defensive') capability on board.

Could even be better than a human MK1 eyeball for some things in the role thanks to the sensor options available.

Also : "It can't be reasoned with, it can't be bargained with...it doesn't feel pity of remorse or fear...and it absolutely will not stop." :-)

Panic in the mailroom: The perils of an operating system too smart for its own good


"worked for a major brewery (You drink in the UK? You've used their product)."

Every day is a school day. Today I learned that Armitage Shanks are brewers.

Samsung asks New Jersey court to sink class action suit about Galaxy S7 waterproofing woes


Re: Lack of detail...

"is hardly the basis for a lawsuit is it?"

If you are a lawyer in a litigious society, than that is *definitely* grounds for a case.....or at least the start of one.

Either way, you get to bill for the time...

Did I or did I not ask you to double-check that the socket was on? Now I've driven 15 miles, what have we found?


And I hope that was an accurate transcription of the conversation - sweary adjectives and all! Sometimes boffins need......adjustment.


Re: Is the IEC connector fully seated in the socket?

"Well trained, she is."

The force is strong with this one.

You deserve applause based on her performance - well coached, sir! Not everyone can steer their rug-rats to an attitude like that.



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