* Posts by MrMerrymaker

427 posts • joined 8 Aug 2018


Biden administration to dole out $900m for electric vehicle infrastructure



He ain't perfect but this is good news.

Shame some folks want the insane tangerine man back

IBM wins contract to support NHS App


It'll also be offshore-manned, meaning medical records will be accessible by minimum wage employees in Hyderabad.


Ex IBM and NHS employee here

IBM running the NHS app?

From the NHS's point of view never say "it can't get any worse"

UK's NHS goes to market for $2b HR and payroll system


Re: Why the dollar amount?

Not really an answer is it mate.

I used to work in the NHS myself but thanks for the lecture.

Anyway, NHS contracts were always, to my knowledge, in sterling, not dollars


Why the dollar amount?

$ why? The NHS is British as is this site


Re: £1.7 Billion

$2bn you mean. As on the headline.

More and more CS students are interested in AI – and there aren't enough lecturers


Re: There aren't enough lecturers

That's cause you can't spot a joke!

Cyberattack shuts down unemployment, labor websites across the US


Very weird targets

Was going to joke that some American republican group did this,

But I see there's already a narrative about the government doing this.

End-of-life smartphone? Penguins at postmarketOS aim to revive it


Re: 53.6 million tonnes of e-waste

Demon driver, you are part of the problem.

Activision to begin union negotiations with workers from Raven Software


Re: The tech industry needs a union...

I agree.

Everyone says this however.

Nobody actually bothers. I'm in the gaming industry now, so this is good news!

But you tech people. What are you waiting for? It's not going to be easy, but wishing won't make it so.

Why is IBM selling post-quantum crypto when it's still a pre-quantum company?


Why IBM anything? A universal answer

They don't, broadly, know what they're doing, so will latch onto something before it hits inevitable roadblocks (such as them not really having a handle on it)

AI drug algorithms can be flipped to invent bioweapons


Re: Why is anyone surprised by this?

People love a good Skynet story.

Like AI in the full meaning even exists. True autonomy doesn't exist in man made systems.

Humans could come along and make this a bad deal.

But then humans can make cars killing machines. Yet again, it's alllllll about us.



Don't do this

Don't use em?

Amazon to spend £1.8bn on UK infrastructure over next 2 years


Re: Eh?

Perhaps Amazon wish to conquer other worlds yet unseen by us for their market dominance.

It wouldn't surprise me.

Interpol: Policing model needs to change with cybercrime


Re: Going after digital crimes?

You'll get up votes but seriously I think all the scam calls people get are worse

Not to mention heroin dealer crypto

Or Russian digital warfare..

UK regulators accept Google's Privacy Sandbox promises


There's a word for this.


Can you get excited about the iPhone 13? We've tried



My Mix 4 doesn't have one.

Apple are behind. Especially with these wireless charging speeds

Hot not-Spot-bot spot: The code behind Xiaomi's CyberDog? Ubuntu


Re: Wake me up

I feel you, but

I don't have a spare 75k hanging around, nor would I blow it on a robot dawg.

I admire Xiaomi even trying to do it at this price point.

AI-enhanced frog stem cells start to replicate in entirely new ways


Re: Sounds like...

Given how humanity is gone, I welcome our new overlords...

Alleged Brit SIM-swapper will kill himself if extradited to US for trial, London court told


Should not matter

I mean he did wrong

I would be happy to blame the US for this trust me

But you can't just threaten suicide to avoid justice.

UK Test and Trace finding consultant habit hard to break: More contracts go to Deloitte and Accenture


More like Conservative of Tunbridge Wells

Joint venture: Uber Eats to offer weed orders in Ontario


Not good enough

Even stoned, I'm not gonna use Uber.

RIP Bernie Drummond: Celebrated ZX Spectrum artist and programmer on Batman, Head Over Heels, Match Day II


A drink to Bernie

As someone working for a football game company - no, not EA! - Match Day 2 was in my youth and a special place remains for it in my heart.

Ahead of his time.

Cruel and unusual IT fail upstages Megan Fox. Transformers: Windows in disguise


Why tech for a billboard anyway?

Hopefully some enterprising soul invents something like - oh I'm reaching here...

... Like some giant, paper poster you can stick to the board instead.

You could even pay a fellow to remove / put up a new one as and when a new client pays

Nah, will never happen. B0rk is here to stay.

Anyway, going back to reading my Kindle. Be pretty cool to have a hardware version of my fav reads though...

He called himself the King of Fraud. Now this bot lord will reign in prison for years

Thumb Down

Fair but only if..

.... They don't reduce the sentence.

Serve time. The full whack.

Google denies Gmail users an early start to the weekend after problems accessing service


Re: Oh no!

Which spammer gave this a thumbs down?

You do know you can't block messages that contain only images, right?


Oh no!

How will I access all the American medical care spam that, just being images, bypasses their spam filters??

Techies tell BCS: More and richer data required if COP26 climate pledges are to be met


I know Microsoft's software generates a huge amount of fume from this user...

Apple says it will no longer punish those daring to repair their iPhone 13 screens


Why anyone goes Apple I don't know

Though sure someone will tell me.

Although I'm hardly pleased at the state of user-repairability for Android devices either...

Big Blue scoffs a Happy Meal: McDonald's sells automated order-taking tech to IBM

Thumb Up

Excellent news...

Seeing as McDogshit are touch screen based..

Excellent news... For B0rked!

IBM US staff must be fully vaccinated by December – or go back to bed without pay


Those who disagree with IBM doing this

The really scary thing

If you think they're wrong

Is you thinking..

You have a right to work for IBM!

I mean if it was a decent company I'd understand..


Re: The register comments

What's wrong with being left wing?


I'm not sure what's more offensive - your patently untrue myopia

Or your misplaced apostrophes. I suppose being a conspiracy theorist doesn't rely on having the small details right though.

But I do believe you're ill. I used to work in mental health. I don't now so don't take it as gospel.

But conspiracy beliefs have been linked multiple times to narcissism, depression and low feelings of self worth.

That isn't a crime. Maybe work on those directly though. Compassion and support is out there.

Strangely not when you call people "sheep" for not wanting to die. What is your goal here? It's a poor attempt at "helping" anyone and I see it as a cry for help. As it is dressed up in aggression which, any fule know, stems from feelings about the self.

By the way, I have COVID right now. I'm double jabbed, so I'm alright. But dear god. It is horrible. I feel worse than I have in years. I'd LOVE it to be a hoax right now.

Some reading to back up my point anyway. You might not be a totally happy person, which is alright neither am I, but do look inside yourself.

There are worse things than getting a little prick. Such as being one.




Take a look, and you'll see... Windows XP? Bit of Dairy Milk, Fruit and Bork at Cadbury World


A tight squeeze

I'm Bournville there is a canal next to Cadbury World...

Fukushima studies show wildlife is doing nicely without humans, thank you very much


Humans aren't the best species

Merely the most genocidal.

RIP Sir Clive Sinclair: British home computer trailblazer dies aged 81


Re: Fraudulent too...

Who pissed on your chips?


A legend, a king, an icon

Pouring one out into my ZX for Sir Clive.

I don't feel proud of being British most days.

But this man sure kindles that.

CityFibre scores extra £1bn+ of funding to plumb in up to 8 million British homes by 2025


Sorry this is off topic but

Sir Clive Sinclair dead.

A true icon of British computing.

I look forward.. If that's the term.. To El Reg paying tribute.

Anyway, to be on topic: broadband fine, but quality over quantity.

Software piracy pushes companies to be more competitive, study claims


Piracy, then

I've pirated. I'm a member of a piracy site.

But we all buy if good enough.

Weird how it works. With games, it's why I miss demos.

Try before you buy. And if you like, you buy.

I KNOW not everyone is that moral. Just, I understand first hand: a good product engenders love for it, and reward for those who make it.

To me a lot of piracy could be solved with a good demo period. What have they got to hide?

Can we talk about Kevin McCarthy promising revenge if Big Tech aids probe into January insurrection?


Piss take?

Please. You're giving it away.

Claim you WOOOSHed me and the other down voters if your fragile ego must.

If I am an idiot for talking seriously about political discourse though I'll be happily stupid compared to your "ironic" quote.

If you have a side? Say it plainly. Quoted, "ironic" bullshit is still bullshit.


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As long as you don't find them equally disgusting.

I hate it when people do this "they're all the same" mantra.

Broadly, perhaps.

But that allows the worst ones to escape unscathed, without special notice. And thus normalises their evil.

Vivo X60 Pro: Branding was plastered all over the Euros, but does the phone perform better than the English team?


Re: WiFi Calling? No, didn't think so

Xiaomi on EE has it.

Google Play puts Android apps on notice: No naughty JavaScript, Python, Lua


Re: Wandavision Agnes Wink.jpg

A troll-like comparison. I use my phone for MORE because I have more control.

I've got root with adaway. Filtering DNS,and I can see what requests are made in real-time and block accordingly.

YouTube Vanced for no ads. Blockada

Sir, if you are saying blocking this ad crap is like driving a car 20mph down a motorway, I say you're sucking off Satan for decrying the blocking of snoops.

Still. Here I am replying to a post made in sneeringly poor comparisons. You seem American.

What is your greatest weakness? The definitive list of the many kinds of interviewer you will meet in Hell


Re: What's my greatest weakness?


Windows 11: What we like and don't like about Microsoft's operating system so far



Seems too simplified for its own good

Happy 'Freedom Day': Stats suggest many in England don't want it or think it's a terrible idea


To vote Tory you need to be evil


All hands on Steam Deck: Fancy a handheld Linux PC that runs Windows apps, sports a custom AMD Zen APU and a touch screen?


Valve hardware and a bad track record

The battery life sounds a big hurdle here, but I think a bigger issue is the poor track record Valve have with abandoning their hardware efforts.

Remember Steam Machines being touted?

And the Steam Link devices... I had one. Pretty good. But no longer made or supported.

The Steam Controller too, a decent pad... Abandoned.

Buyer beware. Their corporate structure, being so... fluid... Doesn't make me think they have a dedicated hardware division.

Giant predatory ancient insects pioneered mobile comms 310,000,000 years ago


Re: Wings...

In what context?

I wouldn't trade the hands on the ends of my arms for wings. I'd be an even worse plumber

Xiaomi my heart is still beating: Reg hack takes Chinese giant's new fitness band for a spin


I love mine

It's great. And you can sideload custom themes.

Only downside is it scratches so easily!



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