* Posts by Dolvaran

44 publicly visible posts • joined 23 Oct 2019

Car radios crashed by station broadcasting images with no file extension


Don't be so sure that the head unit is actually borked by this issue - the parts cannon is the goto solution in much of the automotive world. Proper diagnosis is a dying art, it seems.

Why your external monitor looks awful on Arm-based Macs, the open source fix – and the guy who wrote it


Shame no one can fix the 'no sound through DisplayPort ' on the recent MacOS versions.

Prince Philip, inadvertent father of the Computer Misuse Act, dies aged 99


Re: Bad greek

The River Avon

Openreach out and hike prices on legacy fixed-line products: Broadband plumber pulls trigger after Ofcom gives the nod


Ah! The amazing 'targets' set by government. You could consider comparing the success (or rather, lack of) of the smart meter rollout. That was supposed to have been completed years ago. I think the last figure was 34%?


Re: We've switched to LTE

Have a word with Commsworld or City Fibre - they've carried a major rollout across Edinburgh. May also be worth while speaking to the city Council to see if any help may be available. They funded part of the rollout.

Negative Trustpilot review of law firm Summerfield Browne cost aggrieved Briton £28k


Anyone who believes that a solicitor has acted improperly on their behalf has a very simple way of addressing that grievance - complain to the Law Society. Complaints are taken seriously, and if found to be valid, the implications for the solicitor in question can be serious.

And no, I don't work for TLS.

Exonerated: First subpostmasters cleared of criminal convictions in Post Office Horizon scandal


Re: A priest...

The reason Hell is cold, is because it's impossible to get close to the fire for all the parsons...

Mysterious metal monolith found in 'very remote' part of Utah


Re: It's alien

Asterix rules!

We're not getting back with Galileo, UK govt tells The Reg, as question marks sprout above its BS*


Re: Hammer used as a screwdriver?

I thought it was a Birmingham screwdriver?

Tech ambitions said to lie at heart of Britain’s bonkers crash-and-burn Brexit plan


Re: Can't wait to see...

Dyson then. My cousin was one of the under-appreciated engineers.

Anti-5G-vaxx pressure group sues Zuckerberg, Facebook, fact checkers for daring to suggest it might be wrong


Re: Idiots

Actually, I prefer the late, great Frank Muir singing about how everyone is a fruit and nut case - crazy for those Cadbury's nut and raisins...

'First ever' snap emerges of something vaguely resembling our solar system 300 ly away. We'll take 10 tickets


You are out of date. You no longer require a licence to own television receiving equipment, only to watch live broadcasts.

It's National Cream Tea Day and this time we end the age-old debate once and for all: How do you eat yours?


It used to be known as Cornish Cream before the War.


Re: There is a third option:

British Army field kitchens have a wonderful desert - deep fried battered jam sandwiches with custard. Now there's food for the Gods. The only savoury jam is made from onions.

Surprise! That £339 world's first 'anti-5G' protection device is just a £5 USB drive with a nice sticker on it


Re: What 5G ?

Actually, it's bears, not lions. Ever so 'portant how you walk.

Made-up murder claims, threats to kill Twitter, rants about NSA spying – anything but mention 100,000 US virus deaths, right, Mr President?


Re: You supported a system...

Actually, the Weimar republic was much the same before the event.

Royal Navy nuclear submarine captain rapped for letting crew throw shoreside BBQ party


Re: Another thing...

It was ever thus.

Where's the best place to add Mentos to Diet Coke for the most foam? How big are the individual bubbles? Has science gone too far?


Re: efficient insertion of Mentos is key

Try an alternative propulsion system. Bleach + Harpic works extremely well.

Tinfoil hat brigade switches brand allegiance to bog paper


Re: you'd still struggle to get through a couple of rolls

It did make good tracing paper though...

Turnover down, losses widen and shares crash: So, business as usual at Capita


'Modest organic growth'.

So a reasonable amount of mould growing then.

It's Terpin time: Bloke who was SIM jacked twice by Bitcoin thieves gets green light to sue telco for millions


About time some action was taken

This type of fraud is common, and has been common for years now. The Telcos don't care - or report it to the Police. The same goes for the banks who are also involved. Even where there is clear evidence of collusion between employees from both organisation types. Is that a generalisation? Yes, but it doesn't make it not true.

Is everything OK over there, Britain? Have you tried turning the UK off and on again? ISPs, financial orgs fall over in Freaky Friday of outages


Your country has crashed

Reflect, repent, reboot

Peace will return.

(with apologies to the original)

So you locked your backups away for years, huh? Allow me to introduce my colleagues, Brute, Force and Ignorance


I don't recall the make of hard disk, but the PC was a 286 MOD purchase of indeterminate origin. On discovering that the disk was stuck and refusing to spin up, we discovered that a comb was just the right size to slip into a slot in the front of the disk and jemmy the thing into movement. Worked every time.

You spoke, we didn't listen: Ubiquiti says UniFi routers will beam performance data back to mothership automatically


For GDPR, probably not - provided they really don't collect personally identifiable data


Get a small mini-itx system and install pfSense. Best router I've worked with in the Soho space.

Take DOS, stir in some Netware, add a bit of Windows and... it's ALIIIIVE!


Re: Miffy?

Miffy is a Dutch rabbit who wears a cute little dress. There are no words in her books, just pictures. So the reader (?) has to make the story up as they go along.

In the red corner, Big Red, and in the blue corner... the rest of the tech industry


I’ve been waiting for an anti-trust case against Oracle - for its licensing practices - for over a decade. I can only conclude that there is a nefarious reason why it has never materialised.

15 years on, Euroboffins finally work out what it took to send the Huygens Titan probe into such a spin


Re: New Reg unit?

What about the Blue String Pudding?

Google and IBM square off in Schrodinger’s catfight over quantum supremacy


Re: Seems my post still hasn't made it yet

Didn't that already happen (albeit quite some time ago)?

From Soviet to science fiction icon, the weird life of Isaac Asimov 100 years on


Re: frustrating genius

Give me James Blish anyday!

Having trouble finding a job in your 40s? Study shows some bosses like job applicants... up until they see dates of birth


This is hardly news. The situation has been the same for at least 2 decades. That's not to say that it's right, but then that's hardly new either.

Lynch lied about Autonomy's accounts, rages HPE to the High Court


Re: Fraud

And DUX/Tru64 - which was dropped like a hot potato. I was on a focus group shortly after the acquisition that looked into which features should be ported from Tru64 to HPUX. The top items were remote management and the cluster file system. Interestingly, HP decided to drop the lot and go with the v1.0 product from Veritas. I never understood why.


Re: Fraud

Interestingly, you could have said much of the same about Compaq under Capellas immediately after the DEC acquisition. The end result was very similar also.

Gospel according to HPE: And lo, on the 32,768th hour did thy SSD give up the ghost


Re: Pity it's not a traditional drive...

Even then, will not the data bits fall out when you turn it over?

Halfords invents radio signals that don't travel at the speed of light


Re: Speed of light

"Not possible with analogue, as that tells you what happens beforehand"

Which of course is why the TARDIS is purely analogue.

UK Home Office: We will register thousands of deactivated firearms with no database


Although bear in mind that airguns are officially classed in the UK as firearms.

Only if they exceed the legal limit of 12 foot pounds for a rifle, or 6 for a pistol.


Only in certain towns and cities though local bylaws - and even those may have disappeared by now.


Re: They could start a joint venture with the drone registry

At an alleged cost of £3M. Quite some spreadsheet!

Sure, we made your Wi-Fi routers phone home with telemetry, says Ubiquiti. What of it?


Re: speed test

Which you can choose not to enable...

Not just adhesive, but alcohol-resistant adhesive: Well done, Apple. Airpods Pro repairability is a zero


The pinna is the whole ear (including the 'flappy bit').

Delayed, over-budget smart meters will be helpful – when Blighty enters 'Star Trek phase'


Re: It's about money

Hardly free money - and hardly from the government. The funding is provided by a levy on everyone's energy bills.

Fed up of playing Whac-A-Mole with network of SoftBank-owned patent holders, Intel hits court


Re: Simple....

ARM has only (relatively) recently become large, and this has been its business model for decades. So, absolutely it can work this way.


Re: Simple....

Legally, a corporation is an individual entity. You would have to insist on an organic individual.

Reaction Engines' precooler tech demo chills 1,000°C air in less than 1/20th of a second


Re: Here We Go...

No, no, no. Digestives are strictly for use with coffee. Rich tea is the only acceptable accompaniment to tea. And let's not mention those heathens that use Ginger Nuts for anything...