* Posts by Oh Matron!

417 posts • joined 28 Nov 2013


Bloke robbed of $800,000 in cryptocurrency by fake wallet app wants payback from Google

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To quote the fantastic TV series, "you can't con an honest man"

Software issues cost Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess his job

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Re: Usual mistake

They should be poaching from Siemens: If there's one company who knows how to do robust, industrial code, it's them

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I sat here thinking "Weekly, huh, that will be agile...."

And then realised how much of a muppet I'd been: Agile would be, quite possibly, the very worst methodology for development for this use case

This credit card-sized PC board can use an Intel Core i7

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Re: Conversion

If you can't do F - 30 divide by 2 in a couple of seconds then you are Jacob Rees Mogg AICMFP

Apple forgoes cooling systems in M2 MacBook Air

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Re: Sticky Stuff

I found the narrative quite passive aggressive: The whining about getting the speakers out, for example. Just a bunch of screws and no swearing, unlike other mac's I could mention.

If the repairability on this isn't 9/10 I'd be surprised

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Re: The title is no longer required.

for older macs with HDDs there used to be a screen saver that used the accelerometer to move liquid around the screen as you tilted the mac. Was lovely to see. Useless, but lovely...

Just because you failed doesn't mean you weren't right

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Re: Weather Satellites

I think your down vote was from Dominic Raaaaaaaaaaaaaab who doesn't believe in such things as climate change.

Tories spar over UK's delayed Online Safety Bill

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Re: Lets hope it

I've got a Safari Extension called Vinegar installed. I only remember that youtube has videos when I use a different browser...

Elon Musk had secret twins in 2021 with Neuralink exec

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Population collapse....

Is the biggest threat to capitalism, not humanity. Capitalism is the biggest threat to humanity

Hangouts hangs up: Google chat app shuts this year

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yeah, and it was called something equally as nauseating...

Apple update approach 'not realistic' in enterprise, but login 'shim' gets thumbsup

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Re: "Apple demonstrates they don't have a deep appreciation of the enterprise"

So, it's a little more nuanced than that. Admins have the flexibility of when updates are installed, even including the scheduling of updates. JumpCloud are new to MDM to I'd give their comments a little latitude

However, surely it's better than, "I'll just reboot windows before this important ca,,,,,, WTF? Why are you installing updates that you didn't tell me about NOW?!"

Apple offers improved Linux support in macOS Ventura

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Love or hate apple....

You've got to admit, this is really cool.... Especially for those closed source apps....

Apple dev roundup: Weather data meets privacy, and other good stuff

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Re: "without associating coordinates with personal information"

No, no, no, no, no.

Apple never knows where the user it. It doesn't even know where the device is. All processing is done on device.

I think you've got Apple confused with Google

Ransomware attack sends US county back to 1977

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Re: Rise of the machines

I wouldn;t be too worried about terminators.... I'd be more worried about a threat actor uploading a bogus firmware update to john deer tractors. That would result in a horrible famine!

UK government reviewing stake in BT owned by French tycoon Patrick Drahi

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Obviously not a Tory donor, Drahi...

That is all.

Microsoft-backed robovans to deliver grub in London

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How long till we find one, wheels up, in the grand union?

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Hate the traffic? YOU are the traffic.

Pictured: Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way

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Re: Pah, They set the constraints for a black hole. And a black hole was what they got.

Go read "Light in the darkness" by Heino Falcke. Then see if your opinion was correct

ZX Spectrum: Q&A with some of the folks who worked on legendary PC

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There's not many things to be proud of coming from Rochdale, but one of them is that A&F software, makers of Chucky Eggs, was based in said town :-)

SpaceX's Starlink service lands first aviation customer

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But that's the great thing: You can bring starlink onboard with you and launch your own paid for service :-) Just make sure you get a decent balcony :-)

Netflix to crack down on account sharing, offer ad-laden cheaper options

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Re: Add ADS Subtract SUBS

Once you discover Vinegar on iOS, delete facebook and youtube, and use web only, Youtube especially becomes a much more enjoyable experience... No ads, airplay from phone to appleTV...

European Right to Repair resolution headed for vote

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Re: This is all about hardware

This would screw up Android handset vendors, that's for sure...

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Re: (Yet) another regulation the UK will need to abide by

"Despite having zero input into it."

A choice it made democratically.

French court pulls SpaceX's Starlink license

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Not quite...

"Users are required to order a small dish with tripod to set up in an open area at home"

1. It's not a dish. A3 size would be closer

2. A small dish is big enough for a melton mowbray pork pie with a side of branston. It's bigger than that.

Mandiant shareholder sues to block $5.4b Google deal

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Re: If in doubt ...

something HP didn't do...

What? Too soon? :-)

1,000-plus AI-generated LinkedIn faces uncovered

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M-M-M-M-M-M-M-M-M-M-Max Headroom...

Whenever I think of AI generated people, I can only think of Max Headroom... Weird to think that it was nearly 40 years ahead of it's time....

Google Maps just got lost for a few hours

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Alternatives are available

I have a google map that reads from XML and shows all the flight routes I've ever taken.

Out of sheer curiosity, I've built it in Apple Maps and LeafletJS. The code is almost identical. LeafletJS works even without an API key! No billing required. Apple Maps needs a developer account, but no billing associated with usage. Google requires a credit card for "billing purposes", whatever that might be!

BBC points Russians to the Tor version of itself

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I think pretti patel downvoted you.

Work chat app Slack suffers services outage

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Normally El Reg is the bastion of great headlines...

"Slack Slacking off" would have been apt. But no.

Car radios crashed by station broadcasting images with no file extension

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Re: Mazda's Infotainment is a pile of garbage

Wait until you have to replace a head unit in a BMW.... Was quoted £2500

(BMWs of the 2000-2012 ish vintage had these horrible orange displays that were garbage: you've probably seen them in MINIs too. Fixed with less than an hour's work, a bit of soldering, some thermal paste for the heatsink (I jest not) and a new £100 display)

Privacy Shield: EU citizens might get right to challenge US access to their data

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Re: rules are viewed by intelligence agencies as applying to other people

Jamie Lee Curtis, Art Malik and Bill Paxton were all great :-)

UK government told to tighten purse strings or public will have to foot the bill for nuclear decommissioning

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The Lakes with Simon Reeve

Has a great segment on Sellafield. Gets to go in and has a tour where we've not seen before. Somewhat terrifying that there's containers at the bottom of tanks just rotting away.... :-(

Apple Mac sales break records amid ex-86-odus to Arm-compatible M1 silicon

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I don't understand the draw of windows....

Have been a Mac user for 10 years and I do not want, nor intend, for this to be a windows vs mac post.

HOWEVER: Python development.

On a mac, update pip, python and pip3. Install a library or two. Copy python file. Run.

On windows..... Well, let's just say that even an empty python file with just a simple "hello mum" won't run. Something about this that or the other not found. Sigh.

With windows in the cloud, I think the argument of "application availability" is dead. But why do Microsoft make things so damned difficult?

For those worried about Microsoft's Pluton TPM chip: Lenovo won't even switch it on by default in latest ThinkPads

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Re: The unanswered question is

^^^^^^^^^^^ This.

Malware turns it on, puts some junk (which reports something is not at all well) in there which then borks your entire computer.

It will happen.

Apple grabs smartphone crown as iPhone 13 wakes up the fanbois, leaves Chinese rivals eating dust

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any 5G patent is likely to fall under FRAND terms, so when I see "US$2.50 to US$5 for every 5G handset", I don't see that fair at all...

Ad blockers altering website code is not a copyright violation, German court rules

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Re: Great idea

I wonder if there's any mileage in charging them for the computing cycles used to display their garbage?

Google splurging cash on UK offices to lure staffers back from the kitchen table

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Re: Draconian?

Office places require you to wear clothes to come into the office. To not swear like a sailor. To occasionally have showers. Why not a vaccine?

To err is human. To really screw things up requires a wayward screwdriver

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Same here. Went to change the mains socket nearest my dining room table. Had the plugs all turned off. Some lazy arse had taken a spur off the kitchen.... A nasty nip was had.. Use my multimeter all the time now

Humanity has officially touched the Sun (or, at least, one of its probes has)

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Re: I do hope that at some point the order is given to...

2025, according to the post

Actual metal being welded in support of the UK's first orbital 'launch platform'

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because putting all your eggs ina basket never ends well:


Apple, Amazon fined to the tune of €200m for colluding over Beats headphones sales

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Re: That's Terrible

Try doing this with Levi Jeans.

Remember back in the 90s when Tesco tried to flog them?

'mericans have a track record with this. It's not just Apple. Try buying a pair of bose....

Randox's Certifly app for vaccinated international arrivals has to be side-loaded onto Android phones

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Re: If you work for Google, do everyone a favour...

I bet he has a driving license, though :-)

Microsoft touts Windows 11 SE: A locked-down OS to give Chromebooks a run for their money in schools

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Re: not really

I'm at BlackHat today at eXcel: Had to stop and say hello to a guy wearing a ZX Spectrum t-shirt.

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Great, so with no 3rdparty MDM support, schools will be forced to use Intune, which I'm guessing with be $$$$$ on top of the cost of the devices.

Way to go, Micro$oft.

Tesla slams into reverse, pulls latest beta of Full Self-Driving software from participating car owners

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Re: This statement needs soem clarification...

Airbus seem to do a fine job of doing so, so why can't Musk?

Sir Clive Sinclair inspired me and 'whole load of others' at Arm, says CEO Simon Segars

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Re: Kit form!

I had a spec drum and weirdly, back in the late 80s, my mum's TV had composite and phono in! However, I believe you could cut a track near the UHF modulator to get the speccy to output composite. I couldn't bring myself to do it.

So, I'd have to do my drum programming using UHF, then swap to composite to hear the bloody thing

Never shared that with anyone before :-)

Scoot on over for a wheely tricky mystery with an electrifying solution

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School science.....

One day in middle school, the science teacher wheeled out the Van De Graff Generator, and predictable hilarity ensued, until it came to me....

The teacher was confounded as to why his experiment didn't work....

Turns out the wonderful dunlop wellies I wore in the winter were an excellent insulator!

Who knew?!

Meatballs, Abba, and bork: 3 things Sweden is famous for

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Re: All you need is ...

SSH(*) and VNC and you're sorted

(*): with the correct precautions, else hilarity could (and probably would) ensue

Sir Tim Berners-Lee and the BBC stage a very British coup to rescue our data from Facebook and friends

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Calling out Bojo for the lying, cankerous piece of excrement he is was well done.

Thanks, Sir Clive Sinclair, from Reg readers whose careers you created and lives you shaped

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I thought this was very apt: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RY5fMSj0rJw&ab_channel=retroisland

We all programmed it.



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