* Posts by Bloodbeastterror

589 publicly visible posts • joined 16 Oct 2013


Grant Shapps named UK defense supremo in latest 'tech-savvy' Tory tale


Re: Nostalgia for times gone by?

Perhaps a bit unfair to Ben Wallace. All accounts I've seen of him have represented him as honest and competent, admittedly maybe only in comparison with the rest of the dross inhabiting the Commons "government" seats.


How much lower...

...can GB sink?

Fujitsu bags £142M UK government work since Horizon probe announced



Why has nobody gone to prison for this Horizon outrage, in Fujitsu or the Post Office? Why are these criminals allowed to continue their lives untouched when so many have suffered directly because of their criminal behaviour?

Teardown shows Apple iPhone 14 Pro is not pro-repair


My response is...

...the same as always and a lot less reasoned than some earlier posts.

Why the hell do people continue to buy and put up with this overpriced and contemptuous garbage?

Start your engines: Windows 11 ready for broad deployment


Still stinging about my inability to "upgrade" because my HP 360 (£1500) has "only" an I7v7. Ridiculous.

Windows 11 growth at a standstill amid stringent hardware requirements


Re: Why move to Windows 11 ?

You can block W11 by having a £1500 HP Spectre with an I7 deemed too "old" for W11 to run.

What a disgrace...

Seagate claims it shipped its third zettabyte of storage in record time


Re: Easy to remember?

Say whut? Wow, you're a touchy guy. Calm down.


Re: Easy to remember?

Jake, no offence intended. It's just that Americans do tend to simplify some spellings for trade name purposes, and "ezy" (or "ez", as already commented) is the example which suits my mnemonic.


Easy to remember?

Our American colleagues' somewhat strange spelling of "easy" makes a mnemonic simpler to remember.


Terabyte Petabyte Exabyte Zettabyte Yottabyte

After that I don't bother... too big... :-)

The Huawei Mate 40 Pro would be the best Android flagship on the market – were it not for the US-China trade war


Re: F-Droid/Aurora/Micro-g

Thank you. I did try that, but it's only one facet among a host of missing functionality.



Alas, not so simple. I tried this just a couple of weeks ago with my ageing but still 100% Nexus 6, and it really didn't go well. I expected the paid apps not to work, of course, since without Google there's no proof that I paid for them. However, even some free ones were also glitchy, and my final straw came when What3words (admittedly not a crucial app for me) simply repeatedly force-closed every time I tried to start it. Add to that the loss of contacts, Gmail, Keep, etc. (all of which have workarounds, but nothing approaching the seamless Google experience) and I decided that it just wasn't worth the effort. I'm sticking with my firewall & VPN as my best effort for privacy.

Did I or did I not ask you to double-check that the socket was on? Now I've driven 15 miles, what have we found?


I remember a similar story years ago which I'll cut short.

"Can you check the socket switch?"

"I can't see it. It's too dark."

"Switch the light on."

"I can't. We have a power cut."

One does not simply repurpose an entire internet constellation for sat-nav, but UK might have a go anyway


Re: Brexit sat-nav eh?


I repeat, stop digging, FFS. You're embarrassing yourself.


Re: Re assume...


Stop digging. You've already shown us your brains.

(If you're being ironic, it's way over my head).

Fasten your seat belts: Brave Reg hack spends a week eating airline food grounded by coronavirus crash


Re: Opportunity

"Who is using VPNs with local servers on both ends"

If you'd bothered to read my post properly you'd have seen that I worked for a major American financial corporation for which security is more important than cost.


Re: Opportunity

"all the TLAs listening in"

Ever heard of "VPN"? I understand they're pretty popular this year, especially among major American financial institutions.

I call troll, but I'll settle for idiot.


Re: We should retain only minimal flights; no 50-mile jollie

"who is allowed on a 50-mile jollie"

A jolly, actually.

I knew that my comment would draw responses like this - "What about the money?" No doubt you'd like to make the same argument about coal...?

We pay politicians to make these sorts of decisions, people who should(!) be taking advice from scientists and experts to make the best choices. The bottom line, however, is that plane travel is, in many/most cases, unnecessary, avoidable and vastly polluting. You appear to be boasting about your contribution to destroying my children's planet. Shameful.



Amusing article. Brave lad.

At the risk of being branded Off-Topic Eco-Warrior, I think it's disgraceful that governments are not taking this opportunity to thin the herd of planes. Instead they're squandering (our) billions on bailing out these polluting planet-killing monstrosities. We should retain only minimal flights; no 50-mile jollies for lazy CEOs, no unnecessary business world crossings just to use up the corporate travel budget. I worked for a large American financial corporation and occasionally took part in 5000-mile video conferences on triple HD screens with HD audio, and it was like having the other people in the room. There's 100 tonnes of CO2 saved right there.

This is an opportunity that shouldn't be squandered.

No surprise: Britain ditches central database model for virus contact-tracing apps in favour of Apple-Google API


Re: This is all complete cack

And there we have it. It's not the government's fault, it's the NHS's. And it's not Covid-19, it's The Chinese Plague.

Troll, posting of course as AC.


This is all complete cack

Once again the government is proclaiming that I.T. is the magic bullet that can cure all ills. It really isn't. The cure is the simple personal one originally trumpeted and now discarded - stay away from other people apart from those you live with. Instead, now we have "It's all fine, go about your business", which will inevitably cause another spike with or without a so-called T&T app. What a shambles.

For those who missed it (and correct my maths if I'm wrong) the UK has, on the government's own figures, 40,000 Covid-related deaths; worldwide we have over 400,000. The UK has a population of 67 million; the world has 7.8 billion. The UK has 1% of the world's population but 10% of Covid deaths.


Frenchman scores €50k compensation for suffering 'bore-out' at work after bosses gave him 'menial' tasks



Seems like an ideal opportunity to recommend Micky Flanagan's take on the French.



Android 11 Beta 1 leaks on to handful of handsets days after official release postponed


Re: New Icons, wooiaaahhh

Well, if I need a changelog to see the differences, then the differences aren't in any way significant to my usage of the device, no? And as I stated, even after use of a new OS I've always thought "Meh! What changes?" The A/B partitions are a great idea but of minimal impact to day-to-day user experience, Dalvik-to-ART may have had a tiny (imperceptible) effect on app installation, black mode systemwide is nice. But overall, new version, same old same old.

The important thing is shouting "new, shiny" and selling more phones.


Re: New Icons, wooiaaahhh

"Superb, new icons"

I agree. Each time I've upgraded an Android version (my Nexus 6 was originally on L, I think, and is now on Q) I've thought "What difference is there exactly...?"

When you have a working system, all you can do is tinker round the edges. If icons are the stand-out improvement, then I think we've arrived at the end of the line. Still, gotta sell those phones...

So you really didn't touch the settings at all, huh? Well, this print-out from my secret backup says otherwise


Re: "the concept of saving face"

"Why did you drag politics in... dislike folks putting politics into everything."

Because politics *is* everything. It governs every single aspect of our lives. All I did was extrapolate from office-level to national in a (I hope) humorous way.


Re: "the concept of saving face"

"entire readership of the spectator"

I'm guessing that they didn't get the not-very-subtle (but funny, I hope) phrasing. "Duh, this idiot doesn't even know that our lovely Boris *is* the PM. What a dope!" Duh...


"the concept of saving face"

We could do with some of that in the UK at the moment with the Prime Minister and Boris Johnson.

Plus Gove, of course. People with a shame bypass.

Surprise! That £339 world's first 'anti-5G' protection device is just a £5 USB drive with a nice sticker on it


Ant-elephant paint

(Warning - oldies but goldies...)

I painted my roof with it and I haven't had a single elephant up there. Boom Boom.

You know this Land of the Free thing, yeah? Well then, why allow the FBI to trawl through America's browsing history without a warrant?


"1-hour Cleaners"

"The Land of the Free" trademark reminds me of the Monty Python sketch where one of them presents a coat for cleaning and is told it will be ready in a week.

"But this is 1-Hour Cleaners!"

"That's just the name of the shop."

We're in a timeline where Dettol maker has to beg folks not to inject cleaning fluid into their veins. Thanks, Trump



Yes, entirely correct. I thought that GWB was an appalling dunderhead and rejoiced when America overcame its inherent racism to elect Obama, a man of culture, elegance and thoughtfulness. Then Trump... Nuff said.

Then I saw an interview with GWB a couple of years ago and he had become the statesman I wish he'd been able to be during his presidency. Not of Obama's standard, but a whole lot better than the pressures of the presidency allowed (I'm trying to be generous here).

It's time to track people's smartphones to ensure they self-isolate during this global pandemic, says WHO boffin


Re: Naomi Klein


"I think you'll find that unlike the terrorist bogeymen, this virus is 100% real"

I don't think you've grasped the meaning of "the shock doctrine". It doesn't imply that the events upon which power-hungry manipulators seize are imaginary - they are genuine events which the manipulators use in order to twist the knife a bit more into our freedom. "Terrorists and murders are at your gates. We're here to help. We just need you to follow these rules." And the populace, frightened by the hysteria whipped up by a docile press, say "Yes, ok then."

"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." Benjamin Franklin


Naomi Klein

The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

I've commented here before - if you read this and your blood doesn't boil, you haven't read it properly.

And here we go again - the next opportunity to diminish our freedoms still further.

"We're doing this temporarily to increase your safety."

Time and the virus pass...

"Yes, I know we originally said it was temporary, but things have changed."

Like other tech giants, Netflix gets govt takedown demands – and impressively, none of them involve Adam Sandler


Adam Sandler...

How apt that the writer chooses him. The Mark of Quality. One that I avoid at all costs. I gave him the benefit of the doubt with Uncut Gems because of the rave reviews, but alas, as with all other Sandler films, it stinks like a skunk.

London's Westminster Council wins appeal against phonebooth-cum-massive-digital-advert


Lexus 430

I remember quite a few years ago that the Lexus 430 sports car with Mark Levinson sound system was advertised as "A great sound system with a car attached" (or words to that effect).

This is just a ruse to clog the streets with more unwanted furniture, distraction and adverts. Nothing whatsoever to do with erecting a useful-to-the-public amenity. A moving billboard with a phone attached.

Attention! Very important science: Tapping a can of fizzy beer does... absolutely nothing


The Beer Hunter

Six people, six cans of beer. One person goes out of room, frantically shakes one can. Each person chooses a can. Holds it to ear. Pulls the ring-pull. Hilarity ensues.

Not just adhesive, but alcohol-resistant adhesive: Well done, Apple. Airpods Pro repairability is a zero


I continue to be baffled...

...why people continue to put up with these shabby designs and shabbier contempt from this company. Give your money to a business who at least pretend to show some concern for their customers. Stop feeding the Apple troll.

Good news: Microsoft is doubling your OneDrive storage for more than double your money


"And if your house burns down?"

For that reason I have a fire safe which should withstand an hour's fire. If my house burns down I doubt that my photos will be my major concern.

I've just ordered a WD 12TB drive to back up my Seagate 1, 3, 5 and 8TB drives, each daisy-chained from my 500GB laptop SSD via Synchredible to the next. I reckon that so many copies constitute a reasonable backup strategy, no? And they're mine, all mine. No monthly payments, 60MB/s retrieval when I need it rather than a tenth of that rate on a good day. And I have no intention of cancelling my WD contract with myself, so my data will be available for as long as the drives work, not for as long as MS/Google/AWS decide that they think I'm a good enough (read "money") customer.

No-brainer, innit?

(Oh, and of course I have my "essential" files backed up for external access on Dropbox/Drive/Onedrive - but if they fold, so what...?)

Good old Auntie Beeb's mobile app berates kids for being rubbish online



Thanks for that. Something that I can never unsee... :-)

You look like a fungi. Got mushroom in your life to build stuff with mycelium computers?


"a fungi"

The writer is an illiterates.

How much pass could LastPass pass if LastPass passed last pass? Login-leaking security hole fixed


"make sure they have updated"

Easier said than done. I could see no version info in my Lastpass vault; I had to check the version on the executable, and it was still a 4.1 version from August. Nor could I see an update function; eventually I had to uninstall the 4.1 version, then download and install 4.33. Not a big deal, but equally not very helpful.

New lows at Bose as firmware update woes infuriate soundbar bros


"sound quality issues with flatscreen TVs"

I mistakenly bought a Denon soundbar for my new Samsung Series 7 TV. Denon are hifi specialists and I had high hopes. It was ok. The extra bass was nice, but the treble was sadly lacking.

It kept disconnecting. Richer Sounds were, as usual, excellent and refunded my money without a quibble.

The cruncher was that quite a few times over the couple of weeks when I had the soundbar I thought "Well, it sounds better, clearer today" only to discover that I was listening to the tinny TV speakers.

My new audiophile setup is a pair of 12"x4" MDF panels angled at 45 degrees placed under the down-firing speakers. They bounce the sound out into the room very nicely indeed, and at a couple of quid are more satisfying than the £300 Denon.

GDP-arrrrrrgggghhh! A no-deal Brexit: So what are you going to do with all that lovely data?


Re: Why should I suffer?


No, still no clue what side you're on. Do try to make your point clearly, there's a good AC.


Re: Why should I suffer?

"You've been listening to the mainstream media."

I genuinely have no idea whether you're agreeing with me or dissenting.


Re: Why should I suffer?

"because you elect them."

Think about that statement for a moment.

Johnson was "elected" by around 100,000 Tory voters, predominantly hammy old white men.

Cummings has never been elected at all and yet is allowed apparently free rein to run the government.


Thank god...

...for the work that our elected representatives on all sides are doing to protect us all from catastrophe. We elect politicians into a professional role precisely for this - to make judgments that amateurs are not qualified to make. We pay them a salary and give them resources to devote time to researching difficult subjects that the working person doesn't have time for. Part of this role is to prevent the usurping of democracy, especially by unelected backroom shadows like the weasel Cummings (and to an extent Campbell, though he at least had a smart master).

To say "We've had enough of experts" is to turn the clock back to the middle ages. If your child needs surgery, do you go to an experienced surgeon or to the wise woman down the road? (And yes, I'm perfectly aware that some of you would choose the latter). Parliament is doing what we elected and paid for it to do - to prevent all of us, man, woman and child, from losing ***on the government's own best-scenario estimate***, £600 a year every year. Rees-Mogg can afford that - most people can't.

More power to their elbow to block and ideally destroy that straw-haired and straw-headed buffoon who has clearly modelled himself on Trump.

Android PDF app with just 100m downloads caught sneaking malware into mobes


Re: "The Register has reached out to CamScanner's developer"

Woo hoo! I thought I was the only person in the Reg readership interested in proper English. Thank you... :-)

US gives Chinese smuggler 37 months in the slammer for selling knock-off Apple kit



I've no doubt that my prejudices have been massively reinforced by Louis Rossman's Youtube videos on Apple "quality", but can these knock-offs have been any worse than the genuine article?

If at first you don't succeed, Fold? Nope. Samsung redesigns bendy screen for fresh launch in September


Another solution...

...in search of a problem.

Does anyone genuinely want a folding phone? Every moving piece is another opportunity for failure, and when that moving piece is the entire purpose of the device, its screen, then it seems doomed right from the start. And also from the second start. It really smacks of desperation.

14 sailors die aboard Russian cable spy, er, ocean research nuke sub after fire breaks out


Suspension of comedy headline?

Maybe it's just me, but given the substance of this horrific incident is the use of the Register's comedic headline style not totally out of place here?

Poetic justice: Mum funnels £100 into claw machine to win single Dumbo teddy for her kid


Re: But I know a lot of "intelligent" and "clever" people who play the lottery.

"...because you never buy a ticket."

"Lord, Lord, please let me win the lottery."

"Oh Lord, please please let me win the lottery."

"Please, Lord, please let me win the lottery."

"Jock, meet me half way - buy a ticket."

(Please don't flame me for national stereotyping - I'm just repeating the joke as I heard it... :-) )

Former UK PM Tony Blair urges governments to sort out online ID


Re: Yeuch...

Agree. Mao, Pol Pot, Erdogan, Trump. Just off the top of my head. And need I mention Godwin?