* Posts by roblightbody

84 posts • joined 12 Dec 2011


Ofcom waves DAB radio licences under local broadcasters' noses as FM switchoff debate smoulders again


Re: "Only half the nation prefers digital radio to analogue, though"

I retro-fitted an Alpine DAB unit to my 2012 VW Golf, that makes use of the built-in amplified FM/DAB aerial in the rear spoiler. The reception is outstanding across most of the West of Scotland where I live, no problems at all. However the low bitrate stations let it down, and heading too far out to the countryside causes it to go altogether.


FM Radio with a strong signal is FAR better quality than any of the low-bitrate DAB stations that have been squeezed into the UK.

Also, across swathes of less populated areas of the UK, FM Radio is the only one that works - and on occasion you still need to go to AM!

It's good to talk: Union says IBM failed to consult system support techies as Scottish Power contract nears end


Outsourcing always sounds like it makes perfect sense - in theory. In practice, on the ground, I've never seen it do anything except add complexity, delays, costs, frustrations - ultimately just slowing everything down.

Forget Brexit, ignore Trump, write off today: BT's gonna make us all 'realise the potential of tomorrow'


Re: Not sure they are really engineers....

Yes the annoying British-only habit of undermining an entire professional career path by calling a lightly trained tech an Engineer...

Buying a Chromebook? Don't forget to check that best-before date


Re: That's Chromebook right out of my buying list then

Its only British Gas that tell people they can't get 10 year old parts for the boiler (in order to sell a new one) - if you go elsewhere, you'll find parts are available just fine.

10 PRINT Memorial in New Hampshire marks the birthplace of BASIC


Re: WOW...

Same here - it really hit me when i saw it - i must have spent a lot of time with it and my 48K Spectrum+ (which I also still have). Basic led me directly into a career in IT, which started off by using early versions of Visual Basic.

It's 2019 and a WhatsApp call can hack a phone: Zero-day exploit infects mobes with spyware



I feel trapped by the Facebook world, and its not a good feeling. I can't be the only one.

I don't have the facebook app on my phone - never have - but I've found that I can't avoid using WhatsApp - and it needs to be on a phone to function - as too many other people rely on it - that's just a fact.

Also for Facebook, its many people's entire online world - they seem to not even venture to "old fashioned" websites any more - its just facebook. So its difficult to avoid too. I log into facebook occasionally (using Firefox's Facebook container plugin) and discover people have sent me messages on it and expected a reply days ago...

Remember Windows Media Center? Well, the SDK is now on GitHub to be poked at your leisure


I was a big fan, and it mostly worked very well.

With a cheap dual-tuner TV card in the PC, the Xbox as a media extender, it was a neat solution that was faster and had more functionality than most telly boxes today. I was sad when they dropped it.

The Reg takes a trip over the New Edge. Mmmm... New Coke with extra fizz


Old Edge had its good points!

On my 4gb laptop, Old Edge was far better than Chrome in terms of resource usage (to the point that I uninstalled Chrome and consumed even Google's services through Edge). I also think its sad that now there are only 2 major browser technologies. We all need to support Mozilla I feel.

Why millions of Brits' mobile phones were knackered on Thursday: An expired Ericsson software certificate


Re: More detail

As long as someone actually logs into the management console... or is looking at the notitication alert emails that its sending out.... thats if someone has actually configured it to send out emails....

Mac users burned after Nuance drops Dragon speech to text software


I'll never forgive Nuance for buying, then closing, the Swype keyboard. It was superb (they invented the flow method of text input on a phone), and despite trying various keyboards, nothing comes close.

Turn around, Capita: I'm trying but my pre-tax profits slipped 59%


Re: What's this?

Maybe a tiny violin for the very senior managers, but in general you're talking about people's jobs and mortgages, the huge number of people across the country that work for Capita, including people from companies who were swallowed up by them.

HostingUK drops offline after losing Farmer vs Fibre competition


I recently moved a website to Hosting UK. Their support was very good, prices very reasonable, and the server was really fast. I was reassured by the fact that they were backed by iomart, and am gobsmacked that this failure has been possible.

OnePlus 6: Perfect porridge? One has to make a smartphone that's juuuust right


Could have typed that myself! I want a rugged phone that doesn't need a case, and has great battery life, and i don't care if that means its not ultra-thin.

Time to ditch the Facebook login: If customers' data should be protected, why hand it over to Zuckerberg?


Appears to just be a link to The Register's facebook page to me.


It was obvious

As someone who grew up with the baby WWW of the 90s, using a login from just one company for multiple website always seemed like a horrible idea - and I never did it. The problem is people just don't care. They've handed this huge american company everything, and they don't care.

UK consumer help bloke Martin Lewis is suing Facebook over fake ads


Re: Mr Angry

He was good on the radio this morning, and mentioned other companies who had been similarly afflicted by fake adverts - they should join forces.

RIP, Swype: Thanks for all the sor--speec--speedy texting


I can type effortlessly with Swype, and find the Google keyboard a very poor imitation. I'm depressed at this news!

Typed on Swype.

OnePlus 5T is like the little sister you always feared was the favourite


Re: That Amazon link for the Nokia 8 nearly got me!

I bought my OP3 for £330 and absolutely love it. A new OP5T with postage is £470 minimum, the jump in price causes me to nut just dive in and order one, and instead to wait another year.


Re: Fingerprint sensor on the rear

Thats not correct. HOLDING a Hands free phone is illegal, but touching it is OK, if its in a bracket.


Re: Fingerprint sensor on the rear

That's actually not true. Its illegal to *hold* the phone. But when mounted in a suitable bracket, touching the screen of the phone is no different to touching the touch screen on a modern car and is allowable within reason. I checked with the police.

Give us a bloody PIN: MPs grill BBC bosses over subscriber access


No Brainer

I love the BBC.

Surely you could just get your iPlayer "Access Code" on your license fee paperwork, its a 1-time use, and you use it once to connect to your iPlayer account. No access code, no iPlayer.

And then yes, a subscription service for the massive and unique and very important BBC back catalogue - I'd pay quite a lot for their music back catalog alone.

- Rob

Google isn't saying Microsoft security sucks but Chrome for Windows has its own antivirus


Chrome is the new IE

In the 90s and early 00s, Microsoft was hammered for their browser providing extra functionality for their own services. But I don't see what Google's doing now as any different. Their browser is a portal to their services, and has lots of functionality built in to support G suite etc. If you use G suite with Firefox, for example, you get a different experience.

I try to restrict my Chrome use to my G suite usage. I am a huge fan of Firefox, and have become aware of how much better Edge is on a W10 laptop - resource usage is hugely less than for Chrome.

Official: Windows for Workstations returns in Fall Creators Update


Re: Does it still have 2D FLATSO, SPYWARE, ADWARE ???

Forced updates only apply to Home edition. I believe any device connected to the internet should forcibly update itself.


Re: What about auto-updates?

The Home versions of Windows 10 handle updates completely different to the Professional versions. The home versions force updates on users, which I believe is the correct approach (everyone I know who runs Windows but isn't an IT professional never lets their PCs update if given the choice).

The scenario you describe should not occur in a business.

Openreach pegs full fibre overhaul anywhere between £3bn and £6bn


I'm one of millions of people in an area served by Virgin Media cable, and no Openreach Fibre - not even fibre to the cabinet. They are not incentivised to connect these areas, so there's no competition, and Virgin can get away with poor service without losing customers. Really frustrating. My 100mb Virgin service is fast enough but I'd like a choice of provider.

Twitter will no longer snaffle data allowances on Virgin Mobile


This is a story about Net Neutrality

Why on earth does the article not mention this once?

Microsoft boasted it had rebuilt Skype 'from the ground up'. Instead, it should have buried it


Totally agree, use it daily and love it.

It's 2017 and Microsoft is still patching Windows XP+ – to plug holes exploited by trio of leaked NSA weapons


Re: What a sterling performance..

It tells you that its a sixteen year old OS that shouldn't have been getting used for anything for years now.


Re: Windows Update? Ha,Ha,Ha,....

Why didn't you upgrade to 8.0, then 7.1, then 10, then the 10 update... Windows 7 is really old now, I don't know why people persevere with it.

Ransomware scum have already unleashed kill-switch-free WannaCry‬pt‪ variant


Re: Experts all giving advice how how to stay secure

From https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/msrc/2017/05/12/customer-guidance-for-wannacrypt-attacks/

"Customers running Windows 10 were not targeted by the attack today."


Re: Experts all giving advice how how to stay secure

Everyone is brave enough to suggest not running an old version of Windows without any updates.

In this case, anyone with a current OS with current updates, was completely safe.


Re: Experts all giving advice how how to stay secure

Windows 10 is unaffected.

Also there was a lot of criticism of Microsoft forcing updates on users with Windows 10 - will that criticism now end? Users need protected from themselves. We all know people who ignore all the updates their computer or device is asking to install.

Windows 10 S forces Bing, Edge on your kids. If you don't like it, get Win10 Pro – Microsoft


A Chromebook forces chrome and google search on you.

How is this different?

Microsoft's in-store Android looks desperate but can Google stop it?


Re: Android - bit of a toy OS, really.

I checked with the police because I was confused too.

The phone must be mounted on the dashboard, not in your hand - thats essential.

As long as its mounted, you can touch it - as long as it doesn't affect your driving. In that respect its no different to the distracting touch screens that now come in all new cars.

By the way - the Android Auto app is great - and yes I have i disabled the "OK Google" command.

Smartphones crashed, Samsung burned: Mobile in 2016


Not a single mention of OnePlus? The Oneplus 3 was the standout phone of the year for me. £309 (to start with) and with specs exceeding phones more than double that price. I love mine.

BA check-in system checks out: Staff flung back to cruel '90s world of paper


Outsourcing = problems

The only point when they discover how good and efficient their in-house IT team was, is a couple of years down the line when the problems start to mount up, and take ages to resolve...

Trainline.com dumps Oracle and Microsoft, gulps AWS Kool-Aid


Fascinating article. I think he's right, mostly. Insourcing IT with developers and people who intrinsically care what they're doing, with the flexibility of cloud hosting.

I wonder what he thinks about the fall in the pound affecting what he's paying AWS, though... wonder if he factored that into his budgets this year...

Windows 7's grip on the enterprise desktop is loosening


"So even if every PC sold this year runs Windows 10 – which won't happen, because lots will be Macs..."

You make that sound like a large percentage, or even most, will be Macs. Which is complete nonsense. Macs still make up only a small % of the number of PCs sold. Even if everybody wanted a Mac, most people can't afford one.

Microsoft's done a terrible job with its Windows 10 nagware


Microsoft says that Windows 10 is fundamentally more secure than Windows 7. Therefore, the entire OS is an important security update. I don't see the issue.

Windows 7 is nearly 7 years old, its very much time to move on.

Big-screen Skype gets small farewell note


Re: So the incentive to buy a "Smart" TV are ?

Dumb but big has been the way to go for years. Technology built into TV screens (or car dashboards for that matter) is stupid and short-sighted.

For example lots of us buy good monitors which outlive the PCs they're attached to.


Re: Dementia setting in

Thats the reason Smart TVs are a dumb idea.

TVs should have a superb display, lots of ports, and great sound.

Then you plug some up to date technology into it.

Zero. Zilch. Nada. That's how much Netflix uses its own data centres now


Re: Single Source

So in summary, you're saying AWS is too big to fail?

Computer Science grads still finding it hard to get a job


Would you encourage your child into a career in Computing?

I don't think I would.

Continued outsourcing combined with moving the actual technology to the cloud, combined with a trend towards temporary work, with static or falling salaries.

Safari iOS crashing: Suggestions snafu KOs the Apple masses


Re: We don't care

Windows has *always* allowed you to choose other browsers.

Met Police to slash hundreds of IT jobs, hands £216m outsourcing gig to Steria


Exactly. And a nice pat on the back for the person who's saved them £14m. The cracks will take a while to appear and build up...

Vodafone UK rocks the bloat with demands for vanilla Android


About time!

I used to have Vodafone Sony Ericsson "candy bar" phones (such as a K750i) which were absolutely ruined by the Vodafone firmware - including changing what buttons and shortcut keys did, making all the icons red (so it was hard to see what was what). It was really terrible. Flashing it to the standard Sony Ericsson firmware was slightly tricky, but was well worth it as the bog standard phone was far nicer to use.

Ten years later, I use Nexus phones for the same reason, after suffering Samsung phones which ruin Android.

Is this what Windows XP's death throes look like?


Totally agree, it makes no sense. 8.0 to 8.1 was a free upgrade, they should be shown as the same product. By doing that, the chart looks quite different.

The coming of DAB+: Stereo eluded the radio star


DAB just didn't have the same advantages as other digital technologies. In a moving car, or in an area with poor reception, it was actually worse than FM and even with a perfect signal, the low-bit rate again could mean the quality was worse than a good FM signal. The huge increase in power consumption over an analogue radio was the final straw. I'm addicted to radio, but after experimenting with it, I gave up on DAB long ago.

Greedy web borg Facebook to SLURP news websites' golden nuggets


Re: Can't be worse than the new BBC site

I'd rather have a bad WWW site, than a "good" Facebook site any day.

Love the web. Hate Facebook.



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