* Posts by notyetanotherid

76 publicly visible posts • joined 15 Jan 2019


Ex-Twitter employees pull Musk back to money table over missing severance


Re: Who are you catering to who has been living under a rock?

... paid by the word?

UK rejoins the EU's €100B Horizon sci-tech funding program


Re: @JMiles

"This is not correct. Under European law, the UK was permitted to act independently to approve the vaccine in an emergency."

Source, Full Fact: https://fullfact.org/health/coronavirus-vaccine-brexit/


Re: @JMiles

> The remain campaign literally lied that voting to leave the EU would lead to WW3.

[citation needed]

But the official campaign Vote Leave said: “Britain will have access to the Single Market after we vote leave.”


Re: @JMiles

"The post-Brexit trading relationship between the UK and EU, as set out in the ‘Trade and Cooperation Agreement’ (TCA) that came into effect on 1 January 2021, will reduce long-run productivity by 4 per cent relative to remaining in the EU. This largely reflects our view that the increase in non-tariff barriers on UK-EU trade acts as an additional impediment to the exploitation of comparative advantage."

Source: Office for Budget Responsibility.


... and using an updated methodology that none of the other countries have yet adopted...

Largest local government body in Europe goes under amid Oracle disaster


Re: Easy win but challenging keep.

> That then leaves the door wide open for "career politicians" who toe the party line and simply do very little except to pay homage to their illustrious leaders.

That's a little harsh. Many also manage to vote through lucrative development planning applications for land owned by themselves, their families or mates. Or sell off council land to their mates on the cheap. Or otherwise shovel bucketfuls of taxpayer cash to cronies... see the Rotten Boroughs column of Private Eye, passim, ad nauseum.

Brits negotiating draft deal to rejoin EU's $100B blockbuster science programme


Re: Citation please ?

> A* at A-level did *not* come out in 2010. You had to be in the top ten of the country to get them.

Pray tell when they did, since you are the expert?

Try https://analytics.ofqual.gov.uk/apps/Alevel/Outcomes/ ... Is it just a conspiracy that Ofqual's analytics don't show any A* before 2010? Or is it, as they say: "You will see that there are no data points for the A* grade in 2008 and 2009 and this is because the A* grade for A level was first awarded in 2010. This explains the drop in the percentage of students achieving grade A in 2010."


Re: Citation please ?

> Hmmm….back when it meant something, I got 6 A* at A-level, 4 S-level grade 1, starred First (top ten in my year), and a PhD from Cambridge. I have fourteen patents to my name. What are your qualifications like?

Citation please?

I'll grab the popcorn while I'm waiting, especially seeing as the last S-levels were in 2001 and A* at A-level came in in 2010...

Hacking a Foosball table scored an own goal for naughty engineers



Sounds like we may have gone to the same school, or at least one with the same type of drinks machine!

My almost identical recollection is a bit further down the page, https://forums.theregister.com/forum/all/2023/07/03/who_me/#c_4690294...


At school there was drinks vending machine where a Spanish 5 peseta was just the right size to trigger dispense if one timed the button press correctly, but also the wrong size to be retained by the coin mechanism. Less obvious in the short term, but soon rumbled once the secret was too widely shared...


Re: Never trust an engineer

In my halls, half the rooms had just been refurbished including a desk with locking drawers. The lock was a tubular design with a key that also fitted in the the locks on the backs of the machines in the games room, so a goodly percentage of the students could open at least one of the machines and apply free credits.

Microsoft’s Azure mishap betrays an industry blind to a big problem



> Simple typos and their cousin, Mr Misconfiguration, ...

Miss Configuration, surely?

North Korea shows off surveillance satellite it claims it can launch


... the picture also appears to show two folks inadequately gowned and masked for presence in a satellite integration cleanroom. Even if he does manage to get it up, so to speak, how long it will be able to perform thanks to his photo op, is presumably in question...

UK cops score legal win in EncroChat snooping op


Re: Some Advice For The Unwary........

>(3) Use private encryption and Gmail (and avoid interweb service providers like SIgnal)

>(7) Read up on Bruce Schneier, Daniel Bernstein

Not sure what your beef is with Signal, but Bruce Schneier has said, "I am a fan of Signal and I use it every day." (https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2022/10/interview-with-signals-new-president.html)?

EU's Cyber Resilience Act contains a poison pill for open source developers


Re: Cui Bono.......Again!!!

> If the purchaser is a private person, then in the UK that means the Sale of Goods Act

Actually, while B2B transactions are still governed by the Sale of Goods Acts, B2C transactions are now subject to the Consumer Rights Act 2015.

Twitter adds new DM features, and Musk claims encryption is here, starting today



> it's a clear attempt to lure users from platforms like Signal, which offer encrypted communications by default, but require a phone number that's publicly visible and used to contact others.

It is probably worth mentioning that "phone number privacy" is coming to Signal, slated for release later this year....

Brexit Britain looks to French company to save crumbling borders and immigration tech


Re: hmm

> Ropes around their necks?

Several of the dolls were hanging from fixtures in the pub, albeit not with ropes around their necks, but the (now deleted) Faceache post by the then landlord, screenshotted in this news article https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/pub-owner-embroiled-gollies-controversy-29691493, might lead one to infer a particular context around the hanging dolls...

Pixies keep switching off my morning alarm, says Google Pixel owner


> ... playng 3 from the same album back to back, which should be unlikely.

Isn't that what 'random' is about? A tiny probability of occurrence does not mean that it won't happen in a random system.

Spotify already made their randomize function less random because customers complained on precisely this false premiss: https://www.businessinsider.com/spotify-made-shuffle-feature-less-random-to-actually-feel-random-2020-3

From tiny acorns mighty oak trees grow – RSA is back in town


Re: Who pays for the Prozak????

I image that you may be the same AC who has posted several times with a similar style and content over the last month or so about encryption: https://forums.theregister.com/forum/containing/4650508, https://forums.theregister.com/forum/containing/4642663, etc.

>- see work by Steve Schneier

Please, if you are going to post again, get his name right: Bruce Schneier, https://www.schneier.com/

The only obvious Steve I could find with a quick interweb search is a healthcare company exec.

Microsoft promises it's made Teams less confusing and resource hungry


Re: How about...

> ...a "try again" button when Teams, alone amongst your applications, reports that you are not connected to the internet?

And the same in the RSS Connector, which currently just reports an 'unrecoverable error' if it can't pull the data on schedule, forcing the connector to be deleted and re-created to start it working again.

FBI boss says COVID-19 'most likely' escaped from lab


Re: The dangers of certainty

> You could start witht he recent Cochrane review by Tom Jefferson et al.

... which itself concludes "The high risk of bias in the trials, variation in outcome measurement, and relatively low adherence with the interventions during the studies hampers drawing firm conclusions."

How about these studies, which all appear to show a correlation between mask wearing and lower Covid-19 incidence?




Codebreakers decipher Mary, Queen of Scots' secret letters 436 years after her execution


Re: "the confidential correspondence doesn't provide many details about the Throckmorton Plot"

... and despite all that we are paying best part of quarter of a million quid for his legal advice during the enquiry into Partygate, https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2023/feb/01/watchdog-examines-220000-public-funding-for-boris-johnson-partygate-defence

Bank of England won't call it Britcoin but says digital pound 'likely to be needed in future'


Re: Digital Cash..

My kid was working at a local (cashless) pizza emporium and they had to revert to card imprint devices when their connectivity was cut last year...

Pakistan’s PM overturns Wikipedia ban, seeks end to whack-a-mole content blocks


Re: Trying to Edit WIKIpeadia can be a fools errand.

The fact that you use "woke" as a perjorative might lead readers to infer that any edit that you made to Wikipedia was probably unhelpful or did not conform to the style guidelines. But as you have not posted the identity of (or a link to) the article concerned, the inaccuracy that you tried to correct, or the response of the "woke editor" who reverted your edit, we are in the dark, so please enlighten us.

For the sake of clarity, the Cambridge English dictionary defines "woke" as "aware, especially of social problems such as racism and inequality". I, for one, certainly hope that people making edits to Wikipedia are woke, in the true meaning of that word.

As for the claim of "no way to apeal [sic]", every Wikipedia article has an associated Talk page, which is dedicated to "discussing improvements to the article". Did you try posting your reasons for wanting to make the edit there so that they could be discussed?

Let me X-plane: Boeing R&D unit sheds rudder, ailerons, flaps for DARPA project


Re: Goo goo, gah gah

What you say might have some validity for expert talking to expert, but this was presumably a press briefing. An attempt to inform the general public across the English-speaking world, and beyond via translation. If you can't do that clearly and concisely in language that avoids unnecessary jargon, neologisms, and local-dialect phrases that will have the average Jo, or a translator, scratching their head trying to work out what you mean, then you have failed.


Re: Goo goo, gah gah

... or maybe Borat (Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan)

Not enthused about "prove out" either, what is wrong with "demonstrate"?

I was reasonable to ask to WFH in early days of COVID, says fired engineer


Re: Massachusetts in the early days of COVID

> You can argue that, but it many cases it's most definitely the employer's legal responsibility.

Indeed ... also the 'commute' from bed to desk: https://www.theregister.com/2021/12/10/bed_to_desk_workplace_accident

This can’t be a real bomb threat: You've called a modem, not a phone


Re: Work bomb scare

> I was working at a bank and banks weren't particularly popular at the time for various reasons.

Were they ever?

Move over, graphene. There's a new super-material in town: Graphullerene


Re: A little accuracy would be nice

Eh? Where is the time travel and how is UMIST being airbrushed out of history?

Prior to the merger on 1 October 2004 of the Victoria University of Manchester and UMIST to become just the University of Manchester, nobody outside of officialdom really used the "Victoria" bit of the name of the former university. Take a look at any of Geim's or Novoselov's papers from before the merger, e.g. Sub-atomic movements of a domain wall in the Peierls potential, from December 2003 where they describe themselves as from "Department of Physics, University of Manchester, M13 9PL, Manchester, UK"

Firefox 106 will let you type directly into browser PDFs


Re: Stop ignore the address I type

> A couple of versions back Firefox stopped me accessing HTTP sites on my local network, including my router, by ignoring the address I'd typed in and using the HTTPS version of the address instead

Do you have any privacy extensions installed? e.g. DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials will force https unless you add the URL to its excluded sites list.

Google Japan goes rogue with 5.4ft long keyboard



@Richard Currie, what I suspect you actually did was "racked" your brain.

The verb rack comes from the mediaeval torture instrument and means to stretch and cause pain, whereas the verb wrack is an alternative form of "wreck", as in "wrack and ruin".

A pet peeve that seems to have come into common usage is the spelling "nerve-wracking", when what they mean is "nerve-racking".

Anyhow, thanks for posting ... it was worth watching the video as I needed a good laugh this morning!

UK hits Russia with British IT services ban


Re: Russia loses access to UK IT consultancies

Wow! That is some rose-tinted "private sector, good; public sector, bad" view.

You are right that the companies are profitable and the public have to pay all over again, but generally only because the consultants have the contracts tied tighter than a duck's arse, so they get paid to fix their f**k-ups. But the corporate donations to party funds means that the government contracts keep flowing despite the incompetence.

I have worked as coding grunt on a couple of such projects where the highly-remunerated, dick-swinging big-name consultants couldn't find their way out of a wet paper bag, never mind design a working computer system, yet they kept getting paid time and again to paper over the glaring holes in their specs.

Ex-eBay execs jailed for cyberstalking web critics


There are just two places where it is mistyped as "Bough", but why not try the Send news / corrections link to get it corrected...?

Rest in peace, Queen Elizabeth II – Britain's first high-tech monarch


Re: She was a good one

My eldest said last night that, perhaps after appointing Liz Truss to be PM she just gave up the will to live...


Re: ta ta Liz

And let's not forget that if we get rid of the monarchy, who would be the head of state then? President Truss, anyone?

A 1996 IPSOS poll asked who should be president if we were to become a republic and the person who came out top in the poll was Princess Anne!


Re: ta ta Liz

The Prince of Wales website published the following back in 2012 in the FAQ section:

''Does the Prince of Wales have seven boiled eggs cooked for his breakfast but only eat one, as claimed in Jeremy Paxman's book On Monarchy?''

''No, he doesn't and never has done, at breakfast or any other time.''

Novant Health admits leak of 1.3m patients' info to Facebook


Eh? Where is the "racial slur"?

Advance Fee scams are commonly known as the Nigerian Prince scam, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advance-fee_scam

UK government refuses public review before launch of NHS data platform


Re: Last

> Nevertheless, it was entirely clear to everyone that leaving the EU meant leaving the Single Market and the Customs Union.

Official campaign Vote Leave said: “Britain will have access to the Single Market after we vote leave”

A July 2016 Comres/BBC poll of British voters found that 66 per cent said the government should focus on “maintaining access to the single market so Britain can have free trade with the EU”.


Re: Last

> If the boot were on the other foot, i.e. 52/48, you would be screaming for another referendum, and I would reluctantly have to agree. But if it's 48/52, you are shouting "we won you lost get over it you remainiacs"

Indeed, Farage specifically said before the vote that a 52/48 win for remain would be "unfinished business". https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/nigel-farage-eu-referendum_uk_576e6585e4b08d2c56393f12

And let's not forget that the question was "Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?" Nowhere was leaving the Single Market mentioned. The Leave campaign sold Brexit on the basis of continuing to trade freely with our European neighbours.

DataDome looks to CAPTCHA the moment with test of humanity that doesn't hurt


Re: Why is this even necessary

> Just a cursory look at a Gooooooogle captchas show how little thought has gone into them - not least the absolute US bias in the images

E.g the assumption that a taxi must be yellow. Got that one yesterday with two photos of yellow taxis, but it needed me to click on a third photo which was just a regular yellow hatchback parked at the side of a road, but it did have a glass sunroof, which presumably their crappy AI identified as the Taxi sign.

And then there is the annoyance of captchas on a mobile - nine grainy photos, three of which are off the right edge of the screen in portrait orientation and you have to guess which ones might contain e.g. a (leftpondian) hydrant.

Boris Johnson set to step down with tech legacy in tatters


Re: 37 Billions

I think, IIRC, Private Eye reported that Deloitte charged out interns at £290/hour. In which case, simply recruiting the same people off the dole directly into civil service, would have cut the staffing cost to a fraction of what the taxpayer ended up paying...



Re: 37 Billions

Last time I saw them, Home Bargains was selling C19 antigen LFT kits retail for £1.49 ...

UK govt promises to sink billions into electronic health records for England


Re: Our data, not theirs to sell

Top-heavy, yes. Utterly dysfunctional, seems pretty harsh; look at the covid vaccine rollout, which despite ministers regularly attempting to take the credit for, was left to the NHS to organise.

Folks can't get a GP appointment because despite repeated promises to recruit more GPs, numbers continue to go down while the population goes up, yet sectors of the media seem intent on painting them as work-shy. https://www.pulsetoday.co.uk/analysis/cover-feature/whats-the-next-big-recruitment-plan

I suspect that a lot of the problems in the NHS are the result of successive health ministers' desire to be seen to 'reform' the NHS, with yet more internal markets and dogmatic 'competitive forces', each of which just serves to add yet another layer of bureaucracy and management overhead, instead of focusing on clinical needs.


Re: Our data, not theirs to sell

As far as I can tell, Covid testing was never actually the responsibility of the NHS; billions of pounds were instead shovelled to Deloitte to run test and trace, setting up and expanding subcontract private labs instead of ramping up capacity in existing NHS labs, but without requiring the testing data to be shared with the NHS. And of course the 'trace' element was subcontracted to Serco and G4S instead of putting it in the hands of the existing experienced public health contact tracers, with further sub-contracting, price gouging and MUC fraud rampant.

Where the army was brought in to assist with testing, I imagine that it was because the Deloitte partners were too busy counting the taxpayer cash rolling in to their already inflated bank accounts to worry about the shit job that was being done in the name of the NHS...

Firefox kills another tracking cookie workaround


It doesn't strip *all* query parameters, just ones that are known to be trackers. Bleeping Computer reports this list:

Olytics: oly_enc_id=, oly_anon_id=

Drip: __s=

Vero: vero_id=

HubSpot: _hsenc=

Marketo: mkt_tok=

Facebook: fbclid=, mc_eid=

Everyone back to the office! Why? Because the decision has been made


Re: We're not all British

> Theakston's Old Pec is dark beer that tastes as if someone put half a kilo of sugar in it.

Not sugar, treacle (molasses, for leftpondians).

SpaceX reportedly fires staffers behind open letter criticising Elon Musk


Re: Does as I say, not as I do

Or the Daily Wail laying into folks using non-dom tax status, entirely accidentally forgetting to mention Lord Rothermere, e.g. https://www.thelondoneconomic.com/news/mail-asks-sunak-to-explain-tax-arrangements-ignoring-that-their-owner-is-a-non-dom-himself-319029/

Makers of ad blockers and browser privacy extensions fear the end is near


Re: Does anyone need more justification

Indeed, we use a product every day that officially supports Chrome, Edge, Firefox and Safari. When a feature does not work properly in Edge, Firefox or Safari...

Me: X happens when run in [Firefox]

Helldesk: does it work correctly in Chrome?

Me Yes.

HD: We suggest you use Chrome, we develop for Chrome. (ticket closed)

Me: (ticket reopened) But your stated browser policy is to support Edge, Firefox and Safari, so please fix it...

Small nuclear reactors produce '35x more waste' than big plants


Re: I'll take the bait

Presumably, building a nuclear power plant involves no mining at all?