* Posts by dogcatcher

54 posts • joined 16 Oct 2017


OK, Google: Why are you still pointing women at fake abortion clinics?


Free information and advertising should not walk hand in hand. The answer is simple, Google has to abort advertisements (and advertisers, for they are not sentient beings)

Blue Monday for Blue Origin as rocket bursts into flame


Re: They must of

Sarf Lundun possibly?

Amazon drivers unionize after AI sends them on 'impossible' routes


My supposedly updated GPS in my car will, on a specific route, try and persuade me to leave the main road and follow a route that the main road replaced some 30 years ago. This can add half an hour to the journey. It also has a penchant for several overgrown farm tracks that might once just have been roads in the days of horse and cart. I refuse to be enslaved by an inefficient bit of software. I still use a printed map.

Microsoft Azure cloud region settles over desert in Doha, Qatar


Re: Just what the planet needs

and what happens when the sand gets into the works?

British intelligence recycles old argument for thwarting strong encryption: Think of the children!


Re: Only the Guilty?

I believe in the WWII Pacific theatre that Native American Indians were used to relay massages between ships and naval command.

No, massages would have been provided by locals, no Native American Indian would have been exploited in that way.

Microsoft, Apple, Google accelerate push to eliminate passwords


So that I have a chance of recognising it and being able to copy it. With two screens open I can manually copy a password; with only one screen I cannot remember the password long enough to transfer it.

Car radios crashed by station broadcasting images with no file extension


Re: GIGO for the goddesses sake!

Wouldn't that be the Light Programme that I can't find on the wireless these days?

UK government responds to post-Brexit concerns and of course it's all the fault of those pesky EU negotiators


You're not suggesting that there are Guardian readers who are also are users of this forum?

Shut off 3G by 2033? How about 2023, asks Vodafone UK


Re: Rural coverage

A good thing for people in some rural areas would be to get any sort of coverage.

HMRC tool for measuring IR35 status is so great, employers are ditching it in their droves


Re: Horribly broken - not by accident

They can't get the legal aid they need since they changed the rules.

On Christmas night, a computer logs a call to say his user has stopped working…


or the Field Marshall, but which caused the most casualties is hard to tell.

Wifinity hands customers bills for Wi-Fi services they didn't want but used by accident after software 'glitch' let 'fixed term' subs continue


Where today can I make a 'phone call for 4d through a friendly operator?

MPs charged with analysing Online Safety Bill say end-to-end encryption should be called out as 'specific risk factor'


Re: Sigh,

I presume that government ministers will not use their scrambled telephones. GCHQ can lay off half its staff because there will be no cipher traffic to monitor and let's re-establish Civil Censorship of the mails in case anyone has the temerity to send a coded letter.

(With memories of my late mother who worked for part of the war excruciatingly censoring the Irish mail)

Assange extradition case goes to UK Home Secretary as High Court rules he can be sent to US for trial


Re: "[he will be] transferred to Australia to serve his sentence without the US objecting"

And to think, we used to send them out to America by the shipload until they started demanding independence, then we had to switch to paying for their transport to a holiday in Australia. Plus ça change.

Thought NHS Digital's wind-down meant it would stop writing cheques? Silly you. It's gone on an IT buying spree


Re: IT helps administrate treatments

From memory the NHS ran faster and more efficiently before computers were invented

Say what you see: Four-letter fun on a late-night support call


Re: The joys of the phonetic alphabet

"Anonymous as I'm a Senior PM and supposed to be a grown up"

............ Yes, Boris.

Sovereignty? We've heard of it. UK government gives contract to store MI5, MI6 and GCHQ's data to AWS


Does that mean that as a Prime member I can get delivery of what I want tomorrow?

EasyJet flight loadsheet snafu caused by software 'code errors' says UK safety agency


Re: Weight of passengers

In my army days I had to declare either my personal weight or all-up weight with kit and weapon, to any pilot who bothered to ask. The ones flying those liitle dinky rotary-wing aircraft seemed to be more concerned when several of us piled into the last seat.

Sharing medical records with researchers: Assumed consent works in theory – just not yet in practice


Take no notice of patient opt-out

Years ago I opted out of having my medical records shared beyond the local surgery. Recently I find that the hospital, the duty doctor that 111 put me in touch with, all have access to my medical records, they can read my prescriptions, tell me the results of blood tests, etc. So much NHS regard for patient opt-out.

I was wrong to have opted out, for the local sharing of information is very much to my advantage. However, this shows how poor and meaningless privacy is to the NHS and our choice matters not a fig to them.

Fake 'BT' caller fleeces elderly victim of £30k in APP app scam


Yes, but some of us are no longer smart enough to use them or understand the damn things.

Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou admits lying about Iran deal, gets to go home


Bending the truth

Since when did bending the truth deprive someone of their liberty?

It is daily practiced by businesses, by politicians, governments, police, criminals, advertising agencies and even, just possibly by IT bods.

Over 9 months late, England's highways agency launches contract to buy £1bn in IT



what happens to the potholes?

Apple is about to start scanning iPhone users' devices for banned content, professor warns


Awei with Iphone

I now feel really safe with my Huawei for they are never going to admit that they look at anything on my phone - even if they do. Images of my small dog rolling on its back may confuse Apple but look like a menu to other censors.

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.



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