* Posts by matjaggard

144 posts • joined 22 Apr 2015


Selling hardware on a pay-per-use or subscription model is a 'lie' created by marketing bods


I don't disagree but from you?!

I don't disagree with anything in the article but of course a hardware reseller thinks that buying hardware is important, isn't this article just an advertorial?

Suffering silicon: Benchmarks for Apple's A14 chip are in, but post-Intel Macs, when they arrive, will tell the real story


Re: Ha!

Just out of interest, how do you force it to run only on the LITTLE core?

Key-cutting machine borked sideways after visit from the BSOD fairy locks things down


Re: I wonder...

That's also an old version of Windows I think

It's Google's hardware launch day, and what do we get? A few Pixel phones, Nest kit, and another Chromecast


But it's only available for free phone numbers in the US

Hydrogen-powered train tested on Britain's railway tracks as diesel alternative



How is the BED-PAN line unloved, it's had beautiful new rolling stock in the last few years?!

I suspect the writer has not been on any trains in "the north" for quite a while.

Too many staff have privileged work accounts for no good reason, reckon IT bods


Employ people you trust, trust people you employ

Companies waste so much time limiting access to the bear minimum. I'm not suggesting everything should be open but broad classes of information should be open to those who need, or might need it. My company has a need-to-know policy for code and it really stifles innovation. If you can't trust someone, don't employ them - once you've employed them then trust them to a reasonable extent with the data that they need or might need.

Windows to become emulation layer atop Linux kernel, predicts Eric Raymond


Re: Am I the only one?

Why is "Microsoft code" any different to anyone else's? Also they're not putting "unchecked" code in - all kernel code will be looked at carefully by non-microsoft employees.


Re: Edge using chromium

Yes but that's just why it makes sense to choose it as a small trial project

Oracle hosting TikTok US data. '25,000' moderators hired. Code reviews. Trump getting his cut... It's the season finale


Sadly/happily no other countries in the position to do that are so wily.

AWS is bursting with pride for its Arm CPU cores – so much it’s put them behind a burstable instance type


Re: Still, the missing ingredient

But for these types of workload, nobody cares as long as you can run Java, Python, NodeJS or Apache surely?

Putting the B's in bargain basement, Xiaomi staggers into sunlight clutching Poco X3


Are you sure?

I read £199 too but when I clicked through on AliExpress it was over £700?

Engineer admits he wiped 456 Cisco WebEx VMs from AWS after leaving the biz, derailed 16,000 Teams accounts


Hard to have sympathy

As I was reading this article, WebEx was failing to load for me. Maybe they have rogue employees every week?


Maybe his new employer encouraged it

Brave takes brave stand against Google's plan to turn websites into ad-blocker-thwarting Web Bundles


Google doesn't own an operating system that limits your choice of rendering engine. Firefox works very successfully with its own rendering engine on Android and Chrome OS. Apple do limit the rendering engine but not Google.

Epic Games gets itself epically banned, launches epic Fortnite death match with Apple over App Store's epic 30% cut


Deep Pockets

Finally! Best of luck Fortnight, you'll need it against the infinite pockets of Apple's legal function.

DaaS-appearing trick: Netflix teases desktops-as-a-service product


Re: FX-workstation-as-a-service would be more fitting I guess

I disagree, the software makes a massive difference - probably more than each of the others alone once you're beyond a certain baseline. I've just tried video editing over RDP, TeamViewer and Parsec Gaming. The latter is great once each view has loaded but awful for a few moments after you switch to a file manager. Works well for video editing though if you can stay in one application most of the time, latency is tiny.

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes: UK man gets 3 years for torching 4G phone mast over 5G fears


Re: nutters

Actually, if you DO believe that the radiation might damage children's brains (I don't), on top of a school is exactly the right place for a mast. All kids these days use phones and the transmitter by your head is the one you need to worry about more. The transmission power used is varied to be sufficient to get the signal to the mast, so the closer you are, the lower the power. In addition, the mast itself will have a pattern such that the lowest power is downwards and the highest power is aimed in the distance.

Oddly you don't see many tin hat types campaigning for masts on schools though.

Proof-of-concept open-source app can cut'n'paste from reality straight into Photoshop using a neural network


Re: Unintended consequences

I'm assuming the OP was referring to the Americanism of a "Rest Room" being a sensible location for a "Comfort Break" as opposed to a toilet, stall, crapper or whatever where you go for a piss.

However, the whole concept is ridiculous. If you stop people making things easy just because they might get used for bad stuff, you'll prevent every possible kind of progress in the world.

Broadcom sues Netflix for its success: You’re stopping us making a fortune from set-top boxes, moans chip designer


Re: Why not sue Youtube too?

Because Google has enough patents that Broadcom might or might not have infringed to fight back. Netflix as a newer company has fewer patents.

BT's Wi-Fi Disc ads banned because there's no evidence the things work


Re: Standby for downvotes!

To get the MW3 and MW6 to work, just pair them with the MW3 as the primary node then plug the MW6 to the router. As soon as you turn off the MW3s the MW6 becomes primary. Having said that, when I did this the whole network of them needed restarting once a week or so due to speed dropping down to under 0.2mbps.


I've just sent my Tenda boxes back because I had to restart all of them manually once a week or so when the speed dropped to less than 0.2mbps.

*David Attenborough voice* And here we have, in the wild, a rare glimpse... of what may be... a positive IBM quarter


Izzit cos I left?

No regrets.

Are you getting it? Yes, armageddon it: Mass hysteria takes hold as the Windows 7 axe falls


Re: Ah, Git ...

I don't mind marmite.

Amazon slams media for not saying nice things about AWS, denies it strip-mines open-source code for huge profits


Re: "that they make a tremendous contribution to open source software."

What exactly counts as "money making code" if Google couldn't run without FOSS?

GlaxoSmithKline ditches IR35 contractors: Go PAYE or go home


Re: Killing the Goose that lays the Golden Eggs



Re: "or to complete or terminate your existing contract"

Possibly they're allowing them to opt out early if they find another contract or get a proper job?

Apple's credit card caper probed over sexism claims – after women screwed over on limits


Re: Sad but true...

OK boomer

IT contractor has £240k bill torn up after IR35 win against UK taxman


Re: I cannot understand why HMRC pursues contractors so much.

No, HMRC are trying to find out how to apply a difficult bit of law. People are still paying less tax by being long term contractors which is what this legislation was trying to stop. Unfortunately, writing legislation is really hard - also shown by the Amazon example above.

Microsoft sees sense, will give Office 365 admins veto rights on self-service Power tools


Re: It's a start...

What complete nonsense. Why should Microsoft allow IT to stop you buying extra software when almost every other software company in the world would allow a purchase with a credit card? I would be breaking policies by using my company card to buy Adobe Creative Suite for example but I wouldn't expect Adobe to stop me!!!

You've got (Ginni's) mail! Judge orders IBM to cough up CEO, execs' internal memos in age-discrim legal battle


Re: IBM -- India Business Machines

Why's that relevant? There are young and old people in most countries!


Re: Young people

Young people mostly don't go and work there, they work for cooler companies that IBM buys.

Tesco parking app hauled offline after exposing 10s of millions of Automatic Number Plate Recognition images


Re: "A technical issue with a parking app"

Yes, and they took the complaint seriously enough that they're potentially losing money. Very refreshing.


Re: Bastards

"Pretty sure you could just ignore the fine... private fines not enforceable... only fines issued by companies on behalf of the council are enforceable I think. But, INAL... so might be talking out my arse."

You are indeed talking out of your posterior. There was a case recently where someone kept ignoring invoices for parking without a ticket in a private car park and in the end the court made them pay the whole lot. As someone who is responsible for a 6 car car park, I'm actually very pleased that these invoices can't just be ignored forever.

Want an ethical smartphone? Fairphone 3 is on the way – but tiny market share suggests few care


Re: Cost is the killer

So it's fine for people to be exploited as long as your phone is cheap?

It's a facial-recognition bonanza: Oakland bans it, activists track it, and pics taken from dating-site OkCupid feed it


If I visit a .co.uk site, at least tell me if the content is not relevant

"Find out if there’s cameras near you here." - but only if you're in the US.

For pity's sake, groans Mimecast, teach your workforce not to open obviously dodgy emails


Re: you could do that, but...

No internet access is almost what my firm has done. Far from making them more productive, the impact on not being able to look at documentation and user groups is immense, especially for developers.

When customers see red, sometimes the obvious solution will only fan the flames


Re: Dolt

If your company has produced software with a (for example) timing bug which can't be reproduced at will by the user, you're still responsible for fixing it. Just because you can't reproduce it doesn't mean it's not a major PITA for your customers.

Crowdfunded lawyer suing Uber told he can't swerve taxi app giant's £1m legal bill


Re: Who is ultimately responsible for collecting/paying the VAT

I don't think an out-of-court settlement would do anything here. He (clearly) doesn't care about his £1, he wants to make Uber pay VAT.

Linus Torvalds pulls pin, tosses in grenade: x86 won, forget about Arm in server CPUs, says Linux kernel supremo


I did the same and for us the bugs lay 80% in the higher layer and 20% in the lower ones at all layers. 80% in the Java code, 20% below that. Of those, 80% in the JVM, 20% below that. Of those, 80% in the OS, 20% in the architecture.

Well Holby damned! We've caught a virus: Brit medical soap operas team up for 'cyber' episode


It's all over when the researcher finds the kill switch

Google: All your leaked passwords are belong to us – here's a Chrome extension to find them


Re: Which password manager to plump for?

Chrome. Trivial to use. Just have to trust Google a little.

Mobile network Three UK's customer details exposed in homepage blunder


Re: Testing?

You can't be blamed for not testing when it's been put live accidentally. I also doubt it's CI/CD because pipelines don't click the wrong button and end up with a test version live.

Facebook cuts off independent political ad reviewers, claims security concerns


Re: How is this done ?

Security. The web browser has to be able to stop a rogue script clicking on a "new window" link, but allow the user for example. Once you've done that then there's a way for the website to determine if a click was by a user or not. I'm not saying that's how it's done, but there's no point in hiding the source of a click if there is a way to find it out.

Whats(goes)App must come down... World in shock as Zuck decides to intertwine Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp


Re: Telegram

WhatsApp's encryption is message level, not just transport level. Read the whitepaper on how it works. I'm not saying they perform zero analytics in the app but I do believe that individual messages are not readable by Facebook or anyone else. The current benefit for Facebook is the immense value of knowing who communicates with who and how frequently.

xHamster reports spike in UK users getting their five-knuckle shuffle on before pr0n age checks


Re: Great Britain encapsulates itself not only against the EU, but also against 90% of Internet cont


IBM insists it's not deliberately axing older staff. Internal secret docs state otherwise...


Re: So Ginni should watch out.

Wasn't Langley Senior VP or above?

Oh my chord! Sennheiser hits bum note with major HTTPS certificate cock-up


Re: @AC

Was the code written in C#?

Huawei Mate 20 Pro: If you can stomach the nagware and price, it may be Droid of the Year


Re: It may be a £899 phone

Downvoted, I'm sure many people would pay more than £2.99 not to use that UI

DBA drifts into legend after inventive server convo leaves colleagues fearing for their lives


Clearly not a Windows user.

Mourning Apple's war against sockets? The 2018 Mac mini should be your first port of call


Re: 2GB?

I think this was fixed by the time I looked, I was more confused the the OR. Do you want RAM or storage?



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