* Posts by HarryBl

127 posts • joined 20 Oct 2013

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Navigating without GPS is one thing – so let's jam it and see what happens to our warship

HarryBl

Re: Hmmmm....

Sights aren't taken 'round the clock'. They are (or were before Transit/GPS arrived) taken at noon. Occasionally star sights were taken too.

If you're manoeuvring close enough to something to be able to see it you're expected to use your eyes (plus bins) to navigate rather than a sextant.

Lithuania tells its citizens to throw Xiaomi mobile devices in the bin

HarryBl

I've got a Xiaomi 10T Lite and it doesn't stop me searching for and reading about any of the search terms mentioned in the article.

Lenovo says it’s crammed a workstation into a litre of space – less than three cans of beer

HarryBl

Petrol pumps...

UK arm of international charity the Salvation Army hit by ransomware attack

HarryBl

Re: dirty pool, dude

You might be confusing the American version of Sally's Army with the real thing that was invented in the UK...

The Wight stuff: Marconi and the island, when working remotely on wireless comms meant something very different

HarryBl

For all us ex merchant navy sparkies Niton is the home of Niton Radio/GNI

Post Office awards Fujitsu a £42.5m contract extension for the IT system behind wrongful subpostmaster prosecutions

HarryBl

Re: Big 'business' contract

I know of a postmistress in an admittedly one man band sub post office who started doing exactly that after Horizon screwed her over for several thousand pounds.

UK watchdog fines two firms £270k for cold-calling 531,000 people who had opted out

HarryBl

Re: The scams will continue until things change....

The piece you're quoting says that the ICO DOES have powers to go after directors...

Samsung floats autonomous ships as ready to sail in 2022

HarryBl

Re: Does size matter?

"A bigger ship is easier as they have right of navigation."

No they don't. Size has nothing to do with it. Sail has right of way over power.

It's a bit more complicated than you seem to think

https://www.imo.org/en/About/Conventions/Pages/COLREG.aspx

HarryBl

Re: Safety?

They don't have absolute right of way. They are required to obey the rules of the road just like every other ship. Sail has right of way over power...

HarryBl

Re: Safety?

"I'm not quite sure what relational reason there is for a pilots job to exist anymore."

And yet they do. They're compulsory in most ports. If you think all you need is a chart and a photo to take a 20,000 TEU box boat up Southampton Water I've got a bridge I'd like to sell you.

HarryBl

Re: Boarders!

I can imagine your average ship owner agreeing to have his multi million pound ship and cargo bombed or torpedoed :-)

HarryBl

"But with crew often hard to come by in the unglamorous world of oceanic transport, "

I don't know who told you that but they obviously know nothing about merchant ship crewing. The big problem is the shortage of jobs not the shortage of crew.

UK.gov awards seats on £2bn 'digital outcomes' framework to suppliers – one of which doesn't even have a website

HarryBl

More of Boris's mates?

Everybody's time is precious, pal: Sometimes it isn't only the terminals that are dumb

HarryBl

I had a customer insist that I drive from the Midlands to North Wales to reseat the power cable in the back of a monitor. Some people are just dicks.

Calls for 'right to repair' electronics laws grow louder across Europe

HarryBl

I used to fix Atari STs down to component level because they used ordinary DIL packages.

When surface mount came along I used to fix them because they were big enough to handle with a heat gun, Weller iron and a pot of flux

Modern surface mount is a different matter altogether...

Xiaomi revenues up by a third due to strong phone sales and triple-digit European growth

HarryBl

I've got a Redmi that I paid £180 for. To get the same specs anywhere else I'd be looking at £300 minimum.

Think tank warns any further delay to 5G rollout will cost the UK multiple billions – but hey, at least Huawei is out

HarryBl

Our local newspaper is onto a news generating scam. It publishes the planning applications for 5G masts knowing full well that there'll be a follow up story some time later of the new masts being burnt down by the mongs.

Virgin Media CEO says Brit broadband biz 'performed well' in Q2, which is a weird way to say losses almost tripled

HarryBl

You have to haggle.

HarryBl

My bill was due to go up £20 this month. I called them expecting to spend an hour wrangling with a Filipino before getting through to retentions.

Instead I get through to the UK directly within 2 minutes. When I said it was too expensive they immediately offered to keep me on my current price for the next 18 months so I snapped their hand off.

I'm paying less that the cheapest new customer bundle for more than they get.

It's been five years since Windows 10 hit: So... how's that working out for you all?

HarryBl

Re: It works just fine for us

Same with me. I support a friend of mine who lives on the other side of the world and who is totally bereft of any computer nous at all.

With W7 I used to get a cry for help about once a week and would have to Teamview once a month or so to sort stuff out for him.

Since he got W10 he'll maybe ask for a bit of help every 2 or 3 months and it will vary rarely have anything to do with W10 itself.

Chinese tat bazaar Xiaomi to light a fire under Amazon's Kindle with new e-book reader

HarryBl

Re: Bazaar?

They sell excellent value for money phones and also a brilliant electric toothbrush that lasts a month on one charge unlike the Oral thing which needs recharging once a week.

Trump gloats, telcos weep, and China is furious: How things stand following UK's decision to rip out Huawei

HarryBl

Re: NSA Backdoors in Cisco and Juniper kit?

I'm so tempted but I'm a kind soul at heart so I won't.

July? British government could decide to boot Chinese giant Huawei from the UK's networks by this month

HarryBl

What about all the Huawei street cabinets that Openreach have? Do they not pose a threat too?

We're no longer helping UK Post Office persecute postal workers with our shonky system, says Fujitsu

HarryBl

Re: Been thinking

The first job I had was in a bank back in the 60s. It was that long ago we were still using pounds, shillings and pence.

After we closed for the day we'd count all the cash. If we were more than 15 shillings (75 pence) out nobody went home until it was sorted.

If we were short it was bad enough but if we were over it was a major visit from head office deal as we had money that actually belonged to one of our customers.

Honor launches new UK store, laptop, kettle, er... toothbrush?

HarryBl

I used to use an Oral electric toothbrush which was big, clunky and needed recharging every week. I bought myself a Xiaomi SoWhite (I know) which has the same diameter as the 18650 battery that drives it and only needs recharging once a month.

The Oral cost about 40 quid, the Xiaomi was a tenner.

Xiaomi Mi 9 owners furious after dodgy Vodafone software patch bricked their mobes

HarryBl

Re: Android One

The updates come from the manufacturer not Google.

HarryBl

Re: Android One

A Mi A2 Lite is £179 - and a fine phone it is too!

HarryBl

Re: To be fair

They've got a shop in Westfield in London and they're sold online by all the usual suspects.

HarryBl

Re: Identified Root Cause

It wasn't a supplier half way round the world. It was Vodafone.

World's smallest violin to be played for opportunistic sellers banned from eBay and Amazon for price gouging

HarryBl

Logitech C920 webcams (normally 80 quid from Amazon) are being soled on Ebay at 20 quid a time at the moment...

Brit MPs, US senators ramp up pressure on UK.gov to switch off that green-light for Huawei 5G gear

HarryBl

Re: Dear US protectionists

I voted remain too but the buying power of the NHS is nothing to do with the EU and everything to do with the size of the NHS.

The regulation that you're referring to aims to stop the practice of a company buying the production of a generic drug , often as the only supplier, changing its name and then legally jacking the price up by a thousand percent.

HarryBl

Re: Dear US protectionists

You mean the situation where one of the largest purchasers of drugs in the world uses their buying power to keep costs down as opposed to the US where profiteering kills people with outrageous drug prices?

MPs to grill Post Office and Fujitsu execs on Horizon IT scandal after workers jailed over accounting errors

HarryBl

Re: @ If they prove the system is flawed

Bates v Post Office

https://www.judiciary.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/bates-v-post-office-judgment.pdf

IT consultant who deleted every account on UK company Jet2's domain cops 5 months in jail

HarryBl

He ought to have got 10 years for wearing brown shoes with a dark suit.

When is an electrical engineer not an engineer? When Arizona's state regulators decide to play word games

HarryBl

Re: AKA Libertarians

When I was in the merchant I went for a haircut in San Francisco. I asked the barber what the certificate on his wall was and he told me it was the state licence that said he was allowed to cut hair.

He was stunned when I told him all you needed to cut hair in the UK was a chair and a pair of scissors...

Labour: Free British broadband for country if we win general election

HarryBl

Re: @steelpillow and ImAlrightJack

Before the GPO was privatised you had a choice of two types of telephone - a big black Bakelite one or a flipfone. It was hard wired and couldn't be moved. BT, regardless of their dire customer service, was a breath of fresh air.

Margin mugs: A bank paid how much for a 2m Ethernet cable? WTF!

HarryBl

I joined a tiny company as the installation man when they had enough business to require a full timer to go out and install their kit. Before I arrived the 'Sales Manager' would go to PC World and pay fifteen quid for each 2 metre Ethernet cable they needed for an install.

Right-click opens up terrifying vistas of reality and Windows 95 user's frightful position therein

HarryBl

I used to work for a company that installed Windows networks into GP surgeries. We'd go in and install the kit and give the staff a quick whiz round the desktop before the proper training took place.

This was at a time when personal computers were quite rare in people's homes so the staff weren't particularly familiar with Windows.

I will never forget the female receptionist who was quite happy moving the mouse pointer from left to right by moving the mouse from left to right but couldn't understand why the pointer didn't move up the screen when she lifted the mouse off the desk...

Wait a minute, we're supposed to haggle! ISPs want folk to bargain over broadband

HarryBl

Re: Marketing lies

I called Virgin last week to do a bit of haggling and the woman from the Philippines tried to convince me that I'd be better off paying £20 more than I was.

I told her to cancel my account and was immediately put through to 'accounts' who asked me if a 60% reduction on my bill for the next year would be acceptable...

Facebook: The future is private! So private, we designed some handy new fingercams for y'all!

HarryBl

I'm not sure that Zuck would want to know where I stick my fingers...

UK Home Secretary doubles down on cops' deeply flawed facial recognition trials

HarryBl

"Javid said: “This game-changing tech will help us do this and will be vital in the fight to bang a few more innocent people up.”"

FOC

Years late to the SMB1-killing party, Samba finally dumps the unsafe file-sharing protocol version by default

HarryBl

Re: I think the situation can be far worse than that

Post Office counter machines run NT4 even today...

Having bank problems? I feel bad for you son: I've got 25 million problems, but a bulk upload ain't one

HarryBl

Re: Did the CCM run a timer?

When I was working on a ship's radar scanner I always made sure I had the fuses in my pocket before I climbed the mast.

Tractors, not phones, will (maybe) get America a right-to-repair law at this rate: Bernie slams 'truly insane' situation

HarryBl

What a bizarre country the US is...

Owner of Smuggler's Inn B&B ordered to put up a sign warning guests not to cross into Canada

HarryBl

If his B&B is in the USA how come he's being tried in a Canadian court? What jurisdiction do they have over him?

Easy-to-hack combat systems, years-old flaws and a massive bill – yup, that's America's F-35

HarryBl

Re: Easy to hack ...................

I don't know. I'm British and it didn't sound like a joke to me. It just sounded like the usual uninformed bullshit that passes for fact round here.

Perhaps you ought to read the results of this years Red Flag

https://theaviationist.com/2019/02/16/the-first-reports-of-how-the-f-35-strutted-its-stuff-in-dogfights-against-aggressors-at-red-flag-are-starting-to-emerge/

HarryBl

Re: Easy to hack ...................

"Since the aircraft will never actually leave the ground "

Does that exclude the 300 that have already been delivered as of June last year?

Blighty's most trusted brand? Yeah, you wish, judge tells Post Office in Horizon IT system ruling

HarryBl

They're trying to get the judge kicked off the case now...

HarryBl

Re: This is a disgrace

The Post Office is a government entity. It's not part of the Royal Mail which is a separate private company.

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