* Posts by wobball

34 publicly visible posts • joined 7 Feb 2019

Billions lost to fraud and error during UK's pandemic spending spree



And very much by design, right under our noses because they know they'll never get collared in our great mother of democracy.

It's uncertain where personal technology is heading, but judging from CES, it smells


CES Review

So, new battery technology, a long range drone solution, smell sensors and, no doubt, a raft of other useful and novel products beyond the main hall, instead writing a snarky gripe piece about <enter name of big corp here> and all things I'd rather be reading about but won't get to do so here. Nice job!

Doom is 30, and so is Windows NT. How far we haven't come


Re: Why so little change..that's easy to explain

Personally I think the desktop format is a huge drag on innovation.

I'd hoped we'd all be chatting freely with our digital assistants by now with some version of G Glass hooked up to our personal devices aka phones.

With some serious back end support as per G Goggles and some of that there AI to help.

Now THAT would be an innovation despite it all being pretty current and implementable.

Chromebooks are problematic for profits and planet, says Lenovo exec


Re: chromebooks suck

'Equally Cheap'

I declare BS!

Share your 2024 tech forecasts (wrong answers only) to win a terrible sweater


Linux Desktop Dominance!

Like among many others here I imagine but I bet it will finally be the year of Linux on the desktop.

Ba dum, tsh!

Wish you could sing like Charli XCX or possess any musical talent? YouTube AI might make that happen



Have waited years for a tool that can take a sung melody and orchestrate it aka rubbish sound to midi converters so the MusicAI tool will be hugely welcomed by me for one. I can play guitar to a decent level and keyboard not so much so will be useful for converting from my most proficient and creative instrument to others as well. I'll still be slightly pissed at bods without ANY learnt musical skills being able to knock out an opus by just humming it in but, hey, them's the breaks!

Word turns 40: From 'new kid on the block' to 'I can't believe it's not bloatware'


Bag o' shite!

'Word for Windows would go from obscurity to accounting for 90 percent of the word processor market by revenue in under 10 years.'

Yeah, right, all by being the best, eh?!

WordPad was more than adequate for most user scenarios and don't get me started on the proprietary doc formats, still the only thing keeping it relevant and top dog today!

I hate it when El Reg does these awful, lazy puff pieces.

Did the author work in Marketing(department of words n pictures) at some point!

Raspberry Pi 5 revealed, and it should satisfy your need for speed


Sub optimal desktops, whaaay!

So it's now a mini mobo for running linux and, in the near future, windows!?

When the scope is reduced to, as seems BTL and in the article, running a hand crafted media centre or just some limited desktop variant then I think it's somewhat lost it's way.

I get to use ARM ST32 variants running Betaflight and INAV on 20x20mm flight controller boards for quads and for something micro-controlling or low power data logging in some fashion would likely see me looking for a PIC, maybe the ones with a BASIC compiler added(sweet!) or something Arduino like.

'This is not the hobbyist board you are looking for!'

The iPhone 15 has a Goldilocks issue: Too big or too small. Maybe a case will make it just right


While the world slowly turns n burns.

Maate, please grow up a bit and stop, just stop buying into the idea anyone needs this shiny crap refreshed on an annual basis!

Also, referring to a 2019 phone as 'vintage' is just plain dumb.

Moto G4 still going strong for me on all the things you'd want a smartphone to do tho I'd avoid selfies at our age.

'Small monthly payment' only thing that stands between X and bot chaos, says Musk


Do it! Go on, do it!

Just do it then and watch it become the zero rated platform it really is!

I only end up there via links from respected publishers who will also, hopefully, abandon it with a paywall in place 'cos they won't reach enough of an audience.

I don't have/use a login and now I can't see the nasty replies to twits or view the feed for videos of cute cats on a browser which are the only reasons I dip my toes in on occasion.

I'm not bitter at all!

Beijing grants permit to 'flying car' that can handle 'roads and low altitude'


More blades per prop and a strong prop shroud def needed and not sure we're quite there with energy density yet but, without any evidence to support their lofty claims, it seems like their gettin' on with it!

The auto fly/drive bit intrigues me.

Is it just fancy INAV like or more DJI ish?

Techies ask PM to 'prepare UK chip strategy as a matter of urgency'


Re: Deluded is as hubris advises and ignorance servers with arrogance delivering on empty promises

Bloody hell, I understood that!

You've dropped your crap ML bot mask for once AMFM1 and I applaud you for your relatively well expressed sentiments.

Have a beer on me!

Foxconn workers protest over pay and lockdowns at iPhone factory in China


Not buying the new shiny white thing every one or two years would be a good start, sheeple!

I run a circa 10 yr old fat iMac n Moto G4 without missing out on much I need tho a better camera will eventually cause me to go get summit and, yes, I sniff my own farts!

On a serious note, this truly shows Apple up in the light it deserves.

They could, of course, choose to make their shiz somewhere slightly less profitable but, cos of, won't.

Government by Gmail catches up with UK minister... who is reappointed anyway


Re: why do we accept it?


Google CEO Pichai: We need to up productivity by a fifth


Crazy Idea but how about reducing expectations of growth to something reasonable and stop whinging about not having enough money already. Fucking capitalists!

California to try tackling drought with canal-top solar panels


Re: 13GW from four thousand miles of solar panels...

Irrigation canals, never used for freight in the states.

UK Info Commissioner slams use of WhatsApp by health officials during pandemic


Corruption of the highest order is why they used it, obvs! The UK Govt already had secure comms in place but they were monitored so not fit for their purpose! So they decided to use a meeting platform that routed via middle earth along with this wotsapp farce where it was always obvious it was 'cos they are corrupt, to the highest order.

Elon Musk says Twitter buy 'cannot move forward' until spam stats spat settled


Why aren't the American financial securities not all over this guy again for shitting around with share prices on twatter again, only this time re a big mouth, not so cunning stunt purchase of the actual twatter itself?

Can't someone please just ban his account!

I for one hope the alternative platform(s) get some serious traction and exposure and shove his new baby the way of the NFT.

I mean, it's just a public version of texts on t'web!

The sad state of Linux desktop diversity: 21 environments, just 2 designs


UI's wont significantly change until we move away from monitors controlled by hands on kb n mouse.

Touch screens on different format devices have significantly changed how we use UI's, mostly one handed/fingered.

Would be nice if the next iteration could be some glass type eyeOS (literally) with heavily utilised voice commands to get us away from our desks, the modern day secret killer.

Chromebook sales train derails as market reaches saturation


Right tool for the jobby

With MS taking their main desktop products to 365 land and the general under usage that most workers put their devices too, I'm surprised they're not seen as a decent alternative for corporations to fit out their workforces with and save huge amounts of money in the process.

Decent starter units come in around £150 against our current corporate Windows laptops at around the £700 mark!

Saying that, I am increasingly biased here as I really, really fluffing hate supporting muggles with Windows laptops nowadays, especially in the corporate arena with anything other than domain admin rights, which I don't got in a tiered environment at 2nd line level.

This isn't helped by said muggles seemingly getting generally dumber as time goes on, for any number of reasons.

My experience and that of others I know who use them is that they're sleek and slick and provide pretty good coverage for personal productivity and home use for almost all tasks bar bloaty Adobe/Photoplop and serious music tools tho, saying that, my only paid for platform for the former is available on Linux and works well on my workstation as the APPROPRIATE tool for the job.

Also, I'm just not that picky about imaging and video tools, cos it ain't exactly rocket science, is it!

And breathe!

Zoom agrees privacy conditions, gets low-risk rating from Netherlands


|Dirty, dirty client!

This was a bag o' shitty nails from day one of being overrepresented by our own disaster here in the UK, Blowjob Johnson, and, in it's first iteration seen as OK for Government Ministers to meet over, routed via switches in China, had no e2 anything and had a freindface scraping tool embedded.

All the while, working platforms already existed and there will have been at least one other recommended by our own security services.

How did this piece of c**p ever gain any market traction and why wasn't it binned in the first instance by security services around the globe is a question that will never be answered.

Wonder why?

Arm China boss happy with Nvidia acquisition collapse


Time to regret

What chance the Chinese state will do little to prevent one of the most licenced chip architecture IP in use to be stolen and endlessly re-engineered into something that gets fabbed cheap and appears on AliExpress at $0.50c?

Valheim: How the heck has more 'indie shovelware with PS2 graphics' sold 4 million copies in a matter of weeks?


Re: I fired up GTA5 for the first time yesterday...

That'll teach 'em right, innit!

'It's where the industry is heading': LibreOffice team working on WebAssembly port


Re: LOVE of CHAOS ..... A Norm of Advanced IntelAIgent Default

Your a bot right? A bullshit, nonsense bot, sent to bore us into submission, right?

Microsoft's own operating system should finally start working on its own hardware ... 'in the coming weeks'



Still striving to get the os running well and reliably on ANY hardware and still trying to get their own office products to work with their os and their other products! They couldn't integrate a cock with an arse! End users generally don't need more than a Chromebook and it offers a great user experience and is easily maintained. Be brave!

We asked for your Fitbit horror stories and, oh wow, did you deliver: Readers sync their teeth into 'junk' gizmos


Not ever again

Had one, thirteen month update baulked it, support staff clueless, sat in the pile of shame now along with all the other tech crap I bought that didn't last much beyond it's warranty.

Not proud of that but, hey, also not an Apple user!!

Harvard freshman kicked out of US over OTHER people's posts on his social media


Re: Hmmmm....this gives me an idea

As commented earlier, I think being white and knowingly racist will trump all and access will be granted.


Says someone not wanting to take any collective responsibility! ; )




If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next

Just saying! ; )

OK, your boss allegedly called you a lazy n*****, promoted the person you trained ahead of you and paid you less, but you can't PROVE it's racism, Facebook says


Re: And this my friends


Almost £5k for a deskslab: Microsoft's Surface Studio 2 hits UK


Yes, accepted to a point (it's effect are widespread in advanced states) but it doesn't scan quite as well with any other lazy acronym, hence my lazy use of this one to suit my point.

I know it's not clever but thought it made the point with the tiniest degree of humour.

Just saying!

Mine the one with the Bernard Manning joke book in the pocket.


I mean why, just why!

Another hit and wild, wide miss following through straight into your own ass.

I'd need to HAVE MS to think this was a good idea! Maybe it's all because their department of words and pictures aren't allowed the Mac's they crave!