* Posts by Bonzo_red

61 posts • joined 22 Feb 2016


Police drone fliers' wings clipped to prevent them bumping into real aircraft


COVID support flights

Over what timescale were these support flights operating? Evidence that it is a western plot after all?

Vodafone chief speaks out after 5G conspiracy nuts torch phone mast serving Nightingale Hospital in Brum


I think just "wankers" is better.

The Reg produces exhibit A1: A UK court IT system running Windows XP


Re: Simple updates to the system

From the screens I have seen, it looks like the software was written in the era of MS-DOS.

Uncle Sam's nuke-stockpile-simulating souped-super El Capitan set to hit TWO exa-FLOPS, take crown as world's fastest machine in 2023


World's Fastest Machine?

What are the chances that in 2023 the Chinese will have surpassed the planned figures for El Capitan?

All that Samsung users found on UK website after weird Find my Mobile push notification was... other people's details


My way

Popped up on my Huawei as well.

Nah, just kidding.

Artful prankster creates Google Maps traffic jams by walking a cartful of old phones around Berlin


Re: Performance? Art?

Now if he were to get together with a few mates and manage to map out a traffic jam in the shape of Homer Simpson, that would be art.

Alan Turing’s OBE medal, PhD cert, other missing items found in super-fan’s Colorado home by agents, says US govt


I hope the authorities do not treat her too harshly. She is clearly a view drums short of a bombe.

Post Office faces potential criminal probe over Fujitsu IT system's accounting failures



The bugs are listed in an annex to the decision:


And then there were two: HMS Prince of Wales joins Royal Navy


Re: cognitive skills

I guess the 2WW ships sunk at Bikini Atoll are not too valuable though.

Huawei 5G kit in Faroe Islands: Chinese ambassador 'linked Huawei contract to ... trade deal' – report


Re: It's quite clear there will be an ongoing battle on who will control 5G and other networks

Will the EU ban telecommunications with the Faroe Islands until they remove all Huawei equipment, similar to the mackerel ban of 2013?

Alleged Nigerian social engineer wins free flight to the US for business email fraud and love scams


Another Non-Engineer?

I hope he ends up in Arizona - the prison term for misusing the title "engineer" doesn't bear thinking about.

In tribute to Galaxy Note 7, BBC iPlayer support goes up in flames for some Samsung TVs


Samsung tablets affected?

I had downloaded a programme from iPlayer to watch on a flight the other day. Sitting in the plane all I got was a message saying that iPlayer was not available but back home with the wifi back on all was fine. Have the guys at the Beeb included a requirement for a connection to watch downloaded programmes?

Mayday in Moscow as devs will be Russian to Putin mandatory apps on phones, laptops, TVs


Putin's app

Would it be enough to include a Russian originating app "pin the knob on the donkey"?

Bose customers beg for firmware ceasefire after headphones fall victim to another crap update


Criminal Damage

How about the Criminal Damage Act of 1971:

"A person who without lawful excuse destroys or damages any property belonging to another intending to destroy or damage any such property or being reckless as to whether any such property would be destroyed or damaged shall be guilty of an offence."

Labour: Free British broadband for country if we win general election


Re: "prevent the use of digital infrastructure for surveillance"

I would be somewhat concerned if a neo-communist government were to have control of the nation's digital infrastructure.

Thanks, Brexit. Tesla boss Elon Musk reveals Berlin as location for Euro Gigafactory


Re: 677km from Prum to Berlin

Are the seven hours "driving and recharging" time or just driving time?

Shock! US border cops need 'reasonable suspicion' of a crime before searching your phone, laptop


Re: America has always been weird about visitors

Standing in a queue for over an hour is not "a breeze".

Ever own a Galaxy S4? Congrats, you're $10 richer as Samsung agrees payout over dodgy speed tests


Re: If only I could tell you how much I miss this on modern phones.

How about a Xiaomi Redmi Note 7?

In Hemel Hempstead, cycling is as bad as taking a leak in the middle of the street


What about other forms of wheeled personal transport (non-electric) such as scooters, in-line skates, unicycles etc? Ban them I say!

Behind time and way over budget, but the James Webb Space Telescope has finally been put together


Will UK astronomers be given a proportion of the access allocated to ESA?

Home Office told to stop telling EU visa porkies


So they change the ad to "in most cases". Big deal.

Tesla’s Autopilot losing track of devs crashing out of 'leccy car maker


Re: decades away if we talk driving in a rural Italian village

Then there is the difficulty of programming different driving modes - mode 1: driving like a native to the RIV (driving on wrong side of road etc) and mode 2: driving like a visitor (reversing for miles when bus/garbage truck/local is coming other way and refuses to give way).

We are shocked to learn oppressive authoritarian surveillance state China injects spyware into foreigners' smartphones


Never had my phone inspected at US border control. Do they insert the software remotely then?

No Huawei out: Prez Trump's game of chicken with China has serious consequences


Re: Right ... but perhaps for the wrong reasons

Here's a clue:


Ahem, ahem... AI engine said to be good as human docs at spotting lung cancer developing


A good thing?

Lung cancer identification today, mass facial recognition tomorrow.

Giga-hurts radio: Terrorists build Wi-Fi bombs to dodge cops' cellphone jammers


Re: WiFi Routers can be anywhere; cell towers are generally in fixed locations

Alkoholfreies Weißbier, if we are being picky.

Wine? No, posh noshery in high spirits despite giving away £4,500 bottle of Bordeaux


Re: I'm wondering about the sensible manager that thought...

Looking at the prices for a 2001 Le Pin, GBP 4,500 is not that bad. Retail is around €3,500 so only a 30% markup.

MI5 slapped on the wrist for 'serious' surveillance data breach


Re: The real probelm is a legal system that rewards illegality.

The German tax authorities were more than happy to prosecute tax avoiders who had been stashing their loot in Swiss banks after the banks' data were stolen and sold to them.

Russian-trained spy whale spooks Norwegian fishermen


Re: Do they call him..???

Or if female, Nicola.

Oracle asks Supremes to snub Google's Java API copyright protest – and have a nice cuppa tea, instead


Re: Nuff said

Most patent applications are for "inventions" already in the public domain - that is why the patent offices carry out prior art searches. It is not unknown for patents to be granted on such public domain material, hence the mechanism for having them invalidated.

Ethiopian Airlines boss confirms suspect flight software was in use as Boeing 737 Max crashed


Re: I would expect a longer process for re-certification

According to the NY Times, the crew would have had 40 seconds to disable MCAS then would have needed to disengage the motors and manually set the tail.


The tech lawsuit of the year: HPE v Mike Lynch and Sushovan Hussain


Is this going to be a jury trial?

No, it is a civil matter so a single judge snoozin in his high chair. If it goes on appeal there will then be three judges.

Brekkie TV host Lorraine Kelly wins IR35 ruling against HMRC, adds fuel to freelance techies' ire over tax reforms


I've seen pictures of her growler actually

Does she drive a Jag then?

I don't hate US tech, snarls Euro monopoly watchdog chief – as Google slapped with €1.49bn megafine


Re: You had to read the article to the end to get to that bit

No, that is the (wet) dream of Mr. Weber, although why governments around the world should reinvest fines levied directly into the Commission antitrust resources I do not know.

Boeing big cheese repeats pledge of 737 Max software updates following fatal crashes


Re: Criminal Negligence and/or Corporate Malfeasance? Those are a Rock and a Hard Place

If the US courts have been locking up VW engineers for allowing cars to operate contrary to federal regulations, how many Boeing executives and engineers are going to be spending time in the local pententiary for killing a few hundred passengers?

Holy sh*tsnacks! Danger zone! Edinburgh Uni's Archer 2 super 'puter will cost a cool £79m


Re: Next steps : (1) reinforce Hadrian's Wall

Is the POTUSA allowed to have dual citizenship?

Carphone Warehouse fined £29m for mis-selling mobile insurance to punters who didn't need it


The same goes for extended warranties. If the cost reflects the expected failure rate, they must be selling a really shit product.

Volkswagen faces fresh Dieselgate lawsuit in Germany – report



I think now only Caterham is left - Morgan has been sold off to an Italian venture capital company.

UK Ministry of Justice: Surprise! We tested out biometric tech in prisons and 'visitors' with drugs up their bums ran away


How about "Ministry of Truth and Justice"?

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


These VAT lawyers can earn millions arguing whether a Jaffa cake is a cake or a biscuit though.

Germany tells America to verpissen off over Huawei 5G cyber-Sicherheitsbedenken


Re: This makes me not want to check your other claims.

You mean like the claim that "almost all Volvo cars are now manufactured in China buy Chinese owners"?

Autonomy trial: Key HPE witness might not testify, UK High Court told


Re: All I know is as taxpayers, we are paying for this farce

As a money claim, HPE will have paid court fees of GBP 10,000. The parties will be paying their attorney costs so I don't see how the tax payer is lumped with a bill.

Lenovo ThinkPad P1: Sumptuous pro PC that gets a tad warm


Does this Lenovo have their wonderful hinges made of soft cheese which when they break refuse to consider as being covered by the guarantee?

Housing biz made to pay £1.5k for sticking fingers in its ears when served a subject access request


Re: So how much for the vicitm ?

"Her Majesty" in this case being the monarch of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, not to be confused with any other majesty, such as the Queen of Canada with whom she shares some similarities.

Using WhatsApp for your business comms? It's either that or reinstall Lotus Notes


Re: Troos?

As favoured by a certain Alex (cough, cough) Salmond, when First Minister

If at first, second, third... fourth time you don't succeed, you're Apple: Another appeal lost in $440m net patent war


Re: Are VirnetX actually Trolls?

Maybe both are correct - the patents were invented by Short when he worked for SAIC and when this company had no interest in them anymore, he formed his own company which bought the patents off SAIC because he thought they had value.

Oregon can't stop people from calling themselves engineers, judge rules in Traffic-Light-Math-Gate


The Sapper

I guess Rudyard Kipling would get locked up:

WHEN the Waters were dried an' the Earth did appear,

("It's all one," says the Sapper),

The Lord He created the Engineer,

Her Majesty's Royal Engineer,

With the rank and pay of a Sapper!

Talk in Trump's tweets tells whether tale is true: Code can mostly spot Prez lies from wording


Re: Ignorance can be very powerful

If the tweet was him wishing a happy thanksgiving to all, then it could be classed as in accurate since he would never, ever wish a happy thanksgiving to Hillary.

Fancy Bear hacker crew Putin dirty RATs in Word documents emailed to govt orgs – report


Re: Sigh .... those Russians

I dare say that a number of women and girls living in eastern Germany at the time would have said that he was right to have had concerns about Russia.

Cheeky cheesemaker fails to copyright how things taste


There aren't many artisan products shown in that "roundup".



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