* Posts by Wincerind

50 posts • joined 16 Jul 2018

Apple: EU can't make us use your stinking common charging standard

Wincerind

Re: Gold plated cables

"an iPhone will last about twice as long as most Android devices"

That'll be because you can only afford to replace it half as often.

Guilty as charged: Apple confesses some Smart Battery Cases are having 'issues', offers replacements

Wincerind

Re: Hey Apple, there's another way!

"smart battery case"

Seems the only thing "smart" about them is the outward appearance.

Christmas in tatters for Nottinghamshire tots after mayor tells them Santa's too busy

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Re: Mayoress is the Mayor’s wife, and always has been.

It's a shame really that Hillary didn't win the last US election. I was looking forward to Bill being First Lady.

Wincerind

West Bridgford. One of the posher areas on Nottingham. Used to be referred to as Bread and Lard Island, cos the occupants spent so much looking posh that's all they could afford to eat (that's the idea anyway).

Uni of London loses attempt to block mobe mast surveyors from Paddington rooftop

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I'm sure that the Corbot would just confiscate your house (no compensation) to install a mast, then rent it back to you at a special "rich persons" rate.

We are absolutely, definitively, completely and utterly out of IPv4 addresses, warns RIPE

Wincerind

I suspect it's as simple as 192.168.1.192 just trips off the tongue, whereas fdaa:bbcc:ddee:0:7c8a:a8c9:d4fb:acf1 just trips over itself.

Her Majesty opens UK Parliament with fantastic tales of gigabit-capable broadband for everyone

Wincerind

Re: Really?

I'd hazard a guess that the Duke of Edinburgh is still a better driver than some folks on the road today.

Wincerind

Re: Really?

you're missing the point that Labour also lie to themselves, not just everyone else.

Robocop needs reboot, $200m for AI research, UK govt knowingly deployed racist passport system – plus more

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Re: despite clear and profound differences

If you take the example of zoology then relatively minor differences between the same animal results in it being classified as a different species, never mind a different race. eg, Elephants, Rhino's, Giraffes.

Ohm my God: If you let anyone other than Apple replace your recent iPhone's battery, expect to be nagged by iOS

Wincerind

"El Reg had a story but can't find it"

This one?

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/09/11/tesla_boosts_battery_capacity_for_irma/

King's College London breached GDPR by sharing list of activist students with cops

Wincerind

Re: Only monarchy fans allowed, then ?

"inbred hereditary bloodsuckers"

The vast majority of the inbred bloodsuckers these days aren't hereditary but are political appointees. Placemen, put there as an attempt at some kind of vote rigging in the "upper house".

Metropolitan Police's facial recognition tech not only crap, but also of dubious legality – report

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Hmm, I know it's a way off yet but its all starting to feel a bit "Minority Report".

We knew it was coming: Bureaucratic cockup triggers '6-month' delay of age verification block on porno in the UK

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"70mph as that was the top speed of most cars in the 1970s"

Close but no cigar. The 70 mph speed limit was introduced in 1965

Alexa, are you profiting from the illegal storage and analysis of kids' voice commands?

Wincerind

That would come under the heading of parental responsibility. You need to tape "little Jess's" mouth shut until you've established that Alexa has been unplugged.

Nope, we're stuffed, shrieks Apple channel as iPhone shipments enter a double-digit spiral

Wincerind

Re: What do these overpriced watches do that my £100 "ordinary" watch can't?

They show you have more money than sense. I have a "Rolex" for special occasions, bought for 10 euros at a Turkish bazaar about 15 years ago.

Wincerind

Re: Have you seen how much a Ferrari costs?

"SoC in Android land is two years behind Apple's"

That may well be the case, but what does an Apple do noticeably or significantly faster as a result compared to say my Nokia 6.1. I mean, it's a phone, you'll be doing phone calls, texts, emails and reminders/calendar stuff mostly. I doubt you're developing ray-traced 3d graphics on it.

UK is 'not a surveillance state' insists minister defending police face recog tech

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Re: GDPR?

I came here to read an article and comments about police surveillance. NOT to read another idiot's rant about Brexit.

Stop us if you've heard this one: IBM sued after axing older staff, this time over 'denying' them their legal rights

Wincerind

Re: When I was a wee lad

Surely we all know that HR stands for Human Remains.

Blighty's most trusted brand? Yeah, you wish, judge tells Post Office in Horizon IT system ruling

Wincerind

Re: Ways not to win in court, no.94:'threatening dire consequences to national business' if you lose

Aaaand you win tonight's star prize for wheedling a F*cking Brexit reference into a Post Office story. Dickhead.

Correction: Last month, we called Zuckerberg a moron. We apologize. In fact, he and Facebook are a fscking disgrace

Wincerind

It seems to me the UK Government's impending age verification for porn sites is totally misdirected.

How about age verification being enforced for social media sites. Starting with re-verification for all existing users.

Age checks for online pr0n? I've never heard of it but it sounds like a good idea – survey

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So a company that provides AV says that 60% of people support AV. Well colour me surprised by that one.

Twilight of the sundials: Archaic timepiece dying out and millennials are to blame, reckons boffin

Wincerind

Re: no such thing as an analog watch.

Wrist mounted Sundial?

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wrist-Watch-Sundial-Solid-Compass/dp/B0154XDOAU

Treaty of Roam: No-deal Brexit mobile bill shock

Wincerind

Re: So predictable !

"mostly voted out so they could kick out anyone called Mohammed"

No.

Mostly because in the 1975 referendum we were told it was a simple trading agreement. Then Major signed the Maastricht treaty which basically converted the EEC "trading agreement" into the EU, forcing it through with a three line whip and no mandate from the people. Then Bliar promised a referendum on the EU Constitution/Lisbon treaty then didn't hold one.

The 2016 referendum was the first time the people had been given a vote on membership of "ever closer union" and the majority of those who voted said no.

Maybe if Major or Bliar or even the 1975 referendum had been a bit more honest with the people then we wouldn't be in this mess.

Not cool, man: Dixons spanked over discount on luxury 'smart' fridge with wildly fluctuating price

Wincerind

Re: 4k for a fridge?

Saw one the other day in Dixons while looking at proper fridges. It looked like it was just a regular "American Style" fridge with a bloody great tablet super glued to the front. Definitely not worth £3-4k.

Kwik-Fit hit by MOT fail, that's Malware On Target

Wincerind

Re: re: Too bad they couldn't continue operating as normal with paper records,

Ah yes the "old gits". They'd be the ones who don't look at a pencil and ask where the keyboard for it is. I guess you posted anonymously in case you mum gave you a slap.

Three quarters of US Facebook users unaware their online behavior gets tracked

Wincerind

Re: No kidding

Ah, the humble Hamberder.

Amazon exec tells UK peers: No, we don't want to be dominant. Also, we don't fancy being taxed on revenues

Wincerind

Re: Death of the High St

"Just stop using Amazon. It is that simple."

Oh if it were that simple. I spent a few hours a couple of weeks ago trying to buy mothballs (for clothes moths). I tried all the big brand supermarkets in town (we have all 4) plus diy stores & the "we sell everything" stores. No luck, I might as well have been trying to buy leopard's fanny batter.

Ended up going to Amazon.

Basically if the shops don't sell it we can't buy it.

Before dipping a toe in the new ThinkPad high-end, make sure your desk is compatible

Wincerind

Re: Bah

I concur with that. Reminds me of 2 or 3 years ago whe the MD of the company I was working for ordered top of the range MacbookAirs for all the directors at around 2k a pop (plus dongles). Within the month all but him and his trusty sidekick had handed them back in and asked for their old laptops back.

Wincerind

Re: Why does a large touchpad serve no purpose?

In my experience the only use for a touchpad on a laptop is for when you've forgotten/lost your mouse or it's inconvenient to use a mouse.

Phew, galactic accident helps boffins explain dark matter riddle

Wincerind

Re: The Matrix?

Or possibly like in the film "the Thirteenth Floor" where simulations are nested within simulations.

Wincerind
Coat

The Matrix?

How about this.

The Universe is a simulation a bit like The Matrix. The increased Dark Matter in the newer galaxies is because they're running over budget and they're short of hard drive space. Gaps in the simulation which manifests itself as "Dark Matter".

On the first day of Christmas, Microsoft gave to me... an emergency out-of-band security patch for IE

Wincerind

Just love these comments

Woo woo lets bash IE & Microsoft.

Like Chrome on version seventy something and Firefox on version sixty something have never issued security patches.

LG's beer-making bot singlehandedly sucks all fun, boffinry from home brewing

Wincerind
Pint

Re: Beer in the Sodastream?

"but it was funny to my ~13 year old mind"

I wouldn't worry. I found it funny and I haven't been 13 for well over 40 years..

Privacy, security fears about ID cards? UK.gov's digital bod has one simple solution: 'Get over it'

Wincerind

Re: another iteration

"minimum IQ requirement"

That's no guarantee of anything. I've known some quite intelligent idiots.

Official: Voyager 2 is now an interstellar spacecraft

Wincerind

Re: Brings this quote to mind...

"peered over the edge"

I'm guessing that's the next idea for the Flat Earthers... The Flat Universe

Supreme Court tells Big Cable to shut up for once: Net neutrality challenge shot down

Wincerind

Grammar Police

"bored of 'open internet' legal shenanigans"

Sorry but its "bored with" or "bored by".

"Bored of" is just not grammatically correct even if it is used a lot by the uneducated these days.

Solid state of fear: Euro boffins bust open SSD, Bitlocker encryption (it's really, really dumb)

Wincerind

Re: the Group Policies for determining whether it should use Hardware Encryption or not

It's not even that. All MS did was expect hardware vendors to implement the standard properly. Either that or the standard itself is fucked. Hardly Microsoft's fault at all..

Apple's launch confirms one thing: It's determined to kill off the laptop for iPads

Wincerind

Re: Would they allow it if...

And then there's always Penistone near Barnsley.

Punkt: A minimalist Android for the paranoid

Wincerind

£350 for a phone that does very little. That's way too much money. Alcatel did it for less than £15

https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Delectronics&field-keywords=Alcatel+OneTouch

Deliveroo to bike food to hungry fanbois queuing to buy iPhones

Wincerind

So, you queue for hours in the wind and rain to spend £1000+ for something you haven't seen or tried out, just so that for a few moments you can say "oooh I have got..."

Wow.... just Wow

Remember when Apple's FaceTime stopped working years ago? Yeah, that was deliberate

Wincerind

Re: It was a free feature.

No.

It was a feature that was paid for when they bought the phone.

UK.gov finally adds Galileo and Copernicus to the Brexit divorce bill

Wincerind

Re: TL;DR

Do stop it with "Little Englander crap". Maybe you'd like to add to that Little scotlander, little welshman and little Catalonian.

The grand-plus iPhone is the new normal – this is no place for paupers

Wincerind

Re: For a phone

£90 a month on a personal computer????

You must be mad, or renting it. I'd wager that "most of us here" built our own computers for about £90 total, probably a number of years ago.

And if I were stupid enough to pay £1500 for a phone I would expect an all risks new for old swap out lifetime warranty.

2-bit punks' weak 40-bit crypto didn't help Tesla keyless fobs one bit

Wincerind

Re: Problem-solution dichotomy

Interesting. I'd always assumed these keyless ignitions would cut out once the key was out of range.

Nokia reinstates 'hide the Notch' a day after 'Google required' feature kill

Wincerind

Re: It is all Apple's fault

You can't "steal" this idea any more than you steal the idea of rounding the corners of a rectangle

FTFY

HTTPS crypto-shame: TV Licensing website pulled offline

Wincerind

Re: We take security very seriously

@Nano nano "£350m a week for the NHS ..."

Oh do give it a rest.

I predict a riot: Amazon UK chief foresees 'civil unrest' for no-deal Brexit

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Re: Vogon

Yes, apparently the £9.3 million of taxpayers money splaffed on a pro remain leaflet doesn't count towards remain cheating.

No, seriously, why are you holding your phone like that?

Wincerind

Re: Back in the day..

"walky-talky" for people who like to talk like children - For those of us of a certain generation who used to watch Forest Rangers in the early sixties, they will forever be "Walky Talkies". "XNY556 A for Apple calling B for Bob"

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