* Posts by FredBloggs61

62 publicly visible posts • joined 14 Mar 2014


Debugging source is even harder when you can't stop laughing at it



Childish me?

These boffins' deepfake AI vids are next-gen. But don't take our word for it. Why not ask Zuck or Kim Kardashian...


But, but, but the camera never lies?

New Horizons eyeballs Kuiper Belt object Ultima Thule, its next flyby goal


Not just Boaty

Boaty McBoatface - 2016

Rage Against the Machine - 2009

Brexit - 2016

People in the UK seem to have a penchant for voting against authority

Eee by gum! Aye up, Microsoft, what's tha y' got? Cloud for accents?


I call Babel fish!

The best of Reg readers' David Hockney-style logo redesigns


Raising by another raisin and currant (news)

IoT worm can hack Philips Hue lightbulbs, spread across cities


"enabling the attacker to turn all the city lights"

Hmm.. ALL the city lights?

Tesla's big news today:
sudo killall -9 Autopilot


Re: Wot! No rear facing Radar?

99.99% men?


Think virtual reality is just about games? Think again, friend

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Re: VR is DEAD in da Egg

Nobody, you hear, nobody is gonna wear special glasses - that is why TV3D did not take off ... fun 2 minutes for a geek ... won't work ... do away with silly goggles, yes, might work, this time next century ...

Thanks for deciding that for everyone?

I can see quite a few decent uses of VR, maybe not mainstream cinema entertainment.

But not your decision to make.

Puny human sailors still needed... until drone machine learning tech catches up


Got to end up where we are sending drone ships and planes against a drone enemy.

At the point of the next conflict, I suggest they all piss off down the pub and settle it over a game of darts instead of all this money being spent on weapons to destroy weapons.

Mercedes answers autonomous car moral dilemma: Yeah, we'll just run over pedestrians


Re: Do not be so mean to merc drivers

Perfect example, went up onto the bank and almost took out the post box to avoid somebody who just wasn't looking when pulling out. had I not gone off the road I'm sure somebody with a wobbly neck would be ripping off the system :(


not a massively exciting video, but luckily the only one worth recording since I had my dash cam.

Looks like a pretty danged small road to be doing nearly 40 on?

Prime Minister May hints at shaking up Blighty's 'dysfunctional' rural broadband


We were "lucky" enough to have FTTC installed a couple of years back.

When the big cable installation years ago, the village I live in was missed as we are just over a county border. The contract in the village/county I live in was being done by one company and the contract for the neighbouring county was another. Despite the fact, we have houses separated by a small bridle path, that are neighbours, the adjoining county company wouldn't install to us as we were out of their patch and the company with the contract for our county wouldn't install to us as it would have meant running about 6 miles of cable from the next town in the same county.

I have enjoyed playing with Virgin sales staff who insist that we can have Cable. I have even paid the deposit for cable to be installed and then had arguments with them over failing to supply the service they have taken money for. Got a refund and an offer to provide the same FTTC service I already receive...

My village cannot be unique in this situation, there must be a large number of potential customers who are just over county lines and as such have no cable.

Apple seeks patent for paper bag - you read that right, a paper bag


What's the date?

Am I missing something here?

Like the last 5 months and it's actually April 1st?

You call it 'hacking.' I call it 'investigation'


Re: Please keep your biometric nettles away from my arse

Nat-West gave me one of these card reader/pin generator things, when I opened an account with them about 8 years ago.

Four years later when I had to get around to adding a new payee, I had to ask them to send another one out as the last one probably got chucked out as a useless remote control.

Two years later again, and the dog had managed to chew this one up, so "please send a new one" again.

On my fourth now and can't find that...

Google plots cop detection for auto autos


Moving out of the way!

Saw a pic a little while back, forget which country it was in, but policy seemed to be that any dual carriageway hold-ups and the traffic has to move to the outside of the lanes to leave a gap down the middle.

Simple but genius. (taking out the dumb idiots who would assume this gap is for them...)

Lindsay Lohan ‘happy’ to turn on Kettering


Re: At least people who know where Kettering is

Article doesn't say Kettering is in Northampshire, Does say their correspondent is though, "Our Northampshire correspondent"

Mozilla's trying on seven hot new spring/summer logo looks


What's so impossible about the "impossible M"?

Robo-buses join the traffic in Helsinki


Re: 10 km/hr

Maybe it is quite slow. The British Heart Foundation say that s person with excellent fitness, should be doing 8kmh when doing a fast walking pace.

I reckon with my knee and back problems, I would struggle to hit 3kmh, so yes I think these could be very useful.

I hope it doesn't take as long for the progress, but cars had to have someone walking in front of them waving a red flag when they were first around.

Ford announces plans for mass production of self-driving cars by 2021


Be honest, how many hours does your car sit doing nowt, on the drive at home, in the car park at work.

I accept that individual requirements dictate our personal need.

But if I could just call up a car for the 4 or 5 trips I have to take each week, it could potentially save me a fortune. I guess it depends on how much those 4-5 trips cost me I guess.

Now if I want fun, I drag out the bike, can't see them being autonomous any time soon.

Vodafone: Dear customers. We're sorry we killed your Demon


Off topic slightly, but how freakin maddening is it to see a van sign painted with a hotmail, aol, outlook, gmail or any free domain email address.

London cops waste £2.1m on thought crime unit – and they want volunteer informers


I don't agree with everything this guy says, but....


EE roaming outage hits Brits basking abroad


Clues in the first tweet - "Fastest UK network" ;)

Exclusive transcript: WikiLeaks reveals ass call from a zoo


Years ago when phones were the size of house bricks (wait a minute we are getting back there) a mate was visiting his brother when his lad was playing with the new phone thingy dad had. I answered the call to hear him shouting at his lad to put it down. Then followed about an hour and a half of me being unable to disconnect the call, hanging up at my end made no difference. I had to wait until he had driven home so I could call his landline on my mobile to tell him to hang up. I forget how much that call cost him but it weren't cheap

Torrent is a word, and you can't ban words, rules French court


Won't somebody please think of the children!!!

Purloined password re-use checker pees in the security soup


Re: SHARD sounds like SHAT

Wow, some accent you got there buddy?

Down to Earth: NASA's kilo-kitty balloon lands after 46 days


Coming down out of the cold?

Get outta here, officer, you don't need a warrant to track people by their phones – appeals court


"dd/mm/yyyy" FTFY

British cops to film you with 59k body-worn cameras by end of year


And the cloud gets hacked, brand new reality copshow, where all the people interviewed are on display.

Politician claims porn tabs a malware experiment, then finds God


Re: I'd make a comment

They are for rent you know, nobody says what you have to rent them for...

Cyber-moolah boss gets 20 years' porridge for money laundering


Re: Previous Offence - 5 years reduced to probabtion - WTF?

Hmm... taking the something, just maybe more liquid than biscuit

Database man flown to Hong Kong to install forgotten patch spends week in pub


Flew into Kai Tak a few times as a youngster back in the 60's and 70's. Never got over the feeling that we were about to land in the water. Which if you didn't have a window seat, it most certainly looked like you were about to do.

Once managed to get a weekend in Belfast, visiting family, as the boss needed someone to install (plugin) a printer. No one in the Belfast office would take responsibility so, as a webdev, got some quality family time at co expense... Fly out Friday morning, printer working by 10:30, Guinness with cousins by 12:00 -- happy days.

Woman charged with blowing AU$4.6m overdraft on 'a lot of handbags'


Isn't it wonderful.

If I make a mistake and don't pay my mortgage on time, they jump on me like a bulldog.

But when they cockup, it is the clients fault.

Obama London visit prompts drone no-fly zone


"It is rather mental the the US Secret Service get to make these mental demands of the host country. Has the air of the Emperor visiting the minions"


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I would like to know, if drones are potentially so dangerous, why these restrictions are not in place all the time for our own head of state?

Is POTUS more important to the UK than HM?

Sorry, but the answer to that, is a big fat "NO", in my book.

Google tried to be funny, cocked it up, everyone thought it was a bug


Re: I am angry

12 pints of Guinness and 3 double shots of whisky all drank in three hours sized, hangover

Fail, where's the hangover. Slightly extended Friday lunchbreak I agree, but hangover from that tipple?

Hands on with the BBC's Micro:Bit computer. You know, for kids


I worry that these drag and drop programs will become so efficient, real programmers will no longer be required.

Virginia man charged in intriguing 'suspicious bacon' case


Re: how many cats it takes to make a bottle of catsup,

I also support your right to devise cat recipes!

Are they any good? What do they taste like? Chicken?

Does anyone know what their broadband costs? The ASA hopes to change that


Re: Funnily enough...

Can't see what the criticism was for?

Unlimited is in the freakin dictionary.

not limited or restricted in terms of number, quantity, or extent.

"offshore reserves of gas and oil are not unlimited"

synonyms: inexhaustible, limitless, illimitable, boundless, unbounded, immense, vast, great, extensive, immeasurable, incalculable, untold, unfailing, everlasting, infinite, endless, never-ending, bottomless, measureless, inestimable, cosmic

Probe launched after mischiefmaker invades US spyboss's Verizon broadband account


Has anyone alerted Alanis Morissette?

Now that's ironic

Sneaky skimmer scam stings several Safeway supermarkets


Re: Massive outbreak of skimmers in U.S.

"and ask for a crash course in doing basic frickin sums"


I get so annoyed when a cashier is unable to do basic maths.

Item costs = £6.87

Give over a £10

Realise I have a pocket of change and offer extra £1.87 to get a £5 note back

Cashier now unable to work out what change to give, as the machine says £3.13


Apple pays two seconds of quarterly profit for wiping pensioner's pics


Re: Thus the "service agreement"

Maybe your mother has someone to give them advice?

Maybe this guy doesn't?

There are people out there who go out and buy phones based on what their friends have, maybe one of your mums friends has the same phone as mum, with no one to advise them.

IMHO If someone pays for a "genius" to assist them, they have a reasonable expectation of genius service.

Nuisance call blocking firms fined £170,000 ... for making nuisance calls


I hate the "survey on our service" text messages that most of the telcoms I have had dealings with seem to insist on sending out every time you call them about anything!

eBay scammer steals identity of special agent investigating him


Let's just hope he doesn't team up with someone like this:


Lies from VW: 'Our staff acted criminally but board didn't know'


Re: but what are they going to do?

How about a refund under the Sales of Goods Act?

AT&T grabs dictionary, turns to 'unlimited', scribbles it out, writes: '22GB a month'




All in all, it's just another hit in the stalls: Roger Waters The Wall


Re: Re: Meh

@ Symon - It's hanged. Hung is the past tense of Hanged. FTFY

Right, opt out everybody! Hated Care.data paused again


I am waiting for another consultant appointment, as one department only sent him a partial MRI report and he needs the full report to be able to reach a final decision on an operation.

Linked data would have meant less delay, which in turn helps waiting lists get shorter.

Win Win!

Chechen women swindle ISIS via social media: 'We need roubles to join you xx'


Re: Piracy \ Privateering could be a historical precedent for this

Go back far enough and there is probably a precedent for most things.

As we all seem to have descended from Africa, or at least our ancestors interbred with Africans, who you going to blame now?

How far back do we go with the blame game?

Buffoon in 999 call: 'Cat ate my bacon and I want to press charges'


Re: Charge 'em

Good plan, I would prefer it if some community payback was introduced, but financial penalties work too

TalkTalk deactivates hundreds of email accounts after legacy spam scare


if you are stupid enough to keep using your old ISPs mail system years after you left them more fool you.

Hmm why is that then?

Especially when a user may not have left them.

In my case, I was a Pipex customer when that was bought out by Tiscali and they discontinued the Pipex email accounts, Then Tiscali get bought out by TalkTalk, so do I have to then change address again?

US students prevail in rocket-powered egg challenge


Re: Happy times

Professor Heinz Wolff in all his glory -- don't half bring back memories.