* Posts by TheDillinquent

113 publicly visible posts • joined 15 Feb 2013


Poor, poor mobile networks. UK's comms watchdog plans to stop 'em selling locked-down handsets

Black Helicopters

Nobble codes

Strange thing about contract phones - they seem to break about the same time as the contract expires, throwing memory capacity errors making it impossible to update your apps.

Is this coincidence?

I have a theory that the network sends 'nobble codes' (or excessively big updates to some of that indelible cruft - bloatware) to encourage people to take out a new contract and 'upgrade'.

Boffins blow hot and cold over li-ion battery that can cut leccy car recharging to '10 mins'


That's all very well but what happens when you go out to your car and the battery is flat I.E. a frosty morning?

No I don't have a petrol pipeline to my house but if I run out of fuel in my ICE motor I can get a jerrycan full from my local filling station.


I have a house, but no parking spot near it. Hows that going to work?

Windows 10 May 2019 Update inches toward the 50 per cent uptake as a new build drops


The truth is most versions of Linux are now...

...far more reliable and stable than Windows, whilst now providing comparable functionality and utility.

That's more of a reflection of Windows' reduced functionality and utility than Linux's improved functionality and utility.

UK's Goonhilly Satellite Earth Station takes an eye off the sky to strike out into data centre biz



They use rockets elsewhere.

Britain's new F-35s arrive in UK as US.gov auditor sounds reliability warning klaxon

Thumb Up

From Wikipedia:- John Gilbert, Britain's former Minister for Defence Procurement, stated in the British House of Lords "The A400M is a complete, absolute wanking disaster, and we should be ashamed of ourselves. I have never seen such a waste of public funds in the defence field since I have been involved in it these past 40 years."

Windows 10 to force you to use Edge, even if it isn't default browser


Wouldn't it be a good idea to get Edge working first?

So, Windows sets Edge as the default browser? Problem is that Edge stopped working a few weeks back (may have been earlier, hard to tell if you don't use it), it opens, does that spinny thing then closes - blink and you miss it.

And its not just me, I have tried to run Edge on 3 different completely different Win10 boxes with the same result and everyone I have spoken to about it has had the same experience.

So now we have an OS that won't let you use t'internet. Great! Is it 1980 again?

Slap visibility beacons on bikes so they can chat to auto autos, says trade body


Re: Yeah... Right


'A sledgehammer to crack a nut': Charities slam UK voter ID trials

Big Brother


"Is this voter ID trial more about saving on printing and postage, I wonder, than it is about voter fraud?"

No, it's a Tory attempt to disenfranchise people that at unlikely to vote for them.

So it's not about preventing voter fraud, it's about perpetrating a fraud on the voters.

Sheer luck helped prevent mid-air drone glider prang in Blighty


Re: Gliding can be dangerous.

Shame the c**t wasn't killed.

Farage I mean.

Say goodbye to a chunk of that sweet Aruba payout, hedgies – judge


Couldn't happen to more deserving scum...

Its about time these hedge fund clowns learnt the basics of gambling - sometimes you lose - and no amount of slimy lawyers is going to change that.

Boffins upload worm's brain into a computer, teach it tricks


Re: As simple as that thing may be...

Actually Trump is so dumb that he's lost an inherited fortune several times and is now proceeding to fuck up a whole country.

I'll torpedo Tor weirdos, US AG storms: Feds have 'already infiltrated' darknet drug souks


Re: Permissiveness has gone too far

"I'd like to see all those advocating drug use to be locked up as well as those who abuse and deal in drugs.

If you got your way you and a few Mormons would be the only people NOT locked up. In case you didn't know (which wouldn't surprise me) here is a list of some commonly used (currently) legal drugs:-









St.John's Wort

There are more but I'm bored with pointing out the bleeding obvious to idiots now.


Re: Single provider health care

Its that f***ing russian troll again!

California Senate OKs net neutrality law, gives FCC cold hard long stare


Re: If It's So Flipping Bad?

So, even El Reg is not immune to Russian trolls.

Yay, it's power play day: Conaway prays USA says 'no way' to Huawei


Choose your spy.

So, its ok for CIA/FBI/NSA/NRA Etc. to spy on us, just as long as it's not the Chinese?

If Australian animals don't poison you or eat you, they'll BURN DOWN YOUR HOUSE


Re: Yes and no.

Sense of humour? You're having a laugh!

But seriously, what's the evidence for that?

UK lacks engineering and tech skills to make government's industrial strategy work – report


Re: All the jobs were sent offshore to get it for cheap....

And of course most of the best sci/tech grads get sucked up by the fintech 'industry' where they do valuable work lining the pockets of the 1%.

Quentin Tarantino in talks to make Star Trek movie


Re: The recents Treks are crap. So he can't make the franchise worse.

Er.. I think he means all the post Jar-Jar Abrams crap plus the two most recent TV series.

10 years of the Kindle and the curious incident of a dog in the day-time


Re: Not just pictures - FOOTNOTES

Footnotes are perfectly doable and ereaders will handle them by popping up an overlaid box. The reason they are so often so poorly implemented is usually that publishers won't pay for someone to properly build and format the ebooks, preferring the cheapskate option of getting the office girl/boy to run the author's Word.doc through some bit of software that spits out a poorly formatted epub. GIGO applies here.

As with most things, the end-user experience has been sacrificed in order to save a few pennies because publishers are now run by those leeches who know the cost of everything but the value of nothing.

Why are we disappointed with the best streaming media box on the market?


Re: Content

Terrarium - Has it all, including stuff that Big Media hasn't seen fit to make available in the UK like The Orville. You can also watch Westworld and GoT without giving anything to Sky or the Evil Aussie.

The really great thing is it just finds what you want without having to fart about with multiple subscription services.

I have it running on a Fire stick.

Apple bag-search class action sueball moves to Cali supreme court


Re: Dear Lord!

Chump change for Apple

Google, Amazon, Apple, Facebook blow massive amounts lobbying Trump administration


Re: Wrong approach

Whats the difference?

NASA flies plane through Earthly shadow of Kuiper Belt object


Brit prosecutors ask IT suppliers to fight over £3 USB cable tender


Re: re The bureaucracy droid

...comes from knowing the cost of everything but not understanding value.


Re: re The bureaucracy droid

Yep, that's what happens when you get an infestation of accountants, there is no treatment, you just have to wait til they disappear up their own arses. Unfortunately this is usually fatal to the host.

Bonkers call to boycott Raspberry Pi Foundation over 'gay agenda'


Re: Rainbow

Gay time cook? Is this another new Dr Who character, otherwise known as the queer temporal chef?

And, no I'm not going to butt any pictures, whatever that means.

OnePlus accused of installing cheat codes for benchmarks with new handset


Oneplus... no compromises. Or security updates.

I take it you don't own an OP then?

My OP3 got a whole updated OS last week, with May '17 security patch.

AI-powered dynamic pricing turns its gaze to the fuel pumps


can improve fuel retailers' margins by around 5 per cent.

can increase motorists costs by around 5 per cent.


Blighty's buying another 17 F-35s, confirms the American government


Re: civilian Intercept

Yes, let the drones fight among themselves. That way no-one gets hurt.

Lib Dems pledge to end 'Orwellian' snooping powers in manifesto


Re: shame

One thing that I always wonder is that if every country on the planet owes money then which planet is it owed to?

I have often pondered that.

Please tell me that it's not owed to the WBankers that got us into this mess in the first place. After all, didn't we borrow all that money to bail out their mates?

10Mbps universal speeds? We'll give you 30Mbps, pleads Labour in leaked manifesto


Re: Blah blah blah Labour debts

You know it's not "corporations" that end up paying corporation tax don't you? It's the customers of those corporations.

The corporations have a choice - pay the tax out of gross profit or risk becoming less competitive by putting their prices up.


Re: Blah blah blah Labour debts

My biggest concern is the lab parties suggestion that 70k makes you rich (I believe this was revised to 80k)

£80k was chosen because its the 95% mark, i.e. only 5% of earners will be affected, which seems fairer than the blanket tax rises promoted by the other parties.

A very Canadian approach: How net neutrality rules reflect a country's true nature


Re: there aren't any derogatory terms used by Canadians to describe their continental cousins

Septics (Cockney rhyming slang) - cos they're full of ......

This week's top token gesture: Google Chrome chokes energy-hungry background tabs


Re: Another way to save that energy

The most efficient course would be to turn off your own device and try talking to people instead

Not so efficient if the people you want to talk to are hundreds of miles away.

NHS patient letters meant for GPs went undelivered for years


'Mistakenly stored it in a warehouse' my arse!

So who is this mysterious 'firm tasked with arranging the delivery of internal NHS correspondence' that 'mistakenly stored it in a warehouse' stashed it away hoping no-one would notice until after they had done a runner with the money?

High tides: Boffins spy on dolphins baked on poisonous piscines


Re: Not new, AFAIK

Hey Frumious, If you'd bothered to read the article rather than just trolling you would have seen this paragraph:-

"In a BBC documentary Dolphins – Spy in the Pod, underwater camera crews filmed pods of dolphins chewing on the fish and playing “pass the puffer around,” according to Krista Nicholson, a PhD student at Murdoch University. It appears to be evidence of recreational drug use by dolphins."

Who's behind the Kodi TV streaming stick crackdown?


Re: Said it before, will say it again

If you've got a decent AV system at home WTF would you ever go to the flicks where there are noisy kids, overpriced snacks, poor seating positions, crowds, overenthusiastic aircon and a 15 mile round trip to contend with? Not to mention the multiplex lottery where you could end up watching the film you paid good money to see from the back of an auditorium with a screen the size of an iPhone.

Whats more they won't let you smoke, drink beer, chat with your mates or snog your bird and won't pause while you can go to the fridge/bog.

Cinemas are so 20th century!

Motivational speaker in the slammer after HPE applies for court order


Re: Classic sociopath

Sage or HP?

Britain collects new naval tanker a mere 18 months late


Re: Maggy what have we done... @Hans1

Please don't feed this troll any more.

UK's lords want more details on adult website check plans


Good news for VPN providers.

Given the popularity of pron sites, and the inconvenience of having to stop what you're doing to verify your age, I can see an upsurge in UK VPN adoption being the most likely outcome.

This would have the added benefit of overriding all the other UK net censorship

Facebook pimping for politicos despite fake news 'purge'



Another reason to use a FB ad blocker:- http://www.fbpurity.com/install.htm?v=17.2.0

Apple vs. Samsung goes back to court, again, to re-assess the value of a rounded corner


Re: Ah, yes the Apple idea

So, how many Apple geniuses did it take to think up a rounded rectangle? Its one of those ideas where you think, 'brilliant, how come no-one thought of that before?'. To think, before the iPhony all rectangles had pointy corners like playing cards. Oh, wait...

Reg straps on goggles from upstart that wants to 'democratize' VR


the product was complete and ready to go...

Really? Looks like a gaffer taped lashup to me.

BBC surrenders 'linear' exclusivity to compete with binge-watch Netflix


Re: End of the TV Licence

Actually 40p a day is good value as it stops UK TV degenerating into the into the unwatchable unholy shitmess that passes for FTV TV in most of the rest of the world. And there are no ads.

No wonder The Evil Aussie does everything he can to undermine the Beeb.

Auntie may not be perfect but she's OUR Auntie.

FM now stands for 'fleeting mortality' in Norway


Re: DAB+ DrXym

Er.... lots of cash for those selling off the spectrum to telecos?

Forget aircraft – now cretins are laser-blinding ferry boat crewmen


Re: Christmas Decorations

I rather suspect that most of the reported 'laser incidents' are accidental rather than malicious. To do any real damage (i.e. not just claimed injury for insurance purposes) a high power laser would have to be held on target for more than a few milliseconds.

As most freely available LPs are in the milliwatt class and given the difficulty of holding a beam on target at anything over a few metres distance I think that the dangers have been exaggerated.

The evidence seems to support this. With than 5,352 lasering incidents recorded in 2015 if there was any real danger one would have expected at least some of these to have real repercussions.

No Soylent for Santa after key ingredient supply is choked off


Its an elf & safety issue.

Privacy is theft! Dave Eggers' big-screen takedown of Google and Facebook emerges


Re: Mix of google/facebook

You forgot Banks, although he hasn't written much recently.

Inventor of McDonald's iconic Big Mac dies


Re: Sandwich getting paid...

Wellingtons are actually very tasty, well the beef ones are.