* Posts by Torchy

76 publicly visible posts • joined 1 Feb 2018


Users complain iOS 14.2 causes some older iPhones to overheat, rapidly lose charge


So that is why........

So that is why my works phone keeps getting a flat battery.

I am less than happy about this and my employer even less so.

We upgrade our phones next year, I am recommending Samsung over Apple now.

Ever had a bogus call from someone claiming to be the IRS? A tax scam ringleader just got sent down for 20 years


The Chair.

When he has paid all that he says that he can then show him "The Chair" so that it encourages him to find some more cash.

Google Nest server outage leaves US, European smart homes acting dumb


Oh dear, how sad, never mind.

Seems that the cuckoo has shit in the nest.

I stopped the wife from buying a Peleton bike for the same reason, no server contact = expensive bike that goes nowhere.

US government clears debt collectors to go after Americans through their social media accounts


Wrong Person.

As I live in the UK, (I have no debt), if I was wrongly fingered for someone elses debt via social media I would take legal action via my trade union.

What is legal in the US does not mean that it is legal elsewhere in the world so how are the bailiffs going to work out what country the contact lives in?

Biden projected to be the next US President, Microsoft joins rest of world in telling Trump: It looks like... you're fired


Trump still does not get it.

17th of November and Trump still has not conceded defeat.

He is stopping the incoming administration from accessing meeting and data systems needed when they begin work on the 20th of January.

Video encoders using Huawei chips have backdoors and bad bugs – and Chinese giant says it's not to blame


Get rid.

The sooner all this Chinese shite is gone the better.

BBC makes switch to AWS, serverless for new website architecture, observers grumble about the HTML


Not all is well.

Just looked up a news item from 2011 on the BBC News website about what will happen if Greece leaves the EU.

Story format is borked, pictures positioned over text and generally unreadable.

Is this progress?

Update to NHS COVID-19 app brings improved warnings, end to 'ghost' notifications


Off with it's head.

I took it off the works phone about two weeks ago due to it sounding alarms in the early hours of the morning.

Upon checking the screen it read that I had been in close contact with someone who had covid 19, upon logging in to the phone there was no such message there.

I have no faith in buggy software and even less in software that is now claiming to be "fixed".

Why have the NHS staff, Police, Fire Service and Ambulance staff been ordered to remove it from their phones if this is the bestest tracing app in the world according to our PM Worzel Gummidge?

Excel Hell: It's not just blame for pandemic pandemonium being spread between the sheets


Microsoft Money.

My Wife used Microsoft Money (the version that came with DOS 6.2) in her business up until two years ago when her accountant told her that she had to use Sage.

She could get a turnover of £720,000 accounted for down to the last ten pence.

That Sage software is so inflexible that the accountant is happy if it is to within £100.

When it is not broken do not fix it.

England's COVID-tracking app finally goes live after 6 months of work – including backpedal on how to handle data


Apple ID details.

Saw the government advice asking us all to download and use the new Covid 19 app.

My personal mobile phone is so old that the Google store refuses to allow me access so I am unable to install the software on it.

My work mobile is an Apple so I tried to access the Apple store for the first time and since I have no Apple ID it started asking questions of me......….

Email address, choose a password then on to first name, surname & date of birth (cheeky, did not give my real dob) then asking for my credit or debit card details !

I exited at that point.

Thank you UK government but my details are private and will remain so.

Analogue radio given 10-year stay of execution as the UK U-turns on DAB digital future



Thank God for that.

Up here in south east Northumberland DAB drops out when you are driving around in the car and if you go north of Morpeth it is non existent until you reach the outskirts of Edinburgh.

I have a really good system in my car but I have no use for DAB so can the manufacturers take note and leave the DAB system out so I can have my radio a bit cheaper please.

While on the subject all the new mobile phones are 5G ready but 5G is not going to arrive in Northumberland until 2024 so can I buy a cheaper non-5G enabled phone?

No, I thought not so the likelihood is that the phone will be binned before 5G arrives.

Capita, Fujitsu and pals tuck into slices of £3bn London NHS framework



I would not let Fujitsu anywhere near an NHS system after what they provided for the Post Office.

Brit MP demands answers from Fujitsu about Horizon IT system after Post Office staff jailed over accounting errors


How do you compensate the family and loved one's of those that took their own lives because of this?

Not biased against you and not going anywhere, judge tells Post Office in Horizon IT system case


How do you compensate the family and loved one's of those that took their own lives because of this?

Honor MagicBook 14: Nice keyboard and ports aplenty – but with a webcam forever fixed on all of your chins


Parent Company is.......

Well since it is Chinese and we all know where that virus came from I will not be buying one never mind any products Chinese in the future.

Our whole office is now committed to giving Chinese goods a miss for the foreseeable future.

Join in and source locally if possible, if not then learn to do without.

Hey, China. Maybe you should have held your hackers off for a bit while COVID-19 ravaged the planet. Just a suggestion


Do not buy Chinese made goods.

That is why when we get over lockdown we all need to send a huge message to China by not buying Chinese goods.

British Airways and Marriott UK data protection fines deferred again as coronavirus shutdown hits business


They will be forgiven.

This is the start of the process to have the fines cancelled.

They will be told to make sure it does not happen again and I am sure that "lessons will be burned".

Bose shouts down claims that it borked noise cancellation firmware to sell more headphones


Give Bose a miss.

Upon reading this I have now struck Bose from my list of preferred suppliers.

When will they learn that this is actually classed as criminal damage in the UK?

Remember that clinical trial, promoted by President Trump, of a possible COVID-19 cure? So, so, so many questions...


Trump !

I would not trust him if he told me that tomorrow is the day after today.

Post Office burned £100m in UK taxpayer cash on Horizon IT scandal legal fees, MPs told


Managers Specials.

Time for a few offending Managers to be punished for failing to investigate thoroughly.

At least one should have shadowed a Post Mistress/Master FOR A FEW DAYS !

The problem with the software would then have become apparent.

Computer, deactivate self-destruct system requirement, says Sonos... were it on a starship in space, and not a smart-speaker slinger


Read it here and bought a Sony.

Thanks for the heads up but too late...……

I read about this a few weeks back and because of your article did not even consider Sonos when shopping for a speaker two weeks ago.

Came away with a great sounding Sony though.

I would never consider a Sonos product in future, they are blacklisted.

Feel sorry for those whose old Sonos products have been bricked by Sonos.

Starliner snafu could've been worse: Software errors plague Boeing's Calamity Capsule


SSW Mode.

Boeing has Shit Software Writers engaged in head in the clouds mode.

We now have a new term at work that goes by the statement of "doing a Boeing" when things go titsup.

Google Chrome to block file downloads – from .exe to .txt – over HTTP by default this year. And we're OK with this



Then it will be goodbye Google, it was nice knowing you but you turned into a big sister and outgrown your usefulness.

He’s a pain in the ASCII to everybody. Now please acquit my sysadmin client over these CIA Vault 7 leaking charges


I am............

I'm Spartacus………...

German cybersecurity chief: Anyone have any evidence of Huawei naughtiness?


Cisco Malware.

Seems that Cisco have had malware installed on their systems by the CIA for years now.

American bloke hauls US govt into court after border cops 'cuffed him, demanded he unlock his phone at airport'


Homeland Security are f**kwits.

Former Autonomy boss Mike Lynch 'submits himself' for arrest in central London


Sacoolas moment............

It is that Sacoolas moment where the UK must tell the US "no" just as they told the UK government when we asked for extradition proceedings to start in the case of Anne Sacoolas who killed a young motorcyclist in the UK by driving on the wrong side of the road.

Data-nicking UK car repairman jailed six months instead of copping a fine


Remember that name.

Remember his name for when he goes looking for his next job.

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


Cisco spying idea could be copied by Huawei.

USA government is concerned that Huawei could copy their idea and install what they have been putting in Cisco boxes for years now.

UK energy watchdog to probe National Grid and Scottish Power over fault-plagued subsea cable


Not fit for purpose.

Obviously the cable and/or the overland transmission equipment is not fit for purpose.

Get the contracted companies into court to either enforce upgrades at their expense or to admit failure and recoup all payments from them in full and start over again.

Boris celebrates taking back control of Brexit Britain's immigration – with unlimited immigration program


Quitters need to suck this up.

This is just what the quitters did not vote for but they were warned and ignored the sensible folk.

The government will set to on cutting business "red tape" soon and one of its primary targets is the European Working Time Directive and its laws pertaining to statutory holiday pay. Kiss paid holiday time goodbye and as a bonus all business's will save 9% plus on costs on the wage bill.

Suck it up quitters, you are not going to get what you voted for.

Microsoft boffin inadvertently highlights .NET image woes by running C# on Windows 3.11


Six floppy discs + 30 minutes = Nirvana.

I can remember installing Windows 3.11 on many machines at work using six floppies and around half an hour of time.

Typing c:\win used to bring it all to life.

I can say that up until 2018 my wife used the DOS version of Microsoft Money running on Windows 95 in her business until the Accountant requested that she move to a Sage product.

From what I can remember it ran within an early text editing program going by the name of QBasic.

Happy days.

One-time Brexit Secretary David Davis demands Mike Lynch's extradition to US be halted


That Sacoolas moment...........

Does Mike not have the same diplomatic immunity as Anne Sacoolas?

Tell them to "pound the sand".

Totally Subcontracted Business: TSB to outsource entire IT estate to IBM for a cool $1bn after 2019 meltdown



Try getting hold of this "public" report.

Even Slaughter and May’s website holds no reference to it.

Brit smart meter biz blamed Apple's iPhone 7 launch for its late taxes


Football Clubs.

Why does HMRC do this to real businesses yet fail to apply this to the many football clubs in the UK that use tax owed to HMRC as their own to spend as they see fit.

Whenever a football club has gone titsup in the past they have all owed vast amounts of unpaid tax.

Come on HMRC, get your finger out and make them cough up.

No wonder Bezos wants to move industry into orbit: In space, no one can hear you* scream


Think: Gold Foundries.

Yes, I agree Jeff.

The gold foundries that you rely upon and all the pollution that goes with them would be best off on the Moon.

Visited the Grand Canyon since 2000? You'll have great photos – and maybe a teensy bit of unwanted radiation


Wait for it...........

They now glow in the park.......................

Northern UK smart meter rollout is too slow, snarls MPs' committee


Waste of money.

They are only as smart as the people that use them, that is if you check them constantly to track down wastage such as a light left on in the house.

The power companies tell you that they are free but they actually add £11/year to your electricity bill or £5.50 to combined usage bills to pay for them over the next ten years.

Bear in mind that they are not installed by qualified electricians, the installers have undergone a one week training course on how to install them.

Your household insurance states that if you have any electrical work done by an unqualified electrician then any fire or electrical failure is not covered by your policy.

That includes smart meter installations. There is a lady in the south of the UK who owns a burnt out shell of a home caused by a fire that started in the smart meter and neither her or the power company's insurance company will pay out to rebuild the property. This has been going on for over two years now.

Bad news for WannaCry slayer Marcus Hutchins: Judge rules being young, hungover, and in a strange land doesn't obviate evidence


Claim Diplomatic Immunity.

Claim Diplomatic Immunity my friend then return to the UK.

It is called "doing the Sacoolas".

Skills Matter... sadly, so does cash flow: 15-year-old London dev events biz enters administration


Oh Dear.

Oh Dear, How Sad, Never Mind.

Not just adhesive, but alcohol-resistant adhesive: Well done, Apple. Airpods Pro repairability is a zero


Not buying these then.

I am so pleased that I have read this today as I was going to buy some of these this week.

You have saved me some money and the planet a small amount of landfill.

I am going to buy the much cheaper generic ones as it seems that Apple does not mean quality and longevity with this product.

Not one of the 12 steps: Rehab patients' details exposed in publicly visible database


Still waiting........

I take it that they ignored your request then?

Remember Windows Media Center? Well, the SDK is now on GitHub to be poked at your leisure


I still use it.

I use the op sys in my music studio for running all the midi equipment.

Unable to upgrade as the drivers for some of my software will not work with anything other than XP.

Get in line, USA: Sweden reopens Assange rape allegations probe


USA to be told no.

We are going to tell the USA no.

Julian Assange has diplomatic immunity and on the plus side has not killed anyone by driving on the wrong side of the road in the UK.

NASA boffins may just carve your name on a chip and send it to Mars if you ask nicely


CIA Database honeytrap.

If you fall for this then you really need to return to primary school.

We'll hack back at Russians, declare UK ministers in cyber-Blitz blitz


I am offering my time and services to this call.

Will HM Government please let me know how I can participate please.

WikiLeaks boss Assange acted as a foreign spy, Uncle Sam exclaims in fresh rap sheet


That Sacoolas moment.

Given that Anne Sacoolas will not be returning to the UK after she killed Harry Dunn I can tell the USA now that that your extradition order for Julian will be refused. Works both ways wankers.

In Windows 10 Update land, nobody can hear you scream


One year on and still no response from Microsoft?

Are you journo's still awaiting the response to your question?

Steve Bannon-backed flick attempts to expose evil lurking at heart of Huawei *cough* Huaxing


Silly me.

Silly me children, I should have seen this coming.

The pantomime season is upon us again.

Remember the FBI's promise it wasn’t abusing the NSA’s data on US peeps? Well, guess what…


That Sacoolas moment when you are caught red handed............