* Posts by DaddyHoggy

191 publicly visible posts • joined 25 Nov 2011


That's a hell of Huawei to run a business, Chinese giant scolds FedEx after internal files routed via America


Re: To be clear ...US gave China the technology

You mean Taiwan ROC (where ROC stands for Republic of China)?

Twitter is just randomly deleting people's lists – and no one knows why


People who don't know and/or don't care how creating lists on Twitter actually works laughing at people who do, while, somewhat ironically, saying they don't care, except they care enough to read an article on a platform they apparently don't use, and then even have time to comment...

How odd, but increasingly 'El Reg commentator' (usually anonymous).

Google and its terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week in full


Spent the last two weeks on holiday with my family and a sickly mobile phone.

No Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.

It was blissful.

I've always been very pro Social Media, but I'm beginning to realise that I spend my time mostly being angry/sad/stunned when using them.

I'm kinda a glad I wasn't online when all this kicked off as I know I would have ended up being part of the problem...

All hail AT&T! Champion of the open internet and users' privacy!


Obama didn't foist Net Neutrality (and the use of that word makes it sound like Net Neutrality is a bad thing) on anybody.

The Net has always been Neutral, that's the point.

However, lots of big companies don't want that and while pretending they do (like stated in this article), they've been trying to get even the idea of Net Neutrality taken away.

By attaching Net Neutrality to the 1938 Legislation has at least slowed the picking apart of what Net Neutrality is.

You need a proper law to underpin Net Neutrality but the US Politicking seems more determined just to repeal what was done (simply as a stop gap) while a better law, a law more in keeping with the way the Internet works and factors in current and possible future technologial innovations - but this would require some actual thought and consensus and neither seem possible (from the outside looking in) in your current politcal climate.

Photobucket says photo-f**k-it, starts off-site image shakedown


Photobucket have done me a favour. All my old screenshots on various forums scattered around the Internet are now effectively dead.

This is probably the final push I needed to get me to invest in my own domain and pay for my own online storage space, just like I did 10-15yrs ago before I got lazy and sites like Photobucket encouraged you to use them with (at the time), nicer UIs and management tools...

I got lazy, my bad, it won't happen again.

Two leading ladies of Europe warn that internet regulation is coming


Re: How to evolve a smarter criminal in easy steps

The idiots will continue to be encouraged into being idiots too.

Cannon-Fodder for the security forces who will convince themselves they're doing a blinding job while the real terrorists get on with the real work.

We keep being told how many plots are foiled compared to the 'few' that succeed. But what if they're the ones that are supposed to be foiled?

When can real-world laws invade augmented reality fantasies? A trial in Milwaukee will decide


I'm not surprised in the drop in users of Pokemon Go. My 9yo loved - we would walk for miles with the app, visiting historic sites around the area, but with each 'update' it would become more and more buggy, crash (or fail to start) more often, up to the point where it became unusable and none of the 'fixes' infact fixed anything.

Pai guy not too privacy shy, says your caller ID can't block IP, so anons go bye


Here in the UK - Unless we know a friend or relative is dialling in at a particular time we don't ever pick up our landline when it rings. When it goes to voicemail most of the spam cuts off immediately, some, annoyingly, stay on the line long enough for the voicemail to record 10s or so of silence. People who actually need to get hold of us - they leave an actual message..

I don't answer my mobile phone to withheld numbers or non-geograhic numbers - again - figuring people who really want to talk to me will leave a message.

I've got friends who have ditched their landlines completely and now only have VOIP phones...

Tech industry thumps Trump's rump over decision to leave Paris climate agreement


Re: In the interest of balance

The "Western Energy Alliance" support Trump's decision - but they do represent the Oil, Gas and Coal Industries of the United States, so there's a chance they're not completely neutral in this...

Apps will need to be re-coded to go faster with storage-class RAM


Re: Optimism? No... Marketing

Perhaps they meant it phonetically? Software that Singhs? Given that many company's have shifted coding to the sub-continent?

BA CEO blames messaging and networks for grounding


If your Backup System is untested and fails on the first time of asking, then you don't have a backup system...

Industrial Light & Magic: 40 years of Lucas's pioneering FX-wing


Re: Ugh, that's what I forgot to do yesterday, watch Star Wars

I seen that, it's a complete nostalgia-fest - I watched it in the dark, projected onto a 10ft screen, not quite fully cinematic but I sat much closer to the screen than I did when I was six and saw New Hope for the first time at my local Odeon.

US laptops-on-planes ban may extend to flights from ALL nations


I don't like flying to the US, but occassionally I have to for work. My new work laptop doesn't even have a removeable battery (I guess this is also true for all Apple devices?). The thought of all those Li-ion batteries being thrown around and then stuffed together in close proximity where they can't be got to in the event of a breach/fire is scary.

If I have to go back I may suggest work Fedex's my machine there and back again - or buys me a $200 machine while I'm out there (whichever is cheaper).

And I still don't see how the US changing its rules stacks up against International Law that specifically forbids the loading of Li-ion batteries into the hold. (Although the US does believe its laws are the laws for the whole world, so perhaps this conflict hasn't occurred to them?)


What SD card do you use? Having looked at many, have never seen one that comes close to 100MB/s *SUSTAINED* read.

While Microsoft griped about NSA exploit stockpiles, it stockpiled patches: Friday's WinXP fix was built in February


Re: Plenty of blame to go around

If Hunt quits or is forced out he'll just be given another £70,000+ ministerial position - he should be made to stay as Minister of Health - he should ring round all the Radiotherapy patients who are supposed to get their cancer treatment every day and have now gone without it for nearly a week and apologise and be made to go to the funerals of anybody who dies where such things can be attributed to this IT failure.

He should be made to work through the night with IT techs trying to hold outdated PCs and IE6 based applications together with string and ceiling wax.

The NHS should become his living nightmare and one he's never allowed to escape from (at least until/if the Tories are replaced as the Gov't).

Facebook is abusive. It's time to divorce it


Re: "Facebook actively removes all EXIF information" - including the copyright tag

Well FB doesn't get much from the EXIF data of my photographic uploads as they're often scans from my traditional film cameras, but, importantly, they leave the Copyright notification alone in the IPTC info - so if you remember to add it before you upload it - it's still there when FB have crunched it - unlikely 'reputable' websites like the BBC-send-us-your-photographs-News, who have stripped my IPTC info off every time (so I no longer offer them my imagery).


Re: Pintrest

My writers group has a website powered by Wordpress, we have a public facing presence (no login required), an alumni area (can be seen and used by alumni and current members) and a secondary login for current members for a few pages kept entirely hidden from everybody else.

It seems to work quite well.

Although the group has also started experimenting with Slack and that seems to be taking over from that bit of our website for creative exchanges.

Come celebrate World Hypocrisy Day


Re: Copyright

The view of the Eiffel Tower isn't Copyrighted, the lighting arrangement on the Eiffel Tower is copyrighted (yeah, weird I know) - Joe Public can still photograph Eiffel Tower at night and post on FB etc, but if you sell that image for profit because it's a really good image of the Copyrighted image of the illuminated Eiffel Tower then you'll be heaaring from the lighting companies lawyers...

I have friends who had traditionally published novels - the publisher printed a few hundred copies and did nothing more with them. Now 20yrs later, the author wants those novels back so they can turn them into eBooks, since the publishers have never re-released the titles and all have informed the authors that they have no intentions of even producing eBook versions... *BUT* they refuse to give the rights back to the authors simply pointing out the contract signed at the very beginning of their writing careers says they NEVER have to give these titles back...

I stopped submitting my images to the BBC after I noted they stripped my EXIF data (including my (C)) from the submission (FB keep this info). I think I and others, including El Reg pointed this out to the BBC and they said it was a technical issue that they had since rectified - however, a friend recently had an image published on the BBC weather site and sure enough the EXIF data (including the (C)) was stripped - so this is clearly business as usual for the BBC.


Re: Copyright Itself May Not Be the Problem

In the UK blank cassettes were hugely marked up in cost, because music industry said they needed to be paid a cut for the inevitable copying and loss of earnings.

I remember my dad's first VHS cassette recorder in 1982 - he paid £20 per 1hr blank VHS tape (for similar reasons).

What is this bullsh*t, Google? Nexus phones starved of security fixes after just three years


My wife's Huawei P9 and daughter's Honor 7 seem to be getting regular updates (not sure if they're from 3 or Huawei), but my S3 (also on 3) never got a single update ever.

I don't use it for banking and social media is accessed via web interface not apps.

Just got to hope I keep being lucky...

Microsoft promises twice-yearly Windows 10, O365 updates – with just 18 months' support


My work laptop still refuses to install the Anniversary update. It secretly keeps trying to in the background but gives itself away then it throws up a 'Can't install updates' blue box that steals focus and refuses to give me control until I click the 'More Info' box.

None of the solutions offered by MS have worked and they have helpfully suggested I backup my personal data and then nuke the machine and start again...

Will that be their advice to anybody, twice yearly, who can't get an update to install?

Not the droids you're looking for – worst handsets to resell


I joined the smartphone revolution quite late, hanging on to my SE C902 until it died, so I'm about 4-5 generations behind and picking up once premium phones for about £100 new. I've had my Galaxy S3 for about a year now, it was 'new in box' (box opened but phone unused) and paid £110 for it.

It's getting a bit sluggish now on some apps but if it lasts another year I might get an Galaxy S5 or Honor 7 for similar money...

Honor phone for paupers goes upmarket, assails flagships


Re: Worst.strapline.ever

Did you know your rant was going to get downvoted and so you only posted as AC?

You must find it infuriating that every car has a steering wheel right in front of the driver's seat - when will car manufacturers innovate and move the wheel or change its shape - oh yeah - because it just works and human's like stuff that's intuitive, familar and just works...

There are decades of prior art in Science Fiction that shows Apple/Jobs did nothing innovative with the iPhone other than make manifest (when technology allowed) the concepts that had already been thought of by scores of SF writers and shows - so other smartphone manufacturers aren't copying Apple/Jobs, they're following the same intuitve/obvious Human Factors driven interface mechanism that Jobs did.


My wife has been HTC through-and-through for well over a decade, but after my eldest got an Honor 7 and my wife played with it for a bit she took the P9 as her upgrade rather than the latest variant of the HTC One.

I'm on a SIM only contract, so I'm hanging on to my increasingly flaky Galaxy S3 for just a bit longer before I see what the prices of the P9 or Honor 7 drop to next year as the price of the Honor 8 is a bit meaty for me at the moment.

'Windows 10 destroyed our data!' Microsoft hauled into US court


Not had great experiences with Windows 10 upgrades.

My Asus EeePC netbook passed the 'Windows 10 compatibility' check - the upgrade failed twice, on the third 'success' the Asus Power Management failed to update (and still doesn't work), the WiFi regularly fails and completely locks the machine to the point where only a hard reset gets it back (so now I run wired at home and WiFi only if I have to). Even from sleep it wakes itself up and tries to install updates (having downloaded them in the background when its been connected to the net via wired ethernet?) - twice it's done this while its been in its travel bag which has cooked it while its been trying to update.

My 14yo daughter got sick of her Win7 machine nagging her so accepted the T&Cs and the upgrade (including all the tracking nonsense) - even though MS know she's only 14 because I'm the designated adult on her MS Live account and they prevent her accessing certain apps without my permission - nor did MS think to email to tell me she'd accepted the upgrade...

My 9yo's HP 250 G3 seems happy enough but that came with W10 out of the box.

Java? Nah, I do JavaScript, man. Wise up, hipster, to the money


Re: Wow.

Upvote for mention of Smalltalk - it's the OO language they taught me at Uni (90-94).


Re: Java is great for outsourcing

I was at Uni 90-94 (Joint Honours Physics and Computing), they taught us C, Ada and Smalltalk (as an OO language). I hated Ada because what you were supposed to do was write decent pseudocode, turn this into Ada syntax and hit compile and, if you'd done it right it would just work. Of course, having grown up with various BASIC languages (C64 & Amiga) I was used to just hacking it until it worked. Ada made you really work for that compile complete message (even checking at the compiler level that you had written error traps for potential DIV0 in your equations, for example).

When I started with the MOD in 95 they gave me 120,000 lines of undocumented buggy FORTRAN 77 code and told me to make it work. That was a baptism of fire for a shiny new grad - but even though I had never seen FORTRAN before I at least understood 'programming', so I got there in the end.

There was a moment when the US DOD dictated 'Thou shalt use ADA' that I thought my hard-earned skills might finally come to bear, but everybody in defence, who wasn't already using Ada, pretty much ignored it, and so the General who'd issued the dictat said he'd meant it as guidance and (almost) everybody pretended it hadn't happened. I've not even seen a piece of Ada code since 94 (and I still work in Defence).

Amazon S3-izure cause: Half the web vanished because an AWS bod fat-fingered a command


"You're about to break the Internet. Are you sure? Y/N"


"No, seriously. This will expose Cloud Based solutions as the delicate soap bubble it is. Are you sure? Y/N"


"Sigh... OK..."

Mysterious Gmail account lockouts prompt hack fears


Glad I read this article! On Saturday I found I couldn't access my Gmail on my mobile without logging back in and then later, noticed, on my laptop, that my Google Drive Sync was off, because, it turned out, I had to sign back in there too. Then Google sent me an email to my secondary email account telling me I'd logged in from a new machine (yes, I had just logged in, but no, it's not a new machine).

I didn't think anything of it, until my eldest daughter complained on Sunday that she hadn't been able to access her Gmail. I got her to reboot her phone and it too asked her to login to Gmail and then sent me an email (I'm her backup email account) saying she'd logged in from a new device...

Very odd and I'm not sure I like the fact that Google sit between saying nothing's going on, or they don't think anything is going on.

CES 2017 roundup: The good, the bad, and the frankly bonkers


Re: Project Valerie

Your info is a little out of date - My current work laptop is a GTX980M based machine - it will drive it's own screen plus two externals no problem - using NVSurround it will actually drive 3 matched external screens (but not the in-built screen at the same time) via 1x HDMI and 2x mini-DP

I too like the Valerie and it's about the same weight (claimed 5.5kg) as my old Dell XPS M1730 (which had SLI 9800s in it, a power brick the size of a substation and a battery that was effectively only a UPS)

Trial date set for Brit police 'copter coppers over spying-on-doggers claims


The police have started using Blackhawks?

They have bigger budgets than I thought.

Stingy sapphire lens in Apple's iPhone 7 is as scratchy as glass


Why do phone manufacturers insist on making their phones thinner and thinner, often compromising battery life and structural integrity and then in the same breath suggesting a case to protect their fragile devices that makes them considerably fatter again?

This fascination with 'thinness' is getting stupid - today Gizmag/New Atlas described the Honor 8 and OnePlus 3 as being *ROUGHLY* the same thickness. 7.4 and 7.45mm respectively. That's right 5/100ths of a mm difference and they're only roughly the same thickness...

You call it 'hacking.' I call it 'investigation'


Several sites I've used have allowed me to create my own security questions and my own answers - although on two occasions I've had to make use of these (password reset on both occasions) the systems then told me my answer was wrong - so I had to wait until I could ring a real human the next day and go through the system verbally - and it then worked...

Kindle Paperwhites turn Windows 10 PCs into paperweights: Plugging one in 'triggers a BSOD'


Re: I remember

I have to run my Netbook wired these days - if I turn the Wifi on Win10 locks up completely and I have to hold down the powerbutton until it dies.

MS sent me a Powershell script to fix it - but it doesn't.

Oh, and my webcam doesn't work any more.

My wife's got a Paperwhite, perhaps I'll plug it in and see if I can collect the full set of SNAFUs MS have created with their Win10 updates...


French, German ministers demand new encryption backdoor law


Could we get politicians who want backdoors to volunteer to have a backdoor system installed in their lives first (mobile phones, emails, domestic firewalls on home routers/PCs etc) then - after a year, if those backdoor systems remain undiscovered or accidentally left in the open in some form (and one would presuming, their non-public lives remain off the 'net), then, and then only then might we have a debate about the public trusting Gov'ts enough to even consider this....

'Neural network' spotted deep inside Samsung's Galaxy S7 silicon brain


Re: Most Surprised

My MSc thesis was on building hyperdimensional mathematical maps of how a neural network learns and how they 'remember' key attributes. Even back in 2005 there were a lot of papers for me to draw upon for my own work.

If your neural network is a 'black box' you're doing it wrong.

Former RN flagship HMS Illustrious to be sold for scrap – report


Re: It's always hard

Having watched HMS Warrior turn up in Hartlepool as a rusting pontoon only to be fully restored over the course of my childhood (only then to be nicked by Portsmouth once all the hard work had been done) - then, many years later, to get a guided tour of it after my friend got married on it, was a wonderful experience - so I would have to completely disagree with you.

Password strength meters promote piss-poor paswords


My first email password was 'ncc1701' (and here's me thinking I was being clever! <facepalm>) because the email system only allowed a max of eight characters. Even now, the same email system allows a max of 10 characters (although they didn't tell me this until I gave it a 16 char password and it wouldn't let me login afterwards - that when support told me it had only registered the first 10 characters and when I was trying to login with all 16 - it wasn't actually the same password...)

I like long passwords, but ones that make sense to me, but are therefore very easy to remember.

2bOR!2bThatIsThe? is one I used for quite a while (where systems allowed for sufficient length)

Coup-Tube: Turkey blocks social networks amid military takeover


My parents were (and still are) on holiday in Turkey when the coup kicked off - they lost Internet Connectivity almost immediately (although they didn't know it at the time as they were out having a meal). Two police officers suggested they returned to their hotel and to stay there for 24hrs until things 'settled down'.

I did managed to speak to them via Whatsapp - but even that was very patchy and broken - but I'm glad it worked sufficiently well for me to tell them what was going on (as they had no idea) and to make sure they were OK.

They had full Internet access again by Saturday PM though.

Isis crisis: Facebook makes Bristol lass an unperson


Re: Isis

I believe 'Isis' is the local name for the Thames as it flows through Oxford, so many things in and around have 'Isis' in their name.

Samsung: Don't install Windows 10. REALLY


Re: If proof is needed...

My EeePC 1015PX initially upgraded to Win10 OK (from Win7 Starter), sans webcam/mic and Asus specific Power Management nonsense.

Unfortunately six months on, and after the last Win 10 upgrade, it now locks up completely and spontaneously at random intervals - something to do with the Wifi I think as I sometimes notice it'll lose WiFi connection a few seconds prior to lock up and if I slam the lid down and get it to hibernate in time, it is sometimes good for a little while and I don't lose all my work when I open the lid again and save what I can.

I've tried quite hard to like Win10, but I think this little netbook is destined for Mint or Lubuntu...

Surface Book nightmare: Microsoft won't fix 'Sleep of Death' bug


Re: Sleep is used by many!

That's interesting - my Asus EeePC 1015PX netbook upgraded to Win10 and this is exactly what I have to do when it claims there's no Wifi (even though everything else is connected to the Wifi and it was, itself, connected only moments before).

MS sent me a Powershell script that they said would fix it, but it doesn't, only 'disable' <count to ten> 'Enable' gets me back on the Wifi.

Windows 10 will also, annoyingly, spontaneously wake from Hibernate (I use Hibernate because, while a four year old netbook might boot up quite quickly under Windows 10, it's unusable for about 10 minutes while it does whatever Windows thinks it needs to do after a cold boot) at random times - it's even woken itself up in the laptop bag, only the "I'm overheating" beeping from the bag alerting to the screaming fans and a cooked netbook...

Twitter expands beyond 140 characters


I like Twitter, for the most part, as a writer, it's good to keep track of other writers and meet up via a #hashtag discussion once a week or month with other writers and, more importantly, potential readers.

When four or five people were involved in a discussion there was almost no room for the payload of the tweet, so this will help enormously.

Of course, I presume the spammers will quickly realise that if names don't count, they can spam everyone with a single tweet and a 140 char message (or link).

You get out of Twitter what you put into it.

'I thought my daughter clicked on ransomware – it was the damn Windows 10 installer'


I upgraded my Asus 1015PX netbook from W7 Starter to W10 (had planned to put Mint on it anyway). That went well and I'm still using it - it is considerably better than W7 Starter (not hard I know, but still).

It's my 14yo daughter's machine that annoys me. It's a Lenovo G580. It was on Win8 when she bought it, it upgraded to 8.1 - we put classic shell on it. All was good. Microsoft know she's only 14, because when we set up her MS Live account we filled in the details properly so that I was the 'adult' who could turn on what she can and cannot do with regards Store purchase and the like. I get a weekly report of what she's been up to on her machine so it came as a surprise when it turns out she'd got sick of the W10 nagware and had accepted the upgrade. MS made no note of this in the weekly report they sent me.

It's also slightly perplexing that they've let a 14yo accept all of the T&Cs that come with the upgrade without going "your designated adult needs to legally accept these because you're not old enough..."

So, once I knew I had to go in and turn off all the stuff that is turned on by default under the express setup she had unwittingly accepted.

Microsoft: Why we tore handy Store block out of Windows 10 Pro PCs


Re: Isn't the Enterprise edition the only one you can't get a free update for?

From memory, Enterprise won't auto-update - you can't stop it updating but you can hold an update off, for a few months I think, in the hope that an update which would have borked your network, will be patched by a later update, so you miss out on the consumer level borked/fixed/borked/fix loop.

We will end misleading broadband adverts, thunders ASA...


Re: Are you reading this Virgin Media....????

Although dialling 150 on your VM land line when your VM land line and BB are both down and that's what you're trying to report - is somewhat irksome as the non-150 number is not easy to find especially when you're relying on a clunky VM website loading up via 3G on a small screen smart phone.

The non-150 number is now stored on my phone for this very reason.

UK's 'superfast' broadband is still complete dog toffee, even in London


Re: Why get Fibre?

On my VM fibre things get increasingly asymmetrical - I get 60Mb DL but *only* 6Mb up - 6Mb is obviously not too shabby, but only 10% of my DL rate.

They just offered my a year's trial of the 200Mb VIVID service at the cost I'm currently paying for my 60Mb - I asked what the UL rate was - 10Mb (same as the 100Mb service they also offer in my area) - so I won't be switching (especially as the cost would double my current payment in a year's time).


Before my wife was medically retired last year, she used to work from home quite a lot and we switched from a very expensive BT dial-up up, to a very expensive BT ADSL to a (at the time time) much cheaper Virgin Media Fibre connection. It started life at 150Kb/s, then it moved to 300Kb/s, then 1Mb then 3Mb, then 10Mb, then 30Mb and I now have 60Mb. Other than 'normal' prices rises there's barely any difference in the relative cost of the 150Kb then and the 60Mb now connection. The main difference is *now* I have two kids who don't consume normal TV - they live on YouTube, Netflix and Amazon Prime. Quite often my wife, plus two kids will all be streaming TV shows at the same time - throw me trying to watch a Twitch stream, or iPlayer catch up into the mix and I'm very grateful to have such a decent sized pipe!

Kids racking up huge in-app bills on Kindles, Android is all your fault, Amazon – US court


My 14yo has her own Android mobile (my wife's old One M7), a tablet (my old Hudl) and a laptop (a recently 'upgraded' to Win 10 Lenovo G580 which she bought herself). She also has an Osper card (a pre-pay Mastercard which we load her allowance onto each month). My wife sees all her purchases and can and does turn off Internet purchasing.

Amazon, Google and MS are all happy because they all have a Credit Card (as they see it) registered with them - but my daughter can't buy anything on her card without asking (for 'online purchasing' to be turned back on (temporarily, or for a single transaction).

It's worked so well, we've just done the same for our 9yo (who bought Minecraft herself from MS Store with her Osper Card, but then my wife turned the card back off, so she can't make in-app purchases)

Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware storms live TV weather forecast


Re: Oh, yeah...

My university's simulation lab runs Enterprise Windows 7, several, but not all of the PCs now have the GWX icon in the Taskbar. So, despite their assurances - MS are creeping GWX into even Enterprise level Win 7 installations (we've not had any pop-ups, and we don't have the 3.5GB stub tucked away ready to go, but the icon, that's definitely there).