* Posts by BurnT'offering

388 publicly visible posts • joined 21 Dec 2015


Mark Zuckerberg's Twitter and Pinterest password was 'dadada'


Two rentaquotes

"Blah blah blah .... buy my product"

Wi-Fi hack disables Mitsubishi Outlander's theft alarm – white hats


Re: A Mitsubishi Outlander has the strongest possible anti-theft safeguard

Down-voted by Outlander owners? One of the few perks of ownership


A Mitsubishi Outlander has the strongest possible anti-theft safeguard

It's a Mitsubishi Outlander


Re:You could, for example, make Audis and BMWs have indicators that are not optional extras,

Ain't that the truth.

GNU cryptocurrency aims at 'the mainstream economy not the black market'


Re: Expect a trademark infringement claim

It would be trademarked not as a monetary term but as financial software, and that's where the hypothetical conflict could occur.

Your etymology is not quite right - T(h)aler is actually an abbreviation of "Joachimsthaler" - ie from the town of Joachimsthal which was, in the 16th century when the name originated, in Bohemia. It's now Jáchymov in the Czech Republic.


Expect a trademark infringement claim

From Sopra, vendors of the Thaler banking engine

Brexit: UK gov would probably lay out tax plans in post-'leave' vote emergency budget


I doubt the government will move as fast

as the multi-national will in wriggling out from under formerly burdensome EU laws. Forget about your right to be forgotten for a start.

On the bright side, we can disable those stupid cookie warning panels

SWIFT threatens to give insecure banks a slap if they don't shape up


Network also says it will impose 'baseline' security standards

That sounds like a plan. Presumably that came from their Department of Comedic Papal Millinery Assessment, Ursine Arboreal Excrement Location and Miscellaneous Exsanguinary Obviousness

Salesforce's data centre team 'fought' AWS cloud outsourcing


There is no way we are going to trust our electricity supply to a public grid

Keep stoking that steam engine, serfs

Fact: Huawei now outspends Apple on R&D


Comparing like with like?

Huawei portfolio -


- Solutions: Arpu Up; Broader+Smarter; Costs Down; Go Greener

- Services: Drive Customer Experience; Management; Excel in Operation; Transformation; Network and Services; Quality Improvement

- Products: Fixed Access; Radio Access; Core Network; Transport Network; Data Communication; Application & Software; Storage & Network Security; OSS


- Products: Switches; Routers; Servers; Storage; WLAN; Telepresence and Videoconferencing; Network Energy

- Solutions: Agile Network & SDN; Cloud Data Center; Collaboration

- Industries: Education; Finance; Government; Healthcare; Hospitality; Intelligent Retail; Manufacturing; Media & Entertainment; Oil & Gas; Public Safety; Railway; Smart Grid


- Mobile Phones

- Tablets

- Mobile Broadband

Winston Churchill glowers from Blighty's plastic fiver


Will they shrink?

Like crisp packets? Will the hard, shrunken, shrivelled note be legal tender - as a coin?


Luvverly strorberries

Two punnets - all yours for a plastic Churchill.

It will succeed - the market has spoken

Kraftwerk versus a cheesy copycat: How did the copycat win?


Re: who edits the editors?

Not he - he just executes them.

If he's talking about Doctorow, the inverted commas are forgiveable. Oh angry spirit of Barrington J. Bayley - may the the Zen Gun be re-holstered!


Why science fiction "novelists"?


Novel - A fictitious prose narrative of book length, typically representing character and action with some degree of realism

Novelist - A writer of novels

So, why the inverted commas?

Swiss effectively disappear Alps: World's largest tunnel opens


Re: fingers crossed all lessons have been learned

Nah. I reckon they said, "Let's just wing it. s'Only a bleedin' tunnel, innit?"

Feinstein-Burr's bonkers backdoor crypto law is dead in the water


Re: which part of the state brings in more money to it: Hollywood or Silicon Valley?

Assuming that's not a rhetorical question: http://www.asymco.com/2015/01/22/bigger-than-hollywood/

As US court bans smart meter blueprints from public, sysadmin tells of fight for security info


Re: Doomed, DOOMED !! I TELL YOU!!

Luckily my cats are in all day, making coffee, playing on their XBox, ordering gourmet food deliveries online, and watching stupid human videos on Youtube.

Bank in the UK? Plans afoot to make YOU liable for bank fraud


Olov Renberg, the founder of behavioural biometrics firm BehavioSec, commented:

“Blah blah blah blah ... buy my product."


Re: 3DSecure

The banks hate it. It's Visa and MasterCard who came up with this crap. The response from the banks was a unanimous "You cannot be serious!". Sadly, they were

$10bn Oracle v Google copyright jury verdict: Google wins, Java APIs in Android are Fair Use


Re: Those that can't sysadmin.

Surely those that can program can also use commas?

The Windows Phone story: From hope to dusty abandonware


Re: What do I replace my Lumia 1020 with?

A poached bicycle pump? A racing watermelon? A nuclear weapon stuffed with puffins? So many choices


The analysts predict

"Up until the launch of Windows Phone 7 last year, Microsoft has steadily lost market share while other operating systems have brought forth new and appealing experience. The new alliance brings together Nokia's hardware capabilities and Windows Phone's differentiated platform. We expect the first devices to launch in 2012. By 2015, IDC expects Windows Phone to be number 2 operating system worldwide behind Android."

IDC, 2011. Gartner said similar things.

I predict that revisiting old analyst predictions will still be a source of amusement in 2020

Database admin banned from Oxford Street for upskirt filming


Re: to the UK to install Oracle databases at hotels and restaurants.

I hope it was by invitation.

Apple hires crypto-wizard Jon Callas to beef up security


Re: Goldman Sachs

So is the Halifax. How come no-one accuses them of being at the heart of a colossal conspiracy?


Re: Goldman Sachs

Quick question: Is 'Goldman Sachs' supposed to be an acceptable dog-whistle codename for the old racist trope of 'The Great Jewish Conspiracy"?

Former Sun CEO Scott McNealy has data on 1/14th of humanity


Re: what?

Also - "has data on one in 14 humans, wants to get that down to one in seven"

"get that UP to one in seven". surely?

Don't tell the Cabinet Office: HMRC is building its own online ID system


Re: along with each taxable entity, a list of authorised individuals who can access it.

I think your schema needs normalising

Troll seeks toll because iPhones work


The patents seem to cover

Devices whose screens have controlled reflectivity so they can be used as mirrors.

"It is an object of the present invention to provide a system and method to facilitate the user of the wireless communication device to see him/herself on the display therein as if he/she is seeing him/herself in a mirror."

Phones have shiny screens, so I guess he's onto something

Goats boost solar power


If any of the weeds are bracken

They make tasty pickles

90 days of Android sales almost beat 9 months' worth for all flavours of Win 10


Re: They are not comparable.

With the blending of Chrome and Android, Google may well have a 'good enough' desktop OS for what most people need.

Pointless features add to browser bloat and insecurity


Would it be feasible to make a modular browser?

And stream code libraries on demand to enable rare feature sets when they are encountered?

Google still faces legal spat with SEO biz that claimed it was wiped from web


Re: there are good SEO companies


Hypersonic flight test hits Mach 7.5


Re: Completely off topic...

It does go quite quickly if you give the shovel a fulcrum and stamp on one end, to fling the shit, Roman-catapult style, over next-door's fence

Your next server will be a box full of connected stuff, not a server


Re: why exactly do we listen to Gartner

Two reasons:

1) To find a buzzword compliant report to back up spend on something useful (or fun)

2) To have an excuse to go to conferences and have a decent lunch for a change

Shared services centres supposed to save £128m saved £0... and cost £4m


Every GDS initiative has potential for massive savings

Mostly realised when they stop doing them

Hack probing poodle sacrifice cuffed for public crap


Am I the only one who's thinking?

Smoked poodle - sick! But, just a taste ...

Modular phone Ara to finally launch


Niche opportunity

How about a detonator module?

Photoplethysmography up


Re: Why?

Sometimes it's useful to have a 2nd opinion: yes, I really am dead

Would we want to regenerate brains of patients who are clinically dead?


I wonder if I am a test subject

And nobody's told me?

Or maybe I just need more coffee

World goes SIM-free, leaving Sony and HTC trailing behind


Phone, schmone

The whole smartphone market came about because of a focus shift from phone-centric devices to connected personal computing devices. Smartphone fatigue won't be solved by non-rectangular designs but by similarly disruptive innovation. I would tell you what that will be - but, sadly, I'm not smart enough to have figured it out

Boffins achieve 'breakthrough' in random number generation


Re: I'm no Mathemagician...

Me neither, but I'm glad that someone is taking something we could all surmise and subjecting it to the kind of rigorous mathematical analysis that I for one am certainly not capable of


Re: "no correlation" bit is really quite important.

And, non-trivial?

Google slaps Siri with Assistant and Amazon with Home device


Alexa. Google Home

2 problems:

1) Voice interaction is not something we only want to do in one room, or pay $200/room to do

2) Aesthetics. Alexa looks like a dildo by Bang & Olufsen. Google Home looks like a bedside light from British Home Stores.

Do more research around homes and how people live in them if you're aiming to sell into that space

GM crops are good for you and the planet, reckon boffins


I would be happy tp lift the ban inside the EU

Now that the crops have been so thoroughly tested outside the EU

Queen's Speech: Ministers, release the spaceplanes!*


Re: In the light of recent revelations...

I'm on a homeopathic diet. Six glasses of water a day, each with a drop of Tincture of Steak and Kidney Pudding. It's working great except that sometimes I run out of energggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg ...

Apple's iOS updates brick iPads


Re: Updated

I'm not saying that Linux is any more or less brick-prone, but to imply that never happens with Linux ...


And, good luck installing Mint on an iPad.

Brit twitchers a-tizz at bearded vulture sighting


Re: Are you implying that twitchers are hipsters or do I misunderstand you?

No, and, Yes


Bloody hipsters

Next thing you know, the crags of Wales and Devon will be littered with artisanal coffee containers

5% of drivers want Nigel Farage to be their in-car robo butler


At first, I thought, Farage? Nooooo???

But then I though, as long as I can have him respond to my own choice of nickname, why not? Although I suppose "Oi. you smirking prat" might be a bit of a mouthful