* Posts by Sulky

43 publicly visible posts • joined 16 Sep 2015

BBC to staff: Uninstall TikTok from our corporate kit unless you can 'justify' having it


Try installing tiktok....

If you work for the PRC government, they've banned it as well.

Open source's totally non-secret weapon big tech dares not use: Staying relevant


Re: a way to make the good of the end user more relevant than maximising revenue

I agree with the sentiment but as far as I'm aware he never said it.

It's 2023, let's check in with the metaverse... Nope, still doesn't exist


Re: brands will start to use NFTs as a way to build "sustained customer engagement"

Green shield stamps

LOL ;-) UK govt 2 pay £39m 4 txt msgs 4 less thn 2 yrs


Re: Sigh...

Unfortunately it doesn't, politicians just ignore them as "idiots who can't fill out a ballot paper".

Similar to none of the above is the vote RON campaign. Re open nominations. We ran one at at a students Union many years ago and Ron was a lifesize cardboard cut out of the guy from the John Smith's adverts "Top Bombing!" Not all the candidates were overly impressed, an abuse of the democratic process according to some. We did get a few votes though.

Google fined €500m for not paying French publishers after using their words on web


Cats & Pigeons

I'd like to see a country throw a £100B fine at one of these companies for whichever transgression they have made this week just to see what would happen.

UK's financial ombudsman seeks supplier in £22m deal to navigate tricky system rollout


IBM must be a shoe-in

Given IBM's successful email migration they'll be a front runner for this, UK government like rewarding IT failure.

From the Department of WCGW: An app-controlled polycarbonate lock with no manual override/physical key


Re: Welcome back

That made I chuckle, "if I can't get enough social shares" from reading comments across this site the use of "social" is very much a no no! I've shared it though, on LinkedIn, I just couldn't think of good pithy self-agrandising load of bollocks to preface it with, sorry.

Apple's at it again: Things go pear-shaped for meal planner app after iGiant opposes logo


Apple are just insulting everyone, even my children.

So the argument is that Apple think people will mistake one logo for the other. Now I'm no scientist, and I know many of you will question my methods and controls in this experiment but I only have 2 2 year old twins. I did however show them the logos separately and in different rooms so there was no chance of cross contamination of the results or influences over answers. Both my twins correctly identified the Prepear logo asa Pear and the Apple logo as an Apple.

I should sell the services of my twins for these types of situations, given Apple's record on employment the use of child labour shouldn't be an ethical issue for them.

Utilitarian, long-bodied Nokia 5.3 has budget basic specs - but it does cost £150


Re: which Nokia

HMD Global have the rights to Nokia phones from Nokia. They are an independent company from Finland.


Somebody is telling porkies!

Not sure who it is though, or if they are just ill informed, the Nokia website says the 5.3 does have NFC, who's right?

What do you call megabucks Microsoft? No really, it's not a joke. El Reg needs you


Re: Good taste?

Just look at the logo

Tinfoil hat brigade switches brand allegiance to bog paper


Re: Buying extra bog roll understandable

Feel free, I've open sourced it.


Buying extra bog roll understandable

When 1 person sneezes, 10 people shit themselves

Among those pardoned by Trump this week: Software maker ex-CEO who admitted hacking into rivals' systems


Re: meanwhile...

The Best Democracy Money Can Buy ......... Excellent read, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Best_Democracy_Money_Can_Buy

Revealed: NHS England bosses meet with tech and pharmaceutical giants to discuss price list of millions of Brits' medical data


Re: Once again. It is not *their* data to sell.

Correct, in order to not to have to comply with GDPR we would have to repeal the 2018 Data Protection Act which contains the GDPR rules. Any future trade deal would almost certainly require us to keep following those rules.

Internet Society CEO: Most people don't care about the .org sell-off – and nothing short of a court order will stop it


Because an open and transparent auction wouldn't have maximised the value at all!

If you are going to sell something off with 10 million customers of which 80% renew then selling it in a closed negotiation is patently stupid. If they wanted a lump sum they could have easily issued a bond given the size of the revenue and still retained ownership. Fuckwits.

150 infosec bods now know who they're up against thanks to BT Security cc/bcc snafu



I've not done it, but you should be able to use the developer tools to edit the "Message" form and substitute the To: field with the BCC field and save it as the default new message form. There is a way to assign that new form across all outlook deployments as the default but I can't remember how off the top of my head.

Hacker House shoved under UK Parliament's spotlight following Boris Johnson funding allegs


AN education business that doesn't stand by the accuracy of what it teaches!

Extract from Hacker House T&Cs: (I love the opening sentence)

"The material provided through the Services is not intended to be advice and you should not rely on it. That material and the Services are provided without any guarantees, representations or warranties as to their accuracy or that the content is free from harmful material"

But then our education system seems to run along the same lines.

DPA referenced is 1998 albeit with a catch-all "and any superseding legislation"

UK.gov's smart meter cost-benefit analysis for 2019 goes big on cost, easy on the benefits


Re: Don't want. Don't need

Looking at it another way, there were 27.1M households in the UK in 2016, that's a per household cost of £494.46.

MPs would love to hear all about how UK.gov plans to ratchet R&D spend to 3% of GDP


We're not part of the USA.


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


Re: Can someone explain...

Whilst speed is a feature of 5G it is by no means the most important one. Low latency, mass device communication and reliability are more important for sectors such as manufacturing. I've been involved in some research to see how it can be applied to various arenas and whether or not it would be economic to utilise and open up new markets for manufacturing in conjunction with robotics. The initial results are very promising. Don't just take my word for it, you can read overviews here https://www.raconteur.net/technology/5g-network-faster


Unfortunately the speed has been the focus of many media outlets who are focused on consumers, hopefully business will look beneath the hood and realise the real potential.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson moves to shut Parliament


Re: About Time

No they don't Dominic Cummings, they have at least 100 sector specific agreements in place. I don't blame you for making things up, because there are plenty of people around who believe you and repeat them on forums.

Talk about unintended consequences: GDPR is an identity thief's dream ticket to Europeans' data


Well, this product will quickly disappear down a rabbit hole!


I think we've got something here! We need to "reach out" to some VCs!!


No doubt someone will suggest a system using AI + Blockchain technology can solve this problem, after all it's solving all of the world's other woes :)


Totally, this isn't even new to GDPR, SARs were part of DPA 98, you just had to pay for them and the punishment for none compliance was basically none existent. This isn't new research, anyone who has been involved in DPA work since the 98 act came into force has known about this issue.

Off somewhere nice on holibobs? Not if you're flying British Airways: IT 'systems issue' smacks UK airports once again


Re: Anyone notice........

It's not actually a fine yet, it's been miss reported across most media as a fine, it's an "intention" to fine. BA have 28 days to respond and then the ICO will either fine them that amount or increase/reduce it depending on what BA has to say and other data protection authorities involved as not all data belonged to UK citizens.

Fantastic Mr Fox? Not when he sh*ts on your lawn, kids' trampoline and your soul


Move House.

Move to the countryside, I haven't seen a fox in a very long time.

Not-so-paltry towers: Vodafone gears up to flog off massive masts business


Vodafone are buying assets from Liberty Global.

LinkedIn to chow down on Microsoft's cloudy dogfood


Re: With a bit of luck

If LinkedIn running on Azure manages to connect you to a dead person and you collect your money, you could only consider that one hell of a success!

Low Barr: Don't give me that crap about security, just put the backdoors in the encryption, roars US Attorney General


Re: Big Business vs. Individuals

The Guzman trial proved exactly that. He had his own encrypted comms system setup by an IT contractor who was flipped by the FBI and he inserted a backdoor for the FBI to eavesdrop. With billions and liberty at stake spending a few million a year on systems is nothing. Of course now that all was revealed during that trial, organised crime will be making sure their IT people are either one of their own or locked up in a small room and effectively held prisoner.

We don't mean to poo-poo this, but... The Internet of S**t has literally arrived thanks to Pampers smart diapers


Re: So the already exorbitant price of pampers go up...

Ha, I've just watched the video, it is a sensor you attach, just not to their bottom. It goes on the outside of the nappy, I guarantee that wouldn't last 2 minutes with my twins, it would be pulled off and straight in a mouth! What a load of shite that is!


Re: So the already exorbitant price of pampers go up...

Me too (no not that one) I've got twins, how am I supposed to know which one has shit? Smell them? Oh wait, that's what we do already!!

Boris Johnson's promise of full fibre in the UK by 2025 is pie in the sky


Re: Rural rage

Hahaha, not where I live they don't! But we did have fibre dug into the verges about 3 years ago and I've had 1Gb to the property since then. If they do ever decide to clean the ditches we might be fucked, but I'm hoping Boris makes that promise as well, then I know we'll be safe!

Facebook chucks 1.5 hours' profit at Citizens Advice anti-scam charity to defuse consumer champ's defamation suit


El Reg has a short(ish) memory

Lewis sold the site ages ago. https://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/06/06/moneysavingexpert_sold_to_moneysupermarket/

Internet imbeciles, aka British ISP lobbyists, backtrack on dubbing Mozilla a villain for DNS-over-HTTPS support


Mozilla not the only one doing it

Funny how the owners of Android weren't included as a villain, Android now has DoT by default and you can set your own host, of which plenty abound. It must have been an oversight by the ISPA and nothing to do with the fact Android's owners are, um, members of the ISPA.

NHS Wales flings £39m at Microsoft for Office 365 and Windows 10


Re: Regular gov pricing is £48.90 /mo

If the wording can be believed they are getting a far bigger discount than that, "The price of the Microsoft deal has been set at £39m and will run for three years from 1 July 2019." £13m pa Vs £58.68m

Brexit text-it wrecks it: Vote Leave fined £40k for spamming 200k msgs ahead of EU referendum


Re: I'll Cheer You All Up

Another unintended consequence, that is a big enough reason not to have voted to leave all on its own, if the referendum question had said that would happen it would have been a remain landslide :)


I'll Cheer You All Up

"Potential" Unintended consequences of the cluster fuck we currently find ourselves in. Another general election where Comrade Corbyn wins a majority, Scotland Votes for Independence & a hard boarder is implemented on the island of Ireland causing all paramilitaries to take up arms again as the international treaty that is the Good Friday Agreement has been shredded. (Can't think of anything the Welsh might do)

Now, "That'll never happen" is probably not a great response given everything that has already happened this millennium!

There, I told you I'd cheer you all up :)

You know the drill: SAP has asked Joe Public to name Munich arena so go forth and be very silly


Take your pick

Plenty of appropriate words to describe SAP


French data watchdog dishes out largest GDPR fine yet: Google ordered to hand over €50m


I agree re el Reg, I went to download a white paper the other day and I couldn't unless I agreed to the 3rd party being able to market to me.

BT boss: If Ofcom backs us, we promise to speed up UK broadband



That's just blackmail, I'd like to ask him what would happen if Ofcom do split Openreach off. On a purely selfish note, I don't really care as we are getting Gigaclear 1Gb connection in December!

Attention dunderheads: Taxpayers are NOT giving businesses £93bn


Still Banging on about the £93 billion!

Or actually it's just £89 billion now, they've just said on PMQs they won't remove green energy investment (tax breaks, subsidies, hand-outs) take your pick!