* Posts by MarkTriumphant

44 posts • joined 19 Dec 2019

Unvaccinated and working at Apple? Prepare for COVID-19 testing 'every time' you step in the office


Assuming, of course, that you know whether they are vaccinated.

Facebook may soon reveal new name – we're sure Reg readers will be more creative than Zuck's marketroids


Facebook has done research into the best way to keep people scrolling down, to keep seeing more adverts. If that is not fostering addiction, I don't know what is.

Canon makes 'all-in-one' printers that refuse to scan when out of ink, lawsuit claims


Traveller must be doing well, as Mongoose Publishing continually produce new content for it. It's not bad stuff, either.


Re: No print? No buy.

For printing photographs? Laser printers don't really do good enough colour for that sort of thing.

Reg scribe spends week being watched by government Bluetooth wristband, emerges to more surveillance


Re: I'll be tracked almost everywhere I go...

I'd love to know where you got this information from - the Zoe research bods have said that immunity from having the jab after having COVID is much better than that from just having COVID.

Judge in UK rules Amazon Ring doorbell audio recordings breach data protection laws


Re: Surely they have to go shopping?

It is OK to have view of public property, but other peoples' property is off limits.

Electric car makers ready to jump into battery recycling amid stuttering supply chains


Re: The pros and cons with the carmaker recycling the batteries

My assumption was that the battery would be recycled, not the whole car.

Intel's €80bn European chip plant investment plan not bound for UK because Brexit


Re: @Disgusted Of Tunbridge Wells

> How many died waiting for the EU to actually place orders and get some vaccine and how many saved when the members abandoned the EU pact and bought their own?

Which does somewhat prove the point that we could have done exactly what we did, but within the EU.

Senators urge US trade watchdog to look into whether Tesla may just be over-egging its Autopilot, FSD pudding


Re: Tesla seems to be protected

Upvoted for mentioning Fully Charged, which I was not aware of, and can get to quite easily. Thanks.

Electrocution? All part of the service, sir!


I worked with an Icelandic Thor while at a non-Scandinavian phone company.

How to keep your enterprise up to date by deploying the very latest malware


Re: This is one of those things...

Questionable Content is a fine web comic. Defintely safe for work.

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


Re: I have some sympathy for Boris

It is perfectly reasonable - Corbyn stopped being relevant more than a year ago, so bringing him up is very-much pointless.

Cyberlaw experts: Take back control. No, we're not talking about Brexit. It's Automated Lane Keeping Systems


Re: "restricted to motorways and to speeds of 37mph"

Although I like the idea, it has the problem that the road then becomes effectively their property, giving them the power to choose who goes on it. It does not seem a good idea to give them even more power/money.

Samsung Galaxy A52 5G: Sub-$600 midranger makes premium phones feel frivolous


Re: Decoy

Which company makes phones in a place that you approve of?

Apple settles with student after authorized repair workers leaked her naked pics to her Facebook page


Re: How to tell if you're stupid.

For that case, the police should be informed. If they are not illegal, they should be left alone, not published on the internet.

Finance Bill amendments to curb umbrella company malpractice fail to get traction in UK Parliament


Re: Contractors do not have to use unscrupulous umbrella companies

The major car manufacturing company that my SO works for has selected which umbrella companies will be dealt with, so my SO has that limited choice as to which umbrella they use. They cannot be the only company operating in this way.

Activist millionaires protest outside Jeff Bezos' homes to support tax rises for the rich


Re: the rich being richer than them.

I would be happy to pay more in tax (to a degree). What I would not be happy with is paying more than people in a similar position to myself. I already donate to charities, but taxation should be rigorously formal.

'Biggest data grab' in NHS history stuffs GP records in a central store for 'research' – and the time to opt out is now


Re: PDF ?

That does not appear to be completable online - unless I have missed something, have to print it, and then scan it.

Philanthropist and ex-Microsoft manager Melinda Gates and her husband Bill split after 27 years of marriage


Re: Giving away money

My mother had it, and me not having it is a definite improvement.

Nominet ignores advice, rejects serious change despite losing CEO, chair, half its board in membership vote


Re: Is this an April Fool?

Given that thy are 8 hours behind BST, and so 7 hours behind UTC, that is still before midnight. Seems like the perfect time to post. Mind you, years of Reddit may have corrupted my time-awareness.

Samsung spruiks Galaxy Buds Pro performance as comparable to hearing aids


Re: Use an app ?

May I ask what app you use - I have been looking for something like this specifically for when wearing my motorcycle helmet.

Don't be a fool, cover your tool: How IBM's mighty XT keyboard was felled by toxic atmosphere of the '80s


Re: Smoking

Even worse, JAT (the Yugoslav airline) separated smoking and non-smoking to left and right of the aisle. It was not fun flying to visit my fiancee.

Palantir and UK policy: Public health, public IT, and – say it with me – open public contracts


Re: Nope, COVID-19 is not a catch-all excuse for backdoor deals

How does it produce *less* proportional results?

Scotch eggs ascend to the 'substantial meal' pantheon as means to pop to pub for a pint during pernicious pandemic


Re: It's all bollocks

Surely "Me first" is Neutral Evil?

On the 11th day of Christmas TalkTalk took from me... the email address of my company


Re: F****** Autofill

I was so pissed off when they stopped supporting *.demon.co.uk - I had been using it since dial-up, and it was such a faff to change everything over. At least I now have a "domain of my own", so it shouldn't happen again.

HP CEO talks up HP-ink-only print hardware and higher upfront costs for machines that use other cartridges


Re: Dictionary

I've had one for about a year, and I am halfway through the colour tanks, and about 3/4 through black. Certainly for home use, it has been much cheaper than my previous Kodak printer.

Trump fires cybersecurity boss Chris Krebs for doing his job: Securing the election and telling the truth about it


Re: The Truth?

But Ford was Nixon's Vice President. Fortunately, Biden is not Trump's VP. I just hope that they don't go the same route of "healing" the nation as they did with Nixon. Trump should be punished, just to deter the next one.

Institute of Directors survey says most bosses expect no mass return to the office if COVID-19 crisis ever ends


Re: Not suprising

"a spoon that had just been dunked in near boiling water needed to be thoroughly soaked in detergent. The residue of which will make tea taste funny."

You're not wrong, although the obvious solution to the taste is to rinse it after washing. Why do so many people not do that?

Safety driver at the wheel of self-driving Uber car that killed a pedestrian is charged with negligent homicide


Re: However

Airline pilots have the advantage that there are not many pedestrians (or other road users) moving around at 30,000 feet.

One does not simply repurpose an entire internet constellation for sat-nav, but UK might have a go anyway


Many of us here *are* boomers, and that does not mean that we disagree with you. Please don't use that, as it puts me in the same box as disgustedoftunbridgewells, which I think would be shit.

UK police's face recognition tech breaks human rights laws. Outlaw it, civil rights group urges Court of Appeal


Re: What's a "Human Right"?

I think they are supposed to be human-readable, too.

An Internet of Trouble lies ahead as root certificates begin to expire en masse, warns security researcher


Re: Planned or accident

Absolutely true. Land Rover want £260 to update the maps on my Freelander.

Better late than never... Google Chrome to kill off 'tiny' number of mobile web ads that gobble battery, CPU power


Re: I'll stick to firefox thanks

1) So don't use it. I don't.

2) Fairy Nuff, although I like it.

3) Why would you want to do that? However, if that's what you want, I can't disagree.

4) So use Alt-V-Z-A. Sadly these things change. It's not particularly difficult, though.

We're not Finnished yet: Nokia chalks up €200m sales hit to 'COVID-19 issues'


"slumped 6 per cent, from roughly €5bn to just over €4bn"

That looks rather more than 6 percent. Isn't it more akin to 20%?

Lords: New IR35 off-payroll tax rules 'riddled with problems, unfairnesses, unintended consequences'


Why would you not re-employ someone that has done a successful piece of work for you, and that you can therefore trust rather more than an unknown?

Companies buy equipment etc. from the same companies for years. Why can the same not be true of services?

Britain's courts lurch towards Skype and conference calls for trials as COVID-19 distancing kicks in


Re: https://jitsi.org/

Is that good, or bad?

Tech won't save you from lockdown disaster: How to manage family and free time while working from home


Re: re: maximum distance of 200m

I thought that they specifically left their outside stuff open, so that it can be used for walk. The inside stuff is closed..

Theranos vampire lives on: Owner of failed blood-testing biz's patents sues maker of actual COVID-19-testing kit


Re: That $11,000 valve story

They look very similar to some parts made by the company I work for (also a medical devices company). The plastic parts are often single-use and therefore cheap, but one is needed for each patient. The expensive bit is the ventilator to drive them.

Google: You know we said that Chrome tracker contained no personally identifiable info? Yeah, about that...


Re: Why is anybody expecting privacy?

> (like the compelling nothing-to-hide argument)

How is in any way compelling? Everyone, absolutely everyone, has stuff that they want to hide from someone.

Beware, Tesla might take away your car's autopilot if you buy its vehicles from third party dealerships – plus more news


I can only agree - it must reduce the resale value of the car, and so make it worth less in the first place.

No horrific butterfly keys on this keyboard, just you and your big, dumb fingers


Re: Chorded keyboards

I had one (an AgendA), and I don't remember typing with it in my pocket, but I could use it at night without turning on the lights. I would really like a Bluetooth version of that keyboard. Sadly, the only one that I know used LED output, so not useful these days.

What if everyone just said 'Nah' to tracking?


Re: Firefox, clear all cookies on exit, except for a very short whitelist

For your last comment - many, many of us. I still miss Tab Mix Plus.

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


Re: I prefer to hire older people, but...

Or just as good - I'm older, and working with younger people who have different ideas. It is brilliant. I'm learning new stuff, and passing on some of my stuff at the same time.

Google tightens the screw on 'less secure apps', will block most access from June 2020


Re: Am I being thrown into the dustbin of history?

Do you have any suggestions as to a reasonable host? After all, they could be as bad as Google.


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