* Posts by Stephen Wilkinson

100 posts • joined 21 Jun 2007


Report slams UK plan to become 'science superpower' by 2030

Stephen Wilkinson

Re: Pariahs

Dont forget EurIng too, for those engineers out there :)

I paid for it, that makes it mine. Doesn’t it? No – and it never did

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Re: Physical media

I've had Amazon pull music from my Amazon collection that they added at when I purchased the CD from them.

Thankfully I still have the CD.

DMCA can't be used to sidestep First Amendment, court rules

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It's not Hipster slang and they didn't coin it.

It was coined in 1947 with regards some outlaw motorcycle clubs that can be distinguished by a "1%" patch worn on the colors. This is said to refer to a comment by the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) that 99% of motorcyclists were law-abiding citizens, implying the last one percent were outlaws.

End of the road for biz living off free G Suite legacy edition

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Don't you have to pay to use LibreOffice commercially? I know the licence fee is small (£25?) but technically it's not free either.

As a non-commercial user of LibreOffice, I really like.

Open-source leaders' reputations as jerks is undeserved

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Re: Offensive and poorlt thought through

Totally agree, as they say, if you've met one autistic person, you've met one autistic person.

Each individual with ASD is an individual and will have different traits to all others on the spectrum.

Yes, there may be traits which are the same but stereotyping is stereotyping and does anyone who's non-neurotypical a disservice.

In IT, no good deed ever goes unpunished

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Re: I've met this is in all sorts of projects. Mostly not IT related.

My Manager regularly used to use the ice cube trick to boost the meagre heating in the 1970's concrete monstrosity of a building with single glazed windows that we used to inhabit.

Thank goodness he did.

Predictive Dirty Dozen: What will and won't happen in 2022 (unless it doesn’t/does)

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Becky Baldwin is an excellent bass player \m/O\m/

£42k for a top-class software engineer? It's no wonder uni research teams can't recruit

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Re: It's all about the banding

Sadly that doesn't happen in local government.

All specialists working in local government are not well paid regardless of field, not just IT.

UK schools slap a hold on facial scanning of children amid fierce criticism

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Re: Won’t somebody think of the children!?

I've seen local job roles for IT in schools that require IT Manager/Network Manager levels of experience and knowledge with a salary of under £13k.

I'm amazed that they get any staff at all.

What do you mean you gave the boss THAT version of the report? Oh, ****ing ****balls

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Finding various interesting routes home even if it took longer to avoid motorways and really busy A roads.

Riding a motorcycle works for me :)

If your head's not in the cloud, you're not in the right place

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Re: Sounds like a cry for help.

and in 10-15 years time, it will all be brought back in house again under some new funky name!

Thanks, Sir Clive Sinclair, from Reg readers whose careers you created and lives you shaped

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Thanks Sir Clive, I started with the ZX-81 - even though I defected to the Commodore side afterwards rather than the Spectrum, and used an Acorn Electron to do my O level Computer Studies project - so a career in IT is all thanks to that.

RIP Sir Clive Sinclair: British home computer trailblazer dies aged 81

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I'm another one that started with a ZX-81 with wobbly RAMPACK before moving to Commodore (VIC-20 followed by C64) and a keyboard that was nice and you could type on (not that I could type but it was a lot better than a button doing whole keywords!).

Even though I defected and was a Commodore fanboi, I have Sir Clive to thank for my interest in computers which led me to my career in IT.

Thank you Sir Clive and may you rest in peace.

We're going deeper underground: New digital project to map UK's sub-surface 'assets'

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Re: Not all in Blackburn, Lancashire

So one Albert Hall is one quarter of Blackburn, Lancashire?

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Most councils don't provide pest control any more as it's not a mandatory service so even if they had access, they wouldn't be poisoning the rats.

Why we abandoned open source: LiveCode CEO on retreat despite successful kickstarter

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We learnt Vienna Development Method (VDM) as a specification language because the lecturer who taught it was one of three experts in it (at the time), published papers etc.

Oh! A surprise tour of the data centre! You shouldn't have. No, you really shouldn't have

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Re: year 2000

I bet she hasn't!

Hacking the computer with wirewraps and soldering irons: Just fix the issues as they come up, right?

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Re: Computer O Level

Only a couple of the really amazing kids at school got to play with our RM 380Z of which I was not one - I could only look jealously at them as it looked amazing.

I did get a Computer Studies O Level grade B though so it's not all bad!!!

You MUST present your official ID (but only the one that's really easy to fake)

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Great column as usual and a RIP to the late great Dusty Hill :(

I no longer have a burning hatred for Jewish people, says Googler now suddenly no longer at Google

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On the other hand, the original Christianity as practised by Mary the Magdalene, Jesus' wife and leader of the sect after his death (if Simcha Jocobovici's The Lost Gospel is to be believed) would still be the current version.

The Christian church would have been potentially far less misogynist without Paul anyway.

Contract killer: Certified PDFs can be secretly tampered with during the signing process, boffins find

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Preferably something that produces properly accessible documents

Jackie 'You have no authority here' Weaver calls on the UK to extend Coronavirus Act provisions for online meetings

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The LGA want this extended too


Listen, son... Monster trucks just aren't cool anymore. Real winners drive Tesla Roadsters

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How well will they do at the DRC? https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjN5K3IYZgz-vCWhI_DD01A

NurseryCam hacked, company shuts down IoT camera service

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While I have no sympathy whatsoever for the company involved for producing an insecure system, I don't agree with "The person who identified the loophole has so far acted responsibly. He stated he has no intention to use this to do any harm [and] wants to see NurseryCam raise the overall standards of our security measures."

Surely acting responsibly means telling the company, not dumping the data online, poorly redacted or not?

Two wrongs don't make a right: They make a successful project sign-off

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I was hoping for some Denim and Leather to go with the potatoes!

Master boot vinyl record: It just gives DOS on my IBM PC a warmer, more authentic tone

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Re: Ah, happy memories...

I seem to remember Computer & Video Games supplying a Thompson Twins game on flexi-disc

Ticketmaster cops £1.25m ICO fine for 2018 Magecart breach, blames someone else and vows to appeal

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Ought to have the fine doubled for saying they take security very seriously

Data protection scofflaws failed to pay £2m in fines from UK watchdog – and 68% of penalties are still outstanding

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Re: Send in the Bailiffs

And then their wife, personal other etc. etc. becomes the director and it carries on :(

X.Org is now pretty much an ex-org: Maintainer declares the open-source windowing system largely abandoned

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I remember writing in X Windows on our Unix workstations at university and also having a version on my Linux install - I think I've still got the CD for that somewhere.

Excel is for amateurs. To properly screw things up, those same amateurs need a copy of Access

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That's how I read it at first reading too, then realised...

It's Google's hardware launch day, and what do we get? A few Pixel phones, Nest kit, and another Chromecast

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I liked my 3aXL until it stopped working 10 days out of warranty.

Usual points with all Google Pixels though, I wish they had an expansion slot which is why it got replaced by a far cheaper Motorola

If the Solar System's 'Planet Nine' is actually a small black hole, here's how we could detect it... wait, what?

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Re: Great just what I need in 2020

newer and bluer meanies?

It's National Cream Tea Day and this time we end the age-old debate once and for all: How do you eat yours?

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There's the Cornish way and there's the right way (which of course is the Devon way).

CompSci student bitten by fox after feeding it McNuggets

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Re: Once caught

Probably because he had his head in the clouds

UK police's face recognition tech breaks human rights laws. Outlaw it, civil rights group urges Court of Appeal

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Re: What's a "Human Right"?

If it's good enough to read hard to read number plates these days, can we start putting smaller plates on the back of motorcycles again rather than the bloody great thing we currently have to use?

Civica bags £25m deal to handle web portal for UK National Driver Offender Retraining Scheme

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Falls over and fails payments all the time too. Absolute POS

This'll make you feel old: Uni compsci favourite Pascal hits the big five-oh this year

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The closest I got to Pascal was Delphi at university 24 years ago. I must admit I didn't realise how "new" Delphi was at the time unlike Java which was impossible not to know was the new kid on the block.

Doom Eternal: Reboot sequel is cluttered but we're only here for the rippin' and the tearin'

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I recently purchased second hand copies for the PS3 of Doom 3: BFG Edition and Wolfenstein: The New Order and while I used to be absolutely hopeless on a PC, I'm even more hopeless on a console :(

Strangely I'm even really disappointed by the graphics which are pretty good but I actually was hoping for equivalent of the 90's PC versions!

Let's Encrypt? Let's revoke 3 million HTTPS certificates on Wednesday, more like: Check code loop blunder strikes

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Re: TDD still a thing?

Agile of course!

Smartwatch owners love their calorie-counting gadgets, but they are verrry expensive

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I love the idea of a smart watch but realised it wasn't for me when I bought a Mi from China for a tenner from Amazon. When using it, I ended up turning off all the annoying notifications of emails, messages etc. so it was basically just an inaccurate fitness tracker.

Saved me a few hundred quid on a smart watch realising I wouldn't actually use it.

Rugby legend Will Carling tells El Reg: Techie stats bods will love this year's Six Nations

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There was a section on one of the recent BBC Click programmes about the stat use in football (Liverpool possibly, I can't actually remember) and how important it was and they were tracking all the players' positions.

When is an electrical engineer not an engineer? When Arizona's state regulators decide to play word games

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Re: So... is he an engineer?

As a Chartered Engineer via the British Computer Society, I totally agree with you regarding the use of the word engineer and regulation.

In tribute to Galaxy Note 7, BBC iPlayer support goes up in flames for some Samsung TVs

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Re: Possible licensing error

Mine is one of those affected too and following the upgrade instructions hasn't made any difference.

As I'm always using iPlayer, it's rather annoying :(

Windows 10 Insiders: Begone, foul Store version of Notepad!

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Editplus has been my goto choice for many years, nothing wrong with Notepad++ but I prefer Editplus

Labour: Free British broadband for country if we win general election

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Re: Paranoid, moi?

Try being with South West Water where the cost of cleaning up some of the largest amounts of coastline was.

We have far higher bills than other areas of the country because of this.

Would you open an email from one Dr Brian Fisher? GP app staff did – and they got phished

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Re: Dr Phisher

Hogarth is a good singer and I agree with what you've said but he doesn't do it for me sadly.

In the same way I mostly listen to Gabriel-era Genesis, I very rarely listen to post-Fish Marillion - okay, I bought Season's End and realised that it just didn't cut it for me - the versions of the songs off it that Fish sang were so much better, I can't remember whether they were on a Vigil in the Wilderness or the recent box set anniversary edition of either Misplaced Childhood or Clutching at Straws.

I still hope the rumours of the unreleased album that was too similar to Misplaced Childhood turns out to be true and it finally surfaces!

UK.gov's smart meter cost-benefit analysis for 2019 goes big on cost, easy on the benefits

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Got a smart meter, changed suppliers and smart meter doesn't work with any other supplier so back to filling in the meter reading online.

Don't mean to alarm you, but Boeing has built an unmanned fighter jet called 'Loyal Wingman'

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Execute order 66

Watchdog asks UK.gov to reissue freedom of information guidance after councils are told to STFU about Brexit plans

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Now if only the same response could be applied to all the requests that come in to get information for sales people masquerading as FOI requests that are completely pointless as councils have to go to tender for new software anyway.

Open plan offices flop – you talk less, IM more, if forced to flee a cubicle

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Re: DeMarco & Lister coding wars

Peopleware was required reading on my software engineering degree!



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