* Posts by casaloco

265 publicly visible posts • joined 28 Dec 2012


Wileyfox Swift: Brit startup budget 'droid is the mutt's nuts


Build me this...

What I'd like to see is a good phone with all the features of this, but with wireless charging and no external ports... with bluetooth LE etc you don't need a headphone socket, USB data sync is long since redundant, and the SIM and SD cards slots should be inside the back cover.

So ditch all the external connectors, which means the phone can be 100% waterproof and dust-proof.

And even if it means making it a little thicker, (more room for battery?) for the love of god recess the camera lens to protect it... having it sticking out just gets it scratched.

Ashley Madison: ‘Our site is full of women, and members are growing’


The majority...

The vast majority of female users on dating sites are fake. Women are paid to run them, reply to messages etc, string the bloke along to ensure he pays the subscription fees. It's one of those "earn £20 an hour working from home" job you see advertised. The women will run tens if not hundreds of accounts, replying to messages, adding photos etc.

It's one of those things where no-one can explain why it's legal, however if you read deep into their terms and conditions, there will be rules allowing them to use fake profiles for various spurious reasons... "Market Research" for example.

Back to school: Six of the smartest cheap 'n' cheerful laptops


A quick search...

A quick search of ebuyer shows 2 laptops under £150 and 14 under £200.

Whoever wrote this article is clearly paid too much if they think sending the kids to school with a £400 laptop is normal.

New low for humanity: ONE BEELLION lost souls log on to Facebook in one day


Phone Apps?

How many of those logins were phone apps that login automatically?

Met Police to slash hundreds of IT jobs, hands £216m outsourcing gig to Steria


outside of the London area

Delhi is outside of the London area...

Tens of thousands of Popcorn Time movie streamers menaced by anti-piracy fleet


This is going to be funny

The first time someone contests the claims and wins, the Anti-Piracy group will be sued for infinite money for slander and making false accusations.

Vodafone UK rocks the bloat with demands for vanilla Android


I imagine...

I imagine it is to save cost as they don't have to manage their own security updates etc, they can just use the stock updates verbatim.

That thing we do in the UK? Should be ILLEGAL in the US, moans ex-State monopoly BT



Splitting OpenReach will mean the end of broadband improvements in the UK... forever, and no new houses will ever be connected to the broadband network. They would have NO incentive to invest and would be run in to the ground with endless cuts as the ISPs demand an ever-cheaper service.

NASA dismisses asteroid apocalypse threat

Black Helicopters

Latest Update

An asteroid the size of a town will not be smacking into us, says Nasa... at least not between 15 and 28 September. After that, you take your chances, as their budget has been cut.

The space agency is trying to calm everyone down after rumours that a killer space rock was on its way, by giving away humorous t-shirts with "Keep Calm, It's not the end of the world probably" printed on them, unaware of how last year that is.

Doom-mongers said "a 2.5 mile-wide comet" will crash into Earth causing "catastrophic damage" and "wiping out the United States of America". Luckily, Nasa reports that "there is not one shred of evidence that we can talk about" for this, and even if there was, it's just America, and all the wealthy people have bunkers.

Blogs and web posts even claimed that the rock would strike near the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico in the middle of September, however given the state of the countries economy, this will probably come as something of a relief for it's population.

"If there were any object large enough to do that type of destruction in September, we would have seen something of it by now," said killer asteroid hunter Paul Cooper, while loading ammunition and tins of beans into the back of his brand new pick-up truck.

He finished with "This isn't the first time a wild, unsubstantiated claim of a celestial object about to impact Earth has been made, and unfortunately, it probably won't be the last. Well maybe. Sorry I have to go, I have an old military base I have to visit."

Microsoft cuts Facebook Messenger, Google Talk from Outlook.com


WHy can't...

Why can't MS just finish integrating Skype in Outlook etc? Lync became Skype Business but never acquired inbound/outbound calling to telephones. If MS integrated proper inbound/outbound calls and a virtual switchboard with call transfer, they truly WOULD have a killer app situation and "Office365 with Skype" would become standard for all small-to-medium sized businesses. Even better if they integrated CRM with it too, so that when someone rang you their customer details would come up. How hard can this be?

Wikiland turns to Shapps and says ‘those emails you wanted, we deleted them, sorry’



I imagine the requests to search backup tapes for emails would be rejected on the grounds of cost.

Capita: Listen up redundo staff, we know you're leaving but...


Re: Surely-

Doesn't apply if it's voluntary... you're effectively being paid to quit.

Amazon UK conditions 'exhausting', claims union


£2bn, 7000, 5 million square feet.

"Amazon said it has splashed £2bn on its UK distribution centres and employs over 7,000 permanent staff. The company has eight fulfilment centres, totalling over 5 million square feet and over 4.3 million cubic feet of storage capacity."

But of course for tax purposes, Amazon doesn't sell goods in the UK...

ZUCK OFF: Facebook nixes internship after student embarrasses firm


10 minutes

That's how long I think it will take for several other big-name IT companies to offer him a job.

Assange™ is 'upset' that he WON'T be prosecuted for rape, giggles lawyer


Just to clear this up...

Just to clear this up... he has previously offered to surrender himself to the Swedish government if they agreed NOT to extradite his to the US. They said yes, OK, promise.

He then asked them to provide a written, signed, guaranty that he would NOT be immediately handed over to the Americans and extradited back to the US. The Swedish government back-tracked, said they couldn't provide such a document or any formal guarantees, but would he mind coming back to Sweden anyway?

At this point it became clear to everyone with a brain that he was being set-up.

ATTACK of the ZOMBIE SATELLITE: Run radio hams, run!


Blowing it up sounds great...

...because none of us have seen the film "gravity".

Giant Facebook SOLAR LASER DRONE to FEED interwebs into YOUR FACE


Drones with high-powered lasers on them...

...what could POSSIBLY go wrong?

Ofcom wants to ease the pain of switching mobile networks. Good luck



Slamming is easily delt with. You just use fines. Massive, MASSIVE fines. Say £10,000 per customer. Or better still you make it so unless the mobile provider can PROVE the customer wanted to move, they can't bill them for ANY services and instead have to pay the customer £100 a month. And make the mobile companies MD personally liable. See problem sorted.

Microsoft in Blighty reveals its 78 THOUSAND POUND Surface 3 slabloid


It's pretty obvious...

It's pretty obvious that someone has manually set it to that price as they are out of stock.

Doom, Mario, Pac-Man level up to video gaming's Hall of Fame


Elite and Wolfenstien 3d

Elite and Wolfenstien 3d were game changers and technical feats of genius. Elite was ground-breaking and made use of the available hardware in a way that is still staggering to programmers today, and Wolfenstien 3d started a whole genre that forms the backbone of the current games market, as well as being the first game to make full use of 386 mode, as well as write to one part of the graphics memory while another part was being displayed.

US court agrees $563m settlement over CRT anti-trust allegations


Chances of claiming?

Chances of claiming.... roughly 50% of 4/5ths of f**k all.

You'll need proof of purchase and NO-ONE will have receipts.

The money will end up being split between the legal team.

Reader suggestion: Using HDFS as generic iSCSI storage



Something every small business has needed for some time. Quality reliable shared network drives... in the cloud.

RAF radar station crew begs public for cash to buy gaming LAN kit



Sky? You're telling me they can't put up a small Sky dish?

Fondleslab deaths grounded ALL of American Airlines' 737s



...what's the betting Apple pulled the app from the iStore as unapproved, and deleted it from the iPads?

Who's come to fix your broadband? It may be a Fed in disguise. Without a search warrant



Wait... so now you can use evidence from an illegal search in court... to get a search warrant for a search?

Accused Silk Road boss's lawyer insists he was just a fall guy


Apparently they missed the point

Apparently they missed the point of the moniker "Dread Pirate Roberts".

'Revenge porn' bully told not to post people's nude pics online. That's it. That's his punishment


He charged too much

He charged too much for the take-downs. Is he had stuck to $10-$20 he would probably still be running it and would be a millionaire by now.

Wham, bam... premium rate scam: Grindr users hit with fun-killing charges


Re: the solution is simple

Just allow you to refuse to pay them and make it a civil matter fr them to collect the money directly.

The problem with premium rate numbers is your phone company demand the money from you, gives it to them, and then leaves you to try to recover the money, despite you having no direct contract with the premium rate "service" provider. There is, as far as I know, no other customer relationship like this anywhere else. As a concept, that system simply wont work due to how open to abuse it is.



Why are these phone number even allowed to EXIST?!? There cannot POSSIBLY be ANY legal reason why anyone would knowingly pay these sort of charges. The only thing I can think of is some sort of money laundering scheme, allowing drug dealers ect to pay each other in a less traceable way.

Lloyds supplier payments TITSUP: What, you want money from a bank?



Suppliers should just turn up and remove any unpaid-for kit. Lets see how well Lloyds operate without any servers. Or simply put in a bankruptcy request.

BT bemoans 'misconceived' SUPERFAST broadband regs


This sort of crap

This sort of crap isn't going to help the Fibre roll-out. Tell BT they can't charge their competitors very much and they'll stop rolling out Fibre. Why would you invest in new network expansion when you then have to allow your own competitors to undercut you using the cables you just installed?

European data law: UK.gov TRASHES 'unambiguous consent' plans


Could you refuse...

Could you refuse consent for any electrical, gas or water firm to hold ANY information about you or your house? I can't see how they could disconnect you as that would require them to write down your address, which they wouldn't be allowed to do without your consent. And they could't call you or write to you to ask for consent once you had withdrawn it...

Sony FINGERS DDoS attackers for ruining PlayStation's Xmas


xboxPS4 Widows Strike

I think the hackers were hired by a group of angry girlfriends and wives.

Virgin Media CUTS OFF weekend 'net surfers after embarrassing smut-filtering snafu


What I never understood

What I never understood, is if they can block "unsafe" and "unsuitable" sites, why don't they have an option to block adverts. Or even better, some port blocking options. Less than 0.05% of users need access to inbound FTP, HTTP, RDP etc. They could massively reduce traffic and improve security by letting you choose which ports to open at an ISP level... basically an ISP level firewall. 95+% of people don't need ANY inbound ports open.

Are you a gun owner? Let us in OR ELSE, say Blighty's top cops


The problem of course

The problem of course is that it relies of the police officers judgement.

Of late, our police have been shown to, at best, have very poor judgement.

£150m, three years... TWO base stations. Gov.uk? You guessed it


How much of the £150m have they actually SPENT though?

UK mobile sales in the toilet: Down by FIVE MILLION this year


File under...

File under "everyone already has enough crap".