* Posts by Stuclark

10 posts • joined 16 Mar 2018

NHS COVID-19 app is trying to tell Android users something but buggy notification appears stuck on 'Loading...' screen


Not a new notification

It used to pop up this loading... crap at about midnight every night on my OnePlus device.

... that is, it kept doing it until I uninstalled the app!

Train-knackering software design blunder discovered after lightning sparked Thameslink megadelay


Re: Progress

"old locomotives ... tended to wear down the rail head more rapidly ..."

Guess which BR research project finally solved excess real head wear?

... Oh yeah, that will have been the APT project!


Re: and basically impossible to test for.

I know exactly who you were talking to, and yes, he has said that (and proven it) on record.

The lie though is that APT tech was sold to Fiat - it wasn't, which is probably why the Pendolino your system isn't as good as APT tilt was (and is - you can still experience it on a real APT in Crewe)

Veteran vulture Andrew Orlowski is offski after 19 years at The Register


Somebody say NO

Andrew was one of the reasons I started (kept) reading elReg - I remember well(ish) those days and evenings at the variously titled Symbian... / Nokia.. / "OMG, Apple just launched a bloody phone" expos and shindigs - the AAS story (which I believe I quoted you in) about which vendor gave away the best mints - the endless WTF related to Sendo & Microsoft - then your brilliant writing in the ensuing years.

I've always tended to pay more attention to a Reg article if it had Mr. Orlowski's or the late and sorely missed Mr. Haines' names under the headline - what am I going to do now... read everything???? *Geez*!

LG G7 ThinkQ: Ropey AI, but a feast for sore eyes and ears


Andrew; could you please tell me which networks you used the phone on; as I want to check whether the lack of VoLTE and VoWiFi I'm seeing is network dependent?


LG seem to leave vital settings out of the UK firmwares for VoLTE & VoWiFi; and the phone isn't on the officially supported list from O2 for either of those functions. (and as EE, Voda etc. don't sell the phone as a branded handset, neither officially support it either)

This was the same with the LG V30 before hand; and is proved to be a handset issue as my SIM allows both VoLTE and VoWiFi when used in a different handset.


Any chance of a screenshot of the About Phone > Software page, as I can't make my G7 (UK model) pick up *any* VoLTE or VoWiFi settings; and hacking the firmware seems currently un-doable

The Splunk that got sunk: Log-lover ends support for mobile apps


Splunk is (simply put) a self or cloud hosted web-based application which slurps data from your A / B / C / X / Y / Z on-prem or cloudy application / log producer / disk space abuser and allows you to form "simple" queries against that data.

The more data you ingest into Splunk, the more they charge you for the priviledge; but you can get it to show you some pretty charts and drop emails etc. based on pretty much any alert; such as when your receptionist starts looking up "BDSM for CEOs"

Happy birthday, you lumbering MS-DOS-based mess: Windows 98 turns 20 today


The days of OSR releases...

I was working for a MS disti back in the day when 98 was released and remember it well!

I'd spent the previous month debugging their OEM Pre-Install Routine, otherwise known as the OPK installer; as the MS instructions simply didn't work! For every 5 copies of 98 we sold, we sent out my hand typed *extra* instructions, and never, ever, had an OEM system builder phone up asking how to get it working (unlike our competitors).

((I might have made a bit of fuss about this on MS's OEM forums on their fairly new website, and might have had an email from a certain S.Ballmer basically telling me to STFU))

Win95 had 15 seperate CD releases; the best of which was the penultimate OSR2.1 (OSR2.5 introduced USB support and was as stable as a chocolate teapot). Win98 had 3 releases from memory; the best (for overall stability in our labs) being the initial OSR1; 98SE was OSR2 and was a piece of crap; OSR2.1 was much, much better and was what should have been released to the public (but as was MS's way then, never was!)

Brit retailer Currys PC World says sorry for Know How scam


Let's not forget that if they actually managed to sell you a "blank" laptop, they, and the laptop's manufacturer, would be in breach of their licence agreement with Microsoft!


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