* Posts by 6491wm

35 publicly visible posts • joined 20 Dec 2017

Green MSP calls on Scottish government to stop spending £4.7m a year with AWS after Amazon 'dumping' allegations


Re: "we do not send items to landfill in the UK"

"We send them to landfills in China."

However once they get to China they are carefully unpacked , dusted off and then sent back to the UK to be put up for sale on sites such as Amazon & Ebay.


Fastly 'fesses up to breaking the internet with an 'an undiscovered software bug' triggered by a customer


Re: things missing

"Seems like their monitoring code produces meaningful error messages"

Or it was a bug they were aware of and were just waiting to roll out the fix in a scheduled maintenance window.................

Nvidia nerfs RTX 3080, 3070, 3060 Ti GPUs to shoo away Ethereum miners


" who need a decent card for study,"

Errrm why do you need a 30** style/level card for study ?

Unless you're studying game development that is ;o)

Spy agency GCHQ told me Gmail's more secure than Microsoft 365, insists British MP as facepalming security bods tell him to zip it


Which is more secure.

Email or Snail mail?


What a Hancock-up: Excel spreadsheet blunder blamed after England under-reports 16,000 COVID-19 cases


Re: CSV?

excel can separate by anything you want which is a PITA if you've used text to columns to split on say ": -" and then forget all about iot and paste something else in and it all splits a bit funny ;o)

Dido 'Queen of Carnage' Harding to lead UK's Institute for Health Protection because Test and Trace went so well


Re: Talk Talk carrying on Dido tradition

That would be Equinix at LD8 having problems


Want to hear our beloved David Attenborough narrate your life? Thanks to the power of machine learning, you can


Re: Attenborough

If they did ......... Michael Caine ......... then they woudn't need to .......... worry about the bloody gaps!

First alligators, then dogs, now Basil Fawlty is trying to standardise social distancing measures


Re: Ministry of...

on a technicality by 1970 the yard was officially linked to the metre so although feet may have been in more common place usage......................

The international yard and pound are two units of measurement that were the subject of an agreement among representatives of six nations signed on 1 July 1959, namely the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the Union of South Africa. The agreement defined the yard as exactly 0.9144 meters and the pound as exactly 0.45359237 kilograms.

July? British government could decide to boot Chinese giant Huawei from the UK's networks by this month


are they really going to dump Huawei ?

Would Huawei pull out of this if they did?


Well bork me sideways: A railway ticket machine lies down for a little Windoze


Re: The TV Series 'The Architecture that the Railways gave us'

Big Ben?

Do you mean the Great Clock of Westminster ;o)

Creeps give away money to harass recipients with abusive transaction descriptions on bank statements


Re: One solution...

Another solution would be to only allow notes to be added if the amount is over a certain value, say $5 (or whatever your local currency is).

Might detract a few people otherwise it's going to start to get expensive to send a longer message ;o)

Wanna force granny to take down that family photo from the internet? No problem. Europe's GDPR to the rescue


Re: Where does the copyright law stand on this?

but *if* she was the legal guardian during the 7 years the one child lived with her and *if* that photograph (or other photographs of the same child) was taken during that 7 year period then she already has permission doesn't she?

O2 be a fly on the wall during BT and Vodafone's video calls: Telefónica's UK biz, Virgin Media officially merge


Re: Think about the poor sponsors

the new company could be known as V2

American telcos get 90 days to wrap up deals with, er, dangerous Chinese supplier – that's Huawei the news goes


who would you rather being behind your internet service, Huawei or the Labour Party ;o)

GIMP open source image editor forked to fix 'problematic' name


Re: Eh?

The word "Mongo" was first coined (as the name of a planet) back in the 1930's by the author of Flash Gordon well before it's first usage in a derogatory fashion.

It's Prime Minister Boris Johnson: Tech industry speaks its brains on Brexit-monger's victory


what about the other Kingston in the Uk ?

"Upon Hull"

There is life outside of the London Boroughs ;)

London Gatwick Airport reopens but drone chaos perps still not found


Re: Alledged Photo of drone

I've seen more convincing pictures of Nessie & BigFoot

Laptop search unravels scheme to fake death for insurance cash


Re: Mail fraud?

Feral ?

Somebody gone wild?

Space station springs a leak while astronauts are asleep (but don't panic)


Re: Kapton tape good

the problem with Kapton insulation is that it suffers from a phenomenon known as "arc tracking" which is why when I was working on Tornados many years ago we spent a great deal of time during Major Servicing "protecting" the kapton with Spywrap ;)

EU wants one phone plug to rule them all. But we've got a better idea.


Re: EU Standard plug

second most painful after Lego surely?

Virgin Media to chop 800 jobs in Wales call centre


Virgin.net was supported as part of the cabletel operation out of Cleppa Park in Newport (along with Which & Tesco).

The Swansea office was acquired from Cable and Wireless (along with Wythenshaw) by ntl (as cabletel became) as part of some acquisitions which was then followed by the closure of Cleppa Park, all of which was prior to the ntl/telewest merger and the subsequent rebranding to Virgin Media

Scammers use Google Maps to skirt link-shortener crackdown


Re: Maybe

Tinyurl has the option to turn on previews so if you receive a tinyurl link you see the full URL giving you a chance to make your own mind up on whether to follow it.

Not a feature useful for scammers though so they probably don’t use tinyurl ;)

1.5 BEEELLION sensitive files found exposed online dwarf Panama Papers leak


Re: How many hard drives?

one if it's big enough ;)

Google: Class search results as journalism so we can dodge Right To Be Forgotten


In the days before the internet

newspapers were often archived either physically or on MicroFiche, maybe they still are in some places.

Does the whole right to be forgotten apply there?

Probably not

A dog DNA database? You must be barking


Re: re: the DNA test results


Haven't listened to the full program but based on the write up it appears to be talking about Human DNA testing and in fact at around 1m 30 Brian COx sets the scene as "today we're looking at Race as it applies to Human DNA"

This article is about Canine DNA .

I don't have a specific article /program by someone of Brians popularity /experience to support the accuracy of DOG DNA testing when it comes to breed determination but the general opinion seems to be that "Dog DNA tests tend to be fairly accurate, although the quality of accuracy can vary depending on the tools used to asses dog genealogy and the sophistication of the laboratory used."

Ie it depends on how good a sample the owner takes, how large a database of different dog DNA samples held is, etc etc.

In WInstons case I thought that we was some sort of Irish Wolfhound cross but looking at him again the results that came back make sense


Re: Laws only stop dogs who follow the law.

@Jonathan 27

Oddly enough I've just recently had the DNA test results back for Winston (my rescue dog of unknown origin who joined me last year) COst me £ 35 and took about a month to get the results.

On the one side of his family he's German Wirehaired Pointer, Schnauzer & Greyhound

The other side is Poodle,Whippet & Cocker Spaniel


Virgin Media customers complain of outages across UK


Wholesale Virgin

NTL (as they were then) did try(voluntarily) going down the wholesale path with AOL in the early noughties shortly before the Telewest merger, but IIRC it never went anywhere

Crowdfunding small print binned as Retro Computers Ltd loses court refund action


Re: My next prediction - that Psion-revamp thing will similarly tank.

Nah it seems in a much healthier position. Unless they realy are going all out to defraud people then based on their latest updates the first production units are currently being assembled and should be rolling out shortly


TalkTalk starts offering punters choice to shift-shift to O2


"IMO there are really only two ISP's in this country, BT and Virgin Media"

An Internet Service Provider by definition is a company which provides Internet Service, they don't have to also supply the infrastructure.

Openreach, Virgin Media & Kcom (in the Hull area) are probably the big 3 infrastructure providers to the residential market.

Even before LLU (2003/4 ?) there were many fine ISPs such as Demon & BullDog providing service over BTs wires.


Re: The question is ...

been using 02 since 2015 ?

Nope my "free sim" is on Vodafone as was my other SIM (which I have just moved back to O2 whoo I was with previously)

Intellectual Property Office drops, er, patently cool cartoon to teach kids about trademarks


Re: Compare the market should sue?

well if the BBC can trademark a Blue Police box that was invented before the BBC existed..................

How's this for a stocking filler next year? El Reg catches up with Gemini


Re: Want one!

re "not at that price"

Interestingly when the Psion 5 was launched back in 97 it retailed for £439 which in todays money is around $755

Ok so this is no Psion (doesn't run OPL for a start) but boy has it got my juices flowing, in fact guess what I only went & did last night :)

Oh good. Transport for London gives Capita £80m for WAN, LAN and Wi-Fi


Could be worse, Capita could be involved with Air Traffic Control as well.


TalkTalk banbans TeamTeamviewerviewer againagain


Homesafe not so safe?

How Ironic

From TalkTaks Status Page


"We're aware that some customers are experiencing issues with their Homesafe settings.

We are currently investigating this issue and would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused during this time."

Looking at one of the threads looks like the wrong settings are being randomly applied to peoples lines, dynamic IP addressing issue anybody?



Reselling TalkTalk

@Martin an gof

That's probably because the phone coop (other ISPs who resell TalkTalk services are available, Andrews & Arnold for example) will be dealing with the TalkTalk Business (ie the old Opal & Tiscali Business part of TalkTalk) side of the business rather than TalkTalk Residential.