* Posts by nevstah

63 publicly visible posts • joined 18 Dec 2012


What the &*%* did you just $#*&!*# say about me, you little &%$#*? 'AI' to filter Xbox Live chat


Re: I know it's possible to have fun ...

turning on nanny sounds a lot more disturbing

It looks like tech-savvy drivers will have to lead connected car data purge


not that difficult

never mind fancy onscreen reset menus or glovebox buttons, just ask the question when you connect a new phone, new owner or additional driver.

as for older cars and simplicity, then anything pre ~2002 with only the most basic on board computers. or, better still, something with a carburetter, no sensors to break, no catalytic converter to fail and no computers or ECU. Yes, things can and do still fail, but you don't need an electronics degree to fix, just a spanner and a screwdriver

Nah, it won't install: The return of the ad-blocker-blocker


haven't ad's died yet?

I really don't understand the business model of websites that rely on adverts for revenue.

Nobody looks at them, nobody clicks on them, apart from by mistake when another ad loads and pushes the link you were trying to click on, to some other part of the screen.

It just seems like pyramid selling to me, a vicious circle. Lets just cut the chain and have done with it. If the content was actually worth anything then we wouldn't mind paying for it!

If I see a page that denies access because I refuse to load ads or accept a million cookies, then tough, i'll just go some place else

Zuck to meet Euro MPs for ‘please explain’ session


bit late

the story is cold, facebook have got their facts straight and everything is buried/forgotten that needs to be

WordPress is now 30 per cent of the web, daylight second


Re: Wordpress is NOT a CMS

just because you can use a tool for something other than what it was designed for, doesn't mean becomes a different tool.

You can hammer a screw into a piece of wood, doesn't mean you're hammer is now a screwdriver

Uber: Ah yeah, we pay women drivers less than men. We can explain!


less miles == less time in traffic == less chance of an accident

not quite true, less LIKELY to have an accident but still higher risk per mile.

but even that isnt black and white, because many drivers have lots of experience and are still poor drivers


premiums won't be lower for driving less miles. or they shouldn't be.

less miles == less experience == less skill

adds up to more likely to be involved in an accident, whether thats their fault or someone elses

Bored 'drivers' pushed Google Waymo into ditching autopilot tech



if the human driver needs to be fully aware and engaged just in case, then they may as well be actually driving, it will be just as tiresome, if not more so.

how about the autopilot pays attention for that just in case scenario? computers are really good at that! and if they gave a brief warning before doing so, there would be some opportunity for a sanity check on both sides

Microsoft Azure ████ secret ██ █████ ██ US govt's ███ ███ centers


█████████ ███ in ██████ ███ a ██████.

NASA, Roscosmos: We're building a lunar space station!


Deep Space Gateway

Sounds like a gateway to the stars to me, or, Stargate for short, has a certain ring to it

Everybody without Android Oreo vulnerable to overlay attack


android vs android

it would be great if manufacturers didn't mess with android and bundle their own unmaintained versions. fine if they want to bundle apps on top, feel free, but let users receive patches direct from google as soon as they are released. just like you do with every other operating system out there

British broadband is confusing and speeds are crap, says survey


can anyone tell me why ADSL2+ (up to 24Mbps) is no longer available? Up to 17Mbps seems to be the best ADSL speed offered

Seriously, friends. You suck at driving. Get a computer behind the wheel to save your life


Re: People aren't terrible drivers.

One day I realised I was in Rhaeadr, but couldn't remember a single thing about the last 15 miles of the journey. Obviously I had managed it safely...

I recall reading (dont remember where) these periods of driving are your safest

UK's Virgin Media subscribers suffer fresh email blocking misery


if a server decides not to receive a particular email, thats all well and good, so long as the right bounce/NDR is returned, but a server that receives an email and acknowledges to the sending server that it has been received OK and THEN decides to silently drop/delete/eat said email with no notification to either party, is just plain rude. This has become quite common and causes lots of headaches

email isn't guaranteed, but it would be helpful if users were told if/when/why an email isn't delivered

Sound-mufflers chuck acoustic sleep blanket at the noise-plagued


Re: From the website:

looks like its only manufactured to plug in to 120v AC @60Hz at the moment

Hands on with the BBC's Micro:Bit computer. You know, for kids


"You might not be scared of cryptic syntax errors, but many 12-year-olds are. "

and they will continue to be until they're exposed to it! if they're not exposed to it at an early age, many will remain scared of it, opting for the instant gratification instead, because its easier and mostly done for you

College kids sue Google for 'spying' on them with Apps for Education


Re: Normally I hate the lawsuit mentality

To extend this further, I expect the data will eventually become available to insurance companies, banks, future employers and maybe even law enforcement in the fullness of time

Turkish carder scores record 332-year jail term


will they keep him on life support/stasis so he can see it through??

Wanted man sends selfie to replace 'terrible' police mug shot


Re: Popcorn time

ban encryption, if you're innocent you have nothing to hide

same goes for GPS, you shouldn't be able to turn it off and anyone found with their device in a suitable anti-gps enclosure should be arrested under the anti-terrorism act

PETA monkey selfie lawsuit threatens wildlife photography, warns snapper at heart of row


if this is true...

then the word 'species' is meaningless, as is intent

its unfair to treat a monkey like a human, in the same way it is to treat a human as a rabbit or snail. The only right we all share is to the planet we all cohabit.

are we saying the monkey intend to take a picture of itself?

if the judgement goes against slater, then the next time an animal causes a weapon to discharge resulting in the death of a human. that animal should then be arrested and sent to trial for murder with intent! or would PETA say that was silly?

Brown kid with Arab name arrested for bringing home-made clock to school


“It could reasonably be mistaken as a device if left in a bathroom or under a car...."


I've got a rucksack with me right now, I carry my lunch in it.

If I placed it in a bathroom or under a car, it could reasonably be mistaken as a device... I'd best turn myself in...

Cops baffled by 'canal corpse' that turned out to be COCONUTS


wheres the IT link?

i must have missed it

probably because of the stench..

Been hacked? Now to decide if you chase the WHO or the HOW


the who is important

you shouldn't blindly ignore who the perpetrator is, hopefully it may become obvious while investigating how. merely, the investigation into who, shouldn't get in the way of how.

my reasoning, i wouldn't be happy to learn the person i hired to repair my boiler was the same person who had earlier stole my last tin of beans!

if someone had plucked my customer database, i wouldn't be happy to find i'd later employed that person, or said person had been employed by a competitor in ignorance of the theft, for example

Beware Red Hat interviews: You'll pay for coffee, lunch and fuel


"At the end of that chat, the modest restaurant said its credit card machine was broken and Cunningham said he had no cash..."

In todays so-called cashless society, whats a guy supposed to do?

Wi-Fi was MEANT to be this way: Antennas and standards, 802.11 style


maybe the next addition could be a 'how many antenna can you use' as part of the initial handshake, then data won't be needlessly spewed out when its not being received. surely that has to be more efficient?

Japanese astro-boffins race to recover pulsar-spotting balloon basket


its closer to the stars!!!


W*nkers of the world unite to save the planet one jerk-off at a time


Sorry, officer!

No, I don't think you are a w*nker, I just wanted to make a phone call and my battery was low!

ALIENS are surely AMONG US: Average star has TWO potentially Earth-like worlds


if we expend vast amounts of time, effort and resources killing eachother in war and terrorism etc (not to mention animals for sport/fun), i'm sure we wouldnt think twice about blowing up any alien species that came within range - if they are clever enough to get here, they're smart enough to stay away

George.Best walks into a sex.bar, spots a bearded dwarf sysadmin and thinks: Warcraft.cool


Re: I vote for resolving the lot of them

no, they wont, they'll just complain/sue/spit dummies until the media and politicians get hold of it and pass some ill thought out law that makes the whole lot unworkable

Who wants to be a millionaire? Not so fast, Visa tells wannabe pay-by-bonk thieves


Re: Same old response

but what will stop the banks from saying 'its your fault, you should have kept your card in a secure wallet that prevents nfc transmission'?

Painfully trendy: Someone just spent $200k on ebola.com


forward thinking

looks like ebola.co.uk was thought of in 2008... makes you wonder...

Brit kids match 45-year-old fogies' tech skill level by the age of 6


"We hit our peak confidence and understanding of digital communications and technology when we are in our mid-teens; this drops gradually up to our late 50s and then falls rapidly from 60 and beyond," Ofcom said.

i'm more interested on how 20-30somethings 'now' will fare when they reach retirement age - will they struggle with new tech? or be able to adapt easier and quicker because its a process already learned?

That's no plane wreck, that's a Google Wi-Fi balloon


Re: Idiots

sometimes those in need of assistance arent able to request it themselves

Google Fit will slurp YOUR heartbeat, weight, blood pressure from gizmos


wrong trousers?

wearable devices that not only receive data from your body, but transmit to it also!!

so if you are decided to be unfit, we'll make you walk an extra 100 steps! prevent your mouth from accepting more food!!

resistance is futile

ISPs CAN be ordered to police pirates by blocking sites, says ECJ


Re: pirated content

i stand corrected

so quick tip of the day - dont let your cherished offspring anywhere near the dvd player or it will get very expensive!


pirated content

i'm allowed to make a copy of my dvd collection for backup purposes

i'm allowed to upload said copies to a server hosted on the internet for backup purposes

i'm allowed to download again, because its copies i made, of my dvd collection

it only becomes illegal copyright infringement when someone else downloads the data - so the ISP would need to know its me and not someone else downloading the file

if someone else backs up the same dvd using the same method, the same file would be uploaded to the same server. a clever host would hardlink this to the same inode to save space - how would i, or the ISP know if i was downloading my copy of 'Bob Goes Fishing', or someone elses?

if you blanket block all video files, how does the ISP 'allow' my home movie i created under GPL entitled 'My fishing Trip'?

BT's IPv6 EXPIRED security certificate left to rot on its website


Re: " ... failed to spot ..."

sticky notes with glue that expires after 11 months, now that would be great! anything thats fallen on to your desk overnight needs to be acted on!!

Anatomy of a killer bug: How just 5 characters can murder iPhone, Mac apps


sounds like the phase coupler is out of sync with the ion manipulation matrix!

sorry, i got stuck at "First of all, let's look at the crash..."

but i'm sure the article was well written and informative! however i'm not au fait with disassembling software to debug it :(

Space-walker nearly OPENED HELMET to avoid DROWNING


water? or fluid?

that'll teach him to wee in his suit!!

Screw you, Brits, says Google: We are ABOVE UK privacy law


maybe we should follow suit..

with regard to country specific TLD's, and, like many other countries, demand anyone withing to register a .co.uk be a uk resident or a uk registered company

then Google UK (google.co.uk) would have some answerability - if they dont like UK rules then they can stop using it and we can go back to google.com!

Raid millions of bank accounts. New easy-to-use tool. Yours for $5,000


Re: details please


"so that it's activated almost as soon as the machines are powered on..."

so it activates before it receives any power!? thats impressive!!

"KINS is specifically designed not to infect systems in Russia and the Ukraine by avoiding computers with Russian language keyboard settings..."

i'll just add a russian laguage keyboard... disaster averted!!

For pity's sake: DON'T MOVE to the COUNTRY if you want to live


Re: How to survive in the countryside

its not purely speed that kills, its inappropriate speed for the conditions and inability to control a vehicle at speed that can kill. city folk drive too fast in rural areas. people need to LEARN to drive! the driving test only checks competance at low speed manouvres and some general knowledge of road rules

city kids are streetwise, country kids are countrywise - that becomes engrained in your nature and its hard to change! especially if you have a basic lack of understanding of the dangers around you

PM writes ISPs' web filter ads for them - and it must say 'default on'


if its on by default..

then they are at liberty to change and update the terms of the filtering without asking, because you have already agreed to it. a bit like when your bank changes its terms and conditions

what about folks without children? surely they dont need parental controls? surely its instulting to be assumed to be a parent? what about folks who *can't* have kids?

that said, they can and will filter whatever they choose. they don't have to tell us - the reason they do, is to win political brownie points

theres a lot they don't tell us though, because its 'in the nations best interest' not to. internet censoring is no different.

you can't miss what you don't know about afterall!

All major UK ISPs prepping network-level porn 'n' violence filters


what is porn?

material designed to arouse/cause sexual excitement

we should ban pictures of ferrari's, ducati's, lamborghini's etc

Gourmet chemists sniff out ultimate cheese on toast


the correct way..

why do folks insist on burning cheese-on-toast?

anything that involves a change in colour means its been burnt

cheese chould not be burnt!! ever! its simply not necessary!! all you do is ruin the taste of a good lump of cheese!!

Apple asked me for my BANK statements, says outraged reader


Re: If a PASSPORT is good enough for a COUNTRY ...

its often not good enough for a company!!

i was asked to provide proof of ID by way of utility bill. i didnt have one of these, so offered my passport.

'sorry thats no good, we need a utility bill'

note - thats for proof of ID, not address



do they keep this documentation on file forever? is it destroyed properly? do they sell it on to 3rd parties and link it up to other information stored about you?

what if you dont have a passport, or an ID card, or a drivers licence????

Ancient website from 1999: By Mark Zuckerberg aged 15¾


if it was real...

it wouldnt have 'google-analytics.com' in the code, surely?

a quick whois shows up;

google-analytics.com Creation Date: 18-jul-2005

Experts agree: Your next car will be smarter than you


i'm sorry dave,,,,

i'm afraid i can't allow you to do that.

eBay: Our paid Google advertising was a total waste of money


i'm confused...

with the search term 'ebay' they will always be at the top because they are the only company with that name. the same goes for john lewis.

however, personally, if i want to purchase something from ebay, i'll search within the ebay site, not google. the same goes for other shops.