* Posts by Slacker@work

164 publicly visible posts • joined 31 Aug 2012


Suunto settles scary scuba screwup for $50m: 'Faulty' dive computer hardware and software put explorers in peril


IT's been an issue for a while....

I was diving with a buddy of mine a few years back and he was using an "air integrated" dive comp - the type that has a transponder that you fix to a spare port on the tank regulator - as we were exiting the water another pair were going in, one of whom had an identical model computer to my mate.

As we passed each other both computers beeped as the transponders switch between the divers... so the guy coming out suddenly thought he had a full tank, and the guy going in appeared to have not much above 50bar left (i.e emergency reserves). This was reported to Suunto and the reply back was its a 40000 to 1 chance so would do nothing about it.

It's a phone with a peel, but you'll have to wait a bit more for retro Nokia


I had the 8110 but traded in for a 7110 - the spring release made all the difference!

Cancelled in Crawley? At least your train has free Wi-Fi now, right?


50MB?? Luxury!

This morning I had the dubious pleasures of the Arriva Trains Wales service between Manchester and Cardiff. The Allowance was 20MB and lasted a whole 5 minutes! After that the connection was so poor that I just gave up - so much for enabling a mobile workforce!

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to mark the life of Slack for Windows Phone


Stewart Butterfield...

Should have sold when M$ came knocking on his door

IT systems still in limbo as UK.gov departments await Brexit policy – MPs


If they do come up with a plan...

... I wish them the best of luck trying to find contractors willing to sit within IR35 whilst they deliver it all.

Of course they might just send it all to Capita and Atos, and we know what a top job they will make of it!

Ofcom proposes ways to stop BT undercutting broadband rivals


Re: If BT can lower their prices........

Yep, an acquaintance of mine moved on to a new build estate in May and still don't have a phone line and neither do any of the other homes on the site - lack of capacity in the local exchange is apparently the issue, with no plans to upgrade. Worrying as at least another 200+ new homes being built around here!

AWS sells local Chinese infrastructure to local partner Sinnet



I thought that was a porn site?!

Dome, sweet dome: UAE mulls Martian city here on Earth ahead of Red Planet colonization


Only $500k...

So that's a ticket to Mars or a small 2 bedroom flat in a crap part of London. I know which I'd go for!

Google rushes to curb Oreo's massive appetite for your 4G mobile data


Re: Battery Burn

I'm using a Pixl XL and also noticed the sudden drop in battery performance (albeit not as bad as that), but no increase in mobile data using.

Shoddy work Google, shoddy!!

Web-enabled vibrator class action put to bed


That's the best headline you could come up with?

"E-vibe trial reaches climax"

"users finally get satisfaction"


Pirate of the Caribbean to play Hacker of the Caribbean


Re: Robert Downey Jr.

Everyone knows that Robert Downey Jr. is Elon Musk - have you not seen Iron Man?

President Trump tweets from insecure Android, security boffins roll eyes


hang on...

He's not using a "made in the US of A" iPhone??

It's here! Defence Secretary launches £800m MoD tech creche


iPhone 7 Black Ops....

...so good at hiding that no one can get there mits on one.

Ofcom must tackle 'monopolistic' provider BT, says shadow digital minister Chi Onwurah


Re: Priorities

If the Openreach arm of the business was taken back into public ownership (i.e. a public service) then no, it won't have shareholders.

I don't mind a monopoly as long as it delivers what it promises - the problem is that they are stripping out profit to give to the shareholders; not ploughing monies back into the national infrastructure in a way we would all like.

Microsoft sinks to new depths with underwater data centre experiment


Re: "Offshore" data storage

@Bob Chip

What do you mean "outside of NSA control" ? Even if the DC was in international waters the NSA would be all over it like a rash.


Re: Haven't they heard

It would also be ideal for growing an artificial reef on (cold water corals, like we get here in the UK), although I would stick it a bit deeper; 30m would be optimal.

UK.gov plans to unveil a new Digital Bill


"UK Digital Strategy”

One can only hope it will start with wrestling the national telecommunications infrastructure from the hands of BT.

Safe Harbor 2.0: US-Europe talks on privacy go down to the wire


Can somebody clarify....

Am I right in thinking that there are currently no Apple data centres in the EU, and if so all the personal data of the fanboi crowd (names, credit cards, etc) are happily, and legally as it's in the USA, in the mits of the NSA?

Russian friends make German web scum the 'best' in European Union


Never judge a story by it's title....

Bugger - there was me hoping for a breakdown on the latest trends in European skin flicks and how they have improved with the influx of East European "actresses"

*grabs his dirty mac*

Robotic exoskeleton market to grow 40 per cent a year until 2025


Re: Oh so you mean Power Armor?

I thought it was most of the south coast - Eastbourne, Bournemouth, Isle of Wight...

Ad Victorium Brothers!

Secret shaggers, rejoice! Now you can blame that Hyatt credit card bill on hackers

Paris Hilton

Do they own....

Premier Inn?

*ahem* Just out of curiosity of course!

Paris - Blowed if I can think of a reason

Apple on the attack against British snooping bill. Silicon Valley expected to follow



So how does this differ from the Patriot act and why have Apple et al not been kicking up a fuss for the last few years??

After Death Star II blew: Dissecting the tech of Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens



Obvious really, it's due to outsourcing to CAPITA aka the Coruscant Armed Protection and Intra-galactic Transport Alliance

Alumina in glass could stop smartphones cracking up


Transparent Alumnia...

Been around since Mr Scott and the rest of the crew came back and saved the whales. Of course they now call it Aluminium oxynitride and make bullet proof things out of it https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aluminium_oxynitride

After Burner: Sega’s jet-fighting, puke-inducing arcade marvel


Then was the days...

They had one of these at the SU bar when I was a uni - spent many a happy hour blasting away at it when I wasn't drunk, playing rugby or chasing girls. *deep sigh of nostalgia*

Science Museum celebrates Ada Lovelace

Paris Hilton

Mildly confused...

Ada Lovelace day and No Bra Day coincide, did she invent the bra too or maybe was she the first to burn one (if they were arround at that point)??

Safe Harbour ruled INVALID: Facebook 'n' pals' data slurp at risk


generally its not a bad comparison between the two, albeit the upcoming EU Data Protection Directive could shake stuff up a bit - if anything more teeth are given. I particularly like the fine structure for global enterprises - €100 000 000 or 5% of global turnover (that's turnover, not profits).


Re: Student

Guessing this is part of the thesis - in which case he's now a Doctor!

Boffins: We know what KILLED the DINOS – and it wasn't just an asteroid


Re: Naaah

ohhh that's how you get badges!

Apple files patent for long-rumoured iRing-type bling


Re: Errr...

Apple have thought of it earlier, whatever it might be, and regardless of the date of posting the patent application.


Apple legal division.

WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg


The kid has spent hours cyber-flirting with the stunning 20something cheerleader stood to his left.... but then he removed his headset...

Microsoft sabotages own Lumia smartmobe flagship launch


Nice to see...

... they support 2TB MicroSD cards*

*if any were actually available and not more expensive than the handset

NASA announcement of MAJOR MARS DISCOVERY imminent: WHAT can it be?


Options 9 and 10...

Same thing isn't it?

Email reply-all cat-nado drenches Cisco inboxes with pics, memes


every time someone hits "reply all" a kitten dies.

That women deserves an award for for the best quote of the week so far

US Catholic Church launches app for Jesus-phone


nuns maybe? those wimples can be quite alluring.... even habit forming


Please, please, please...

somebody hack this app so it plays "every sperm is sacred" as a notification sound

WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg


Not what you expect to get when you order Solid Gear 5; Snakes special box set

Russian regulator bans PornHub for its ‘illegal pornography’


Maybe they prefer...


(google it if you are unaware of the site but it is most definitely NSFW) ;)

Manchester skeptics annexed in hostile digital power grab


Re: Bet this is

agreed - I'm sceptical about the whole thing

Sony Xperia Z4 4G Android tablet – gift of sound and vision


Re: @ 1980s_coder

Actually it might - it's a Sony product so should be Playstation Now compatible.

Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Spanish summer soother salmorejo


Where's the pipe

How are we ever supposed to take the SPB seriously if there is no pipe to qualify your boffinesque postings?!

pah, bedamned,etc. time to go and score myself some Erinmoor

Cheers, Bill Gates. Who wouldn't want drinking water made from POO?


I like my water to be processed too - generally it needs to be boiled with malted barley and hops, then (when cooled a bit) some yeast added and left for several weeks.

NASA primed for 9-minute live test of mighty rocket motor


Re: "Brain"

You're forgetting the press release was for the American market...

Run Windows 10 on your existing PC you say, Microsoft? Hmmm.


Quote of the year?!

"..minimum requirements that were a little bit deceiving..."

Lies, damn lies and Microsoft technical briefings

Get READY: Scientists set to make TIME STAND STILL tonight


Time is an illusion...

...Lunchtime doubly so!

Well somebody had to say it.

Humongous headsets and virtual insanity


"inds their partner doing some Exorcist style head rotation staring at them up at them whilst bent over"

Ahh you've met my ex then...



So with the AR version you could use scanned images of your favourite celeb, co-worker, etc. and then overlay onto your partner (who presumably is doing something similar) or "real feel doll".

*starts downloading images of Taylor Swift*

Tim Worstall dances to victory over resources scaremongerers


Reg vision??

oh come on!! "Vulture-rama" is way better

Ubuntu daddy Mark Shuttleworth loses fight to cancel $20m bank fee


So unfair!

The poor bugger - my heart bleeds for him! lets organise a whip round....

Unlucky, Palmer: Facebook's going to BAN Oculus pr0n apps


Re: Sabotage your own product?

Upvote purely for coining "Succubus Rift"