* Posts by dogcatcher

31 posts • joined 16 Oct 2017

UK spends £36m on 18 little 'bullet-proof' boats to protect Royal Navy assets


Re: Feh.

My mother worked for Fairmile Marine at some stage during the war, ensuring that various boatyards had the bits and pieces to build the MTB/MGBs

Bristol's bus stops can run Chrome and Internet Explorer, but no, Windows and public transport do not mix well


Re: XP to the Rescue?

"it's 7 in classic mode"

So Bristol's bus shelters are no longer supported?

Family wrongly accused of uploading pedo material to Facebook – after US-EU date confusion in IP address log


Re: Though that one is easier to fix

Bet there's a problem at US border control especially after a transatlantic flight when everyone looks grey.

Whatsapp blamed own users for failure to keep phone number repo off Google searches


WhatsApp has brains??

“All WhatsApp users, including businesses, can block unwanted messages with the tap of a button.”

Which button would that be? And how does WhatsApp tell that a message on its way to me is wanted or not?

Ofcom measured UK's 5G radiation and found that, no, it won't give you cancer


Re: Dangerous levels of EMF

and AI = Artificial insemination

In deepest darkest Surrey, an on-prem SAP system running 17-year-old software is about to die....


Re: Pedant mode

Actually Surrey County Council are on the move to Midas House in Woking. They probably need some new wires to connect their desktops. Writing as a ratepayer, I have never discovered what SCC spend our money on, apart from themselves. £40M would sort out a lot of potholes.

Hey Dixons, you know what's mobile? Your rapidly shrinking sales



Dixons reported a group statuary loss before tax of £86m.

I wouldn't buy a Venus de Milo off them

It's official – Google AI gives you cancer ...diagnosis in real time: Neural net can spot breast, prostate tumors


Re: Speaking as an elderly man...

Speaking as an elderly man who is having 4D Brachytherapy later this month, I'm more than happy with the GP who suspected the cancer and the consultant who confirmed it. I suppose it might have been easier if I had simply Googled it.

Plot twist: Google's not spying on King's Cross with facial recognition tech, but its landlord is


Maybe the place is still the knocking shop it always used to be and the landlords are just recording porno movies

People of Britain: You know that you're not locked into using the same ISP forever, right?


Those of us in the blighted countryside have no chance of finding a Virgin at the end of the garden, a rough old BT cabinet and a copper wire, supplies my amusement.

OK, it's fair to say UK's botched Emergency Services Network is an emergency now, right?


Coverage, what coverage ?

Maybe they might discover that the 4G network doesn't cover the whole of the country beyond the M25 ring.

This is a sett-up! Mum catches badger feasting on contents of freezer


Re: This report is missing vital information

Are you suggesting that it's stoataly different?

Now that's service: TalkTalk customers enjoy a Friday morning free of pesky emails


Re: Pesky emails

Beat you, I'm still with Lineone which Tiscali bought and yes TT was ropey this morning. Still, beggars can't be choosers.

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


Re: Why not just disable the system and put the planes back in the air?

Just to be on the safe side I think I'll avoid travelling in anything made by Boeing.

Wondering why 'Devin Nunes herp-face' was trending online? Here's the 411: House rep sues Twitter for all the rude stuff tweeted about him


Re: herp-face

" 'herp derp' as "a rage comic face and an expression used to indicate that someone is unintelligent or making ignorant statements". Kinda like the 'troll icon' face, but dumber. "

Which then must then apply to all politicians, including the singleton somewhere who doesn't lie.

LG folds at prospect of launching bendy phone while Samsung flaunts its upcoming kit on telly


Bent phones have been around since mobile phones were invented, try the Local any Saturday night

Uncle Sam to its friends around the world: You can buy technology the easy way, or the Huawei


Re: "out of security concerns"

"What makes me laugh is how many Americans refer back to the evil actions of the British Empire without admitting they have taken over the reins and extended them."

I've never actually forgiven them for kicking out my royalist ancestors from Boston when they were just a bunch of terrorists seeking to overthrow their lawful government.

OK, it's early 2019. Has Leeds Hospital finally managed to 'axe the fax'? Um, yes and no


Re: paper records

Yes. As I sat in front of the consultant last week as he gazed at the screen in front of him and then thumbed through a three inch fat file to see when I had last been operated on for cancer in another hospital in another city, I was glad that he had 25 year old records he could read.

Post-Brexit plan for .EU tweaked: No dot-EU web domains for Europeans in UK, no appeals, etc


Re: Didn't the UK create these rules?

Because the Brussel's ones are employed by the unelected to counter the wishes of the electors.

Nationwide UK court IT failure farce 'not the result of a cyber attack' – Justice Ministry


Re: Judicial precedent for refusing to continue ...

I don't think that Her Majesty would take kindly to being included in the executive. "Pardon" can be the royal prerogative of mercy, or by Order in Council on the advice of the Privy Council, or it can be exercised by Act of Parliament (the legislative).

Oxford University reportedly turns off its Huawei money tap


How to shoot oneself in the foot

I suppose they have forgotten that the University houses the University of Oxford China Centre and that the new building there was paid for by Mr Dickson Poon, a philanthropist from Hong Kong.

It's 2019, the year Blade Runner takes place: I can has flying cars?


Re: C'mon

I fail every time because I only speak and read English

Your two-minute infosec roundup: Drone arrests, Alexa bot hack, Windows zero-day, and more


Re: Roundup

Think of us old farts with dementia who can't even remember their own phone numbers. What's wrong with using my name backwards, at least I can remember that. Password managers need passwords to start and then they disappear when most needed and when the browser and password manager both offer different passwords for a site I despair. Commercial sites that demand weird passwords should remember that I am the customer and if I choose 123 as my password, then the customer is always right.

Who's watching you from an unmarked van while you shop in London? Cops with facial recog tech


Guilty until proved innocent

This is just an example of how much the police attitudes have changed over the years. They now employ a machine, which is programmed to assume that all people are guilty until found to be innocent, (or not found at all). I await with anticipation the first libel action against AI

Vitamin Water gets massive publicity for new flavor: Utter BS


Re: Cali will ban it!

whilst they do nothing about the trade in hydroxic acid

China doesn't need to nick western tech when Google is giving it away


After the war Japan used to make cheap tin-plate toys which fell to pieces within a week or so. As a result I regarded anything Japanese as total rubbish until I started doing business with the country. I had to rapidly change my prejudices; I'm not going to make the same mistake about Chinese technology.

Analogue radio is the tech that just won't die


What's DAB?

In the part of Scotland where I spend some time there is no DAB signal, nor a terrestrial TV signal for that matter and the mobile phone signal disappears more often than not. And no, there is no public phone box since BT took it away because no-one used it - because BT never emptied it so you couldn't get any more money into it.

Trainee techie ran away and hid after screwing up a job, literally


Re: Screws and escaped death.

"I wouldn't expect a plumber to be able to install a ring main so that he could then fit a water heater..."

No, but I would expect him to be able to run a spur off the lighting circuit to do the same job.

Password re-use is dangerous, right? So what about stopping it with password-sharing?


Remember the Disabled

Some of us can't remember passwords, I'm not the only veteran whose memory can't cope with such problems. I have two passwords, one made when passwords were first invented and another when every site started demanding 8 plus letters, numbers, caps, lower case, upper case and just to be safe a # + % or two. If my online password storage app. doesn't react to a password request then I'm stuffed.

I wish bright eyed, bushy tailed programmers would remember that the procedures that they write are also to be used by old, senile, handicapped, disabled amnesiacs.

And no I don't use internet banking facilities.

Say what? Another reCaptcha attack, now against audio challenges



I'm lucky, I'm only old, a bit deaf and with loss of short term memory. I struggle with these Captcha in any shape or form but the worst thing is PASSWORDS. Back in the '70s Letmein got me into my Sage accounting but now when Google or MS demand that I use upper and lowercase, numerals and everything else on my keyboard I can't even remember the password I've just entered when the site refuses to entertain the little ap I'm using to display the gibberish in clear.

I once asked the MS disabled support people if I could go back to my original password, no they said, but if you store it on your desktop it will allways be there for you and proceeded to explain how to do it. What they couldn't tell me was how to get the desktop to appear first when I rebooted the machine.

Drone smacks commercial passenger plane in Canada


Re: How is it different

1. There is no learning incentive to other geese from acting against the offending goose.

Apart from Darwinism. When all geese that like flying through engines have eliminated themselves then the problem will go away.


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