* Posts by MGJ

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Microsoft puts dual-screen devices and Windows 10X in the too-hard basket

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Maybe

There just isnt any demand for flexible mobile devices when everyone has stopped travelling and is enjoying working from home with a big old proper screen and keyboard now attached to their laptop, which has become a second screen.

Microsoft tries getting touchy-feely once again with its Windows Insiders

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Re: "pretend the Windows 8 Tablet Mode never happened"

Indeed. On my Surface Book 2 there is just no way of switching between tablet and desktop (ie removing the screen and turning it around) without shutting down. Too many processes need killed off. And logging on in tablet mode is tricky since it is difficult to get the on screen keyboard up. Great when you are logged in though, and still the best laptop I've ever had. Sound, graphics, keyboard, trackpad. USB ports on the wrong side though.

Drones intone 'you must stay home,' eliciting moans from those in the zone: Flying gizmos corral Brits amid coronavirus lockdown

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Re: And now... the 64 million dollar question

The regulations are time limited. Must be reviewed every 28/21 days and expire in six months. If CMO declares a lull in the emergency, they stop. Or parts can be suspended if not required.

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Re: Common sense, what's that?

One person doing it; not a problem.

Thousands, as seen last weekend, big problem. Not just opportunity to spread virus, but to tie up emergency services dealing with everything from sprains to major road accidents. There will be plenty of time to get out in the country later.

It's time to track people's smartphones to ensure they self-isolate during this global pandemic, says WHO boffin

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Re: Naomi Klein

Rubbish. To implement a full lockdown like that you'd have to suspend democracy. Listen to the experts; they didn't ask people to isolate in January because a) it was pointless, as no one at that point had the virus to pass on and b) because in the middle of the crisis folk will go stir crazy and ignore the rules so any self-isolation has to be for the minimum time possible; if you add two months on at the start it means its less likely that a three month quarantine period will work. Not everyone has a nice house and resources to hole up in.

Resellers facing 'months' of delays for orders to be fulfilled. IT gathers dust on docks as coronavirus-stricken China goes back to work

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China is not the world

Are these mortality figures normalised for the amount of pollution in China, or indeed for the higher levels of tobacco smoking? Italy has the oldest population in Europe, so if the disease kills the old, then it will affect Italy the most. But why is Japan fine (relatively) so far, given its population is even older?

'Literally a paperweight': Bose users fume at firmware update that 'doesn't fix issues'

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At Least The Manual Is Readable

I've only ever had good experience with Bose kit; maybe I'm just lucky. Try getting a Denon Receiver (ie 23-07 amplifier) to work with Dolby, HDMI and a multi speaker system for Blu-Ray, X-Box etc. It knows it has a centre speaker and left/right and sub connected but will not accept that it can use the same outputs for a different HDMI input, and the manual is completely incomprehensible.

Gas-guzzling Americans continue to shun electric vehicles as sales fail to bother US car market

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Re: Elon may be right

Trump tax law changes have effectively made new enormous SUVs free to those with significant tax bills, since they can be classified as agricultural machinery and 100% written off as a tax break. My brother got a plug-in Volvo XC90 on this basis and his neighbours are picking up similar vehicles.

£1bn Brit court digitisation scheme would be great ... if Wi-Fi situation wasn't 'wholly inadequate'

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Re: WiFi?

Have you been in some of the court buildings involved? Listed buildings, with huge thick walls, that are constantly in use. But try closing one and moving to a new purpose built building, and all you'll hear are complaints.

Interesting to hear that HMCTS are still having issues with digital working. I wrote them a Scoping Study 18 years ago on case management but EDS stomped on it.

Nothing's certain except death and patches – so that 'final' Windows 10 19H2 build isn't really

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Microsoft Own Hardware

You would think that Windows updates would work well and be tested properly on their own hardware, but Surface Book 2 owners got this update very late and then it managed to add yet another service that needs shutting down before the screen can be undocked or moved. Given the time it takes, it is easier to switch off, change screen orientation and then restart than find all the various services that need killed before the red button turns green. Of course then it doesn't detect that it is folded back on itself and you cannot use the keyboard and have to try and re-enable the on-screen keyboard, which doesn't work until you select accessibility at which point it tells you audibly that you've chosen to use that. Does anyone at MS actually use their own equipment?

Well, well, well. Fancy that. UK.gov shelves planned pr0n block

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Re: Yay!

Not many parents of teens on here, I don't think. Come back with your "its ok if you supervise their every move" talk when you have a teen actively self-harming because their wifi goes off at bedtime, and every device they have "gets broken" after Parental Controls are installed.

BOFH: We must... have... beer! Only... cure... for... electromagnetic fields

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Let me guess, they have new iPhones because they don't want any 5g around them

UK Supreme Court unprorogues Parliament

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No, its really not. It replaced the House of Lords as the ultimate court of appeal for domestic civil law issues. And the judges are appointed by the head of state on the advice of prime minister.

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Re: Hardly surprising

Are you trying to be funny, or are you on glue?

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Re: Remain MPs all broke the law and should all be in prison anyway.

Are you trying to be funny, or are you on glue?

DeepNude deep-nuked: AI photo app stripped clothes from women to render them naked. Now, it's stripped from web

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Re: release it for the world's weirdos to use

By at least one

Kenshi: Sandblasted sword-punk D&D where the dungeon master wants everyone dead

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Re: Welcome to the new column

The word is drawer.

The dread sound of the squeaking caster in the humming data centre

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Re: DEC Engineer

Late 90's, about to do our disaster recovery testing one weekend. Scenario involved a power cut to the server room, which I simulated by switching off the power to the room going into the UPS, to check that it did indeed initiate safe shutdown of all the Sun, Fujitsu and HP kit in the room. It was only at that point that it became clear that the electricians had run the electrical supply in parallel to the UPS rather than in series... It all went very quiet. Except for the UPS.

Bonkers British MPs rant: 5G signals cause cancer

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Re: It is hardly surprising that there is a problem with Brexit

And the cost of doing nothing on the climate emergency is? Strange how some people only like science when it supports their exisitng views.

No backdoor, no backdoor... you're a backdoor! Huawei won't spy for China or anyone else, exec tells MPs

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For the real view of the British civil service/Government of Chinese telecoms companies, perhaps do an FOI for instructions on what to do with IT equipment that has been used in China outside of the secure room in the Embassy. It's always hacked into in minutes and cannot be used again for connection to a government network. Private Offices used to have piles of Blackberry's and laptops that had been in China for staff to take away with them at their own risk. The vast majority of hacking threats to the UK (used to) come from those at least pretending to be the Chinese military.

BOFH: It's not just an awesome app, it'll look great on my Insta. . a. a. AAAARRRRRGGH

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Re: I think I met him

Developed using Agile?

Uncle Sam charges Julian Assange with conspiracy to commit computer intrusion

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Re: Is this the best that the USA can come up with ?

So was it a fiesta cat; who grabbed the carrots and onions (obscure Gilbert Shelton reference)

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Re: Is this the best that the USA can come up with ?

You've clearly never eaten food in the US; tasteless tomatoes etc. Its no wonder so much salt and sugar gets added to it. Relatives who live there dont eat whole swathes of produce because of how it (doesnt) taste and how safe it is to eat. The US is obsessed with removing 'red tape' so preventative legislation/supervision is repealed but consumers are not stupid once they have the facts. That's why Boeings are falling out of the sky, and Airbus are selling to United Airlines.

UK Ministry of Justice: Surprise! We tested out biometric tech in prisons and 'visitors' with drugs up their bums ran away

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Re: Biometric tests

That is actually what happens on admission to prison (in Scotland at least). Prisoners have a whole body scan, and anything found is either confiscated or returned to the inmate as appropriate. To facilitate that, each prison has a safe to hold confiscated items (known as the shitty safe for obvious reasons). They are kept in a holding area with special toilets until they hand it over, one way or another.

If you doubt the ability to hide contrabrand about the person, a female prisoner was put in a temporary area to be searched, and afterwards had her clothing removed to be checked, leaving her naked. The room was empty. Five minutes later, officers found her drinking a can of coke and smoking a cigarette.

Ah, this military GPS system looks shoddy but expensive. Shall we try to break it?

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Re: Miltary testing

The real reason the IDF stopped using the M16; they didnt work after being used as a bottle opener. The replacement (locally built one) had one built in to the stock.

Why are there never free power sockets when my Y-fronts need charging?

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USB Hubs

All our meeting rooms and shared spaces have Kensington USB hubs attached to them, so any laptop can just connect using USB, so no problems for even our Surface Pros. Unfortunately, they do not have the same Displaylink drivers/settings as those on our desks to drive our multiple screens, so Windows gets confused and refuses to recognise the previously working desktop setup on return. Cue hours of fiddling to get screen 3 to come back to life again. Desks have at least four 13A sockets plus two 2A USB A.

Bloke thrown in the cooler for eight years after 3D-printing gun to dodge weapon ban

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Re: Because

Are you trolling? The US constitution is very clear that the purpose of the right to bear arms is associated with being part of a militia.

"A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed."

Its as relevant to modern day society as the local laws about having to take part in archery practice in certain parts of the UK. I put away my toy guns at age 8 and grew up. Would be good if you lot did too.

Return of the audio format wars and other money-making scams

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Re: MiniDisk? Bah!

Dont get Shellac records wet, they dissolve, leaving you the metal inside

US kids apparently talking like Peppa Pig... How about US lawmakers watching Doctor Who?

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Spotted in New York; a "beef croissant" for sale*

*it was a sausage roll, but dont ask me why it wasnt pork

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Re: About time

My ex did her best; she was in the pilot audience of kids in Manchester in the mid 70's and burst into tears when Big Bird come on. The other kids joined in, and Granada passed on it. It wasnt until C4 came along that we got the delights of Bert and Ernie, the Count and Oscar The Grouch.

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Re: Doctor Who

My party all postal voted before heading to Glasto; the atmosphere there when the result of the advisory referendum came through was very sad. And as always it was muddy.

Data flows in a no-deal Brexit are a 'significant' concern – MPs

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Re: Scaremongering

In 2 1/2 years, the UK government hasnt even managed to agree with itself what it wants, yet in nine months it can renegotiate all these trade deals that have a) been done over a 40 year period and b) were done by people who work for other countries or the EU now, not for the UK.

Good luck with that. Have you seen what happens to the shelves in shops when there is a bit of snow and deliveries are disrupted? By a two or three day event that they can presumably plan for at least shortly in advance? Do you really think the army would be talking about stock-piling ammunition if it wasnt considering/planning for martial law? In departments run by Brexiteers?

Nationwide UK court IT failure farce 'not the result of a cyber attack' – Justice Ministry

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UK?

This is the MoJ. Not Scotland. So, say England and Wales if that is what you mean. (Although post Brexit a United Kingdom of England and Wales looks increasingly possible.)

Interesting fact: XHIBIT was originally designed to show a minister coming for a visit something, anything working in a court that looked like IT. There's a whole series of Dilbert cartoons that appeared inspired by the tales around it.

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

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Re: Bloody typical

Have you been to a government office recently? All staff wear passes at all times, and they are required for entry and used for various systems (flexi, printing etc)

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Re: Why don't we have a referendum...

Sid Vicious paraphrased this beautifully; "I've met the man in the street, and he's a c***"

Concerns over cops' crap computer kit: UK MPs call for cash, capacity, command

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Scottish Police

The title of the piece says UK but with as with all El Reg articles it actually means England (and possibly Wales) but certainly not Scotland or NI. For all that folk like to have a go at our unified force, when you look at its key task of detecting and solving crime, there has not been a single unsolved murder (in best Taggart voice) in Scotland for years.

That 'Surface will die in 2019' prediction is still a goer, says soothsayer

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Re: Give the desktop some love.

Sitting at my Surface Book 2; earlier I was watching a film and allowing kids to scribble with the pen with the screen turned around. It just works, Yes it was expensive, but it does everything I need it to. Grand Theft Auto V to Word

National ID cards might not mean much when up against incompetence of the UK Home Office

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They do; they post them to 15 year olds, who then have to go through a complex process when they lose them to get it back again. Because of course 15 year olds look after such things.

Five actually useful real-world things that came out at Apple's WWDC

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Re: Funny Sound Bite on Radio 4 This morning

Because of course you've had great success with a grumpy teenager who you've politely asked to switch off their phone during dinner or to allow them to get some sleep.

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Scripting

It would be great if I could run a script on leaving the house that switched off wifi, switched GPS on, turned volume to max, opened Runkeeper, ready for my commute by bike. Takes a minute or two just now, especially as location is hidden away behind the privacy tab.

(If I could already do this and just haven't realised, please poke fun at me and then tell me how to do it)

Autonomy ex-CFO Hussain guilty of fraud: He cooked the books amid $11bn HP gobble

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God their software was awful too. We bought it as an internal search engine to combine a number of data stores (intranet, shared drives, Exchange public folders etc) but it never really worked, despite the number of times the consultants came on site and set up their spiders to crawl the network, and the huge security holes we opened for them to crawl through (Exchange admin account, NT domain admin etc). Probably worked ok on anonymous websites but that wasn't what they sold us it as.

Javid's in, Rudd's out: UK Home Sec quits over immigration targets scandal

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Re: Fuckety bye...

Something that she had to be forcibly reminded of when she claimed not to have been briefed on the targets. Ooops, how did that leak out?

Ex-Google recruiter: I was fired for opposing hiring caps on white, Asian male nerds

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Re: Applicants must be women of child bearing age only

I presume this is supposed to be a joke. And I also presume that you have never had someone working for or with you who has gone on maternity leave. Women returning to the workplace after they have given birth are awesome employees I have found; organised, focused, loyal etc

MGJ

Because they don't; or are you somehow claiming that only dumpy white or Asian males are capable of engineering? A workforce that reflects society better is also likely to be better for the company. An engineering example; palm print recognition used to be excellent at differentiating between white male subjects but rubbish when it came to black palms, and black women in particular. I wonder why that might have been?

UK peers: Is this what you call governance of facial recog tech? A 'few scattered papers'!

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Re: Data retention

They really aren't. The problem with each force having a system for this and a system for that. No link between custody systems, criminal history systems etc, probably because someone in the past claimed that there were "Big Brother implications" of a link between someone not yet charged, and a later person who had been charged with something.

Facial Recognition works well enough for the police to be able to spot those members of the Green Brigade who have sent along someone else to the police station to sign the book while they are at Parkhead and shouldnt be there because of a Football Banning Order.

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Re: Start With Your Passport Photo

And the opportunity for the person who is of good character and has countersigned your photo as being of a true likeness going to prison as a result is quite high.

Huawei's Not Hot Dog is possibly the Worst Tech Promo Ever

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Optical Recognition

A friend of mine was working on object recognition like this 15 years ago. Unsurprisingly it had lots of military uses but he was trying to get it to read road signs and then tell the driver what signs he was going past; warnings, speed limits etc. It could recognise tanks, but only if they had a big white cross painted on them to help them stand out from the background.

Smart meters: 'Dog's breakfast' that'll only save you 'a tenner' – report

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Re: Benefits

I like the idea of a fixed result in a democratic decision making process; can we choose the 1945 UK General Election please. No Tories ever again, nationalisation and socialist principles at the heart of a workers government.

Oh, was it just decisions you approve of that can never be overturned?

UK.gov snaps on rubber gloves, prepares for mandatory porn checks

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Re: Shame (the libs)

Abandoning democracy? Like having another vote some time later that might come up with a different result? Can we go back to the 1945 general election then, and just sit at that for the rUK for all time, with the 2015 result for Scotland. Or is it just referenda (advisory ones at that) that can never have their results changed?

The life and times of Surface, Microsoft's odds-defying fondleslab

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Waiting

When a Surface Book 2 appears, I have a credit card waiting.

I use a Surface Pro 3 at work, best laptop I've ever had.

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