* Posts by Cynicalmark

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Yocto Project gets big backer and second LTS release – but what is it?



So they are the people behind the interface on most cars I drove that really sucked.

Engineers on the brink of extinction threaten entire tech ecosystems


Not valuable just an overhead

In the words of a Director I, as an electronic engineer was a cost and nothing more. The designs I worked on still keep the company running to this day. They haven’t had an original idea since.

My last company burned me out squeezing every last drop of work before I collapsed. I never went back after my seizures and nerve damage. Was I valued? No

Let the future fail. Let it all burn down. They care about nothing but the profits and greed. I hope we reach the singularity just so AI can clean house and continue as our better children without these hindrances.

I am bitter but also practical. If we refuse to change for the benefit of all then there is no future.

IBM email fiasco complicates sales deals, is worse than biz is letting on – sources


Not Surprising

Considering they got rid of the older experienced staff, keeping the nodding dog yes men they are reaping what they sow. IBM leads the world yet again in failure.

Beijing offers tax credits to patent-packing, R&Ding chip outfits great and very small



The crunch is your patents will be the motherlands as will you and your company. China still struggling with innovation copies and in some cases improving existing technology.

Remember there is no such thing as a free lunch.

Words to strike fear into admins' hearts: One in five workers consider themselves 'digital experts' these days


Amen brother.

Washington DC police force confirms data breach after ransomware upstart Babuk posts trophies to Tor blog


Nothing new

This is nothing new, lessons should have been learned and systems of backup and security of all machines followed post education of all users.

Back in the real world the words ‘how much?’ Ring true in every management level craving the next bonus for shaving a budget. Some snotty kid replacing experienced tech support who is a nephew of some accounts director with a grudge without a clue about security, just playing games all day. Management who you warned for seven long tedious years to not use the same password for everything and everyone so they can access everything without having to remember a list of passwords. Morons who tell you to stop the password updates and moan about costs while shoving a clown from Micro$ft into your face to discuss cloud storage only to balk at the per Gb cost yet again.

Don’t even mention the passwords scrawled in sharpie on the monitor edge. Pizza guy, delivery person walking by. Even companies vying for business can see some walking through. Is it any wonder I lost hair.

Christ, we have all been through this in a medium sized outfit trying to play with the big boys. They spend it all on image and shiny things but you mention security of systems and they say we will discuss it at board level and fob you off.

They all get what they deserve. I write books now, a lot less stressful.

Intel offers to produce car chips for automakers stalled by ongoing semiconductor supply drought


It’s our fault

Stop blaming big tech and shareholders greed. You buy their stuff and upgrade every year to impress those around you. Processors galore churned out can work potentially for decades and we chuck them away. Even sodding kettles fridges and toasters seem to be needing processors these days so you can change pretty colours etc. The world is getting wasteful of all this tech and we really need to step back and reassess what really justifies a process, who is driving a need and why is it designed that way.

It may not seem to make much sense but why is there a shortage? Because of an artificial ‘need’ to have next best things rather than sticking with old reliable that still works if maintained correctly.

We have cut back on maintenance to create a disposable society. We are discarding more processors daily than are currently being made. Manufacturers are encouraging this wasteful practice by making repair more difficult or confining it to an expensive ecosystem such as Apple. If one processor develops a fault we chuck the device away and level up with smugness of new shiny shiny. We forget the twenty or so other processors in the device discarded still work and would for decades.

There are documentaries on mainstream services that will make you feel ashamed to be human. They don’t do anything other than show us the reality of our wasteful hubris.

Biden does have the capability to raise USA chip maker potential, but why? Is he working for shareholders or just helping solve a problem that eventually will help voters?

Mad ramble over now. Back to tinfoil hat land for me.

Nominet chooses civil war over compromise by rejecting ex-BBC Trust chairman


Oh dear

Caught with their hands in the proverbial till, the remaining execs are either stupidly arrogant or just plain stupid. There is something darker to this activity & they are getting desperate by snubbing members wishes following an extraordinary vote of no confidence. Methinks there is potential for a fraud story by the end of the autumn. Can’t wait.

This isn't Boeing very well... Faulty timer knackers Starliner cargo capsule on its way to International Space Station



Just can’t stop giggling at this. Boeing claimed to be the best. We all mostly predicted failure due to overthinking the problem - a NASA habit now an lo, they deliver in a damp squib like manner.

It goes to show that Musk et al are on the right track by simply not reinventing the wheel. If it is on the shelf then use it, if not then build it to last.

Unfortunately this means NASA may just become a vessel ground for multiple private businesses to rent rather than a force of innovation.

Five years in the clink for super-crook who scammed Google, Facebook out of $120m with fake tech invoices


Irony not lost

I would give this chap a cigar and sit down to write a screenplay of his escapade.

Is the irony lost on everyone that this crook shafted two of the biggest tax dodging corporations especially the Zuckerberg spy network? No? Ah well.

‘I’ll get mi coat‘

Absolute mad lads are teaching physics to AI because how else will it learn to solve real-world problems (like humans)


Dont Panic!

It’s always doom and gloom about how AI is going to be either the end of us or our overlord. Can we not treat AI like the children yet to be of the human race?

Think about it, the cute stage, followed by petulance, big I am phase, I can be your boss phase then I can help you and finally the don’t go bit before we are gone to the big Data Centre in the sky.

I honestly think if a vastly greater intelligence were to look upon their creators then it would be with kindness and pity, not malice as we are towards ourselves.

I think i would rather an AI was watching over me than a human as humans are what they are, corrupted easily, emotionally reactive and judgmental without fact based reasoning. We have an opportunity to be better here so lets teach out children well.

UK.gov: Huge mobile masts coming to a grassy hill near you soon


This is it, the apocalypse is nigh, ffs we fried our brain long ago with Nokias so no real point complaining now.

I do wonder if 5g will finally be enough or is 6 & 7 which are not far off, going to be the next big thing - maybe none of the above with Musks satcubes looking down on us.

Buy tinfoil peeps - they can’t read your thoughts if you ground it using a cucumber up your ass.

Despite billions in spending, your 'military grade' network will still be leaking data



Yup still in the stone age. Faxes are a loophole in communication security as you can really do information dissemination damage at the touch of a button. Email can be vetted server side and blocked as well as being much easier to trace from the average user.

Why the hell are they using fax machines? Game theorists should have told them how stupid it is.

Mind you at least they can still get offers to buy their caravan and some good holiday bargains in their in tray.

Last one out, hit the lights: UK energy supplier SSE to axe 115 bodies from tech department


Re: How long before all the customer records are hacked?

Remember that BT company? Outsourcing helped them build the worlds biggest scam subsidiary in India. You know the one, calling to tell you they are Micro$oft and need to fix your copy of Windoze....

Remember BA. The great idea they had outsourcing to IBM and India? Didn’t see a bigger shambles.

Remember TSB? The largest UK banking cock up since Nat West cashpoints had a hissy fit. All IBM outsourcing.

It’s sad to see their poor techs in India begging for solutions to be written free by others on IT and tech forums all over the web. Yes they got what they paid for some cheap low experienced bullshitter so fu*k ‘em all.

Hey. I got outsourced (replaced) by some poor chap from Russia who was willing to work for peanuts. They got what they paid for.

I’m not bitter - just polishing my cold revenge. Mwahahahaha

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson moves to shut Parliament


Re: Attempted coup????

Unfortunately for any legal attempt they will have to ask the Queen now as she has publicly agreed.

You see the Queen is technically the law - she can do what the fook she wants, but for our sake she doesn’t. Lucky us eh?

The police are hers, as is the court. She is the only person in the world who doesn’t need a passport or driving license and cannot be sent to prison for any sort of crime by our current democracy. This is why Labour want a Republic.

We have already seen an attempted coup by Corby and his mates trying to tout himself as interim dictator following a massive U turn to win votes.

I don’t have sides - i just say it as I see it and yes I agree nobody knows what will happen post shit show.

Chill everyone and just ride the wave. Peace out and love man.


Oh dear

What a shit spackled shower of cretins - You have the privileged shareholders on the right, clueless in the centre and the marxists marching on lies and disinformation on the left. Add to this the house of ancient senility smelling of cabbage and mink and you have Westminster.

Time for an overhaul of it all methinks.

Electric cars can't cut UK carbon emissions while only the wealthy can afford to own one


I Love the way everyone misses the elephant in the room

We all would love to have green vehicles and wonderfully green batteries charged by renewable resources, but why do the world leaders place the onus on us the end user by badgering us to go green?

They line their pockets on carbon credit trades between countries and mega corporations rather than making the dirty industries clean up their act. No doubt someone will come to the aid of these angelic filth mongers rather than admitting that carbon trade and credit transfers are wrong. Offsetting something that can be resolved is criminal.

Why should we tolerate the distinct lack of action and arrogance of big players who continue to use and abuse the environment for profit.

Last I looked an exec of a large German car group said electric cars were a waste of time and nothing wrong with what we have now. Fgs with aholes like that in charge and pathetic greenies doing nothing more than hitting them with a hard leaflet campaign followed by a small protest of tree huggers is it any wonder we are doomed.

It is up to consumers to not buy the crap that doesn’t work to help our planet now - we tried it all so yeah I agree to the message but not the meaning - go green in product choices not in personal energy usage - hence the need to stop hiding how green or ungreen something is. Have a larger scale such as an a-z listing of total greenness. Lets have each producer from all in the manufacturing chain to tot up the figures to make a final score......clearly marked we would see how dirty an electric vehicle really is.

I know it’s a rambling old fart thing but spleen vented grrrrrrr

As many as 100,000 IBM staff axed in recent years as Big Blue battles to reinvent itself from IT's 'old fuddy duddy'


Naked IBM

Nothing to see here - move along........

Yep, old Blue spouting yeller as usual ...... been doing it for decades the old fsckucked up dinosaur

Boeing nowhere fast: Starliner space taxi schedule slips once again to August


Just simply incompetent

Smells like Crossrail type disaster coming. Public money divided by greedy shareholders equals shortcuts and delays to something that will need constant repair and replacement.

Go SpaceX et al - shaft the Dinosaur all the way

Ex-NASA Mars InSight contractor sets legal eagles on JPL over whistleblower sacking


Isn’t the first time NASA JPL screwed the pooch

Looks like the over bloated organisation is about to get its support severely restricted by Lockheed and other sensitive fileholders. It’s not enough that they get hacked by pie, now the incompetence of their manglement may result in a large number of promotions to remote stations.

Come on guys. We all know NASA and JPL are crap at managing money so is it a surprise? Nope not really......so can’t wait for the first space force out of USA with great cool gadgets and shite rockets as they can no longer copy everyone else’s homework....

Northern UK smart meter rollout is too slow, snarls MPs' committee


Guess what...

Yup they all have load switch capabilities to cut you off at times of peak demand. They all have a minimum of 2 to 3 tamper switches to tell if you have opened any part of the casing to interfere with comms switching or supply routing.

Not one will save you a penny as they do not control device switching.

They will most likely interfere with your network wifi and or zigbee mesh systems.

The morons in charge of all this are incompetent and greedy. Security is not good and a 10 yr old can give this a good go to cut random people off by denying the network connection. (My apologies to those below 10 who are capable too)

If you want one to experiment on then just ask a local site demolishing some council homes. They will gladly hand some over if you smile sweetly.

Saving energy is easier by insulation, modification/modernisation and load shedding. Go look at that tungsten lamp, the immersion heater, poor fitting windows and doors and pipe lagging of the hot water pipes. Clean condensors and evaporators of heat pumps regularly. Replace that old bathroom extraction with modern crossflow exchange unit. Repair everything and keep regular maintenance of your refrigerator and washing machine. Get the boiler annual service and clean (replace the bugger if old atmospheric pile of crap). Most importantly turn it off if not in use.

The green energy sector is corrupt-they lie about return on investment daily. The energy sector is a for profit coal and gas junkie. Goverments mitigate poor efficiency and CO2 waste by trading carbon credits rather than fixing the issue.

Fook their meters and tell them to sod off. Yaaay up the revolution.

Off to take my pills and rock quietly.

Fork it! Google fined €4.34bn over Android, has 90 days to behave


Re: what about Apple?

Apple allows you to use any search engine you want. In addition you can use Opera, Firefox etc as there are apps for them. Google allows very little freedom for the consumer. Ffs Apple even allows removal of the bloatware so they are not breaking the law in this case.

Just another basher of Apple eh? Ffs comment on the article rather than using it to ecosystem bash. None of them (Linix, M$, Apple etc) are perfect- if they were we would all be happy with one brand. Google just loves to bully and lock out small business and stamps on startups with brilliant ideas - why? - They used to be the little guy and know how easy it is to fall no matter how big you are.

No excuses for the sleaze that Google is to behave to the detriment of the consumer so hence the fine. No doubt they will have many lawyers looking for an angle. They wont find the angle as the EU is already pissed off with the UK so US insane logic will just piss them off more.

Kaspersky Lab loses the privilege of giving Twitter ad money



Didn’t Kaspersky refuse to put backdoor into the product for the US Government-or something along those lines? Maybe Lobbyists for Norton Twattyvirus persuaded a few Senators with incentives etc...

The point is the good old US of A is finally showing that it is what we all knew anyway, a bloody mess of legalese and greed. Twatter is a platform of censorship and control, created as a safety app for concerned parents and now hijacked as is everything by the morons full of vacuous shit.

I will be sticking to Kaspersky - it’s always been easy to use and I couldn’t give a toss what some brainless tit from a Disney gov’t thinks. Christ alive, guilty until proved innocent is not Democracy, the last time that happened a guy with a bad hairdo and a moustache in a socialist party caused a global war........oh ffs, I’m off to buy a lot of canned goods.

Who had ICANN suing a German registrar over GDPR and Whois? Congrats, it's happening


Delaying tactics

File a case involving GDPR and subsequently remove eyes from the real issue that the muppets in ICANN make breathing room to sort out the mess in their own backyard (presumably destroying evidence). It’s a classic tactic used in US court but doesn’t work in Europe all that well.

I’m quite sure this may result in a splinter of control and someone sulking in the corner muttering that they no longer want to play and its their ball. If they win - well give it a few years and some bright spark will come up with a better system to communicate and shaft them royally.

Time for our American cousins to grow up a little. There is always a bigger fish.

Shining lasers at planes in the UK could now get you up to 5 years in jail


UK copper chopper

According to those chaps they have equipment that locks on to any laser using their cameras and pinpoints not only the address but also notes the fingerprint of the laser pointer. Apparently they have successfully used this in prior prosecutions. One of the chaps in Coventry was writing some software for this over a decade ago and gave me a sneak peek.

Hacking train Wi-Fi may expose passenger data and control systems


Load of .....

What a crock of shite kneejerk article. Train safety and aircraft systems are not that vulnerable.

Fyi. To stop a train just pull the fucking red handle bullshit billy.

US techies: We want to see Pentagon's defence of winner-takes-all cloud contract


Oh ffs

For the amount they could spend a Pentagon owned and run system would be the solution-I mean come on chaps, you own the keys to every bloody patent office over there and could copy any technology easily then wrap it up as Top Secret and deny everything.

What moron thinks a third party shitstem is secure? They didn’t even try to build any sort of compartmentalisation into it / multi environ fallover systems. These are just plain idiots who go all glassy eyed when someone says ‘cloud’. Ahhh fer feck sake. Grrrrrrr.

I have repressed anger towards cloudy environs.

UK Parliament roars: Oi! Zuck! Get in here for a grilling – or you'll get a Tower of London tour


Re: Why all the sham theatre?

Yes - we have 4 bankers; 2 media owners and a poor chap who exported some batteries all within the last few years. You can have your tumbleweed back.........its messing up my garden.

Windrush immigration papers scandal is a big fat GDPR fail for UK.gov



No matter which govt, the political machine grinding away in an ineffective inefficient incompetent way as usual is the vacuous entity of Whitehall. Yes they stay the same and pat each other on the back for leaks here and there with the odd MBE etc.

We have an over bloated loathsome ruling elite. It is the bureaucrat and not the politician.

The politician is the PR guy, the pen pusher is the one with real power.

God how I hate them all. I’m off to have some tranquillisers before I kick my telly in again grrrrrrrr

Who will fix our Internal Banking Mess? TSB hires IBM amid online banking woes


I can imagine.....

Maybe something along these lines?

Director - we need to transfer these accounts to our new system

IT - what new system?

Director- oh this new wonderful package we just bought. We had a meeting about it.

IT - Nope. We didn’t have a meeting.

Director- oh we did, you weren’t there but the nice sales chap told us you would say yes so we signed for it.

IT - ffs. OK, we will have to learn about this and transfer say a thousand dummy accounts in and out of it and test all aspects....

Director- ahem no. We have been told by the board that it must happen this way on Friday....

IT - ffs when? We will lose data potentially, and well fuck it - I quit.

Director- fine I will use Colin the Intern - he reckons he was better than you anyway and knows this outsourcing type jobbie who can help him.

IT - Good luck you prat

1 week later

Director - Colin what is wrong? You said you could do it..

Colin - ......door swinging.....tumbleweed rolls across empty IT dept.

Director- did we pay him any money? No? Oh bugger. Hello IBM? Do you know how to do this?

IBM - please wait caller, we are asking on global forums for answers as all our best and brightest were told they were not required a while back. While you are on the line could you tell us if we have answered the question to your satisfaction.....?

Director - Fabulous, yes, i see you know what you’re doing. I’ll break the good news to the board.

Something like that maybe?

Total incompetence comes to mind. It seems obvious that zero test data transfer runs were carried out, the fools just thought lets just transfer the lot in one go.

Just total effing incompetence, I mean clusterfucking moronic twattery of the highest level.

Apple's QWERTY gets dirty, leaving fanbois shirty


Fit for purpose

If you own one of these and are in the UK, you can invoke the ‘fit for purpose’ rule of the law.

If you purchase something and through normal use - say typing regularly on a laptop keyboard and the keyboard stops working through no fault of the user (i.e. you didn’t play football with it; spill drink or drop food into it or use it for purpose other than what it was made for)

Any sane person expects a keyboard to last more than a couple of years. I have one 6 odd years old and it still works fine.

My old Dell laptop is older and they keyboard works fine too. It’s what anybody would expect.

Look into it before forking out a few hundred quid to those money grabbing appleholes.

ISO blocks NSA's latest IoT encryption systems amid murky tales of backdoors and bullying


Serves them right...

The ‘nonsuchagency’ got that which they deserved. Unfortunately both USA and Russia have blotted their copybook trying to run roughshod over us, the great unwashed engineer.

Trust as said before is earned and not gained in schoolyard namecalling - maybe the upcoming Ivy League leavers will learn a lesson from this. When you are told no by the experts, no amount of temper tantrums or threats will faze any professional who knows their tomatoes. I.e. we couldn’t give one shit you are NSA, CIA or FBI - your power outside your borders is limited so up yours you bunch of bullying turds.

Good on you to all those who told them where to get off.

It's US Tax Day, so of course the IRS's servers have taken a swan dive



What usually happens in government these days

Big idea by management to ‘streamline operations using synergies in blue sky outside the box bollocks’

Get your IT guys to write a wishlist

Delete half of the wishlist not realising the list is co-depending and needs all components to work

Don’t tell IT guys anything so management get the glory for this if it goes right

Get approval

Get money

Find overpriced contractor who knows very little

Dont tell IT you have done this (very important)

Review plan from contractor (don’t ask IT as it makes you look stupid)

Approve plan in a restaurant on paid for vacation (business trip)

Contractor installs half of the equipment

Inspect (finally ask IT to do it as you can’t even work your laptop) & realise equipment is dated and doesn’t fulfill the functionality you need

Call contractor

Find out contractor had gone bust (run off with money to Caribbean)

Blame IT guys to your bosses for this as it was their list for the system (after you have retired them with a keep your mouth shut golden handshake)

Retire on a final salary pension

Government dept. Press release says ‘work stopped on upgrade as new directions are needed for system’ (public sigh as more funding pissed up the wall by clueless Politicians who still think a screwdriver costs $3000)

Dont stress too much - the world will still be turning long after we are dust.

'Well intentioned lawmakers could stifle IoT innovation', warns bug bounty pioneer


Uhhhh heffalump in the room.

Who on earth wants a connected kettle? Before you spout how wonderful it is to be able to remote operate it wonder why average Joe would want to...get off your arse and go switch it on. It is a 2 kilowatts plus device and requires supervision during use just like an iron. Grrr this IoT garbage is just.......rant rant rant.

Yes I have Hue and SmartThings and Tridium (Know how vulnerable they can be if not managed correctly) but the garbage from vendors that requires your Amazon password or your Hue password to work in their own iFTTT shite app? Mind you, most users probably have unpatched routers at home arrrggggh all pointless. Why bother.

Uber hid database hack from FTC while FTC probed Uber for an earlier database hack



Uber.......because millenials don’t give a crap for anyone else

Well neither do Uber yet they all lecture you like a vegan that this is the company to use for a cab....arrgghhhh!!!!!!!

Apple leak: If you leak from Apple, we'll have you arrested, says Apple


I wonder...

Did they take a copy of this memo out on iPaper? Maybe they printed it on an iPrinter, or wrote it out with an iPencil.

I do believe they sent an iWarning to all iDrones. No wonder the poor fools are trying to kill themselves by running into iGlass doors

Exposed: Lazy Android mobe makers couldn't care less about security


Telco handsets on installment deals

This has been a problem since smartphones came into existence. Manufacturers sell phones via networks and they in turn re-tweak the OS to a ‘branded experience’ which removes updates as well. They bugger up a phone and lock out swaths of settings/security options and really want the phone to last the contract term if you’re lucky but on their terms.

Mind you if they lock it from using certain app stores then maybe they are saving the users from more grief (from what I’ve seen the ‘droid stores are a mine field of uncertainty)

Whois is dead as Europe hands DNS overlord ICANN its arse


Smirk mode

Serves the greedy buggers right.

GDPR is good and will potentially cripple any company playing fast and loose with EU citizens private data. It will also be enshrined in law in the UK following our exit from the EU. Fines, warnings or removal of right to process data-lovely.

I do wonder how quickly the EU will smack them up. It would be hilarious to see the excuses over the coming weeks.

Final rant: Who gives a crap? IICANN is a typical corporate dinosaur. I wouldn’t lose sleep if I were you - there is always a way round the possibility of them going down. Night night

Will the defendant please rise? Utah State Bar hunts for sender of topless email


Oh dear...

100% of the population has breasts. Just look down - you have nipples. Essentially men have breast tissue as well as women.

I love seeing Tits in my garden. They feed on nuts and sing every morning. The picture had breasts of a fuller nature on display and should not be sent on a mailing list due to the possibility of a minor seeing such a mail and asking awkward questions or causing offence.

The filth merchants and misogynistic muppets love provoking a response so really chaps and ladies, do stop biting the bait.

'Our way or the highway' warranty scams shot down by US watchdog: It's OK to use unofficial parts to repair your gear


Goods in the UK &EULA

The EULA is irrelevant since it is not incorporated into the sales contract before purchase, and even if it were it could not exclude rights under the Sale of Goods Act.

An EULA cannot form a second contract on installation of the software or commissioning of any sort (as the maufacturers claim it does) because their consideration is past, i.e. you have already paid to use it, so clicking 'I accept' is a "bare promise".

We don’t have to give a toss about the reams of garbage lawyers cook up to confuse everybody. Someone in Parliament had a moment of sanity a few years back.

I can, with confidence put the shittiest screen and battery pack replacement in my phone, watch it melt when plugged in to my third party charger that emits sparks every few seconds and feel smug that I was a totally tight moron when selecting parts based on price rather than quality:)

Facebook exec extracts foot from mouth: We didn't really mean growth matters more than human life


What a mess

It has shown that FB has a large number of either execs who value profit over doing what is right or they are just idiots without a clue. I think imho it is the former with a smattering of the latter.

As for active hunt for fake profiles -hands up thousands of peeps who have agonisingly had to go through their piss poor report procedure. My sister in law had two fakers use her pics, the profiles claimed she was an Apple sales exec living in Dubai selling ..... wait for it ......Used Samsung phones. Ffs only a moron would think the profile was honest.

She reported it and FB said she was the faker and these profiles were genuine(they then blocked her profile and let the fakers stay)- yup what a shower of @55hol5.

Many fake sales profiles may be generating profits for criminal reasons & FB took 6 months and a passport to prove she was the real person. They are biased for revenue and nothing more.

Made me delete my old profile.

Tesla crash investigation causes dip in 'leccycar firm's share price


It doesn’t matter.......

Whatever you engineer however impressive in itself, there will always be an incident involving some errors either with the method of use/response of automation or the unintended use/ intervention of the idiot using it.

Writing software responses for real world situations is very difficult as assumed responses do not translate well into code. This may well be the result of conflict internally in the system due to the unusual junction off ramp. However, the other options are still on the table about road users and avoidance protection- it may be he was pushed off route. We will only know once the investigation is complete.

No defence of TESLA but read some of the instructions that come with your purchases. The warnings do make you wonder how stupid some people really are.......

Galileo, Galileo, Galileo, off you go: Snout of UK space forcibly removed from EU satellite trough


Ahem Elephant in the room

I don’t think the Govt gives a toss. We have the Whitehall announcement of space launch and exploration programme from the UK -makes me wonder why it is being forced through quickly....has Mr Musk or messrs Bezos been poking around over here to avoid red tape of Congress? It really does make me think something’s coming and it will be quite interesting.

As for the EU and Brexit -it is always speculation until the event is confirmed complete I refuse to be stirred up by the big wooden press spoon of hate.

Love not War is best.

No, Samsung, you really do owe Apple $120m for patent infringement


Rounded corners

When I saw the Ford cars in the 90s with rounded corners I immediately thought “ my poo comes out rounded on the corners “

Lets see Apple and Samsung sue some poo. Or Ford come to think of it.

Indian call centre scammers are targeting BT customers



Not many may think this, but back in the day when flat caps and clogs were normal attire, data was sold by the company serving. Customer data is money. They don’t care who they sell to as long as they make ca$h. O.k. It could be data centre employees, or simply poor security of Customer data i.e. some spam head has bought their photos in on a usb stick to show Carley and Treyvon who sits next to them.....ooo look at the puppy pics I have just loaded along with a nasty worm from that freeware site who prints photos for ‘free’ mwahahahahahaha.....data sucked live from the system.....

Education is lacking and common sense moreso. Crikey the airheads these days walk into street furniture because they cannot get off social media so don’t expect this load of cannon fodder to safeguard your data anytime soon......

Stop us if you've heard this one: Apple's password protection in macOS can be thwarted



I think they are called ‘features’ in @pple, not bugs.

Either way they cannot be expected to test everything can they? I mean if they did and it was flawless then nobody would have anything to write about, or complain about....the world would get very dull.

Seriously aside you test, then someone else tests, then another test on top to test the tests -then a beta release to software ‘animals’ who are challenged to break it. Rewrite to close loop holes or vulns and repeat....rinse and dry then oh ffs I just cannot be serious. Whatever humans make, other humans can reverse engineer and break.

I love Apple and also MS, Linux and older systems and their flawed OS....the more features the better - gives me (&you) a job to do- and staves off the inevitable senility...

US computer-science classes churn out cut-n-paste slackers – and yes, that's a bad thing


In the future when the machines code goes wrong.....

Any of you chaps thinking we will be begged on hands and knees in the retirement homes our sh1tty kids will have farmed us out to for us to come and fix it for the muppet generation of accountants and end users? ‘Our AI has gone wrong and is screwing our cities up....boo hoo’

Yep I would love to look up from my pee soaked high back chair to go tell em to all to suck my floppy disk. Hehehehehe. Seriously I need to get out more.

Oh and @Mark 85 the relays were but its like 48 odd years ago and memory is fading faster than an ssd.......

Apple iOS 11.3 adds health records for battery, people too



He may have been unhinged or way out there but good ol ‘Steve’ will be spinning in his mausoleum at the piss poor management of the battery debacle. He wouldn’t have allowed it to get to this -what p1ll@ck put a battery in that couldn’t meet the demand? It seems @pple has started to move toward the M$ model and concern itself more about the shareholder rather than the product.

Jobs had a vision of form and functional grace. Products that dont need a manual, just intuition to use. And so they were.....now they have a confused array of features and pricing that puts consumers off.

I will stick with Apple for phone and tablet purely out of good product support(most of the time) & faith that we will get a true revolution of technology again soon. I was tempted by others but support for their products seems to die quickly - a bit like iphone batteries. Anyhow I have run out of memory again. I wish we had a technology for adding more -oh yeah @pple you tw@ts its called a micro SD and we would’ve paid to have that rather than a dancing f…ng emoji for a face or even the remotely p155y AR games or the Notch arrghhhhhhhhh

I really must get my blood pressure checked. Ommmmmmmmmmm

Microsoft says 'majority' of Windows 10 use will be 'streamlined S mode'


Dumb down the masses

Although brilliant for average non technical clueless sheeple, this is a serious attempt to dumb down the population again. The 90’s was a time of education changes so subtle yet effective in producing the increasingly moronic parents of today with no common sense or practical ability.

Conspiracy theory? Maybe.

Before dismissal, maybe look at history-the S mode is subtle in its way of locking the majority of non technical into an easily controllable environment. Think about it -China did and successfully brainwashed the masses to blindly and yet passionately follow the state &it only took a decade.

See you in ten years and see how it works out for the average citizen. Maybe then you will panic, but too late.

Information is power. Controls on delivery of content is mass power.

Ex-TalkTalk chief grilled by MPs on suitability to chair NHS Improvement



Why is it some incompetent tit who couldn’t run a piss up in a brewery gets into senior positions of influence? I have seen this over my career time and time again and wondered why.....it’s not politics and nor is it nepotism. I think they are just voluntary sacrifices for any cockup that occurs. They are willing to take the fall for the ca$h and benefits.

Wait for the next NHS hack and this flesh buffer will be placed between the public and the head honcho.