* Posts by Adelio

159 posts • joined 19 Jan 2015


Struggling company pleads with landlords to slash rents as COVID-19 batters UK high street. The firm's name? Apple


Re: "You are the landlord, via your pension"

if you ignore the state pension a lot of working people (Not all i agree) will also have another funded pension provided by the company they work for.

I know people can, and do opt out but still there are a log of "private" pensions around.


Re: My heart bleeds

Thats not the only issue.

Getting into almost any town has been getting harder and harder. And if you drive, then there seem to be fewer parking spaces and the parking charges keep going up.

"out of town" stores can be better because of free parking but they are not the silver bullet.

Yes, on-line shopping can be a lot easier and quicker but for me there are some things i would never buy on-line. some clothes, Trousers, shoes, most food. To be fair as a Male, old fart I probably buy very little clothing now. After all, how many pair of shoes or trousers or almost anything can a person use?

I know younger people appear to buy more cloths that the older generation. Are they really that vain?

Chinese ambassador to UK threatens to withdraw Huawei, £3bn investment if comms giant banned from building 5G


This is the result of many years of companies all over the world racing to find the cheapest production costs over anything else. Too many companies appear to be run by accountants who do not understand that sometimes there are otherthings aside from cost that should be looked at.

Staff are NOT an overhead, they are (or should be) an ASSET. Treat them well and they will serve you well. Treat them like dirt (IBM, ORACLE etc I am looking at you) and you are digging your own graves.

This is also the result of countries NOT looking strategically about retaining some sembelance of internal manufacturing capacity. (ARM, the steel industry. I am looking at you). Quick fire sales of national assets is usually a short sighted view. Why in the hell are we allowing china to build a Nuclear reactor in the UK, this should be a UK or at minimum European project.

How many things can we Actually produce inside the UK without outside resources. Probably nothing.

Keep it Together, Microsoft: New mode for vid-chat app Teams reminds everyone why Zoom rules the roost


Re: Keep my Camera on?

Here here, I have been using teams with a client for about 2 years and noone EVER has a camer in use.

Why the hell would i?

You may be distracted by the pandemic but FYI: US Senate panel OK's backdoors-by-the-backdoor EARN IT Act



As a NON US Citizen can someone tell me how having rules at state level works.

If a state bans encryption is it only if the person LIVES in the state, or if the connection STARTS in the state. What if you are passing through the state, or on holiday? what if you live in the state and then cross the border to a state that allows encryption. Does my app suddenly allow encryption.

What if I MOVE states?

Who makes this stuff up? Not a sane person that is for sure.

We are building software for retail purchases in the USA and it is totally bat shit crazy.

You can have federal, state, city and country taxes of different sorts. a City can declare a tax holiday for a week for a particular tax! Please tell me you think this is a good thing?

My guess is that the tax system is so complicated to make it almost impossible to regulate!

Windows 10 Insider wondering where Notepad has gone? Fear not, Microsoft found it down the back of Dev Channel


Re: Good Grief...

Personally i tend to use notepad++

UK police's face recognition tech breaks human rights laws. Outlaw it, civil rights group urges Court of Appeal


It's not just about scanning all the faces in a location, that is bad enough, but I presume that the policate retail details of ALL the people scanned, irrespective of if there wasa match!

Smart fridges are cool, but after a few short years you could be stuck with a big frosty brick in the kitchen


Re: No, don't check how long it will be supported!

Strange thing is that I bought a new TV a couple of years ago (Sony) and looked at all the smart stuff.

Now I find I NEVER use any of the smarts in the TV. I have a sky box and an amazon fire stick.

I can access all my own media from my NAS from the Amazon Fire stick.

That provides all I need. I would quite happilly have NOT bought a "smart" Tv. B.T.W the sony TV is not that good.

This'll make you feel old: Uni compsci favourite Pascal hits the big five-oh this year


Back in the Good old 80's

I did a one term pascal course about 1981.

We used a Paper teletype (Golfball) at a local collecge connected to the local council mainframe.

When programmers were REAL Programmers, no namby pamby screens!

Man responsible for least popular iteration of Windows UI uses iPad Pro as a desktop*


For real use

For someone that actually uses and needs a keyboard (I code) a tablet is useless. Greasy smears on a screen, almost impossible to type and fast typing non existant!. And PLEASE do not tell me to use a laptop. RUBBISH. Trackpad is useless, keyboard poor compared to a proper keyboard, and the screen is too small (I use two at work and two at home).

AS other people have said, tablets are fine for surfing the internet, buying stuff on Amazon etc. Anything else, include gaming, yuk. Must not be a "proper" game.

I admit it, i have been using computers since the early 80's and I like the basic layout.

Linus Torvalds drops Intel and adopts 32-core AMD Ryzen Threadripper on personal PC


Re: Minimum spec?

Oh, that reminds me of my COBOL days, Change the code and submit a compile, then get the compile printout and check for any errors. Miss a full stop anf get hundreds of errors!

HPE's Black Thursday: Staff face pay cuts or the ax, office closures to save $1bn+ after coronavirus slams IT titan



Have been W.F.H since the end of march and so has my wife. Now that we have got used to it it is ok, we go for a walk at luchtime together.

Not everyone has the tools to W.F.H. In our case My wife works using a laptop on the dinning room table and I have an "office" in a spare bedroom.

But if I take my sons example. they have no spare bedroom and no dining table and a 5 year old girl runing around. They just have a living room with a seatee with one laptop. Nowhere for one person to work from home let alone two.

Not everyone has good internet either. Seems like many people in the USA outside of the cities have that issue.

NHS contact tracing app isn't really anonymous, is riddled with bugs, and is open to abuse. Good thing we're not in the middle of a pandemic, eh?


Re: Old ladies

My father is 83 and although he has a smart phone all he does it call and sometimes texts. Like you I do not think he has ever installed an app to his phone.


Re: Masks are working

I much prefer the stats that show the difference between deaths last year and this year (50,000) not 38,000

Stop tracking me, Google: Austrian citizen files GDPR legal complaint over Android Advertising ID


Re: In all honesty

I disagree,

I would rather no one knew what i was browsing or buying and i definitely do NOT want targed ads. Infact i do not want ANY Adds.

If I google for something then i expect to see a list of items linked to my search (not what i have searched for or bought before).

As you said, if you are already paying a LOT of money for a phone then why do you have to pay (suffer the pain) of advertising (targetted or not) from Google etc.

Ex-Microsoft Office chief reflects on early malware and the 'global attack on the new Windows PC infrastructure'


Re: Cloudy...

My smartphone (Android) has a google and a samsung cloud but I never access them. I Think my phone gets backed up to the cloud/ I just do not care.

as for Windows, I have no microsoft account for my pc and NO onedrive.

I have other, safer ways of backing up by data. Anyway onedrive only has a tiny capacity. I have ober a gb alone in pictures.

UK finds itself almost alone with centralized virus contact-tracing app that probably won't work well, asks for your location, may be illegal


Re: And what about the people ...

Although I do have a modern smartphone I do not, unlike some people, carry it with me everywhere.

I usually carry it to work (unless I forget) but then it gets left on my desk until I go home.

At home it usually stays in one place and rarly goes with me if i leave the house.

Being an old fart (61) I find it amazing how much time some people spend on their phones.

I probably do about 10 text a month and about 50 minutes of calls.

I have never used twatter and I have almost stopped using facefart a couple of years ago. (probably look at it once a month). after all most of it is Dross.

Because of lockdown internet is a bit bigger as we are Whatsapping my two sons. but normally I probably only use a couple of med a month!

As Brit cyber-spies drop 'whitelist' and 'blacklist', tech boss says: If you’re thinking about getting in touch saying this is political correctness gone mad, don’t bother


Re: Where does this stop?

What about left and right.

Left in italian is "sinistra" which sounds like "sinister" and i am guessing that that is how sinister came about. Because left handed people were evil. Only right handed people were good and proper.

I and my eldest son are both left handed. When my son first went to school. 25 years agoe the teachers asked if we wanted them to FORCE him to write with his right hand.

My wife was appalled when she hear this.

So we should ban left and right and use some other term! <Sarcasm>

Red Hat’s new CEO on surviving inside Big Blue: 'We don’t participate in IBM's culture. It’s that simple'



Many years ago being part of IBM was a good thing. The ONLY thing that IBM seems good at now is getting rid of more and more expensive (read "old and experienced") staff to feather the managers bonuses.

I would not WORK for or buy Anything from IBM now. as for RedHat, Give it time. IBM will start importing the suits to "rationalise" the RedHat business, before finally killing it with a thousand cuts.

Hey bud – how the heck does that stay in your ear? Google emits latest Pixel Buds, plus extra bloatware if you have the matching phone


Re: Wireless

Why would i spend £150 on a set of B.T. headphones that need constant charging and are so easy to loose. Much better to spend £30 on a set of wired in-ear ones that JUST work.

I just plug them into my phone and voila. (Oh I forgot most modern phones are saving £1 by NOT including a headphone jack, thats why I would never by a phone without one).

We're in a timeline where Dettol maker has to beg folks not to inject cleaning fluid into their veins. Thanks, Trump


Re: A bleach alternative

As a british citizen I use the National Healt Service.

It surprises me that people in the "greatest Country in the World" (USA) pay what they pay for Health care.

Having to pay an exhorbitant amount of money for health insurance, AND then getting stung for?? (in the uk we would call it Excess)

Actually it seems line over 20 million do not have any medical insurance so are really buggered.

And the price you pay!, O.M.G no wonder so many people in the US appear to limit what they have treatment for. (O I have cut off tow finfs using a circular saw, which one can i affort to get sewen back on)

Official: Office 365 Personal, Home axed next month... and replaced by Microsoft 365 cloud subscriptions


Re: "deepen your connection to the people in your life"

I am still running the "stand alone" office 2007 and see no need to EVER upgrade to a newer version or to start paying a "subscription" (read extortion) fee to Microsoft.

UK enters almost-lockdown: Brits urged to keep calm and carry on – as long as it doesn't involve leaving the house


Re: And use food delivery services where you can.”

The only thing I am going to be saving on is Fuel to travel to work, I still have everything else to pay for.

I have been GIVEN a 15% pay cut so that makes it a bit awkward!

Theranos vampire lives on: Owner of failed blood-testing biz's patents sues maker of actual COVID-19-testing kit


If that is true then it tells you all you need to know about the gun culture in the U.S. of A

IBM puts 1,248 frontline techies at risk of redundo, warns of data centre closures


IBM and profits

I seems like the ONLY way IBM make any profits these days is by laying off staff.

Not inovating, not providing world beating service, just keep cutting staff..... (not executives mind you).

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


uk 330Bn help?

Listened to one businessman on the radio this morning saying that the business loans (he was a larger business) would be almost useless. Basically if his wages bill is £100,00 per month and this lasts for three months then at the end he will have a loan of £300.000 to pay off. Better of putting his employees on unpaid leave, or sacking them than incurring a huge loan. After all for those 3 months he would not be earning much money (he was a Retailer).

Apple grudgingly opens up its check book, pays VirnetX $454m in patent royalties after a decade of wrangling


Intelectual Property.

Although I understand the principle of I.P. The way it seems to being used seems wrong.

More and more.. Actually companies have been abusing the Patent system for a very long time. Edison anybody. anyway, Patents seem like they only work for large companies. Small companies and individuals have very little chance of fighting a patent litigant.

And the patent of software, That definately seems like a way to abuse companies.

It does seem like the US patent systme is totally broken. Not saying that it is much better elswhere in the world.

Electric vehicles won't help UK meet emissions targets: Time to get out and walk, warn MPs


Re: Power Demand

I though off-peak tarrifs were long Gone?


Re: Power Demand

Do not forget converting all the central heading and cooker hobs from Gas to Electric!


Re: The ones calling for it first.

Fine, except that i travel about 45 miles as day so a bike is a nono. I looked a solar panels but they were expensive and I was told I had no roof tops big enough and facing the correct way.

European electric vehicle sales surged in Q4 2019 but only accounted for wafer-thin slice of total car purchases


I like the definition of "cheap"

I just had a quick look at the list of cars available in 2020 in the UK. only a couple were as low as£25,000 most of them were substantially more expensive.

If I compare an electric car with the equivelant petrol car the difference seems to be AT LEAST £10,000!

That is a LOT of additional money to find. And the cost of second hand Electric cars are equally as expensive.

When I look at my town (Huddersfield) there are only a few places to charge. most with only 1 or 2 charging points. all the OTHER side of town from me. For my Journey to work (Huddersfield to Tankersley, using A roads) there are NO charging points. Certainly None where i work!

Charging points for cars REALLY needs to be addressed, as well as distance per charge and time to charge and the cost of the cars when new before many people are going to buy new Electric Cars.

Now the TCO of a Electric car may be quite good. Assuming you do a lot of miles, but the Upfront cost will put off a lot of people.

I am sure when I look to replace my current car I will have a look at electric cars, I am pretty sure though that by the time I look I will probably have retired so will not be able or willing to pay the premium.

We checked in with the new Windows 10X build, and let's just say getting this ready for late 2020 will be a challenge



When even Microsoft seem incapable of writting proper UWP applications why would anyone use it.

Win32 apps just work, call me a luddite.

The last thing I want to use is a Microsoft Store (or UWP apps)

I do not use a tablet, I do not have touch screens, I do have dual screens. Tell me Microsoft, what percentage of PC's HAVE a touch screen and of those how many people actually use the "touch" stuff.

Appareils électroniques: Right to repair gets European Commission backing


Re: This jumped out:

Well the UK can draft it's own standards (Laugh!!!) but do not expect anyone to take any notice, they will just build things to the EU standard. Cos the UK will enact a more US friendly system (i.e. less strict)

Drones must be constantly connected to the internet to give Feds real-time location data – new US govt proposal


Re: You missed a bit

And what if there is no or limited celular connection?, or the cell goes down.

T.B.H a lot of drone owners probably should NOT be allowed to use one. But I see it as a fad that will eventually die out (exept for the few).

Sure, check through my background records… but why are you looking at my record collection?


Re: Contractor Testing

Writing proper specs. How quaint. In my recent experience people are given stories (5 words or less!) and told to write the dammed thing. After all who needs to design anything when you can just keep re-writing it untill it does something. (anything really), who cares of it does what the user neeeds?


Re: And if you don't do social media?

Well I do have a twitter account, only used it once about 6 years ago because that was the only way to get some software support.

Facebook, Humm. Yup I have one, promptly turned off as much of the tracking it as i could, probably look at it a couple of times a year. Not sure the last time i actually posted something on it though?

Crypto AG backdooring rumours were true, say German and Swiss news orgs after explosive docs leaked


Re: Spies gonna spy

T.B.H. I am not toooo concerned about spy agencies spying on me, as long as it concerned with terrorism, it is more about EVERY OTHER Goverment agency that would want AND get access to all that lovely information and then letting all their industry friends have it as well (for a price or free)

World Wide Web's Sir Tim swells his let's-remake-the-internet startup with Bruce Schneier, fellow tech experts


Re: You authorize granular access to that pod to whoever you want

I would be happy deniing acces to my data to anyone by default. ONly if I am haapy would i allow any access

Smartwatch owners love their calorie-counting gadgets, but they are verrry expensive



The thing is i bought my current (non e-watch) 10 years ago and expect it to last for at least another 10 or 20 years. It is solar powered so does not need batteries.

Now given that most smart watches appear to last a few years either because they fail or the supplier goes broke so the smart watches loose functionality, why oh why would I wast money on one.

My Samsung S9 is neally 2 years old and was VERY expensive but i have no intention of replacing it any time soon. Phones have become too expensive and what exactly am I paying for in the next new phone. I Know, lets have 5 cameras, no 6, no, how about 10 and the screens are now really getting too large.

And now everyone seems to think NOT having a headphone jack is a good thing. Well Do I really want to spend £200 on some crappy bluetooth headphones that keep needing charging and will fail after a few years. my £20 wired inear headphones are 5 years old and will probably last another 5 years before I have to change them.

Have you ever tried to watch a fimlm on the tv with bluetooth headphones. Talk about lipsync issues!

Not a Genius move after all: Apple must cough up $$$ in back pay for store staff forced to wait for bag searches


Re: Why not have a locker in the shop staff room?

And apple would also "rent" the lockers to the staff as a benefit in kind!

25 years of Delphi and no Oracle in sight: Not a Visual Basic killer but hard to kill


Exept for being case sensitive!

Dual screens, fast updates, no registry cruft and security in mind: Microsoft gives devs the lowdown on Windows 10X


Always assuming you have a "working" internet

AMD really, really wants you to know its chips are doing OK without any help from Intel and its supply issues


Re: For once, its not just spin

MY oh My, "match core count" have they.

I think you need to open your eyes. AMD blows Intel out of the water. As stated by other people. Single core is comparable or better, core counts, forget intel. Power requirements, a win for AMD.

Remember the Clipper chip? NSA's botched backdoor-for-Feds from 1993 still influences today's encryption debates


Re: here we go again

Overall homicide rates are a different thing to total gun deaths and suicide by gun deaths.

so we have 800 homicides in the UK per year, the USA has for GUN crimes alone (2017) 23,854 were by suicide and 14,542 were homicides.

UK Homicides per 100,000 - 1.20 total = 803 (2017)

USA Homcides per 100,000 5.30 total 17,284 (2017)

However you slice it the USA is a lot less safe as a place to visit or live than the UK.

Note: I have been to the USA only once (Mainly N.Y.) and ALL the people were freindly and I will be visiting again. It is just the American obsession, because that is what it is, an obsession, with owning guns and sometime LOTS of guns that is unsettling. I have no idea how many people have been "saved" by owning a firearm in the USA but i am sure a lot more have died because of one.


Re: here we go again

Well the USA seems to have many times more gun deaths that the UK, taking into account the population size.

I think the UK has about 60-80 deaths for the WHOLE of the UK per year. U.S.A about 39,000. Now the UK has a population of 63 milion and the USA abour 260 million. So you figure the stats. The statement that guns saves lives seems to be a load of BS.

Now If Americans are happy with the death rate (at least it keeps the population down) then so be it. but NEVER try and make out that "Guns save lives".

I am not saying "ban all guns" but as people in the USA keep spouting "It not the guns that kill it's the poeple". True so why allow so people who clearly should not be allowed to have a gun the "rtight" to hold one. Being able to own a firearm, (which is a VERY dangerous weapon who sole purpose is to KILL) should be a privilege NOT a right!

Microsoft: 14 January patch was the last for Windows 7. Also Microsoft: Actually...


Re: it's all curable, and worth it

Well, My wifes laptop got a windows update that borked the wifi on it.

As I do not use it or normally pay any attention to it I assumed it was a hardware issue.

WHY is it that Microsoft cannot stop breaking things! It is almost as if they do no testing.

I Know that trying to support a LOT of different kit is a royal pain in the A**S BUT, ohhhh I forgot they decided that they could skip on most of the testing and just get the dammed users to test it for them!

If mycrosoft want to have adverts then it should be a "Click to Enable adverts".

And as for Windows 10 set-up. MICROSOFT, i DO NOT WANT ONENOTE or a Microsft LOGIN (Apologies for shouting) I have notices that Windows 10 is making it harder and harder to figure out hot to skip creating a microsoft account. I Personally DO NOT want it and never have. I t just for Microsft to try and make even more money out of me,


Re: it's all curable, and worth it

Well, My wifes laptop got a windows update that borked the wifi on it.

As I do not use it or normally pay any attention to it I assumed it was a hardware issue.

WHY is it that Microsoft cannot stop breaking things! It is almost as if they do no testing.

I Know that trying to support a LOT of different kit is a royal pain in the A**S BUT, ohhhh I forgot they decided that they could skip on most of the testing and just get the dammed users to test it for them!

This episode of Black Mirror sucks: London cops boast that facial-recog creepycams will be on the streets this year


Re: Police catchinbg criminals

It appears that for some (UK) police forces they are noe even going to attempt to catch people who break into your home or rob you on the treat or just beat you up.

It seems they are too busy playing with their new toys to actually DO anything useful!

Beware the Friday afternoon 'Could you just..?' from the muppet who wants to come between you and your beer



Ahhhhh, the good old cobol days when you had to write the code in specific columns (for me the 1980's).

Why would anyone write a modern language(I presume python is modern) and have "meaninful white space" as part of the language!.

Judge snubs IT outsourcers' plea to Alt-F4 tougher H-1B visa rules: Bosses told to fill out the extra paperwork


Re: s/specific skills that are in limited supply/willing to work for peanuts/g

Too many companies looking to increase profits by driving savings i.e. get rid of all the skilled workers and employee cheaper staff with a LOT less skill, and then wonder why all the products are rubbish.

I do not think I have seem many (if any) werb or phone applications that i would not be ashamed of being linked to and would rather NOT have to use. A 30 year old thick client can many times still beat for functionality the hobbled mess that is almost ANY web application.



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