* Posts by fnusnu

310 publicly visible posts • joined 8 Nov 2012


Whistleblower raises alarm over UK Nursing and Midwifery Council's DB


Re: Rubbish in

Rubbish governance processes

Firefox 124 brings more slick moves for Mac and Android


Re: Still no zoom and reflow

It's not being worked on. That issue has been there for five years


Re: Still no zoom and reflow

This add-on is my attempt to provide the "reflow" option for text in Firefox Android. Warning: It is very limited. It will only reflow one paragraph at a time. You will have to tap/click on every single paragraph that you want to reflow.


Still no zoom and reflow

Once again the only usable browser for mobile devices is Opera.

Voyager 1 starts making sense again after months of babble


Re: The saddest part of this story. . .

The "eternal datacentre" surely?

The end of classic Outlook for Windows is coming. Are you ready?


It's garbage

You can't even drag and drop an email on to the desktop...

Bank's struggle to replace Atos threw system back to dark ages


At least that explains their piss poor website. It's a user experience abomination.

NIST updates Cybersecurity Framework after a decade of lessons


Re: Finally, they've twigged

"a convincing paper trial" You are not wrong!

City council megaproject mulls ditching Oracle after budget balloons to £131M


Re: Why?

It wasn't the council, it was a court decision which allowed for comparitive work (NB not the same job) to have equal pay.

Alphabet just banked $3B by stretching life of its servers


I'd suggest that they have an incredible amount of data on these costs and likely know the reliability of different servers (and internal components) to a level way beyond that of the manufacturers.

Wait, hold on, everyone – Mozilla thinks Apple, Google, Microsoft should play fair


Re: Amazed that FF isn't used more

Because it won't zoom and reflow like Opera does.

This renders FF barely usable on Android, especially for those with older eyes.

Study: Thousands of businesses just love handing over your info to Facebook


FB on mobile unusable

If they are collecting all this data, they are doing a dreadful job of putting relevant info in the timeline.

Without the FB Purity plugin the site is unusable being well over 50% "recommendations for you". No wonder da yoof has moved on.

Red Hat greases migration to RHEL for CentOS 7 holdouts



Has anyone had any experiences with this? https://tuxcare.com/extended-lifecycle-support/

Microsoft pulls the plug on WordPad, the world's least favorite text editor


Should release it for Android

They should move it to Android as a free piece of software for reading / minor editing of docx files on Android.

Mozilla CEO pockets a packet, asks biz to pick up pace the 'Mozilla way'


Happened to 'her' ;)

OpenAI meltdown: How could Microsoft have let this happen after betting so many billions?


Perhaps MS asked ChatGPT what to do and it started hallucinating

Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean AI's not after you


They just became a leisure activity. Like a load of IT people are about to find out...

British boffins say aircraft could fly on trash, cutting pollution debt by 80%


Re: Meanwhile out in reality

Velocys: We provide patented technology enabling the production of drop-in, net zero, sustainable aviation fuel that can be made safely and effectively on a commercial scale.

No one believes them.


Meanwhile out in reality

Velcocys shares have absolutely collapsed. That's the market telling you about the future value of the company...


City council Oracle megaproject got a code red – and they went live anyway


Re: A drop in the ocean

^^^^ would have saved the taxpayer hundreds of millions.

Honey, can you shrink the plugin? Mozilla allows desktop extensions on Firefox for Android


Mozilla.is irrelevant on Android

The reason Opera is doing so much better than Firefox is blindingly obvious to everyone apart from the Firefox developers: Opera supports zoom and reflow.

Caltech claims to have beamed energy to Earth from satellite


Research ongoing in the UK too

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has been awarded £960,000 from the UK government to investigate wireless technology for spaced-based solar power (SBSP).


Gen Z and Millennials don't know what their colleagues are talking about half the time


Dear All,

I think we need to hit the ground running, keep our eye on the ball, and make sure that we are singing off the same song sheet. At the end of the day it is not a level playing field and the goal posts may move; if they do, someone else may have to pick it up and run with it. We therefore must have a golf bag of options hot-to-trot from the word 'go'. It is your train set but we cannot afford to leave it on the back burner; we've got a lot of irons in the fire, right now.

We will need to un-stick a few potential poo traps but it all depends on the flash-to-bang time and fudge factor allowed. Things may end up slipping to the left and, if they do, we will need to run a tight ship. I don't want to re-invent the wheel but we must get right into the weeds on this one. If push comes to shove, we may have to up stumps and then we'll be in a whole new ball game.

I suggest we test the water with a few warmers in the bank. If we can produce the goods then we are cooking with gas. If not, then we are in a world of hurt. I don't want to die in a ditch over it but we could easily end up in a flat spin if people start getting twitchy. To that end, I want to get round the bazaars and make sure the movers and the shakers are on-side from day one. If you can hit me with your shopping list I can take it to the head honchos and start the ball rolling.

There is light at the end of the tunnel and I think we have backed a winner here. If it gets blown out the water, however, I will be throwing a track. So get your feet into my in-tray and give me chapter and verse as to how you see things panning out. As long as our ducks are in a row I think the ball will stay in play and we can come up smelling of roses.

Before you bomb burst and throw smoke, it is imperative we nail our colours very firmly on the mast and look at the big picture. We've got to march to the beat of the drum. We are on a sticky wicket. we'll need to play with a straight bat and watch out for fast balls.

I've been on permanent send for long enough and I've had my ten pence worth. I don't want to rock the boat or teach anyone to suck eggs. We must keep this firmly in our sight picture or it will fall between the cracks. If the cap fits, wear it, but it may seem like pushing fog up a hill with a sharp stick.

Multi-tasking blunder leaves UK tax digitization plans 3 years late, 5 times over budget


Just simplify the tax laws

There is no way they can ever be computerised in their current state.

Users complain over UK state-owned bank's services as Atos eyes the exit


Also throws you out when you use a mobile browser claiming you clicked on the back button - which I didn't do...

UK PM Sunak plans to allocate just £1bn to semiconductor industry


Re: "the proof is in the pudding"

Pre-dates America: The saying "the proof of the pudding is in the eating" is first recorded in English in the early 17th century, but it is likely much older


To improve security, consider how the aviation world stopped blaming pilots


We'll know we are making progress in this direction when we stop blaming "human error". It's a meaningless labe akin to blaming car accidents on 'bad driving'

UK refreshes national security plan to stop more of China's secret-stealing cyber-tricks


National Protective Security Agency

Do they hand out condoms?

Disaster recovery blunder broke New York Stock Exchange this week


Root cause = the point at which we gave up investigating. Bonus points here for pinning it on a junior tech.


Haiku beta 4: BeOS rebuild / almost ready for release / A thing of beauty


Re: Excellent article

Just tried it in a VM having watched the project for a long time courtesy of Eugenia Loli-Queru at osnews.com.

It's fast and a bit of a throwback to earlier (happier?) computing days

Samsung expects profit dive as demand for memory and devices continues to slow


Would be good to see them focus on maintaining older phones and other devices to help people through the cost of living crisis and to burnish their environmental credentials.

OpenAI opens doors to ChatGPT, another AI to fill the world with kinda-true stuff


Love this

What a great use:

Danny Richman




I mentor a young lad with poor literacy skills who is starting a landscaping business. He struggles to communicate with clients in a professional manner.

I created a GPT3-powered Gmail account to which he sends a message. It responds with the text to send to the client.


Boss broke servers with a careless bit of keyboarding, leaving techies to sort it out late on a Sunday


Re: Big red "cause a massive problem" button

I thought pressing it printed your P45

Twitter engineer calls out Elon Musk for technical BS in unusual career move


Just don't paint it sticky side up!

If you're using older, vulnerable Cisco small biz routers, throw them out


Re: Throw away 3 year old, core, infrastructure?

Try Mikrotik: minimum 5 years of support


Mozilla browser Firefox hits the big 100


Good bye good riddance

Moved to Opera on both Windows and Android. Miss nothing about Firefox. Won't bother to go back to even try Firefox on Android until it does zoom and reflow like Opera.

Brocade wrongly sacked award-winning salesman who depended on company insurance for cancer treatment


Re: A timely reminder

^^^^ taxpayer is expected to fund them.

UK government opens consultation on medic-style register for Brit infosec pros


"I'm from the government and I'm here to help"

IPv6 is built to be better, but that's not the route to success


The thing is that whatever you need to do with IPv4 you can do it either in your head or on a piece of paper. I can look at an IP address and know it belongs to my organisation. Heck, I can likely even tell you which building's VLAN it belongs to. With IPv6? Not a chance.

Billionaires see wealth double during pandemic as tech bros lead the charge


Re: ... would each get $100 or so.

No one in the UK is anywhere near the bottom 50% poorest on the planet.


This nonsense has been put to bed by Tim Worstall (formerly of this parish):

"Oxfam has told us all that 8 people have as much wealth as the bottom 50% of humanity and this is an outrage, Something Must Be Done. OK, so, let us think about what must be done then. The most obvious point being that we should reverse the outrage. Take all the money off the rich people and give it to the poor people. At which point that 50% of humanity would each get $100 or so.

This is not actually a solution to anything at all, is it? Thus the original problem being complained of is not a problem, is not an outrage and does not require that something be done."


Indian government committee slams 'gross misuse' of internet shutdowns – even in Kashmir


Surprise, surprise!

Brave's homegrown search claims to protect your privacy but there's a long way to go if it's to challenge the big G


Here's a guarantee

The number one search term will be 'google'

Microsoft slices Windows 11 update size by 40% (no, not by cutting hardware support)


Windows 11, same as Windows 10

Still embarrasing that the very first update for Windows 11 is to fix a remote code execution...

Want to check out Windows 11 but don't want to buy a new PC? Here's how to bypass the hardware requirements


Re: And coming up next: a bypass for the ludicrous CPU requirements?

The processor isn't supported for this version of Windows


And coming up next: a bypass for the ludicrous CPU requirements?

Or are we going to see millions more devices chucked into landfill?

Computer shuts down when foreman leaves the room: Ghost in the machine? Or an all-too-human bit of silliness?


Re: Power socket on the lighting circuit?

How far is your sideboard from the kitchen table? Do you live in Blenheim Palace?

Got enterprise workstations and hope to run Windows 11? Survey says: You lose. Over half the gear's not fit for it


Re: On the other hand

Yes, but only good until Oct 2025 unless you are going to run another OS.

CutefishOS: Unix-y development model? Check. macOS aesthetic? Check (if you like that sort of thing)



It will be interesting to compare this with HelloSystem: https://github.com/helloSystem/

Leaked Guntrader firearms data file shared. Worst case scenario? Criminals plot UK gun owners' home addresses in Google Earth


Re: Storage

Handgun stuff is completely banned in the UK