* Posts by Kaltern

498 posts • joined 2 Jan 2013


HBO slaps takedown demand on 13-year-old girl's painting because it used 'Winter is coming'


In response I call upon all artists to draw up a #winteriscoming pic and stick on every social media site possible.

'Toyota dealer stole my wife's saucy snaps from phone, emailed them to a swingers website'


Used to work in a T-Mobile shop. Part of my day-to-day back then was to send phones out for repair, and to ensure there were no memory cards/sim cards still in the phone - to make sure they wouldn't be lost.

I hadn't been there long, and when I first checked these phones out, my boss, and his sidekick asst manager were always asking me to make sure I leave the mem cards in the office for safekeeping. As an inexperienced newbie I obliged without thought, until one day it occurred to me that they really should be using the locked cubbyholes we use when a phone is returned to us, ready to be given to the customer.

Turns out that every night after locking up, if there were any cards in the office, those two would lock themselves in the office, and go through the cards, copying anything they found of interest, and well, I don't know what they did with what they found... I prefer to not think about it.

Of course, 15 years down the line, I'm wiser and sadly, even more aware that private data never remains private. Even so, it still irritates me when people say 'don't take selfies in the first place'. Why not? Just because someone CAN go though your phone and wank to anything they find suitable, doesn't mean that they should. And coming on here and reiterating that it is going to happen because 'it just does' simply reinforces in those that do, that it's perfectly alright and acceptable.

Plastic fiver: 28 years' work, saves acres of cotton... may have killed less than ONE cow*


animal - ˈanɪm(ə)l/


a living organism which feeds on organic matter, typically having specialized sense organs and nervous system and able to respond rapidly to stimuli.




a person who does not eat or use animal products.

Can someone please explain to me where veganism ends and microbial life begins? I fail to see the difference, and thus all vegans (who signed this ridiculous petition) are hypocrites.

100k+ petition: MPs must consider debating Snoopers' Charter again


Re: Well...

It'll take some time for the concept of a VPN to trickle into the minds of the gubbermint. They can barely accept the Internet exists - although understanding of how it works is clearly beyond their classical minds.

Once they realise that anyone can simply bypass all of their draconian attempts of control, they will declare VPN's the 'tool of the terrorist', and make a long speech in Parliament to inform anyone using one will be subject to investigation as a possible 'national security risk'.

And then they will ban them. And thus the UK will once again be saved from itself.

San Francisco's sinking luxury Millennium Tower: Tilt spotted FROM SPACE


Just shove an old book in one corner. Always worked for me...

NASA sets fire to stuff in SPAAACE. On purpose. Because science


Re: Green pulsing light...

Was just a curious alien taking snapshots.




2016 in a nutshell: Boffins break monkeys' backs to turn them into tragic shuffling cyborgs


I hate to be the one to say it, but isn't this utterly pointless? I mean, it's basically the same as cutting a cord with lots of wires. If you already know what wire connects to which, it's trivial to repair the damage, but in the case of those already paralyzed, you wouldn't probably know what 'wires' were damaged, and thus would be impossible to repair.

Hell I could probably fix those poor monkeys with a soldering iron. Well, maybe, my hands are not as steady as they used to be...

The Reg seeks online community manager


I currently work as a social moderator.

I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. BBC Facebook pages on fire after the fall of Bake Off. I watched Z-Listers fade into obscurity from the house of Big Brother.

I stand on the forward bow of Twitter, tirelessly guarding the innocent against the depravity of humankind, tears in my eyes as I witness life collapsing around me. I've felt the exhilaration of knowing my actions have saved countless minds from corruption and despair.

I've seen it all... felt it.

So do I get the job?

Boffins coax non-superconductive stuff into dropping the 'non'


Re: @AceRimmer1980

So, like most tech support queues in this mortal realm then.

Today the web was broken by countless hacked devices – your 60-second summary


Skynet is coming.

I'm genuinely worried about this, as this really was a easy, small and well coordinated attack on one company. Clearly there is no redundancy for Dyn, and companies reliant on it's services obviously didn't take any threat seriously enough to make arrangements.

What would happen if the same group, did this again, but instead on attacking one company, they attacked a larger number, with an even bigger botnet. What would happen if they rotated the servers being attacked, and the botnet attacking them on a regular basis? How the hell would that be stopped, short of cutting ann DNS servers - even if that was a viable last-ditch defense?

I can see this attack being nothing more than a test run. The 'big' attack is coming.

Third of Donald Trump's debate deplorables are mindless automatons


Social media bots. Which are clearly not real. And yet millions of upstanding American citizens follow blindly, without thought or care.

And I thought the UK political system was fucked up. At least we're a little more blunt about it. God help the world. He certainly isn't helping the USA.

Elon Musk: I'm gonna turn Mars into a $10bn death-dealing interplanetary gas station


Too many bitter, selfish, lazy, pessimistic, arrogant, materialistic commentards on here, and throughout the western world.

If Musk wants to attempt this, then who the hell are we to say it won't work, we can't do it, it's too expensive, etc etc.

Today's humans seem to be so wrapped up in economics and their own hubris, that when anyone dares to do something that is beyond what is deemed uneconomical, or not in line with established physics, they jump on these people, and attempt to persuade them, and anyone else who is listening, that it can't/shouldn't be done, and they list reasons as to why. These reasons inevitably fall into the following categories;

Too expensive

Not economically viable/no profit

Cannot be done with today's physics/technology

Religious reasons.

All of the reasons given above are irrelevant to those attempting whatever it is they're trying - assuming that it doesn't directly affect the safety of the human race of course. Look at the past, the way everything new and considered a direct threat to the authority of the time, be it religious or governmental, there were always detractors from the truth - the flat world, the centre of the galaxy, the ability to survive in space - all these things were entirely scorned and ridiculed, yet all were proven to be correct.

How do we possibly know that what Musk is proposing won't be possible? People ridiculed the idea of a rocket that could land by itself on a moving platform in the ocean - but it's been proven to be possible.

And consider this. People talk about a fossil fuel shortage, and there are of course those that say it's a myth, and we'll never run out (usually oil companies..), Yet solar power is being used already to help with the power grid, to reduce the amount of power being created with such fuels. But what if. What if EVERY single building in the world that receives sunlight, was given a proper solar panel. Imagine the amount of power that would produce. It would probably be vast, and would severely reduce the amount of fossil fuels being burned.

But those detractors immediately point out the cost of such an endeavour. There is no profit in this, therefore it's not feasible. But what IS profit? Just numbers on a spreadsheet. Important numbers of course, but numbers none the less. Imagine, just for a moment, that these numbers were irrelevant? What it solar panels were freely available and installed.

Wouldn't the global gain of such a thing become worthwhile? Profit would be second to the ability to no longer need fossil fuel. Surely THIS is the prize humanity should be aiming for, rather than how high a number we have in our bank accounts? Of course, as things are today, this isn't realistic. But with people like Musk, WILLING to use their vast resources to try these things, then the future could be a better place. But those of you who oppose this, do so with only the reasons I gave earlier - and these reasons are purely selfish. And as such, illogical.

FYI: Amazon's corner stores scan your plates


Maybe... maybe we should just all give up and let them get on with it. Between Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Apple, every iota of every human's lives is already stored on a HDD platter in a server room, and it's too late to do anything about it.


Hey, you know what Samsung is also burning after the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco? $2.3bn


Re: Dysfunctional corporate culture

Make the Note 7i, with special anti-explosion batteries. Sell it for £25 more than the original Note 7, and hire Oscar (http://www.oscartherobot.co.uk) for PR.

Problem solved!

Disney aims for Netflix. If the deal was made, it would shoot itself in the foot


Strong, the overreaction is.


I still remember when Disney meant mice, princesses and evil villains. I suppose that's kind of still true today... but with more expensive suits. Of varying kinds.

Samsung halts production of Galaxy Note 7


Re: I would quite like a phone thats not ludicrously thin

Thicker phone = not as sexy (in corporate minds...)

Not as sexy = less sales.

Thinner please, so thin we can't even see it. That'll excite the two-legged ruminants of the world, and spontaneously exploding simply won't be an issue. And call it the Samsung Not Here+.

Natwest online payments go down


Pfft I can't pay O2, ScottishPower and a couple of other brands online anyway - they seem to think that they are a security risk and block all payment attempts.

Calling their fraud team, they tell me it's precautionary and they can't stop the blocks from happening.

I know that some companies are probably crooked, but...

Official: Windows 10 has hit the 400 million device mark

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THIS is one BIG reason we hate Windows 10.

Forgive me, father, for I have used an ad-blocker on news websites...


Quite simply,

If blocking ads kills a website, then their content is lost.

If the website in question required tons of tracking and advertising to survive... then it most likely isn't going to be missed.

El Reg uses advertising. I block it because it is (IMO) too obtrusive (it was a while back, I've not unblocked it for months). If it was a couple of ads tucked away in the corner, and not full screen on each side with massive click zones, I might consider unblocking. (I just checked - and no, they're still there. Sorry.)

Besides, I imagine El Reg doesn't just rely on dodgy ad networks, and hosts their own ads sold to companies directly?

Anyway, there is too much regurgitated trash on the web, and if half of it disappeared because of ad blocking, I really don't see that as a problem. I remember back in the old days of yore, when advertising consisted of a single banner at the top of the page. That was unobtrusive. Until someone realised that a GIF anim would work too. Then it all went downhill from there...

Maybe there should be a WWW Advertising Standard. Only x number of ads per page, with agreed restrictions on how they're presented and tracked,

Of course, I'm dreaming again...

Google's AI finds its voice ... and it's surprisingly human


Personally, I prefer R2-D2 type audio output. Universally understandable, and easy to learn.

Hello, Star Trek? 25th Century here: It's time to move on


Risk no longer equals reward.

Creativity comes from imagination. Imagination comes with costs. Costs comes from money. Money comes from profits. Profits come from sales. Sales come from certainty.

Certainty does not come from creativity.

Profits do not come from imagination.

Thus the world is broken.

Samsung: You won't settle? Fine, we'll do this the Huawei


BTW That was a seriously bad article title....

Web meltdown: BT feels heat from angry punters


Re: Power Outage

Putin will be taking notes...

MPs tell BT: Lay more fibre or face split with Openreach


Re: BT - the caring company.

Yes, I do. It's almost enough to get satellite broadband.....


Re: BT - the caring company.

FTTC is still fibre in some manner. FTTP is a rarity outside of main English cities.


" it should be operated as a not-for-profit company in order to service the requirements of the various stakeholders (Government, Consumers and the Retail Services companies who sell the services to consumers)."

And this is the prime reason it will very likely never happen.

There is something to be said for nationalisation, but it is usually a bad word. Besides, people don't actually mind paying for their internet service. It's just that the initial cost outlay is scary for BT; it might eat into more important things, like making sure those with superfast broadband can get it a little bit faster on the same bit of wire that's serviced people since the war...


BT - the caring company.

And somehow, they seem to think that the problem is more of servce - "...'while it agreed service levels have to improve, it was making progress in tackling the problem. "Thousands of engineers have been recruited and we are fixing repairs and installing new lines quicker than before.," it said.


Typical attempt at translating the issue of investment into what they already 'provide'.

It's an utter embarrassment living in the UK. I'm one of the incredibly fortunate ones - 80mb fibre in Scotland. But I want to move from here to somewhere a little more rural. I can do that - provided I am happy with a 1.5mb line. And I'm not even moving that far from a main town, which has at least 21CN.

Until less emphasis is put on 'potential profit' and more on the 'service' bit, nothing will change. The EU '100mbps' minimum is something BT will be very happy to get out of once we leave...

Drone bloke cuffed after gizmo stops firemen tackling forest inferno


Re: Save the Drone.

I like them. They make my toes itch.


Save the Drone.

I fly Boeing 747's for a living* and I can guarantee you that a drone would make absolutely no difference to my flight-path. I know this, because I've dodged at least 2 dozen over the last 50 years, and never once has one caused me to drop out of the sky.

Therefore, firefighting aircraft are exactly the same, and I think they should apologise to the drone operator for causing him unnecessary duress in difficult times.

* on Microsoft Flight Simulator. So I have more experience than most.

Scientists want you to know how to have sex with a hyper-long dong


" the penis being continuously soft; continuously hard; hardening along its base; and softening along its base."

Sounds like a bad batch of Viagra.

What Brexit means for you as a motorist


Oh look another article whereby a journalist tries to stir up possibles and maybe's as an article. What's next, the impact that Brexit has on drone ownership?

Botnet-powered ballot stuffing suspected in 2nd referendum petition



Holy kittens! YouTube screens go blank


What was almost as amusing was the site www.downforeveryoneorjustme.com was unavailable due to too many connections at the exact same time.

Apple's 'lappable' iPad Pro concept is far from laughable


Re: file

"I use USB or LAN to synchronise my own files, NEVER the internet. The Internet is insecure and unreliable [citation needed]."

Sorry, but this is becoming less and less of a reason to hate anything cloud based. When you hear about these 'password leaks' from various accounts, they are invariably from services that are not exactly used for personal, sensitive data. (excluding dating sites. That's a whole kind of different type of sensitive data...).

AFAIK, the best known cloud storage sites are also the most secure. The only way your data is going to be compromised is down to your own negligence.

There is also a lot less chance of losing data, like you can 'misplace' that USB key. Or that laptop.

Not two, not four, but 10 cores in Intel's new PC powerhouse


Pointless pointless.

It's time Intel et al started looking at new ways of doing the CPU thing - the gains from 10 cores are almost completely worthless today - if 8 cores isn't going to do the job, 10 really isn't going to help.

Gamers will get zero benefit from this CPU.

The ‘Vaping Crackdown’ starts today. This is what you need to know


1) Smoking should be banned in public. I don't want to smell / inhale your second-hand smoke.

2) The risk of long-term damage to the lung lining by nicotine, tar, and carbon monoxide, as well as formaldehyde, ammonia, hydrogen cyanide, arsenic, and DDT is a gamble I wouldn't want to take. Carbon monoxide makes it harder for red blood cells to carry oxygen throughout the body. Tar is a mixture of substances that together form a sticky mass in the lungs.

I think on balance, my version is worse. And besides, you are, yet again, a knower of nothing, yet an expert on everything. You don't have a shred of evidence to back up your claims, so I would put you in both the first and second categories of my previous comment.


The only people who criticise vaping are either

a) Clueless to what it really is

b) Jumping on another bandwagon

c) Losing profit from the practice

The less we understand, the more we think we know...

Google asks the public to name the forthcoming Android N operating system


Nutella, obviously.

Boffins achieve 'breakthrough' in random number generation


Never really understood why a external sensor for say, air temp or barometric pressure, accurate to say, 10 significant figures couldn't be used. That would be constantly changing, and would be pretty much impossible to recreate accurately - and would be totally autonomous.

Dwarf planet intumesces before astronomers' gaze


Re: "I think we're coming to a point where we can give 2007 OR10 its rightful name."

Oreo, obviously.

A UK-wide fibre broadband investment plan? Don't ask awkward questions


I'm not talking about the financial cost of laying that cable. It is true they sold off to each other, ending up with Virgin, but I'm not really talking about that.

I'm talking about the fact it can be done, and should be done today, by a company who could easily swallow the bill - and why not have the guverm'nt help out with a few million?

(The concept of the 'taxpayer' is a phrase which pisses me off no end because you personally do not actually pay any more from your wages than anyone else (so you don't notice the difference between paying for a much needed broadband infrastructure update, or paying for millions of pounds of wasted projects), and so bleating about how you shouldn't be paying for something for other people, is a ridiculous argument)

The fact of the matter is, the current antiquated network is eventually going to fall over. You can only patch something up so many times before it begins to be economically pointless to repair. The problem I see right now, is that BT, being a private company, won't repair anything until they're forced to do so, because there is literally no other choice open to the UK, other than to bend over and take the copper.

Until something is done to either force them to spend the money and sort this mess out, and separate telephony from data, then nothing will change. And the chances of that happening right now is zero - stuff 'works' and we're paying through the nose for it - so in Capitalist Britain, why should anything change?

Oh and I personally think the 'expected returns' will be much more significant than 25 years ago. Other countries can do it, we have absolutely no excuse.


I know I might be missing the point here, and if I am, I apologise. But TV fibre was laid down back in the 90's, and that worked fine from what I understand.

It seems to be the main issue is BT just not wanting to separate telephony from internet services, which surely would be the obvious way forward.

After all, if Nynex and C&W laid down all that fibre for Virgin to use a decade later, then it means it can be done.

Of course, if the only thing that matters is profit, rather than improving the UK, then I guess we'll still be making phone calls using copper (or aluminium in some areas) cable, while the rest of the world are using quantum communication....

Watch it again: SpaceX's boomerang rocket lands on robo-sea-barge


I just wish they'd stop chanting USA USA USA like they're proud of their accomplishments or something. It's disgraceful.

Can you possibly imagine Oxford University graduates chanting UK UK UK? At least not so loudly as to not spill their glasses of Chardonnay?

Ad-blocker blocking websites face legal peril at hands of privacy bods



The argument about us not paying for the content we read... we didn't buy anything, so why would we pay for it - in any way?

It's a companies choice to use the web - no-one is forcing them. If they believe that ads are the only way they're going to make money... then perhaps they should start charging a subscription fee.

Ads should be opt IN - if you want to support this website, tick this box [_]

If not, have a great day.

Calling visitors freeloaders is not really the way forward.

Besides, do ads REALLY make that much money? I mean, let's look at El Reg for a moment. I'm imagining they sell advertising space, possibly with a click target. That's income right there, and I imagine it's not a small amount of cash, plenty to run the site and pay the bills.

watchmebathe.org* is covered with Google ads, those really irritating full-screen video ads, and various '25 reasons to not shave with sulfuric acid' clickbaits. I seriously can't imagine that making anywhere close to what El Reg makes for selling ad space.

I sometimes wonder if I really understand the world of internet advertising at all in fact.

* Not a real website. Probably. I never checked.

'Impossible' EmDrive flying saucer thruster may herald new theory of inertia


Wow.. it's nice to see so much openmindedness.

Chrome lives in dog years: It's seven years old but just turned 50



Wow take a look at the comments from back then - the amount of skepticism that was shows was bordering on paranoia.

Either people were REALLY overreacting... or Google failed to earn any trust back then.

And nothing's changed.

NASA gives blacked-out Kepler space 'scope the kiss of life


I fully expect a space-based 3D-printing station with little dronebots buzzing about fixing things in the near future...

SpaceX's Musk: We'll reuse today's Falcon 9 rocket within 2 months


Re: The plans are going to sound crazy

It's probably better than 'Rockety McRocketface.'



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