* Posts by Oh Matron!

271 posts • joined 28 Nov 2013


Twitter says spear-phishing attack hooked its staff and led to celebrity account hijack

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Re: Give us the method details!

Being addressed as mr lastname, firstname gets my spider senses tingling instantly

Dutch Gateway store was kept udder wraps for centuries until refit dug up computing history

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Udderly brilliant :-)

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Re: Cow boxes

My first ever PC was a P60, overclocked to 66 (jumper on the board) from Escom. I got both OS/2 Warp and NT4.0 included: None of that 95 junk :-)

Community Fibre to splash £400m on FTTP connections as it races to cover a million London properties by 2023

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I live in an area served by Community Fibre (Putney) and the estate has already been "fibre'd up". Every flat has a fibre strand outside ready to get installed. Why Openreach couldn't have done this...

Anyway, if prices stay the same, it's going to be difficult for anyone to compete with them: 150mbs is £25, and 1Gbps is £49

This investor blew nearly $300,000 on Intel shares the day before 7nm disaster reveal. Yup, she's suing

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maybe she's shorting them at the same time for double the amount?

UK govt finds £200,000 under sofa to kick off research into improving mobile connectivity on nation's crap railways

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Am I missing the obvious?

Didn't Bobajob and the Cretins just buy Oneweb? Surely Satellite interwebs would solve this.....

You can send my $200K in the post, used 50s, brown paper bag

Apple was the only Fortune 50 company to foresee COVID-19 pandemic risk and properly insure against it – Forrester

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Re: Things we can prevent and things we can't

a UK impacting tsunami has already happened in the UK in the last 8,500 years


Impacted pretty much the entire eastern seaboard, and probably destroyed doggerland.

When Apollo met Soyuz: 45 years ago, Americans and Russians played together nicely... IN SPAAAAACE

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Re: LOL, and what if it's all a hoax?

Had a look at some of your other posts to see in you truly are as dumb as toast, or a troll, and came across this nugget:

"As the frequency goes up, signal reception will get worse, because as the wave length gets shorter, so does the size of obstacles, it can get past, gets smaller, so more cell nodes are required."

So, I can get better wifi at home if I make my furniture smaller?

That's really not how propagation works. I suggest that you go and read the "Ladybird book of science for cretins"

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Udar Hazy (SP?)

Whilst the Smithsonian at Dulles is a smorgasboard of flight (Especially the De Havilland Chipmunk, which I learnt to fly in), the real interesting artefact is downtown DC, where they actually have a secondary Skylab.

1. It ain't pretty. It's this horrible cat vom yellow, IMMSMC, but amazing nonetheless.

2. It's amazing how they took a stage of the Saturn 5 and managed to shoehorn in Skylab

3. It's both big and small at the same time. You really do have to see it to comprehend both

Four years after swallowing Arm Holdings, SoftBank said to be mulling Brit chip biz sale

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Re: Here’s a thought - UK.gov to purchase

Spent a year at MAN05 in the nineties as a placement whilst at Uni. Loved it. Really did.

Was introduced to the very excellent This & That in Manchester, a frequent haunt of ICLers whilst at the Arndale offices

Boolean bafflement at British Airways' Executive Club: Sneaky little Avioses - Wicked, Tricksy, False!

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Re: the former World's Favourite Airline

Given that our current reality is beyond even the most f****d up of dreamers, I suspect so.

Another anti-immigrant rant goes viral in America – and this time it's by a British, er, immigrant tech CEO

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Re: We hear these stories all the time

When Brexit happened, a friend, who is Finnish, and I had a conversation, and I asked why there had been a resurgence of far right beliefs across Europe. She replied that it had always been there, it was just more obvious now due to social media, etc.

Gobshites like this need making an example of. I'd be amazed if he lasts the day.

Social media giants move to defy Hong Kong's new national security law

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Not only

has that horse bolted, it's been ground up and fed to the masses in burgers

"claiming their private information would end up "in the hands" of China." It's already in the hands of China. And Russia, And the US. Hypocrisy appears to be rife in US rhetoric

Working from home on Virgin Media's broadband? Too bad. Outage hits English capital

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Re: Same shitty excuses

I must have misheard my English lessons.

I thought it went:

None, some, many, most, all.

Perhaps you need a piece of cake and a cup of tea.... That will make it alright.

Ampere smacks the ball over the net, back at Marvell: Our Altra Max cloud processor will have 128 Arm cores

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Apple Arm....

8 core i7 in my Mac uses 45w. A 10 core version of the above chip uses 31w (if there's linearity with watts per core)

You can see why Apple made the change. And when there's talk of 5nm.... Intel are nowhere near

Bootnote: Yes, I'm completely aware of chalk / cheese / lumps of coal and elephants are not the same thing, but....

US starts sniffing around UK spaceports – though none capable of vertical launches actually exist right now

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Oil Rigs

And if Branson does it, we've got a bone fide Bond Villan :-)

Apple to keep Intel at Arm's length: macOS shifts from x86 to homegrown common CPU arch, will run iOS apps

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Patrick Moorhead

Obviously didn't watch the keynote: "changes in any of their code...." If you've done everything properly and not used poorly / non maintained libraries, then you "should" be okay with just a recompile

However, I realise that 3rd party libraries are both the saviour and bane of a developers life

But, and I see this so much in Agile, developers use libraries because they are either lazy or under too much pressure to meet those user stories

What's the Arm? First Apple laptop to ditch Intel will be 13.3" MacBook Pro, proclaims reliable soothsayer

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Is that you, Genghis, from hfP?!

I'd assume that Apple would go after the best selling products first, to get the new architectures into the hands of as many as possible, so, given the the MBA was updated this year, it makes sense to target the iMac and MBP

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Re: Pragmatist

I truly don't understand this logic. Not for one second do I think Apple would mandate that you could *only* install apps from the app store... And due to that, I believe it renders your argument null and void.

For example, whilst you can download Office apps from the Apple App store, Apple sees not one penny of any office licenses.

Netflix: You can happy sign up outside of the iOS app, should you feel strong enough about it

Before the app store, app distribution was a complete mess. And now, as a developer, you don't have to worry for a second about distribution, updates, content hosting, metrics, billing, etc, etc. It's all done for you. And if you are going to charge for your app, then isn't it fair that Apple gets a cut, given you get all of the above included?

Now, if Apple mandated that the ONLY way to get a subscription for something was through the app, then I think everyone would have a valid argument. Whilst you can spend your monies outside of the app, then, well...

Not so nice, we investigated them twice: EU opens double whammy of inquiries into Apple's biz practices

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Re: 30% is outrageous

And there's nothing stopping you from side loading on iOS too. You just have to trust the developer certificate.

Germany prepares to launch COVID-19 contact-tracing app 'this week' while UK version stuck in development hell

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"Sadly, things in the UK are worse"


MacOS on Arm talk intensifies: Just weeks from now, Apple to serve up quarantini with Kalamata golive, reportedly

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Re: Is this the year of Apple on ARM?

Now that would be an incredible hackintosh :-)

Guess who came thiiis close to signing off a €102k annual budget? Austria. Someone omitted 'figures in millions'

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Re: the key words "figures in billions"

Well that's befuddled my head for the afternoon. Time for a lie down.

Boeing brings back the 737 Max but also lays off thousands

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Re: It still doesn't look good for air travel

Unless the EU grant it certification, Ryanair won't be flying it. And I can see, given that no one trusts the FAA any more, that certification taking forever (especially when there will be a subconscious effort to promote Airbus)

Frontier: Yes, yes, we've filed for bankruptcy protection, but that's not stopping us giving key staff $38m in bonuses

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Re: The Golden Rule

We live in strange times when El Reg commentards speak sense :-)

And knowing that a company(ies) may go into Chapter 11 is all part of being in business. There is risk built in to every single decision made, especially every loan.

Railway cables overpowered errant drone's compass and flung it back to terra firma

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Re: Boeing inspired drone....

Too soon!

Attorney General: We didn't need Apple to crack terrorist's iPhones – tho we still want iGiant to do it in future

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Re: Bluff?

Dare I ask.... "Such as?"

Dutch spies helped Britain's GCHQ break Argentine crypto during Falklands War

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Re: Great name, great beer

Despite it being a chain, Belgo Centraal does an excellent beef carbonnade

Users of Will.i.am's Wink IoT hub ask 'Where is the love?' as they're asked to pay for a new subscription service

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Re: Cue the lawsuits in 3, 2, 1...

This didn't fare well for Sonos....

Fancy some post-weekend reading? How's this for a potboiler: The source code for UK, Australia's coronavirus contact-tracing apps

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Such a shame you can't downvote more than once... So much wrong with this... I feel sorry for you

That awful Butterfly has finally fluttered off: Apple touts 13-inch MacBook Pro with proper keyboard, Escape key

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My mum has just refreshed her 2008 Macbook (Alu). Her only reason was that she had some spare cash after a cruise cancellation and wanted something lighter.

Family meeting! Chocolate Factory makes its business-like video-chat service free to anyone with a Google account

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I wanted to highlight the opposite side to "just say no...."

I work for a company that's embraced Video Conferencing since video conferencing was a thing.... Firstly, it's not mandated. You can chose NOT to have video on, and if you do, it's never questioned. People very quickly discovered that "you should be careful with what you wish for" when requesting video.

Anyway... Right now I miss my colleagues. I work in a great office, with great people, and I genuinely miss them. So, being able to see who you're talking to, and seeing their micro reactions, is so incredibly powerful. In so many different ways. A text message is soulless. An email, inhuman. A phone call is social, and a video call is personal.

Outages batter UK's Virgin Media into wee hours as broadband failures spike 77% globally

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Re: Clogged pipes

By "virus" do you mean "porn"?

Attention, lockdown DIY fans: UK hardware flinger Robert Dyas had credit card data and more skimmed from website

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Re: Well balls

Haven't had the opportunity / misfortune to order from them online, but I find Dyas to be one of the more useful shops on the high street (I don't drive).

Zoom vows to spend next 90 days thinking hard about its security and privacy after rough week, meeting ID war-dialing tool emerges

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Re: To be honest you can't blame people for going to Zoom

"How did Microsoft manage to turn Skype into such a turd?"

Is this a rhetorical question?

Marriott Hotels hacked AGAIN: Two compromised employee logins abused to siphon off 5.2m guests' personal info

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Whilst not completely mitigated, wouldn't SSO and 2FA have almost prevented this?

What's that? Your app doesn't supported 2FA? Doesn't support SSO? Doesn't support geographic aware login?

Pandemic impact: Two-thirds of polled Reg readers say it's business as usual in the IT dept, one in ten panicking

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Surely this is the time....

To realise that work is a thing that you do, not a place that you go to.

However, not for one second am I suggesting that we all abandon the concept of the workplace: Many of my colleagues really don't live in the biggest of places (This is london, after all), and it really wouldn't be good for one's mental health.

However, I work longer hours when I'm at home, am not interrupted as much and work for a company that's embraced home working as long as I can remember.

I do miss the free coffee, though. Costing me a fortune in Mail Order Monmouth Coffee!

Leaving Las Vegas... for good? IT industry conference circuit won't look the same on other side of COVID-19 pandemic

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There's absolutely NO reason for these junkets to be held physically bar the one reason that you mention above. The amount of insight I've gained just by talking to people so far removed from my rhomboid of influence is immeasurable.

However, I have recently become very aware of the impact of them (and Vegas is a s**thole of outstanding proportions)

Come to Malmö for St Peter's. Stay for the Bork

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My swedish friend says:

"If you have a bike in Malmo, you don't"

Funnest thing I've ever heard her say.

America: We'll send citizens cash checks amid coronavirus financial hardship. UK: We'll offer £330bn in biz loans

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2009 called.....

2 things happened with the "stimulus" cheques 10 years ago.

1. People used them to pay off existing loans. sensible.

2. People used them to buy Korean and Japanese TVs

Neither of the above "stimulated" the economy.

Want to own a bit of Concorde? Got £750k burning a hole in your pocket? We have just the thing

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Re: WTF does British Airways have a say in anything ?

Came here to ask the same thing. Are you buying from BA? No? Then, BA, Do One!

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As it's for static use, it would fair well in a Lada :-)

Bloodhound gang handles the pan again to get back to Hakskeenpan

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Re: Crowdfunding?

Why doesn't The Reg do a crowd funding website sitey thing for £25K, and then sponsor Bloodhound? We can all then donate to that...

Come kneel with us at UK's Cathedral, er, Oil Rig of the Canal: Engineering masterpiece Anderton Boat Lift

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Technology comes in all guises. It's not all 0 and 1s....

Famed Apple analyst chances his Arm-based Macs that Apple kit will land next year

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To be fair, the move from 32bit to 64bit was nothing more than a recompile. I'd expect this to be the same.

HOWEVER: If you've been lazy / underfunded / work in agile / etc, and used / relied upon 3rd party libraries, then I pity you, because you'll either sit in Apple purgatory, or need to dump them and write your own.

MWC now stands for Mighty Wallet Crusher? Smaller firms counting the cost after mobile industry event scrapped

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Re: Firm that offers programmatic adtech solutions

Thought long and hard about this. We've become so immune to advertising, you have to argue about its relevance and success. Therefore, events like MWC do offer great opportunities for smaller companies to sell their wares

HOWEVER: It was blatantly obvious that it would be cancelled when some of the big wigs started cancelling, and even if you didn't think it would be cancelled, if you were putting sales in front of the welfare of your staff, then I have no pity for you...

The shittiest part is that GSMA cancelled it, and is offering no refunds: This attitude may, in itself, be the death knell for MWC

Mobile World Congress now none of those things as 2020 industry megashow axed over coronavirus fears

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Re: Anyone else get the feeling

As Covid is passed around through touch and aerosol, it wouldn't have taken much to weaponise it indeed

Uncle Sam tells F-35B allies they'll have to fly the things a lot more if they want to help out around South China Sea

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Re: Cargo cult Agile

Agile release trains, with wings

Oh ****... Sudo has a 'make anyone root' bug that needs to be patched – if you're unlucky enough to enable pwfeedback

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I wonder what Phil Collins thinks...

I mean, he did sing about Su Su Sud(i)o right?

I'll get me coat



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