* Posts by Nano nano

551 posts • joined 29 Jun 2007


Stripogram copper walks on offensive weapon rap

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Usually spelt ...

... "strippogram".

I believe a "stripogram" could be something to do with zebras.

Information Commissioner calls for more money and more powers

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"There can be no other explanation"

Well there can be, but it's still not good.

I once left a supplier's project to build a govt department computer system when I asked the question, "what benefits is it supposed to deliver" and got the answer, "I think all the other dept.s have one, and they wanted one too".

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Use Abrahams' cash

News item stated that Abrahams will not get his cash back, it will be assimilated by the Govt.

Why not at least 'spin' it in a useful direction and send it to the Info Commisioner ?

Vista vs XP performance: Some informal tests

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Vista Networking is broken

A new laptop with Vista is unable to connect to a bog-standard home network with existing XP and W2k PCs.

Networking with Windows until Vista worked pretty much out of the box, now it is implied that in order for Vista to work, our "outdated" (="obsolete"!!) ADSL gateway is at fault.

So what part of the Internet Protocol does Vista not now understand ?? And why does it arrogantly assume it has no responsibility to work with users' kit ?

Quebec fights Mohawk Nation over online gambling jurisdiction

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You are forgetting ...

... the indigenous people of Hawaii - how come they have no sovereign territory just because Uncle Sam decided to take over ?

And they lecture us about the Falklands !

Promiscuous Transitive beds Hitachi's boxes and sales folk

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Leaves shoots and eats

"Gets around Transitive beds Hitachi's boxes and sales folk" - can anyone parse this phrase please ?

LG KU990 Viewty cameraphone

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Can you buy them without the name ?

FBI crackdown on botnets gets results, but damage continues

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For Windows at least, it's time that MS put some speedbumps in the way of the cheapo firewall-less USB ADSL modems, and refused to connect to anything that wasn't an MS patch update server after a clean "naive user" install.

Boffins report lightning on Venus, our non-identical twin

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Difference from Earth

One significant difference is that the Earth was clobbered by a "Mars-sized body" thereby forming the moon.

This could have set up or modified the required rotation as well as affecting the composition of the crust.

Audit bodies should merge, report says

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Objectives ?

Improve cost-efficiency ... reduce red tape ... cashable savings of £20m ...

What about "Improving Standard of Audits carried out " ? No mention of that - surely that should be paramount.

Online sellers warned on UK cheque clearance changes

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Declining use - not our choice

Only because the big stores are wriggling out of accepting them. Cheques have come to my rescue on occasions when I was waiting for an incoming chq to clear so couldn't use a card at the supermarket.

Running queries on the HMRC database fiasco

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Is Database 101 ...

in any way related to Orwell's Room 101 ...?

New taskforce to discuss why more people aren't turning to digital

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The government understands technology ...

And 'digital' always means better.

Heck, if you sit a Sony Bravia LCD telly next to a Sony WEGA CRT telly on the same RGB feed, the LCD picture is _miles_ better.


And don't even _try_ to watch Olympic water sports on digital TV, the coding can't cope with all that shimmery stuff.

Engineers strove for years to optimise picture quality, and now it's all being thrown away for the sake of more macroblocky channels for the masses.

Same applies to DAB.

England flops shafted by enormous todger

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Greetings from Putin

... Whereas "kurok" in Russian means "cock" as in to cock a gun, so there must be some connection ...

HMRC data loss could be tip of iceberg

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Bad analogy ?

Icebergs float with 7/8 volume submerged - are you saying that there are another (25 000 000 x 7) records that have been lost ?

A parents' guide to the HMRC data giveaway

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Oxymoron != contradiction

"The title says it all"

404 - pedant icon not found

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Wasn't the National Computing Centre (NCC) supposed to set standards in IT ?

So what's it been doing for the last few years ?

I would have thought a body like that should have been setting best-practice standards for public sector systems, in particular HMRC.

Lost HMRC discs pop up on eBay

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How to defeat Windows db crackers ...

... store the MySQL database files in a .tar.bz2 file

How HMRC gave away the UK's national identity

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The Govt. department for Database Errors

Doesn't the Gov now have an entire department for this kind of database error - the DBERR (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/06/28/brown_assigns_minboff_n_minbiz/) ?

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The culprit must go as well ... come back, Comp Sci graduates!

Back in the 80's, Clive Ponting and Sarah Tisdall were sent for trial for leaking government information.

As someone has already observed, the idea that someone with sufficient authority to have access to that entire dataset is also incompetent enough to think that it was OK to transfer the data in that fashion beggars belief - they need keel-hauling, as does the chain of command that permitted it.

Perhaps Andy Hopper at Cambridge should now start making more noise about the fact that even a brand new Computer Science graduate would not have made that elementary mistake !!

Windows random number generator is so not random

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And yet ...

Cambridge Computer Science Dept (sponsored by Microsoft) says it has a shortage of applicants for its undergraduate course.

This is precisely the kind of thing that differentiates 'programming' from 'computer science'.

B3ta served DMCA notice for Photoshop Prince challenge

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Any relation to ...

C3po ?

16,000 namesakes cry foul over US terror watch list

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re: First they came ... to Iran

But, in a similar fashion to how there aren't any gay people in Iran, there aren't any communists in the USA, are there, George ? [And certainly not in the Facebook profile options]

The Champions heads for the silver screen

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G Drake....

Saw her naked once in "La Ronde" at the Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre ...

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Location, location ...

But pleeeeeze can they keep it reasonably Europe-based rather than having to drag it off to the US like with so much else. The recent Bourne did quite well for interesting locations but even that arrived in the US eventually.

Babbling net software sparks international incident

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In mediaeval Europe ...

... that's why people spoke Latin.

But seriously, there should surely be a more sophisticated version of Babel which lets you specify the required meaning more accurately e.g. - if [condition] during [time of] visit we [plural 1st person] ... etc. and notifies you if there are any potential clashes of meaning. It could even render it back into your native language for cross-checking ...

Hospital radio station struggles with Yahoo! email 'blockade'

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Yahoo's London telephone number

I only got some action on a blocked Yahoo account when I phoned the Yahoo London office number.


Google petrol pumps debut next month

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re-Dump the pumps

With petrol once again pushing £1/litre, maybe the screens could redirect you to the nearest cheap(er) filling station ...

Man wrongly detained for 50 days has ISP to thank

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Since this is a (Great) British website ...

(@would-be "if you've nothing to hide" flamers)

... I think readers should default to reading TheReg posts with an implied surrounding <sarcasm></sarcasm> tag.

Fans beseige Shilpa Shetty's mobe

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'Mobe' excised from Reg lexicon - The people have spoken - don't you remember ??


Government acts on Land Registry fears

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Gates Halo

Cardboard cutout

Why didn't they just blank out the signature section

a) when scanning the original

or b) when fetching the image for display

Honda to put ultracapacitors on the road in '08

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Back to school ?

Even better, if I remember correctly, this means you could charge up your car by rubbing a piece of fur on an amber rod, holding the rod near the car, touching the car briefly then withdrawing the rod.

How green is that !!

Congestion charge dodgers register Bentleys as minicabs

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For those who can't be bothered to look it up themselves (and because I didn't know either), it looks like a Maybach is the Merc equivalent of Toyota's Lexus brand (as seen on BBC cop shows).

Demon satnav imprisons plucky trucky in pasty hell

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Scylla and Charybdis

On the one side we have Mr. Page, on the other, we are hemmed in by the stylistic heights of Verity Stob ...

Ofcom's 0870 rip-off reforms stumble at the final hurdle

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"Held in a queue ..."

I wouldn't mind paying over the odds for an 0870 call if I was only paying for the call itself and not the queuing.

Why can't it just keep ringing until there's someone available - like with a normal business ? Then I start to pay.

Royal Navy presses IT Crowd for nuclear missile 'servers'

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The technical term ...

... is "software rejuvenation" ...

see reference here:



Gatwick reduced to anarchy by 'computer glitch'

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Sphere of influence

Hang on, if the "glitch" was limited to Gatwick airport, how come it allegedly also affected teletext services. which go out over TV broadcast transmitters ?

California teen offers GPS challenge to speeding rap

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"If a location by GPS can be accurate to with 3-30 meters"

Yes, but that's an /absolute/ location accuracy - the differential accuracy is much much better, especially over consecutive time intervals.

I will leave it to a GPS boffin to say how much better ...

Long lunching Luddites show world how to do IT

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There already

The French have long had smartcard cash, so they can't be /that/ backward.

Gosling ready to kill-off lame duck J2ME

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@Twm Davies

"I think James Gosling is generally regarded as the creator/inventor of Java. Last time i checked software isn't made from the DNA leaked from the programmer's finger tips."

I think you realise that we are all talking metaphorically here.

My point was that his role was much more direct than "godfather" would imply - indeed, "creator" as you say, or metaphorically, "parent".


You might use SVG on a multi-GB desktop, but we are talking about systems with a few MIPS and a few MB of memory !

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Why "godfather" ?

I thought he was one of the real parents of Java ....

Public tracks down Gordon Bennett

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Always presumed that it was the dog-lover's version of "the Cat's whiskers"

Cafe Latte attack steals credentials from Wi-Fi clients

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Surely they mean "Caffè latte", to be linguistically consistent ...

alternatively "Café au lait"

How to get colour composite-video from an Apple TV

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You can buy a SCART to component adaptor from Argos for about £9.99

That should go into the back of your telly somewhere ...

Restored Vulcan takes to the skies

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Welsh Anthem

So, no John Redwood related stories then ...

Teen accused of hacking emergency 911 system

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"Emergency" 911 system - why, is there a non-emergency one as well ?

Ubuntu goes 3-D

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Forget Alliteration ...

... it should have been "Funky"

Supremes ignore appeal from Microsoft and Best Buy in gangsta case

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Paris Hilton

New icon required

Where's the Diana Ross angle ?

Microsoft patents brain-computer link

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C24 prior art

They should have checked with Reg Barclay ...

Mars rovers can keep on rovin'

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Consumer durables

"After only a year NASA reported that Spirit's drill's teeth had worn away after grinding through five times as much rock as expected."

... in contrast with much of today's consumer electrical goods which are cost-squeezed such that they fail immediately after their warranty period or rated number of operations expires - any longer and it would be a failure of the design ...



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